Enters his second year as a volunteer assistant working with throws coach Reedus Thurmond and concentrating on the javelin, which has quickly become a major strength for the Huskies. Nyland was a three-time Pac-10 competitor in the javelin throw, and qualified for Regionals in 2008 but was unable to compete due to injury. A native of Woodinville, Wash., his personal-best javelin throw was an even 226-feet, set at the Pepsi Team Invite in 2008.
In 2010, in Nyland's first season as a volunteer, Husky javelin throwers Kyle Nielse and Joe Zimmerman placed third and fourth, respectively, at the NCAA Championships to earn All-America honors. Zimmerman won the U.S. Junior Championships and competed at Junior Worlds. Washington had three scorers in the javelin at Pac-10s, as freshman Jimmy Brookman also placed eighth and advanced to NCAA Prelims.
Nyland's Collegiate Career
2009: Competed in his third career Pac-10 Championships in the javelin, and had his best ever finish, placing ninth with a throw of 196-1 ... surpassed 200-feet twice, with a season-best 202-0 at the UW-WSU dual where he took third ... also threw an even 200-feet in a second-place showing at the Ken Shannon Invite ... earned Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team honors.
2008: Season was cut short by injury after just one meet, but that one meet included a personal-best javelin throw that held up as one of the best in the nation ... lone meet was the Pepsi Team Invite, which he won with a javelin throw of 226-feet, easily a Regional qualifying mark, and which still ranked 15th on the year-end NCAA descending order list.
2007: Competed once unattached in the javelin, throwing 215-10 which would have been the best throw on the team by over 30 feet and a Regional qualifying throw.
2006: Competed at Pac-10 Championships for second-straight year, placing 14th ... topped 200 feet for first time in a win at the Oregon Invite ... also earned wins at the Ken Shannon and Springtime Invitationals ... threw over 190 feet at five of six meets in 2006 ... earned second-team Academic All-Pac-10 honors.
2005: Was UW's No. 3 javelin competitor in 2005, earning a season-best mark of 199-2 at the UW-WSU Dual ... competed in the javelin at the Pac-10 Championships, placing 17th ... won the javelin at the Spike Arlt Invitational with a throw of 195-0 ... also earned top-five javelin finishes at the UW Outdoor Preview, the Pepsi Invitational and the Ken Shannon Invite.
High School and Personal: Parents are Roslynn and Carl ... has an older sister, Carly ... took second at state in 2004 with a throw of 183-1 ... swept league and district titles as a senior ... placed fifth in the javelin at the 2004 U.S. Junior Nationals and third in the Meet of Champions that same year ... named Team MVP as a senior, and served as team captain his junior and senior seasons ... completed the 2003 Seattle Marathon ... earned a 3.79 GPA in high school ... interested in a career in law enforcement.
Collegiate Best Marks