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Nielsen set for second NCAA shot put appearance

Shay Nielsen will make her second NCAA West Preliminary appearance in the shot put May 24-26 in Sacramento, California. Photo courtesy:

Redshirt sophomore Shay Nielsen (Detroit Lakes) is one of 19 Golden Gophers from the No. 11 University of Minnesota women's track & field team among the declared competitors for the 2018 NCAA West Prelim hosted by California State University, Sacramento and the Sacramento Sports Commission next Thursday, May 24 through Saturday, May 26.

The 19 Gophers have secured 23 entries in 14 different events at the NCAA West Prelim.

Nielsen will compete in shot put in her second appearance. She placed 22nd last year after throwing a second-best mark of the season at 15.34m (50-04).

2018 Gopher NCAA West Preliminary Competitors

Ayesha Champagnie, javelin

Nayoka Clunis, shot put, hammer throw

Emerald Egwim***, 400m, 4x400m relay

Agnes Esser***, discus, hammer throw

Bethany Hasz, 5,000m

Megan Hasz, 10,000m

Val Larson, 4x400m relay

Titania Markland***, 400m, 4x400m relay

Nicolle Murphy***, javelin

Shay Nielsen*, shot put

Temi Ogunrinde*, hammer throw

Karlie Place*, pole vault

Ashley Ramacher, high jump

Kiley Sabin**, shot put, discus

Rachel Schow*, 400m hurdles, 4x400m relay

Emma Spagnola***, 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles

Madeline Strandemo**, 3,000m steeplechase

Heta Tuuri**, high jump

Shanique Wright**, triple jump

* Indicates number of previous years appearing at the NCAA West Prelim.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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