Tyler Nelson
Tyler Nelson
Year: Senior
Hometown: San Diego, CA
High School: Del Norte HS/Texas Tech
Position: Decathlon

2017-2018 Track

Redshirt season. 

2016-2017 Track 

Competed seven times for his second season at UCSB. Started things off early with a win in the 110m hurdles at the Gaucho Round-Up, setting a personal best with a time of 14.73. The bulk of his season would unfortunately be dealing with nagging injuries afterwards, culminating in a pulled hamstring towards the end of the season. Despite this, Tyler would gear up to defend his decathlon title anyways at the conference meet. A grueling two days would test the UCSB junior to his limits, but he would walk way with an inspiring effort of 6944 points to take second place overall.   

2015-2016 Track 

Competed in ten meets for his first season in the blue and gold. Made a strong statement by scoring over 7000 points for the first time at the Sam Adams Combined Events Invite, taking sixth with a score of 7097. A hard fought battle at the Big West Conference Championships would give Tyler his first Big West Conference Individual Title, scoring 7220 points to edge out Long Beach State's Herman Day by a mere 22 points. Neck and neck throughout the two day duel, Tyler would set collegiate bests across all the running events to pull away from the 49er in the very last event of the decathlon to take the win. 

Texas Tech

Nelson, a 6'6 transfer decathlete from Texas Tech will be a key addition to the Gauchos multi-event corps. As a freshman at Texas Tech, Nelson placed sixth at the Big-12 Championships in the decathlon with a score of 6773. Indoor he set a 60m hurdle best of 8.43 at the Texas A & M Quad. Was named to the All Big 12 Conference Track and Field Rookie Team. 


As a prep athlete at Del Norte HS, Nelson qualified for the CIF State Championships in the 300m hurdles and 110m hurdles. He had prep bests of 38.40 and 14.59 in the hurdle events respectively. After his high school season, he competed in the USATF Imperial Championships, winning the prep decathlon with a score of 6750. He has bests of 10.95 in the 100m and 49.16 in the 400m.   


Parents are Scott and Lori Nelson...Has one sibling, Conner...Majoring in Economics at UCSB...Aspires to work in the NFL...Enjoys Football, Hiking and Traveling. 

Collegiate Bests

100m - 10.93(2016 Big West Conference Championships)

400m - 48.79 (2016 Big West Conference Championships) 

1500m - 4:45.72 (2016 Big West Conference Championships)  

110m Hurdles - 14.73 (2017 Gaucho Round-Up) 

Long Jump - 22' 7" (2016 Sam Adams Combined Events) 

High Jump - 6' 3 1/4" (2016 Sam Adams Combined Events)

Pole Vault - 13' 7 1/4" (2016 All-UC Challenge) 

Shot Put - 49' 9" (2017 Big West Conference Championships) 

Discus - 132' 6" (2017 Ben Brown Invitational) 

Javelin - 166' 4" (2016 All-UC Challenge) 

Decathlon - 7220 points (2016 Big West Conference Championships) 

Big West Championships 

2017 - 110m Hurdles, 11th, 15.06

2017 - Decathlon, 2nd, 6944 points

2016 - 110m Hurdles, 13th, 15.04

2016 - Decathlon, 1st, 7220 points 

Prep Bests

100m - 10.95

400m - 49.16

110m Hurdles - 14.59

300m Hurdles - 38.40

Decathlon - 6750 points