Published on May 30, 2017 by Philip Poole
Samford University’s Karisa Nelson has been named the Southern Conference Female Athlete of the Year. The announcement was made May 30 during the conference’s annual meeting.
Nelson is a junior biochemistry major from Brewton, Alabama.
She won the NCAA indoor track and field championship in the mile earlier this year and has qualified for the NCAA outdoor championship in the 1,500-meter race.
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.