WSU CAREER. JUNIOR (2004-05): Indoor - Ran PRS in 60m dash (7.20i), 200m dash (22.11) and open 400m of 49.10i for 18th in prelims at MPSF Championships (2/26/05, Seattle)...Outdoor - Ran a PR and NCAA Regional Qualifying time in the intermediate hurdles of 52.42 for eighth place at the Pac-10 Championships (5/15/05, Los Angeles)...finished 12th in the 400m hurdles at NCAA West Region prelims with time of 53.31...also ran third leg of fifth place 4x100m relay with time of 39.96 after running 39.91 in prelims (5/26/05, Eugene).
SOPHOMORE (2003-04): Indoor - Ran 400m dash in 49.23i at the Pac-10 Invite (2/14/04, Seattle)...800m time was at WSU Open (1/24/04, Pullman) with time of 2:05.17...ran third leg of school record indoor 4x400m relay time of 3:11.24i for third place at MPSF Championships (2/28/04, Seattle)...Outdoor - Ran intermediate hurdles PR time of 53.23 twice - at Stanford Invite (3/27/04, Stanford) and at State Challenge Cup (4/17/04, Pullman)...15th in the 400m hurdles (54.08) at the Pac-10 Championships (5/15/04, Tucson)...ran second leg of 1600m relay for eighth place at Pac-10 Champs and sixth place at NCAA West Regional 3:09.63 (5/29/04, Northridge).
FRESHMAN (2002-03): Indoor - Ran a 400m dash in 51.20i at McDonald's Last Chance Meet (3/8/03, Moscow)...Outdoor - Clocked in 400m hurdles time of 55.12 at the McDonald's Outdoor (5/10/03, Moscow).
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER. Earned eight letters at Wenatchee High...two in cross country for coach Susan Valdez, three in wrestling for coach Stan Opp, and three in track for coach Ron Brown...as a wrestler, competed at 129-, 141-, and 148-pounds...team won league wrestling titles twice, district titles three times, regional title once and placed third at state junior year and second at state senior year...in track, set sophomore school record in 300m hurdles (41.1), finished fifth in district and ninth at regional meet...junior track season another school record (38.0) with intermediate hurdles finishes of second at district and fifth at regional...named outstanding athlete, most inspirational, coaches award...won 300m hurdles Big Nine League title, district title and finished second at state 4A meet...named outstanding track athlete, outstanding Wenatchee high athlete, Gold Club and received coaches award.
PERSONAL. Born Eric Andrew Nygard 8/23/80 at Missoula, Mont...parents Darrell and Loraine...dad is a teacher and painter...married Jenny Wilson on June 5, 2003, who graduates from WSU in May 2005 majoring in kinesiology...brothers Kevin (3/24/82), Brandon (6/1/88), Blake (3/16/90) and Brian (12/12/91)...sisters Anita (12/27/83), Kara (7/16/85), Lynette (10/6/94) and Kirsten (10/11/96)...Anita runs track at BYU...enjoys camping and hiking...attended Wenatchee Valley College after a church mission but did not compete...pursuing a degree in biology as a pre-med major.
NYGARD'S WSU BESTS
60m - 7.20i (2005)
200m - 22.11i (2005)
400m - 49.10i (2005)
800m - 2:05.17i (2004)
400m Hurdles - 52.42 (2005)
4x100m Relay - 39.91 (2005)
4x400m Relay - 3:11.24i (2004) SR; 3:10.61 outdoor (2005)
PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS PERFORMANCES 2005 400m Hurdles 8th 52.42 2004 400m Hurdles 15th 54.08 1600m Relays 8th 3:10.43
NCAA WEST REGIONAL PERFORMANCES 2005 400m Hurdles 12th (prelims) 53.31 4x100m Relay 5th 39.96 (39.91 prelims) 2004 1600m Relay 6th 3:09.63