Niemi's Career Honors:
2006 Patriot League Men's Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year
2006 First-Team All-Patriot League (3,000-meter steeplechase)
2004, `05, `06 Patriot League Men's Track and Field Academic Honor Roll
2004, `05 Patriot League Men's Cross Country Academic Honor Roll
Cantello on Niemi:
"It is rare that I have to restrain the training of a runner, but I like that problem. His decorum, his modus operandi, is simple; if I work hard, sacrifice, prioritize, and get my rest, I shall improve."
Earned three varsity letters with the men's track and field team during his career ... placed 11th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA East Regional Championship during the 2006 outdoor season ... won the event at the Patriot League Championship ... posted career-best time of 9:08.07 at the Penn Relays to place fourth overall, Navy's highest track finisher ... also competed in the mile, 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter runs during the 2005-06 indoor campaign.
Competed in all of Navy's final-seven meets of the year ... recorded three top-15 performances ... scored or served as a placeholder in each raced he ran in ... opened his year with a 12th-place finish, Navy's third-fastest time (26:04), at the Fordham Invitational ... followed that performance with a ninth-place showing in the Navy Invitational (25:50.23) ... notched the team's third-best time at the Notre Dame Invitational (25:17) ... finished 68th out of 195 runners at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship (32:12.8).
Ran in six meets ... posted three top-20 finishes ... placed 11th at the Indiana State Invitational (26:00.79) ... finished in 15th place out of 80 runners (25:55.94) at the Navy Invitational ... ran a 10th-place time of 25:53.93 versus Army in the Star Meet to lead Navy to a 25-34 win ... turned in a 25th-place performance at the Patriot League Championship.
Finished 20th at the Sea Gull Opener.
Attended Duluth Central High School ... earned two letters each in cross country and track ... named MVP of his cross country team in 2001 and `02, while earning the honor in track in 2002 and `03 ... was an all-conference and all-state selection in track as a senior ... all-conference selection in cross country in during junior and senior years ... served as captain of the cross country team in senior season.
Son of Gary and Janet Niemi ... born April 17, 1985, in Duluth, Minn. ... majoring in systems engineering.