Kendal Nielsen
Kendal Nielsen
Height: 5-8
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Grass Valley, CA
High School: Bear River HS
Events: TJ/LJ
Experience: 3V

2015 -- Earned an All-Big West accolade in the triple jump, with a career-best mark of 40 feet, 10.5 inches (ranking No. 4 in school history) at the conference championships, where she was third at UC Riverside on May 16 ... in the process, advanced to the NCAA West Regional meet for a second consecutive season, ultimately finishing 32nd at Texas, with a mark of 40-6.25 on May 30 ... also picked up triple jump wins at the Big West Double Dual on March 14 (at 40-8.25), the 33rd annual ShareSLO Invitational on March 28 (40-5.5, helping the Mustangs outscore both Pepperdine and CSU Bakersfield), the UCLA-hosted Legends Invitational on April 4 (38-11.5) and the Blue-Green Rivalry dual against UC Santa Barbara on May 2 (38-6.75, helping to lead the way to a 108.5-89.5 team victory at Westmont College) ... also had another solid long jump season, posting an 18-9.25 at the home invitational, winning (at 17-11) vs. the Gauchos and then placing ninth (at 17-4) at the conference championships ... in the indoor season, turned in the top triple jump mark by any collegian competing at the UW Invitational in Seattle on Jan. 31: 39-11.5 ... will enter her senior season having collected 12 career collegiate wins in the triple jump (six apiece at invitational and dual settings) — plus three first-place finishes in the long jump as a Mustang (with one of the victories coming at an invitational and the other two at dual meets) ... not only earned a second consecutive spot on the Big West All-Academic Team; was also a national USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree.

2014 -- Opened the spring with a season-best triple jump of 40 feet, 7.75 inches at Fresno State on March 15 ... also collected four additional wins in the event over the course of the season: at the UC Irvine-hosted Spring Break Invitational on March 22; the ShareSLO Invitational on March 29 (when she helped the Mustangs sweep the Bulldogs, Bakersfield and Pepperdine); the Cal-Nevada Championships in La Jolla on April 5 (over a field of 25 competitors); and the home dual against UCSB on May 3 ... went on to finish fifth at the Big West Championships on May 17 (at 39-7), and then 35th at the NCAA West Regional in Arkansas (38-11.75) ... the Blue-Green meet also saw her win the long jump, at 18-10.75 (equaling her PR) ... also earned all-academic honors from the conference office.

2013 -- As a true freshman, had the fifth-best triple jump in school history, at 40 feet, 8 inches, in the dual vs. UCSB on April 27 ... was fifth in the event at the Big West Conference Championships (at 39-7.75) ... also had the team’s best long jump during the season: 18-10.75 against the Gauchos.

Prep -- As a senior at Bear River High School in Grass Valley, finished sixth at the CIF State Championships Meet in the triple jump (at 38-7.25), and was also eighth in the long jump (18-7.5) ... PRs were 39-5 and 19-3.5 ... graduated owning six school records (in the long jump, triple jump, 100, 200, 400 relay and 1,600 relay) ... also played volleyball for the Bruins ... was an editor for the school newspaper and was class valedictorian.

Personal -- Born on June 29, 1994 in Walnut Creek ... daughter of John and Kari ... has a brother, Blake (also a Cal Poly student) ... is a member of the Cal Poly Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Action ... majors in environmental management & protection (with a minor in geographic information systems).