For the second time in his career, Tim Nelson (Sr, Augusta) earned the WIAC Max Sparger Scholar-Athlete Award. Nelson earned the award for the 2012 Outdoor Track and Field season and recently received the award for men's cross country.
After successfully defending his WIAC men's cross country title, Nelson was also named the UW-Stout Athlete of the Week. Nelson shared the cross country Scholar-Athlete Award with UW-Oshkosh's John DeWitt.
Nelson, who won the 2011 cross country event, came in with a time of 24-minutes, 34.2-seconds, winning the event by 25 seconds. Nelson’s nearest competitor was UW-La Crosse's Josh Dedering (24:59.7). Last season, Nelson won the event by 11 seconds. Nelson is the 13th individual to collect multiple titles and had plenty of help from his teammates to garner a fifth-place team finish, the best Stout finish at the WIAC Championships since it did the same in 1986.
Nelson sustains a 3.67 grade point average and is majoring in business administration. In 2012, he was selected the CoSIDA NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field Academic All-American of the Year. Nelson is a six-time winner of UW-Stout’s Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence and is a three-time member of the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll.
He is a two-time WIAC individual champion and was named the conference’s Athlete of the Year following the 2011 campaign. A three-year team captain, Nelson finished in fourth-place at the 2011 NCAA Division III Championship. He is a three-time national champion in track & field, winning the 5,000-meter indoor title and 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter outdoor titles in 2012.
Nelson is a member of UW-Stout’s Army ROTC - winning the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Award earlier this year. He is also a member of UW-Stout’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and served as a volunteer for campus clean-up and food drives. In addition, Nelson has worked as an economics tutor and at the Bullfrog Fish Farm.
The WIAC Scholar-Athlete Award is named after Max Sparger, who served as commissioner of the Wisconsin State University Conference for 22 years from 1971-93. He oversaw the transition of the conference from NAIA to full NCAA membership. Sparger arrived at UW-Stout in 1959 and served the institution in a variety of capacities, including as an assistant football and basketball coach, head wrestling coach and head football coach. He served as UW-Stout’s athletics director from 1969-71.
In order to be nominated for the scholar-athlete award, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.50 grade point average. In addition, he must be in his last year of competition, or on schedule to graduate this academic year, and have competed for a minimum of two years.