CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — As the sky broke late and the rain poured down, the Irish concluded their run at the 2019 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The women had three individuals medal in four events total to propel them to seventh overall in the team standings with 55 points. On the men’s side, Yared Nuguse boasted the lone individual championship while Andrew Alexander earned All-ACC honors with his bronze medal finish in the 5K run. Overall, the men finished ninth in the team standings, tallying 40 points over the three day meet.
Nuguse led the men’s squad as the reigning ACC Indoor mile champion ran the fastest men’s 1,500m time of the day. Crossing the line in 3:41.34, Nuguse claimed ACC gold while his teammates Dylan Jacobs (3:50.85) finished tenth and Andrew Delvecchio (3:57.72) took 12th overall.
Jessica Harris competed in her first race of the day with a fourth place finish in the women’s 800m with a time of 2:06.51.
She along with Irish teammates, Rachel DaDamio and Jacqueline Gaughan, earned All-ACC honors in the women’s 5K. DaDamio led the trio of honorees, pushing hard into the finish with a silver medal run of 16:07.37. Gaughan crossed the line fifth in 16:14.12 followed closely behind bay Harris who crossed the line in 16:14.47.
Andrew Alexander took home the final piece of hardware for the Irish at the 2019 Championships with his bronze medal finish in the men’s 5K race, completing the race with a personal best time of 14:01.48.
“It is always exciting to see who will rise to the occasion at Championship time,” Hatherly-Piane Head Coach Matt Sparks said. “We have a great tradition of athletes stepping up when it matters most. This weekend I was particularly proud of Anna Rohrer and Yared Nuguse who both claimed ACC Championships in the 10k and 1,500m races, respectively. Also reaching new heights and breaking school records were Gabrielle Diederich in the javelin and Logan Kusky in the hammer throw.”
The Irish will have next week off before gearing up for the NCAA East Regional meet May 23-25 in Jacksonville, Florida.
Prior to the conference championships, 16 individuals looked to represent Notre Dame at the regional championships as competitors are determined individually by event, in descending order, with the top-48 in each region receiving a bid.
Nationally, eight Irish individuals rank in the top-50 for their events, including Yared Nuguse, Jess Harris, Jackie Gaughan and Rachel Tanczos who each highlight multiple events.