Nelson Qualifies for 400H Finals at NCAA Championships Posted on May 25th, 2023 by


ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Gustavus track & field team began competition at the 2023 NCAA Outdoor Championships, led by Birgen Nelson (Sr., Edina) and Megan Geraets (So., Mankato). Nelson competed in the 400-hurdles prelims and Geraets the 200-meter prelims to start the weekend.

Nelson, in her third national meet appearance, qualified for the 400-hurdles final with a time of 59.41. Nelson placed second in her heat and third overall. Nelson will race in the 100-hurdle prelims tomorrow at 4:15 p.m. CDT before competing in the 400H finals Saturday.

“The goal was to survive and advance to the finals, and it’s pretty cool knowing that if all goes as planned I will be an All-American again,” said Nelson following her first race of the weekend. “I’m really excited for the 100-hurdle heats, and especially the final. It’s not very often that I get to run against so many talented women, and everybody in that heat is so deserving of being here. It will be a great opportunity for me to run fast.”

Geraets, in her first national meet appearance, finished 18th overall in the 200-meter preliminary race, finishing with a time of 25.07.

“I’m ecstatic. I’m so excited to be able to run and be here to compete. Coming here was definitely a dream, and I’m glad I got to have this experience, and hopefully I can continue to get better and come back again,” said Geraets after her 200-meter performance.

The Gusties continue competition tomorrow, beginning with Annika Poe (Sr., Big Lake) in the shot put at 3 p.m. CDT.

Gustavus schedule at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (all times CDT):

Thursday, May 25

400-hurdles prelims (Nelson) — 59.41 (third)

200-meter prelims (Geraets) — 25.07 (18th)

Friday, May 26

3 p.m. — shot put prelims and finals (Poe)

4:15 p.m. — 100-hurdles prelims (Nelson)

Saturday, May 27

9 a.m. — triple jump prelims and finals (Madi Kes)

12 p.m. — hammer throw prelims and finals (Josh Beiswanger)

1 p.m. — 100-hurdles finals (Nelson)

2:25 p.m. — 400-hurdles finals (Nelson)

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