Keri Nelson Hamby

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Keri Nelson was a multi-sport athlete at Napa High with some playing times in volleyball, cross country, track, powderpuff football, and soccer during her high school career. After her freshman year, her primary concentration was soccer, until her senior year, when she again expanded her interest to include track and powderpuff football. Nelson was a three-year Most Valuable Player on the soccer team as a midfielder and defensive player, and earned co-Most Valuable Player honors in the Monticello Empire League and was captain and Player of the Year on the Napa team during her senior year, one in which she set school records for goals with 15 and assists with 23. Those two records show that she was not only a capable scorer, but a very significant team player by setting up her teammates for scores. In her senior year, Nelson ran for the track team and captained the powderpuff football team that beat Vintage 36-29. After high school, Nelson continued her soccer and cross country efforts, first at the University of California at Berkeley as a walk-on soccer midfielder, and later cross country runner, and then on to Sonoma State, where she played two years of soccer. In her adult life, Nelson qualified three times for the Boston Marathon as a distance runner, with a best time of 3:09:26 and finished 152 of 9,302 women in 2009. Nelson has been a paramedic/firefighter for the City of Novato since 2009. Her many accomplishments resulted in her entrance into the NHS Athletic Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility.