Nick Symmonds, Willamette: NCAA DIII Athlete Hall of Fame, Class of 2017

Over the span of his career, Nick Symmonds found incredible success outdoors.
While at Willamette, Symmonds won seven NCAA individual titles and is the only man to do so in NCAA Division III history. Symmonds swept the outdoor 800m title from 2003 to 2006 and won 1500m crowns in 2003, 2005 and 2006. He became just the second man in NCAA DIII history to win the 800m and 1500m during the same outdoor meet and the only man to do it three times in a career (Haverford’s Karl Paranya completed the first 800-1500 sweep in 1997). The NCAA Division III record book is littered with Symmonds’ name as well, as he holds the season record at 800m (1:47.34) and the all-conditions standard of 1:45.83. When Symmonds left Willamette, however, he proved to everybody once again that division doesn’t matter: talent does. Symmonds won five consecutive U.S. titles from 2008 to 2012 – added another in 2015 – and made two Olympic teams in the process (2008 and 2012). The native of Boise, Idaho, reached the semifinals of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and finished 5th at the 2012 London Olympic Games. The following year he won sliver at the 2013 IAAF World Championships.