Nelson runs to the front with school record at Va. Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. - King College's Carrie Nelson broke the 18-minute mark in the 5,000-meter at the Virginia Tech Last chance in a winning effort Saturday.

Nelson, a senior from Independence, Va., covered the distance in 17 minutes and 57.91 seconds to run past the field. She lowered her school record by seven seconds. Her old school record was posted two weeks ago as she was a NCCAA All-American.

In her first 5,000 race of the season she ran it in 19:10 which broke the program record by 20 seconds at the Appalachian State Open. The next race she was 52 seconds faster at the Niswonger Invite before the NCCAA Nationals. Her run at the Niswonger won the NCCAA Women's Track & Field Student-Athlete of the award.

She came into the season with the event record, but the mark has been broken in the last three events.