Megan Golden | October 27, 2017
The University of Notre Dame will compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference Cross Country Championships for the fifth time in program history, turning to its youth to bring home a conference title. The Irish men’s and women’s squads will rely on relatively youthful lineups to accomplish a lofty task on Friday at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park.
For the men’s team, competing on Louisville’s home course may be an advantage following this season’s Pre-Nationals, where the Irish came in second of the ACC finishers and placed in 15th overall as a team. The women, meanwhile, will race at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park for the first time this season.
The return of senior co-captain Kevin Pulliam and the emergence of freshman Yared Nuguse have helped the Irish improve drastically since last year’s ACC Championships. Pulliam returned from injury and recorded a personal record of 24:14.8 at Pre-Nationals on Oct. 14. Nuguse ran to a second-place finish (25:00.8) at the National Catholic Invitational on Sept. 15.
“Our men’s team has momentum coming off of our last competition, and we are excited to keep that rolling in to the ACC meet,” Irish assistant coach Sean Carlson said. “We have done a really good job of keeping a close 1-5 split, and a key to the ACC meet for us is keeping a close 1-7 split. We won’t have a low stick but we will have a really solid pack that will help us get done what we need to this weekend.”