NEW ORLEANS, LA (June 1, 2022) – Claflin senior Zaria Nelson capped her collegiate career in style when she was named to the 2022 United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) All-American Team, Tuesday evening. The 2022 Claflin graduate took second team honors after a terrific performance in the women’s discus throw at the 2022 NCAA Division II National Championship Meet.

While Nelson put on a dominant performance throughout her senior season, it was her performance at the national championship meet that earned her the honor of being named to the All-American team.  She placed 11th in the women’s discus throw with a 148′ 2″ (45.17m) throw. By placing 11th at the meet, Nelson placed nine spots higher that her predicted seeding which was 20th heading into the championship meet. The USTFCCCA awards second-team All-American honors who finish 9-12 in individual events at the national championship meet.

Nelson is a spring 2022 graduate of Claflin University.  She came to Claflin from James Island, South Carolina and she is a graduate of James Island Charter High.

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