Lindsey Sowards Nielson
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Last School
Alamosa High School
Roster Years


  • Parents are Martin and Lorna Sowards
  • Father ran cross country for Adams State College
  • Enjoys singing, playing the piano, reading, crocheting, being with family and friends, listening to music, taking naps, and interacting with animals
  • Majoring in Spanish

Before BYU

  • Four-year letterwinner in both track and cross country at Alamosa HS
  • Owned a perfect 4.0 GPA in high school
  • Team captain all four years
  • Ranked as the No. 1 female athlete in her school and valley for four years
  • Regional champion her senior year in cross country after second and third-place finishes other years
  • An all-state runner, coming in third her sophomore year and eighth place as a senior
  • Named all-state in track for four years, earning multiple individual regional and state championships in several events and a member of several relay championship teams


PERSONAL BESTS: Mile- 4:56.54; 3000m- 10:00.67; 5000m- 16:34.13; 400m- 1:00.57
BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year 2011



  • Began the season with a win in the mile (5:13.33) at the BYU Indoor Invitational
  • Placed fifth in the 3000m at the Snake River Open (10:18.31)
  • Finished second in the 3000m at the Air Force Invitational (10:30.25)


  • Won the 3000m in 10:00.67 at the Trojan Tri-Meet
  • Finished second in the 5000m at the Robison Invitational (17:55.36)
  • Won the 5000m in 17:48.21 at the BYU Twilight Meet
Sophmore Year 2012



  • Competed in the 3000m at the Husky Classic and finished 28th in 10:03.87 
Junior Year 2013


  • Opened 2013 with a second-place finish in the mile with a time of 4:56.54 at the Blue and Orange Opener
  • Placed third in the 5,000m with a time of 16:34.76 during the Armory Collegiate Invitational
  • During the MPSF Indoor Championships, finished sixth in the 5,000m with a time of 16:43.76


  • Began the outdoor season with a 10th-place finish in the 1,500m with a time of 4:27.28 at the Sun Angel Classic
  • During the Mt. Sac Relays, placed 18th in the 5,000m with a time of 16:35.13
  • Finished 15th overall in 400m with a time of 1:00.57 at the BYU Robison Invitational
Senior Year 2014

Graduate Year

Redshirt Year 2010

Medical Redshirt Year 2010