Since joining the Missouri Southern track and field team, Nicole Green, backed by a strong faith and encouragement from her family, coaches and friends, has transformed into an outstanding student-athlete.


Since joining the Missouri Southern track and field team, Nicole Green, backed by a strong faith and encouragement from her family, coaches and friends, has transformed into an outstanding student-athlete.

Green was one of three Missouri Southern Lions to earn All-American honors in the final day of the 2010 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships.

“This year the competition was very steep,” said Green, who tied for 12th last season. “The hype and strict enforcement of the rules made me feel intimidated, to tell you the truth.” 

Even so, Green, a Carthage High School graduate, became an All-American in the shot put, along with Kimi Shank in the 5K and Channell Lloyd in the triple jump.

“I honestly still can’t believe it,” said Green, who was only 3 ½ inches short of finishing third and 6 ½ inches out of second. “I was ranked 11th going in (to the meet) and the top nine make it to finals so that was my initial goal. I kept telling myself, ‘Just make it to finals. Just make it to finals.’ When I realized I was ranked fifth going into finals I was shocked. I just felt so overwhelmingly blessed and still do.”

With a distance of 48 feet, 9 1/2 inches, Green, an all-conference and two-time state qualifier in high school, added nearly three feet to her personal best, finishing fourth in the shot put to help the Lions capture fourth place.

“It definitely is personally gratifying,” said Green. “My teammates, family and coaches have been telling me all this time that I could do it, but I think I finally had to prove to myself that I could.
“I cannot wait to see what God has planned for me in the years to come and I hope to eventually break the school record, which would be quite a feat.”

Lloyd, who was two inches short of breaking Tongula Walker’s program record, set a personal best after finishing fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 40 feet, 5 inches.

Shank, with a time of 17 minutes, 26.49 minutes, finished sixth in the 5K run.

Next up, the Lions are set make the transition outdoors at the Florida State University Relays, beginning March 27-28.

“Transitioning is always hard, especially coming off of Nationals and only having a week and a half before my first meet,” said Green. “I am training very hard to get comfortable with the discus and hammer again and keeping up with the shot. I hope to make it to Outdoor Nationals in Charlotte, N.C., in May. If I throw what I did for Indoor Nationals, I should (pick up an) automatic (qualifying mark).”