Bethany Nickless
Bethany Nickless
Birth Date: 10/04/1985
Height: 5-8
Year: Senior
Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.
High School: Fountain Valley
Position: Distance

2007 Season -- For the second year in a row, Nickless was Big West Champion in the 3000m Steeplechase. She moved on to the NCAA West Regionals, where she was runner-up with a time of 10:11.03. The time was a new personal record, and she qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second time in her career. The time also met the Olympic Trials B-Standard and qualified her for the US Nationals...At the Stanford Invite earlier in the season, Nickless set a new 5k personal record with a regional-qualifying time of 16:51.33. She would place 3rd in the 5k at the Conference Championships, behind UCSB's Stephanie Rothstein and Megan Lewis.

2006 Season -- Learning from her mistakes at the end of the '05 Cross Country season, Nickless became another Gaucho to bust on to the National scene. Focusing on the Steeplechase, Nickless continued to lower her school record, racing a 10:32.33 at the Oregon Invite solidifying her position in the "A" section of the Regional Championships. At the Big West Championships she would easily run away with the Steeplechase title in 10:40 and then double back the following day to finish 2nd in a Gaucho 1st-4th sweep of the 5,000m. Her time of 17:13.97 was a personal best. Stepping onto the line at the NCAA West Regional Championships she would run her best race as a Gaucho with all the chips on the line. Pulling into the lead with two laps to go Nickless would hang onto to finish runner-up and an altitude converted time of 10:18.89, propelling herself into the top twenty in the country and making her first NCAA Championship appearance.

2005 Season -- Nickless had a great freshman season setting not only personal bests but a new school record in the steeplechase as well. In her first attempt at the 3000m Steeplechase event she would just get under the School Record of 10:51 and qualify herself for the NCAA Regional Championships. At the Big West Championships she would drop her school record to 10:43.71 grabbing 4th place in the finals.

2004 Season -- Redshirted her freshman season.

High School -- Nickless owns a personal best of 10:44.50 for 3200m, set as a high school junior to win the CIF SS DI 3200m title... She was All-League for three years in both track and cross country... Also ran 4:58 in the 1600m. In cross country ran 17:55 at 2002 Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational, finishing 5th in the Girls Team Sweepstakes race...Finished 6th in the 2002 DI CIF SS Cross Country Finals at Mt. SAC.

Personal -- Bethany is majoring in mathematics with a minor in exercise & health science... She takes a lot of naps.

Personal Bests
1500m -   4:33.65
Steeple - 10:11.03
5000m -  16:51.33