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Nuguse sets NCAA Championships semifinal record in the 1500m

The 1,500m final is set to start at 8:11 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 11 and will air live on ESPN2.
Runners compete in a semifinal of the men's 1,500 meters during the NCAA Division I Outdoor...
Runners compete in a semifinal of the men's 1,500 meters during the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Among the runners are Notre Dame's Yared Nuguse, middle, and Mississippi's Mario Garcia Romo, left. (AP Photo/Thomas Boyd)(Thomas Boyd | AP)
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 12:51 AM EDT
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EUGENE, Ore. (Notre Dame Athletics) - Three Irish men’s track and field athletes got the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships underway on Wednesday night at the historic Hayward Field.

Yared Nuguse continued his season of record-breaking performances, finishing with the fastest NCAA Championships semifinal time ever in the 1,500m with a mark of 3:37.36 to qualify first for Friday’s final. The qualification for the final earns Nuguse another First Team All-America honor.

The 1,500m final is set to start at 8:11 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 11 and will air live on ESPN2.

In the 800m semifinal Samuel Voelz placed 10th overall, finishing just .02 seconds shy of the final qualifying spot for the final. Voelz recorded a time of  1:47.91 in the third and final heat of the event. The 10th place finish earned the senior Second Team All-America status for the event.

Michael Shoaf closed out the first night of the championships for the Irish in the shot put. The sophomore finished 22nd in the event with a throw of 17.35m to pick up All-America Honorable Mention honors.

The Irish women kick off their portion of the championships on Thursday, as four Notre Dame athletes are set to compete. Rachel Tanczos gets the action underway at 4 p.m. ET with the hammer throw. Coverage will be on ESPN3 and ESPN2 on Thursday.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS – DAY 1Eugene, OregonHayward FieldJune 9, 2021

MEN800m Prelims10 – Samuel Voelz (1:47.91)

1,500m Prelims1 – Yared Nuguse (3:37.36 – NCAA Championships Semifinal Record)

Shot Put22 – Michael Shoaf (17.35m)