Nia Ali was born on October 23, 1988 in Norristown, PA. She attended West Catholic High School before transferring to Pleasantville High School in New Jersey. In high school, she ran track & field for two seasons, and played basketball and softball. Track & Field News ranked her number one in the nation in two indoor hurdles events. She was named to the All-USA Today Girls Track & Field Team and placed 4th at the 2006 USA Track & Field Junior National Championships in the 100m HH.
Nia began her college career at Tennessee where she won the SEC Championship in the heptathlon as a freshman, and placed 3rd in the 100 HH (13.25). Her sophomore year she transferred to USC where she majored in Psychology. During her time at USC, Nia was the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Leader and Champion with a time of 12.63. She also was named an All-American in the heptathlon. To finish 2011, Nia claimed the World University Games title as well.
In 2012, Nia was a finalist at the Olympic Trials and finished 4th at the Diamond League Meet in Doha. In 2013, Nia had a great season taking 1st at the Indoor US Championships and 3rd at the USA Outdoor Championships, claiming a spot on Team USA at the World Championships (12.48).
In her spare time she enjoys playing piano, basketball, dancing and helping children in any way. She currently resides in North Hollywood, CA.
2013 USA Outdoor Championships 3rd place, Team USA member 2013 World Championships, 2013 USA Indoors 60mH Champion, 2012 Olympic Trials Finalist, 2011 World University Games Champion, 2011 NCAA Champion, 2011 USA Championships 5th placeNia's website »