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Nelson wins 3,000-meter race

March 11, 2011

Keeping up with area athletes competing in college:

Western Nelson (Burroughs High) freshman, Cal State San Marcos men's cross-country: The former Leader Male Athlete of the Year had a fine performance last weekend in the San Diego Collegiate Challenge, hosted by University of California San Diego.

Nelson won the men's 3,000-meter race by 10 seconds, posting a time of 8 minutes 37.72 seconds. In the same race, Jonathan Alpizar — another Burroughs graduate — placed fifth in 8:52.20.

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The two helped the Cougars men's team to a fifth-place finish in the meet.

Nelson is coming off a successful freshman cross-country season for UC San Marcos. Competing at the National Assn. of Intercollegiate Athletics National Championships at Fort Vancouver in Washington, the Cougars ran to a 12th-place finish.

Nelson led the way, finishing seventh in 25:06 to earn All-American honors.

Competing for Burroughs in 2008, Nelson ran to a 15th-place finish (15:32) in Division I at the CIF-State Cross-Country Championships, earning him second-team Division I All-State honors.

Amanda Keith (Burbank High) sophomore, Brigham Young University women's golf: The former Bulldogs standout helped pace the Cougars to a second-place finish Wednesday in the UNLV Spring Rebel Classic at the par-72 Boulder Creek Golf Course.

BYU finished second behind Pepperdine.

Keith shot a final-round seven-over-par 79, posting a 10-over 226 tournament total to tie for 38th place.

This season, Keith tied for 12th at the Circling Raven Collegiate Invitational, shooting a second-round 73. In addition, she shot two rounds of 76 in the McGuire Invitational and carded a first-round 75 en route to finishing tied for 17th at the Turtle Bay Invitational.

Emily Tubert (Burroughs High) freshman, University of Arkansas women's golf: Tubert moved up 17 spots on the leader board in the final round of the Florida SunTrust Gator Women's Invitational on Monday, leading the No. 22 Razorbacks to a fifth-place team finish in Gainesville, Fla.

Tubert began the day in 20th place, but vaulted up the standings finishing tied for third overall. The former All-Area Female Athlete of the Year posted a final round of one-under 69 for a 216 over the three-round event. Tubert shot 76-71-69 in the tournament.

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