Graduate Athlete Makes History By Breaking Records

Nychele Fischetti is the first athlete in school history to compete in 12 national track meets in four years.

Jul. 3, 2012 By Ethan Froelich

Nychele Fischetti was a great runner in high school before she came to Biola, and a record-breaker when she graduated in May. Graduating with a degree in biology, Fischetti holds the women’s record for the mile with a time of 4:59, the indoor record for the distance medley relay, and the record for the 4x800 meter relay.

Every year, she qualified for the cross country championships in the fall, the indoor track championships in the winter, and the outdoor championships in the spring, something no other Biola athlete has ever done.
Fischetti rarely had an off day.
“Being a college athlete has taught me so taught me hard work and diligence at another level that required endurance,” said Fischetti.

Having to juggle sports, relationships, and academics, were all challenging, but coming to Biola would prove to be what Fischetti says was “the best decision of my life.” As a member of the track and field team at Biola, her favorite memory was not any of her individual records, but Biola’s second place finish at the 2010 Cross Country Nationals.

“The team completely relied on God, and it was so awesome to have every girl on the team show up that day and do their best,” said Fischetti.

One of her most trying times on the track and field team was the 2011/2012 indoor season when she was sick and had to run a total of five races in only three days.

“It was such a great feeling as a senior to walk away from my last indoor track meet with my awesome teammates and three different All American honors,” said Fischetti.

Currently working on going to graduate school to become a physician’s assistant, Fischetti says that Biola not only gave her a great education, but also allowed her to get a better understanding of God.

“I have learned the importance of the kingdom and am excited to go out into the world and play my part in God's plan,” said Fischetti. “I hope to help bring God's healing not only physically, but also spiritually.”

Read more about Biola’s track and cross country teams.

Written by Ethan Froelich, Public Relations Intern. For more information, contact Jenna Bartlo, Media Relations Coordinator, at 562.777.4061 or at


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