Kylie Nelson broke multiple records in multiple sports during her four-year stint as a student-athlete at Belfast Area High School.

Whether evading defenders in field hockey or jumping/vaulting for height or distance in indoor and outdoor track, Nelson did it all and accomplished it all for the Lions.

And for the second straight year, Nelson had a bit more validation for her athletic prowess.

Nelson emerged from a list of four other worthy candidates to nab the Courier Publications/VillageSoup schoolgirl athlete of the year award — this time for 2016-17.

Nelson edged Camden Hills’ Charlotte Messer, Medomak Valley’s Gabby DePatsy and Oceanside’s Alexis Mazurek and Jillian Brooks to earn the honor.

“I feel really honored to be named it for the second year in a row,” she said. “I read over everyone else’s bios and stuff like that and it was a very even playing field. It could have gone to any of us. We all deserved it and I just feel so honored that I won for the second time.”

As a junior, Nelson impressed in field hockey, as well as indoor and outdoor track. As a senior, Nelson upped her game, and her teams also reaped the benefits.

In field hockey, not only was she named Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B player of the year for the second straight year, she also was named All-State and one of three finalists statewide for Miss Maine Field Hockey. She racked up a whopping 37 goals and 14 assists and led Belfast to the Class B North regional championship. She also scored the team’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss to York in the state final.

Nelson shattered the Belfast career scoring mark with 96 goals, and also ended her high school career with 40 assists. Both marks are school records.

While the Lions lost that state final to the Wildcats, she said simply making it to the final game “was just so awesome.”

“That has always been a dream of mine to make it to states in high school,” she said. “And that was the first time I’d ever done it. We did fall short, but it was so incredible just to experience the level of support we got from Belfast. Everyone drove two hours away to sit in the pouring rain to watch us play a game that everyone wanted us to win.”

For most, coming within a play or two of winning a state final and being lauded as one of the state’s top players might have been enough.

Nelson is not like most athletes.

Between indoor and outdoor track — competing in pole vault, long jump and triple jump — Nelson racked up six conference championships and three state titles.

She won conference championships in all three events in indoor and outdoor track and won the state pole vault championships in outdoor as well, but perhaps underscored were her state championships in indoor and outdoor track for the long jump — particularly in outdoor, when she broke the school record with a jump of 17 feet, 7 inches.

Nelson, also part of sprint relays, said she’d “always been pretty good at pole vault,” but could not explain her sudden rise in the long jump from junior to senior year.

“Throughout my years it’s the same thing over and over again [at pole vault and] I’d get the same height,” she said. “But I’ve never been amazing at long jump. Then my senior year it kind of just … happened. I don’t know what I changed or what I did, but out of nowhere I just started jumping really far.”

She holds school records for the long jump and pole vault — along with being a leg of the 4×200-meter relay team — for indoor track. In outdoor track, she holds the school record for the long jump and as a member of the 4×100-meter relay team.

She added it was “amazing” to end her high school career on such a good note. But after graduation, Nelson made another big leap — this time from the high school to the collegiate ranks — to play field hockey for Division I Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I.

The Bulldogs went 3-16 in Nelson’s freshman year and missed the playoffs. Nelson played in every game this season and scored one goal.

She called the move to college field hockey an “insane jump.”

“There’s so many things different,” she said. “I really don’t even consider it the same sport. It is totally different. In high school you go through your season, you lose your last game and it’s over. You wait until next year. Now, I had two days off and then offseason started. It never ended.”

Nelson said the offseason consists of “running, conditioning and lifting like three or four times a week, [and] practicing individual skills.”

She said while she came in this season not expecting to play much, which is customary for most freshmen, Bryant University coach Joppe de Vries — in his first year coaching the Bulldogs — has a coaching philosophy that ensures all players see the field.

“Everyone gets time,” she said. “We sub constantly because he would like us to work extremely hard for the minutes that we’re in, then we get a break off, then we go back in and work extremely hard again.”

Bryant will graduate three seniors — two of whom play forward — so Nelson is “hoping I’ll see more playing time” next season.

Nelson said her time playing field hockey with Maine Majestix — a club team out of Waterville — helped prepare her for the year-round commitment to a team, but the feeling of being a collegiate athlete on an athletic scholarship can come with its share of challenges.

“We’re getting scholarship money to be on this team, so basically, we’re getting paid to play field hockey,” she said. “I don’t really look at it in that sense, but there are times where we’re doing our Monday runs and we run a lot and sometimes in the middle of it you think ‘Why am I doing this?’ But then you look at it and you think that you’re doing it for the love of the sport. I love this sport and I couldn’t imagine not playing it.”

Still a Lion at heart, Nelson kept up with Belfast’s 2017 season. The Lions finished 13-1 in the regular season, but were upset by Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield in the semifinal round. The Huskies went on to win the state Class B title.

“I’m really close to Maya [Cunningham] and Amy [Gaiero],” she said. “They would come to my games down here. They’d come down with my mom and watch me and I’d ask them about how their games went. I thought they were going to win states and I was rooting for them all the way. And when I heard they lost in double-overtime with 22 seconds left [to MCI], my heart broke for them. This was their year to go far.”

Nelson said she enjoys her time in Rhode Island, but the change “has been a huge adjustment for me.”

It also reminded her that no matter how far away from home she was, her heart remains in the Pine Tree State and she remains a girl “from small Searsmont, Maine.”

“With being in season, we couldn’t go home for three months,” she said. “And I got down there in August, a month before everyone else, so I’ve been here for three months and could not go home. I missed it so much. I wasn’t homesick for my house or my family because I got to see them a lot. I missed Maine. Just how people act, how nice everyone was, the support from Belfast. I’ve missed everything about Maine.”

Personal information

Name: Kylie Nelson.

Age: 18.

Grade: Freshman at Bryant University and 2017 graduate of Belfast Area High School.

Parents: Travis and Lynn Nelson.

Town: Searsmont.

Favorite athlete: Isaiah Thomas.

Favorite personal moment in sports: Breaking the BAHS school record — and winning the state title — in the long jump at the 2017 state Class B outdoor track-and-field championships.

Favorite course in school: Math.

TV show you never miss: Grey’s Anatomy.

Favorite phone app: Snapchat.

What do you listen to on your iPod before competing: “Pump-up music.”

Favorite movie: “The Blind Side.”

Food you pig out on: Tropical Starburst.

Favorite book: “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Hobbies: Hang out with friends and play sports.

Vehicle you wish you were driving: 2018 Range Rover.

Most influential people in your life: My parents.

Future plans: To move to the west coast after college and eventually return to Maine.