Abby Nelson, a freshman on the UW-Stevens Point track and field team, finished in fourth place in the pole vault at the WIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday, Feb. 28, at UW-Oshkosh.

Nelson, a former Northwestern Tiger from Iron River, vaulted 11 feet, 9 inches. UW-Stout’s Heather Beecher won the event at 12-10.

As a team, the Pointer women finished in fourth place.

Nelson made a big splash in her collegiate debut by finishing first in the WIAC Tri with a vault of 11-8.50.

She tuned up for the WIAC event with a second-place finish (11-4.25) at the UW-Oshkosh Titan Challenge. She also finished second this season in the Midwest Invitational (11-5.75) and the UW-Whitewater Invitational (11-3.50).

NOTES: Nelson, also a member of the Pointer women’s wrestling team, is the daughter of Brenda and Bruce Nelson. … Nelson also holds Northwestern’s pole vault record of 11-3.

WIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships

Pole vault — 1. Heather Beecher, Stout, 12-10; 2. Emma Warr, Oshkosh, 12-0.75; 3. Ashlehy O'Connell, La Crosse, 11-9; 4. Abby Nelson, Stevens Point, 11-9; 5. Five athletes tied with vaults of 11-3.