Notre Dame Athletics | June 19, 2019
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- After a handful of thrilling runs at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships June 5-8, the Irish have swept Atlantic Coast Conference Track Athlete of the Year honors. Men's 1,500m champion Yared Nuguse and women's 1,500m bronze medalist Jessica Harris were named the men's and women's ACC Track Athlete of the Year as announced by the conference Monday afternoon.
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Nuguse paved the way for great Irish finishes from day one this season. The NCAA individual champion in the men's 1,500m run continues to push the dramatics on the track, with an unbeatable final kick that has everyone eager for more. His outdoor season, highlighted by a blink-and-you-miss-it finish at the NCAA Championships, was outstanding from start to finish. The sophomore kicked off his outdoor season with a first place finish in the 800m at the Stanford Invitational with a personal best time of 1:48.29. In his next time out, Nuguse raced his way to third overall at the Bryan Clay Invitational, recording a personal best time of 3:38.32 and third best in the nation while coming just 0.03 seconds shy of the Notre Dame program record.
"I am proud of Yared and all he has accomplished this past year," assistant coach Sean Carlson said. "He has won three ACC titles and two national titles."
His stellar season continued in the postseason as he won gold at the ACC Championships in the 1,500m, earning First Team All-ACC honors before racing his way to the NCAA Championships with a win at the East Region Prelims. Finishing third in the 1,500m semifinals in Austin, Nuguse was an underdog heading into the finals. Running with the pack through the first 1,100m, Nuguse fell back on the final lap, giving space to Michigan State's Justine Kiprotich and Wisconsin's Oliver Hoare to pass him on the outside. Not one for easy finishes, he focused on the line ahead and willed his way to a first place finish, edging Kiprotich for the title by 0.003 seconds.
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