Q&A with national champ Karisa Nelson
"When your dreams actually come true, it kind of blows your mind, especially when nobody else thought it could happen but you and a couple other people.”
By Sam Chandler, The Samford Crimson
The pain etched across Karisa Nelson’s face as she tore down the final straightaway at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships turned into a broad smile the moment she crossed the finish line.
She couldn’t mask the joy welling inside her. She didn’t have to.
On March 11, Nelson fulfilled a long-sought-after dream when she won the women’s Mile at the NCAA Championship meet in College Station, Texas. Her personal record time of 4 minutes, 31.24 seconds upended a loaded field and sent a shockwave through the track & field world.
Few predicted that Nelson, who finished 21st at the NCAA Championship outdoor meet last June, would make such a drastic jump in nine months.
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