Niels is currently running for his club team Venloop Runningteam. This talented athlete is currently ranked 6th U20 in The Netherlands with his 5000m PB of 15:03,65. In the 1500m Niels became 5th twice at Nationals U18 (2020) and U20 (2022).Niels started running when he was 14 years old and used to play soccer before. Since he started training as a distance runner he made lots of progress very quickly. Within the past two years he improved his 1500m PB with over 10 seconds, and this past season he ran his first ever sub4min 1500m race. Moreover, his soccer background contributes to Niels’ talent for cross country. One of the highlights of his career is a 3rd place at the National Championships XC.His major strengths is his determination. Niels is very strong mentally and never gives up and always pushes himself to his limits to perform at his absolute best. An area of improvement is top speed. Niels is currently working to improve this in order to get a better finish kick. We strongly believe there is still much room for improvement. His current PBs are:800m: 1:56,891500m: 3:57,783000m: 9:06,285000m: 15:03,65In the USA, Niels’ primary athletic goal is to perform at his absolute best and help his team towards many victories. He would like to PB in each event and get the maximum out of his athletic career. When he graduates from college Niels would like to become a professional runner.
Niels recently graduated from high school and is currently in his first year of his Bachelor International Sport Management. As a transfer student he would like to continue his studies in the USA. For more details about his academics, please check out the details section below.
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