Ida Nilsson wins second national championship

Ida Nilsson wins second national championship

Ida Nilsson won her second individual national championship last week by winning the women's 5,000 meters in Fayetteville, Ark.

"I felt great during the race," Nilsson said. "I knew that I had a chance, but I am very surprised of the overall outcome." The senior ends her career with a school record of 11 All-American honors.

"We are extremely excited to bring back a national champion to Northern Arizona University with Ida Nilsson," said J.W. Hardy, director of track and field. "This is a great day for our program and we have a lot of great things to look forward to in the future."

Nilsson ends her career with NAU by matching her performance from last springs NCAA Outdoor Championships winning the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase. She writes herself into the record books as the fifth national champion in NAU history.

"I have so many great memories from NAU and I can not believe that my career is over," Nilsson said. "This and the 3,000-meter steeplechase title definitely highlight my career."

Northern Arizona sophomore sensation Karim Chester earned his first All-American honor in the 35-pound weight throw. "I was very nervous going into the meet," Chester said. "It took me five throws to actually calm down. This was still a wonderful experience for me and I am very excited to finish as high as I did in the competition."

Henrik Ahnstrom placed 12 in the prestigious men's 5,000-meters.