Event: Pole Vault (IN: 16-6; OUT: 15-10)
Competed in 11 meets during the 2017 season ... Represented the Tigers in the pole vault at the SEC Outdoor Championships for the second-straight season ... Won the bronze medal with a third-place finish at LSU's Battle on the Bayou where he cleared 15 feet, 9 3/4 inches for third place ... Cleared 15-7 3/4 in back-to-back meets to finish 10th at the LSU Aumni Gold and eighth at the SEC Relays ... Opened the outdoor season by clearing 15-5 1/2 for fourth place at the Louisiana Classics ... Also vaulted at the Mt. SAC Relays and Beach Invitational on LSU's Spring Break trip during the outdoor season ... Jumped an indoor seasonal best of 15-5 for ninth place at the Commodore Invitational ... Opened the season with a vault of 15-0 1/4 for fifth place at the Purple Tiger Invitational ... Appeared at the Auburn Indoor Invitational and Razorback Invitational during the indoor season.
Set personal bests in the pole vault during both the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2016 ... Cleared his lifetime best of 16 feet, 6 inches in a runner-up finish at the LSU High Performance Meet during the indoor season ... Followed by clearing 16-4 3/4 to tie for 11th place in his debut appearance at the SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships ... Cleared 16 feet for the first time on the season at the Bayou Bengal Invitational where he went over the bar at 16-0 for fourth place ... Jumped 16-0 1/2 for fifth place at the LSU Twilight ... Also vaulted indoors at the Purple Tiger Invitational (15-5 3/4), Power Five Conference Clash (15-9), Razorback Invitational (NH) and New Mexico Collegiate Classic (15-5 3/4) ... Debuted at the SEC Championships during the outdoor season ... Won the B section of the pole vault at the Texas Relays with a clearance of 15-7 1/4 ... Followed by jumping an outdoor PR of 15-10 to tie for 12th place at the LSU Alumni Gold ... Placed sixth at the LSU Invitational (15-9 1/4) and eighth at the Battle on the Bayou (15-2 1/4) during the outdoor season ... Did not clear a height in his outdoor debut at Miami's Hurricane Twilight.
Competed in 10 meets during his redshirt freshman season with the Tigers … Opened his season by clearing a lifetime personal best of 16-1 ¼ in a third-place finish in the pole vault at the LSU Indoor Invitational … Also earned a third-place finish in the event at the LSU Twilight with a clearance of 15-10 in his indoor season finale … Cleared 15-7 ¾ for fifth place at the LSU High Performance Meet and 15-1 to tie for seventh place at the Auburn Indoor Invitational … Also competed in the pole vault at Kentucky’s Rod McCravy Memorial and Arkansas’ Razorback Invitational during the indoor season … Followed outdoors by clearing an outdoor PR of 15-7 ¼ to tie for eighth place in the pole vault at the LSU Alumni Gold … Opened his outdoor season by taking fifth place at the Louisiana Classics with a mark of 15-1 ¾ … Ended his season by clearing 15-3 ½ for sixth place at the LSU Invitational to cap his outdoor season.
Received a redshirt during his true freshman season with the Tigers in 2014.
PRIOR TO LSU
Was a four-year letterwinner in track and field at Mandeville High School under the direction of coach Gerald Singer … Cleared a personal record and school record of 15-6 during his senior season in 2013 … Earned first-team all-district honors in the pole vault during his senior season.
Full name is Jonathan Evan Nelsen … Born on April 7, 1995 … Parents are John and Tammy Nelsen … Has an older sister named Kristen … Was an honor student during his prep career at Mandeville High School … Graduated with a weighted grade-point average of 4.37 … Member of the National Honor Society in high school … Was also a member of the honor roll at his high school … Majoring in electrical engineering.