Heidi Nielson - Women's Cross Country - Arkansas Razorbacks

Heidi Nielson

R-Fr. | 5-6 | Katy, Texas | Cinco Ranch HS

Freshman (2021-22)
Outdoor: One of just four entrants in the World U20 Championships held in Cali, Colombia, to compete in both the 3,000m and 5,000m … Placed 12th in 3,000m (9:56.35) and 13th in 5,000m (17:13.97) … Qualified for World U20 by placing second in the 5,000m at the USATF U20 Championships with a career best of 16:30.50 and third in the 3,000m with a 9:52.98 … Competing unattached, won 3,000m at Arkansas Twilight in a career best of 9:43.46.

Indoor: Competed in two races before injury cut season short … Set a career best of 4:50.17 as runner-up in mile at Arkansas Invitational … Debut at 3,000m produced a 9:21.30 for 3,000m to finish fifth at Razorback Invitational.

Cross Country: did not compete.

Fifth in 5,000m at 2019 Pan-American U20 Championships. 2019 USATF Junior silver medalist in 5,000m (16:54.02 PR) and placed fourth in 1,500m (4:34.24). Won 5,000m title at 2018 New Balance Nationals.

Bronze medalist at 2021 Texas 6A State Championships in 1,600m and 3,200m. Silver medalist in 1,600m at 2019 Texas 6A meet and fourth in 3,200m. During 2018 state meet, silver medalist in 1,600m and bronze medalist in 3,200m. Summer racing in 2021 included a victory at 3,200m in TTFCA Meet of Champions, along with runner-up efforts in mile at NSAF Meet of Champions (4:48.50), and in 1,600m at Texas Distance Festival.

Cross county accolades include bronze medal in 2020 Texas 6A championship. In 2018, she finished fourth in Texas 6A State meet after third in Region III-6A. Finished 26th in Nike Nationals and placed 28th in Foot Locker Nationals after placing second in FL South Regional and fifth in Nike South Regional. Also, fourth in 2017 Texas 6A State meet after winning Region III title.

Career best marks: 2:12.39 (800m), 4:27.23 (1,500m), 4:46.38 (1,600m), 4:46.31 (Mile), 9:46.71 (3,200m), 11:07.90 (2 Mile), 16:54.02 (5,000m)
Indoor: 4:52.48 (Mile)
XC: 16:55.6 (5k), 21:31.0 (6k)


Heidi Nielson | Career stats


  • Mile | 4:50.17
  • 3,000m | 9:21.30


  • 800m | 2:12.39 (HS)
  • 1,500m | 4:27.23 (HS)
  • Mile | 4:46.31 (HS)
  • 3,000m | 9:43.46
  • 5,000m | 16:30.50