Nelson wins top track accolade

ALBION – Albion College women’s track & field team is celebrating the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s Field Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row.

Kristin Nelson was selected for the award by the league coaches after winning titles in the long jump and triple jump in the MIAA Championship last week.

Nelson, who was joined on the all-MIAA team by Amanda Weaver, follows Chelsea Anthony to give the Britons MIAA special award winners in back-to-back years.

A senior from Iron Mountain, Nelson sailed 36-feet-2 in the triple jump and 17-10.5 in the long jump. She also finished third in the 100-meter hurdles to collect 26 of Albion’s 61.5 points in the MIAA meet.

Nelson is the fourth Albion athlete to be selected for a MIAA MVP award in women’s track & field, following Wendy Lombardi (1984), Kathy Dec (1985), and Anthony (2012).

“I have been fortunate to have been able to work with outstanding student-athletes like Chelsea and Kristin,” Albion head coach Lance Coleman said. “They both are great competitors whose desire to succeed is only surpassed by their work ethic and ability to accept coaching. Being the fourth female MIAA Track MVP is a big statement about Kristin’s success and the legacy she is leaving for this team.

“Kristin had a great performance in the MIAA Championship, especially when you consider she was coming off a week of limited training because of a strained hamstring,” Coleman added. “Her attitude and focus demonstrated her desire to repeat as long jump champion and earn her first triple jump title.”

Weaver, a senior from Marshall, gained her first all-MIAA selection in track & field. She was automatically placed on the all-league list when she raced past the field in the 10,000 meters with a time of 38:09.78.

The school-record holder in four events, Weaver reached the finish line eight seconds ahead of the second-place runner.