Jonathan Nelson
Last School
Timpview High School
Roster Years
2009 | 2013-2014


  • Parents are Ray and Pamela Nelson
  • Enjoys mountain biking, cross country skiing, racquetball, tennis, frisbee, and most outdoor activities
  • A big Wolfram Alpha fan
  • Was a member of the Timpview HS Bomb Squad
  • Played the Greek god Narcissus in a 6th-grade school play
  • Majoring in statistics

Before BYU

  • Three-year letterwinner in both track and cross country at Timpview HS in Provo, UT
  • Named a Timpview all-around student athlete
  • Earned academic all-region accolades
  • Named the school's MVP in cross country his junior and senior years
  • 2008 region champion and state champion in 2007 and 2008
  • Gatorade Player of the Year in 2008
  • Nike Southwest cross-regional runner-up
  • Nike cross-nationals individual qualifier in 2008
  • Bob Firman Invitational champion as a senior


MWC Scholar-Athlete (2010)


2014: Junior         
Place Event Time Distance
3 Utah Open 19:19.0 6k
7 BYU Autumn Classic 20:31.0 4 miles
10 Notre Dame Invitational 23:33.0 5 miles
36 Wisconsin Adidas Invitational 24:13 8k
3 WCC Championships 23:28 8k
98 NCAA Championships 31:30.9 10k
2013: Sophomore
Place Event Time Distance
1 Utah Open 18:58.7 6k
5 Autumn Classic 20:10.2 4 miles
22 Griak Invitational 24:51 8k
27 Wisconsin Adidas Invitational 23:49 8k
13 WCC Championships 23:55 8k
68 NCAA Championships 31:02.1 10k
2009: Freshman
Place Event Time
15 BYU Autumn Classic* 20:30.2
23 UC Riverside Invitational 24:54.4
49 Bill Dellinger Invitational 24:49.2
4 Pre-Nationals Invitational (Open) 25:00.8
17 MWC Championships 24:55.5

* - Unattached

BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year 2009

  • Named MWC Co-Freshman of the Year following his 17th-place finish at the MWC Championships
  • Came in fourth place in the open race of the Pre-Nationals Invitational 
  • Finished in 49th place at the Bill Dellinger Invitational
  • Earned a 23rd-place finish at the UC Riverside Invitational
  • Achieved a 15th-place finish at the BYU Autumn Classic 
Sophmore Year 2013

  • Finished first overall at Utah Open in first race since 2009
  • Took fifth at the Autumn Classic and third for the Cougars, using a late surge to pass two Portland runners and help BYU beat their conference rivals
  • Placed 22nd overall and fifth for the Cougars at the Griak Invitational, helping the Cougars to first place overall
  • Took 27th overall and third for BYU to help the Cougars to a second place finish at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational
  • Took 13th overall at the WCC Championships, earning All-WCC honorable mention honors
  • Placed 68th at the NCAA Championships as the third Cougar to finish
Junior Year 2014

Senior Year

Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

Medical Redshirt Year