Meet Yared Nuguse, the New NCAA Record-Holder in the 1500 Meters (2023)

It’s been more than a week since Yared Nuguse broke the collegiate record in the men’s 1500 meters, and the magnitude of his accomplishment still hasn’t set in.

The unassuming biochemistry major, who won the 1500 meters in a photo finish at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships, said he just wants to make up for lost time after the 2020 COVID-19 cancellations. Now he’s taking advantage of every race opportunity and making history along the way.

On Thursday, May 13, the Notre Dame junior shocked the college running world with a 3:34.68 victory in the first round of the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held at the Paul Derr Track in Raleigh, North Carolina. For Nuguse, the record signified growth that’s been three years—and a pandemic—in the making.

“I just felt like there was a lot left that I wanted to prove and show,” Nuguse told Runner’s World. “I want to get the most out of my college experience, and I think running that [NCAA record] was a big part of that. Outdoor is probably not my most favorite season of them all, but it’s still just very heartwarming to see how far I’ve come since I first got here.”

After he wrapped up his finals on Wednesday, Nuguse hopped on a call to share his thoughts on the record, the events that led to the effort, and his goals for the rest of the year.

He ran the record completely solo

From the gun, Nuguse put a huge gap on his competitors—splitting 57.44 for the second lap and 57.83 on the third lap.

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In most races, Nuguse focuses on competing for the win against other athletes, so running by himself for time was a challenge. When former NCAA record-holder Josh Kerr set the previous collegiate best in the 1500 meters—3:35.01—the race included pacers and a stacked field.

“I felt like I used a lot of my energy going to that last lap. I definitely had a lot of doubts going through my head. I was just like, oh man, I don’t know if I can really do this,” Nuguse said. “I looked over and just seeing my coach yelling and my teammates going at it at this point in the race, I [thought], ‘You’ve come so far. You can’t really give up at this point.’ I think that kind of determination really pulled me through that last lap.”

After maintaining his pace in the last quarter mile, Nuguse blazed through the finish in a time that’s now No. 8 in the world and the fastest 1500 run by an American so far this year. On Saturday, he capped off the weekend by defending his ACC 1500-meter title in 3:40.86.

Skipping indoor track for cross country fired him up

When the NCAA scheduled the postponed 2020 cross-country championships and the indoor track championships within a five-day span in March, Nuguse and the Fighting Irish opted to focus on the cross-country meet in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Instead of running for an individual title in the indoor mile, Nuguse toed the line with his teammates in the 10K and contributed as the fifth scorer in Notre Dame’s impressive runner-up finish against team winner Northern Arizona. The second-place effort on March 15 was a big improvement on the squad’s eighth-place showing in 2019.

And while he would’ve enjoyed the opportunity to race indoors, Nuguse preferred the experience of a team breakthrough in cross country, his favorite sport.

“I’m not quite as good for sure [in cross country], but there’s just that team aspect I’m always talking about that I love so much,” Nuguse said. “Even if I don’t have the talent that I have in track, the success we have in cross country just feels better than the success in any track race for me.”

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Nuguse kept tabs on the indoor track competition, including the Oregon duo of Cooper Teare and Cole Hocker, who both broke the previous NCAA indoor mile record in February. At the NCAA championships, Hocker won the mile and 3,000 meters, and Teare finished second in the 3,000 meters. Watching their performances, Nuguse became even more excited for the spring. “This is going to be a fun track season after all,” he thought.

On May 8, the competitors finally faced off at the Oregon Twilight Meet in Eugene, Oregon. Nuguse chased down Teare on the last lap and won the race with a lean at the finish, clocking a 3:35.96 personal best.

After coming agonizingly close to the 3:35 Olympic standard and the NCAA record, Nuguse and his coach Sean Carlson devised a plan to chase the mark with fresh legs in the first round at the conference championships.

“It was a very low-stress environment to go out and do it, and if things aren’t going well, it was very easy to just stop and save it for another time. But when you go into [NCAA] regionals and nationals it’s definitely going to be harder and harder to run that time, so this was kind of my last chance to get it out of the way before getting into more of a championship-season mindset,” he said.

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He’s raising awareness for the crisis in Tigray

In addition to raising the bar on the track, Nuguse is using his platform to raise awareness of a crisis in his family’s country of origin.

His parents are from the Tigray region of Ethiopia, which is in the middle of a horrific civil war that has killed thousands of people and displaced millions since Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered the offensive in early November 2020. On May 13, 2021, CNN published an investigation that found Eritrean troops disguised as Ethiopian military are killing and blocking humanitarian aid to starving populations in the Tigray region.

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Nuguse, who has family members that still live in the area, has participated in several protests in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky; made donations to help those in the Tigray region; and shared resources through Instagram to inform and call for action.

“This crisis is very close to my heart,” Nuguse said. “I think the awareness of the situation at this point is not nearly what it should be because there have been some awful things going on there with soldiers from Eritrea and Ethiopia forcing their will on the region, and it’s been happening since November. The very least that I can do is use my platform to spread awareness of topics that are very important to me. I’ve been given the gift of this platform, if I’m not using it to help others in any way that I can, what’s the point?”

Having the No. 1 U.S. time is an unexpected honor

While he’s always enjoyed running for his team, Nuguse said he was more focused on going to dental school after college rather than going to the Olympics. To earn the No. 1 spot heading into the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials—in a field that includes 2016 Olympic champion Matt Centrowitz—is an unforeseen and exciting spot to be in for the college junior, who hopes to turn pro after he’s accomplished his running goals at Notre Dame.

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“It’s definitely a little weird for sure to be in that spotlight,” Nuguse said. “I wasn’t the kid growing up who wanted to go to the Olympics. That was never me, so to kind of be in that position is a little weird and unexpected. I’m sure as the season goes on, things will change, but just to be at the top for any amount of time, is just an honor.”

In the next few weeks, Nuguse aims to defend his NCAA 1500-meter title and compete at the Trials, which are scheduled for June 18 to 27 in Eugene, Oregon. When asked about his chances of making the Olympic team, Nuguse was open to the possibility with quiet confidence.

“It’s definitely something I’d like to attempt,” Nuguse said. “I know there’s a lot of really good professional runners out there and even college runners, so it is definitely going to be very difficult, but I think it’s a challenge I’m willing to take on.”

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1. Yared Nuguse Breaks 1500m American Record in 3:29.02 For Third At Oslo Diamond League
2. Notre Dame's Yared Nuguse wins 1500m in thrilling photo-finish at 2019 championships
(NCAA Championships)
3. Yared Nuguse Breaks NCAA 1500m Record In SOLO Prelim
(FloTrack Podcast)
4. #MoreThanEver | Top Moments from 2021 - Nuguse Sets NCAA Record in 1500M
(Notre Dame Fighting Irish)
5. @NDXCTF Yared Nuguse 1500M ACC Championship Heat
(Notre Dame Fighting Irish)
6. Men's 1500m - 2021 NCAA outdoor track and field championship
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