WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Nuguse Wins Dramatic 1500; NCAA DII Athletes Shine

Yared Nuguse and dramatic victories.

Name a better duo. We’ll wait.

Nuguse, who won the 1500 at the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the closest finish in meet history (0.001 seconds), notched another incredible win over the same distance on Friday night at the Oregon Twilight.

A stacked field led to some brisk marks as Notre Dame’s Nuguse outkicked Oregon’s Cooper Teare and Cole Hocker to capture the McChesney 1500 in 3:35.96, just 0.01 seconds ahead of Teare in 3:35.97 and 0.51 seconds in front of Hocker in 3:36.47.

Nuguse and Teare became the seventh and eighth men in collegiate history to go sub-3:36.00 in the event during the collegiate outdoor season.

Ryan Adams of Furman (3:37.66), Charlie Hunter of Oregon (3:38.17) and Talem Franco of BYU (3:38.49) rounded out the collegians who dipped under 3:40.00 at the newly redesigned Hayward Field.

Azamati Does It Again!

Benjamin Azamati of West Texas A&M took down another longstanding NCAA Division II record this past weekend at the Lone Star Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Azamati clocked a blistering 20.13 (+1.1) in the 200 to shave 0.02 seconds off the former NCAA DII all-time best established by Bryan Bridgewater of Cal State LA back in 1992.

If you’re counting at home, which were are, Azamati now has two NCAA DII records to his name from this year. Azamati was the first NCAA DII athlete to dip under 10 seconds in the 100 back in March and then turned in this all-time effort in Canyon, Texas, this past weekend.

Flanagan Sets NCAA DII Steeplechase Standard

Eilish Flanagan of Adams State made NCAA DII history on Friday.

Competing at the Oregon Twilight, Flanagan won the steeplechase in 9:40.68 to break a three-year-old NCAA DII record in the event. Not only that, but Flanagan won the race by nearly 35 seconds!

Flanagan was remarkably consistent, keeping all of her full laps between 76 and 79 seconds – 42.46, 76.40, 77.75, 78.38, 77.34, 77.29, 75.96, 75.10.

Perera Goes Up & Over Into History

Ushan Perera of Texas A&M-Commerce was on a mission at the Lone Star Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Already the sixth-best performer in NCAA Division II history and a former collegiate leader in the high jump, Perera wanted to take back what was his – or at least get a share of it.

Perera cleared each of the first three heights he attempted on Saturday afternoon in Canyon, Texas, won the conference crown and then asked the bar to be raised to 2.30m (7-6½). If Perera topped that height, not only would he match JuVaughn Harrison of LSU for the collegiate lead, he would also tie the second-best performer in NCAA DII history and set a new Sri Lankan national record.

Bassitt Hurdles To The Top

Trevor Bassitt of Ashland made quick work of the 400H at the GLIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday, among other events.

How quick?

Try 49.04 – which took over the overall collegiate lead, shattered the meet record and matched the No. 4 performer in NCAA DII history.

Bassitt also won the 110H (13.61) and was a member of the first-place 4×100 (40.26) and 4×400 (3:10.20) relay teams.