Kirsten Nieuwendam

Kirsten  Nieuwendam


Paramaribo, Suriname

High School:
St. Thomas Aquinas H.S.

Last College:
Penn State



Academic Accolades

More than 200 UCF student-athletes named to AAC All-Academic Team


Academic Accolades

The Knights’ track and field team placed six on the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team


Four Earn All-America Honorable Mention

Jnea Bellamy and the 4x100 relay were recognized by the USTFCCCA


Knights to Nationals

The UCF track and field team heads to Oregon for NCAA Championships


Twice By a Hair

UCF earned spots at NCAA Championships in 4x100 relay and 200 meters

Personal Bests
60M: 7.47
100M: 11.68
200M: 24.07 (In); 23.47 (Out)
400M: 54.15 (In); 54.64 (Out)

2015 (Senior)
· Competed in five meets during the indoor season
· Placed sixth in the 60M at the American Athletic Conference Indoor Championship
· Recorded a personal best time of 7.47 in the 60M during prelims at the AAC Championship
· Won the 60M at the Joe Donahue Games in 7.48 seconds
· Also won the 200M at the Joe Donahue Games, finishing in a season-best 24.47 seconds
· Was a member of the Knights' 4x400 meter relay team that won the AAC Title in 3:39.15
· First Team All-Conference (4x400)

2014 (Junior)
· USTFCCCAA All-American Second Team (4x400)
· USTFCCCAA All-Academic
· All-American Athletic Conference First Team (4x400)
· Represented UCF at the NCAA Championship in the 4x100 and earned 11th with a time of 44.45
· NCAA East Preliminary participant in the 400 meters and 4x100
· Qualified for the NCAA Championships with the 4x100 relay team with a mark of 44.54
· Helped the 4x100 relay team finish first at The American Outdoor Championship iwht a 44.87
· Posted a season-best 11.93 in the 400M semifinals of The American Outdoor Championship
· All-American Athletic Conference Indoor Second Team (4x400)
· Helped UCF's 4x400 relay team take silver at the American Indoor Championships in a season-best 3:38.14
· Competed in the 400M at the American Indoor Championships, clocking 56.56

Prior to UCF (Penn State: 2011-12)
· Competed for Suriname at the 2012 London Olympic Games, placing eighth in her preliminary heat of the 200M
· Experience was her second Olympic appearance after representing Suriname at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing
· A member of the Nittany Lions' 13th-place and Second Team All-America 4x400 squad at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships
· Qualified for the 2012 NCAA East Preliminary Round in both the 100M and 200M, advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals in the 200M
· Had a sensational year at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships, finishing third in the 200M (23.52) and eighth in the 100M while also helping the the 4x400 relay to a runner-up standing and scoring points with the 4x100 relay in sixth place
· Placed second in the 400M at the 2012 Big Ten Indoor Championships with a PR 54.15 and was also a member of the Lions' runner-up 4x400 relay (3:35.80)
· At the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships, ran collegiate PR 11.68 in the 100M prelims
· Redshirted the 2011 indoor season

Prior to College
· Represented Suriname at the 2007, 2008 and 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships
· Spent her senior year at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recording a personal-best 7.60 for 60-meters at Nike Indoor Nationals - the best time by a Florida prep in 2010
· Finished second in the 200M and fourth in the 4x400 relay at the FHSAA 4A State Finals
· Clocked a personal-best 23.86 to win the 200M at the FHSAA 4A District 12 Championships
· Also competed in the 100M and 200M at New Balance Outdoor Nationals

· Majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Coaching

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