QA₂Max PODCAST: Crystal Nelson of Iowa State

QA₂Max PODCAST: Crystal Nelson of Iowa State

(Recorded Thursday, October, 23)

NEW ORLEANS – In a loaded women’s race at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, it wasn’t any of the three reigning NCAA track champions who claimed the individual win. Nor did any of the winners of this year’s Notre Dame Invite, Paul Short Run, BC Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown and Washington Invitational.

It was Iowa State’s Crystal Nelson, who officially retired any talk of being an NCAA Championships dark horse.

The junior continued her exceptional 2014 season with a National-Athlete-of-the-Week-winning decisive victory over runner-up Rachele Schulist of Michigan State, following up a third-place showing at Roy Griak in her debut.

A returning All-American and the defending Midwest Region champion, Nelson talked with us on the QA₂ Max Podcast about the keys to her dominant Wisconsin win, the benefits of being part of arguably the best 1-2 punch with Katie Moen, and the inherent fire hazard risks associated with cooking.

Check back each day this week for more podcast interviews with Stanford’s Maksim Korolev (the men’s winner at Wisconsin), Baylor’s Rachel Johnson and Flotrack/Flocasts’ Ryan Fenton as we break down the upcoming conference championship weekends in NCAA Divisions I and III.

The full archive of QA₂ Max features can be found here.