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2009 Moffat County High School graduate Alicia Nelson (No. 6) clears the water barrier during the 2012 Division II national championship 3,000-meter steeplechase on May 25. Nelson, who will be a redshirt-junior next track season, ran fast enough during the season to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the steeplechase.

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MCHS grad running at Adams State has World Championship, Olympic aspirations

Since Alicia Nelson graduated from Moffat County High School, she’s had her fair share of success. She won a Division II National championship in 2010 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, a trip to the U.S. Seniors and a second place finish at the 2011 cross country national championship. For Nelson, an incoming senior at Adams State University and member of the MCHS class of 2009, the years to come could be even bigger. During the 2010 season Nelson ran a time good enough to qualify for the U.S. Seniors, a track meet that qualifies runners from the United States for the annual World Championships. Nelson was the youngest runner in the field, nine days older than the cut-off age between seniors and juniors, but still made the finals and placed 11th. Her sudden success came as a bit of a surprise, since Nelson had never run the event before going to college.

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