Jennifer Nelson
Jennifer Nelson
Height: 5-9
Year: Senior
Hometown: Plainfield, Conn.
High School: Plainfield
Position: Throws

2016 Outdoor: Competed in three events during the spring... Set two season bests at the Mason Spring Invitational in the javelin and hammer throw with tosses of 19.03m and 44.79m... Had a career best in the discus at the America East Championships with a throw of 36.25m.

2015-16 Indoor: Competed in the weighted throw and shot put during her final indoor season... Earned fourth in the shot put with a career best toss of 13.00m at the America East Championships... Had a season best in the weighted throw at the Great Dane Classic with a toss of 15.54m.

2015 Outdoor: Competed in three different throwing event for the Retrievers in the spring... Competed in the shot put, discus and hammer throws, setting season best marks in each at the America East Championships... Placed eighth in the shot put with a throw of 12.64m (41'5.75")... Took home sixth place in the discus, with her best throw coming at 37.78m (123'11")... Finally, she earned a seventh place finish in the hammer throw with a toss of 44.23m (145'1").

2014-15 Indoor: Competed in the shot put and weighted throw for the Retrievers in the indoor season... Earned 10th place in the shot put competition at the America East Championships with a toss of 12.38m (40'7.5")... Placed sixth in the weighted throw competition at the championships, having her best toss coming at 15.97m (52'4.75"). 

2014 Outdoor: Placed sixth in the shot put and eighth in the hammer throw at the 2014 America East Outdoor Track and Field Championships with career-best throws in both events… Recorded a toss of 12.20m (40’0.5”) in the shot put at the conference meet in Vermont to move up to eighth in the UMBC record book… Her heave of 41.50m (136’2”) in the hammer pushed her to seventh in the program records… Also competed in the discus during the spring season, registering a top throw of 30.32m (99’6”).

2013-14 Indoor: Earned top-ten finishes in both the shot put and the weight throw at the 2014 America East Indoor Track and Field Championships in New York… Placed ninth in the shot put competition with a season-best throw of 11.48m (37’8”)… Finished tenth in the weight throw event after recording a top season toss of 14.30m (46’11”).

2013 Outdoor: Placed seventh in the shot put and 16th in the hammer throw at the 2013 America East Outdoor Championships… Recorded a season-best toss of 11.75m (38’6.75”) in the shot put at the conference meet at Binghamton to move to tenth in the UMBC record book… Her hammer throw of 40.22m (131’11”) at the Duke Invitational ranks sixth all-time while she places tenth in the discus (31.46m; 103’2”)... Named to the America East Honor Roll.

2012-13 Indoor: Placed sixth in the weight throw and eighth in the shot put at the 2013 America East Indoor Championships… Recorded her top toss in the shot put (11.41m; 37’5.25”) at the conference meet in Boston… Posted a career-best heave of 14.83m (48’8.00) in the weight throw at the Penn State Relays to move to sixth all-time in the UMBC record book at the time.

Background: Won the shot put competition at the 2012 Eastern Connecticut Conference (ECC) Indoor Championships with a toss of 39'4"... Helped Plainfield claim the team title at the ECC Medium Division Outdoor Track and Field Championships... Also played volleyball for the Panthers, earning a spot on the All-ECC First Team.

Personal: Daughter of Neil and Kathryn Nelson... Has two older brothers, Trevor and Zachary... Plans to major in Spanish... Born Aug. 7, 1994.