Nicole Dawson
Nicole Dawson
Height: 5-5
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Jessup, Md.
High School: Hammond

2013: Led the Retrievers across the line twice and scored in each of UMBC’s six competitions as a sophomore… Paced the Retrievers for the first time in her career by placing 11th overall at the season-opening America East Pre-Conference Meet at Binghamton on Sept. 7… Crossed the line first for UMBC the next weekend as well in Annapolis, Md. at the Salty Dog Invitational… Recorded a career-best run at the meet at Navy, finishing with a time of 21:58.88, the seventh-fastest for that distance in program history… Lowered her 5k time on the course at Binghamton to 19:12.34 at the America East Conference Championships to help UMBC earn its best-ever team finish, fifth… Selected to the America East All-Academic Team… Named to the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

2012: Competed in and scored in each of UMBC's seven competitions, the only Retriever to do so... Scored at both the America East Championships and NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals... Recorded a career-best 6k time of 23:29.20 at the Princeton Invitational on Oct. 13... Finished 47th at the conference meet at New Hampshire with a 5k time of 18:43.03... Named to the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll.

Background: Finished 7th at the Maryland 3A State Championships as a senior in 2011... Placed fifth the year before as a junior at the 2A state meet... Howard County champion in the 3200m at the 2011 meet... Led Hammond to the county and regional championships in indoor track as a senior... An 11-time Scholar Athlete Award recipient... A member of the National Honor Society and the editor of Hammond's school newspaper, The Bear Press, from 2010-2011.

Personal: Daughter of Sean and Sherry Dawson... Majoring in information systems... Born Aug. 4, 1994.