Wildcats' 15.83 awards per fall sport lead conference by a wide margin
2012: Competed in five events, highlighted by her 6K effort of 21:47 at the Bradley Classic where she was the first Wildcat across the finish line ... Continued to improve throughout the fall, culminating in her career-best 5K time of 18:13 at the Northern Illinois Open ... Placed 63rd overall at the Loyola Lakefront Invite (18:42) ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2011: Ran in four meets as a sophomore ... Season-best 5K time of 19:02 came in the B division of the Notre Dame Invitational, where she was third among NU finishers ... Also sixth on the team and eighth overall at the Illini Open (19:04) ... Competed in the Crusader Open and Huskie Open to begin the season ... Academic All-Big Ten and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (3.7 GPA or above for previous year).
2010: Competed in three meets, including the Illini Open where she was NU's top finisher with a season-best 5K time of 18:15 ... Placed 19th overall at the Illinois Intercollegiates in 18:46.
High School: Three-year letterwinner in track and four-year letterwinner in soccer ... Took fifth in the 3,200-meter race at the Pennsylvania state championships in 2010 with a personal-best and school-record time of 10:42 ... Conference champion as a senior in the 1,600 (5:06) ... Recipient of team MVP award, Athletic Director's Scholar-Athlete award ... Also her school's winner of the Wendy's High School Heisman Award ... Class valedictorian and member of National Honors Society.
Personal: Born Nicole Ann Oliver ... Daughter of Steve and Deb Oliver ... Father ran cross country and track at Georgia Tech ... Chose Northwestern over Cornell, Washington University, Carnegie Mellon and Virginia ... Majoring in biomedical engineering.