2006-07... Scored in all six meets...recorded a time of 26:16.55 to finish in the top 40 at the Mountain Dew Invitational...ran No. 3 for UCF at the Great American Classic, placing in the top 25...finished No. 5 for the Knights and 27th overall at both the Disney Classic and Furman Invitational...was fourth in the lineup and took 22nd overall with a time of 26:41.02 at the C-USA Championship...ran No. 2 for UCF at the NCAA South Regional.
2005-06: Ran in all seven meets...posted a personal best of 26:31.58 in the season opener at the Gator Invitational...was UCF's No. 5 runner, placing 17th in 28:29 at the Stetson Invitational...also ran No. 5 for the Golden Knights at the NCAA South Regional, where he finished with a personal best 34:35.21 in the 10K.
2004-05: Represented UCF at four meets during the fall...earned a top 15 showing at the Clermont Meet...recorded a personal best of 27:46.03 and finished in the top 100 at the Disney Classic...Atlantic Sun All-Academic Team.
Prior to UCF: A three-sport athlete at Oviedo High School...posted a personal best 16:36.40 at the 2004 Greater Oviedo 5K...recorded a time of 9:46.54 in the 3200m at the Seminole Athletic Conference Championship...the effort stands as the school record...earned first-team all-conference honors...voted team captain...also lettered in baseball.
Personal: Born in Corvallis, Ore....son of Eric and Elaine Nielson...major is environmental engineering.