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Giesting Talks ACC MVP Honor And NCAA Future

Junior Chris Giesting

March 3, 2014

Junior sprinter Chris Giesting placed first in the 400m dash and second in the 200m at the ACC Championship last weekend, earning 18 points for the Irish and helping his team to its third-place finish. These performances earned him the honor of being named the championship’s track Most Valuable Performer. 

Lauren Chval (Notre Dame Media Relations): What does the honor of being named track MVP at the ACC Championship mean both to you and to your team?

Chris Giesting (Track and Field Junior Sprinter): I was really surprised because we had lots of great performances not only from our team but from other teams as well. J.P. [Malette] performed well. Coming in, a lot of teams didn’t think Notre Dame deserved to be up at the top of the ACC. We all came in and wanted to show the program we have here. I was just really happy to get this honor for our program and it shows how well we do at conference level, and when it comes to conference time we actually compete with the best of them.

LC: You and Pat Feeney both won your heats in the finals of the men’s 400m dash, with you placing first and him placing second. How does it help to compete in this individual sport with teammates?

CG: It was nice to see him go first. They had the two-section final there, and he ran section one and just blew it out of the water. He converted his time to sixth in the country after that race, so I knew I had to run well. I was excited to watch him run that and happy for him, and then I just thought it was my turn to try to beat that. We wanted to finish one and two and surprise everybody because we weren’t the favorites. There was a guy from Pittsburgh, and Florida State was the favorite team, so me and Pat getting one two was huge, and I think that really boosted team morale. After that point, we were all excited and trying to keep the momentum rolling.


 

 

LC: Now you have two weeks to prepare for the NCAA Championships, so how will you and the team approach that and what are you looking forward to?

CG: It is really nice this year that they changed when the NCAA meet is so that we have a week off instead of having a last chance meet like they threw in after conference last year. We are going to hit it hard this week in practice and get a rest this weekend, which is really nice after trying to compete in double and triple events at the ACCs. We’ll take the break this weekend and refocus, and then over spring break we will travel to New Mexico. Last year, Pat and I were fortunate to be All-Americans in the 400, so we are going to go back with the same mentality and hopefully improve on our finish. This year, we have the 4x400 to qualify, and that has been one of our goals since we came here.

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February 23
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ACC Indoor Championships
Notre Dame, Ind.
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February 24
11:00 AM
ACC Indoor Championships
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 25
11:00 AM
ACC Indoor Championships
Notre Dame, Ind.
March 10
5:00 PM
NCAA Indoor Championships
College Station, Texas (Texas A&M-Gilliam Indoor Stadium)
March 11
5:00 PM
NCAA Indoor Championships
College Station, Texas (Texas A&M-Gilliam Indoor Stadium)
March 18
11:00 AM
Yellow Jacket Invitational
Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Tech-George C. Griffin Track)
March 24
12:00 PM
Raleigh Relays
Raleigh, N.C. (NC State-Paul Derr Track)
March 25
12:00 PM
Raleigh Relays
Raleigh, N.C. (NC State-Paul Derr Track)
March 30
10:00 AM
Texas Relays
Austin, Texas (University of Texas-Mike Meyers Stadium)
March 31
10:00 AM
Texas Relays
Austin, Texas (University of Texas-Mike Meyers Stadium)
March 31
10:00 AM
Stanford Invitational
Palo Alto, Calif. (Stanford University-Cobb Track)
April 1
10:00 AM
Stanford Invitational
Palo Alto, Calif. (Stanford University-Cobb Track)
April 1
10:00 AM
Texas Relays
Austin, Texas (University of Texas-Mike Meyers Stadium)
April 7
11:00 AM
Sun Angel Track Classic
Tempe, Ariz. (Arizona State University-Sun Angel Track)
April 8
11:00 AM
Sun Angel Track Classic
Tempe, Ariz. (Arizona State University-Sun Angel Track)
April 15
12:00 PM
ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Louisville, Ky. (University of Louisville-Cardinal Park)
April 21
10:00 AM
Virginia Challenge
Charlottesville, Va. (University of Virginia-Lannigan Field)
April 22
10:00 AM
Virginia Challenge
Charlottesville, Va. (University of Virginia-Lannigan Field)
April 22
11:00 AM
Michael Johnson Invitational
Waco, Texas (Baylor University-Clyde Hart T&F Stadium)
April 27
1:00 PM
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa. (University of Penn-Ben Franklin Field)
April 28
12:00 PM
Gina Relays
Hillsdale, Mich. (Hillsdale College-Ken Herrick Track)
April 28
1:00 PM
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa. (University of Penn-Ben Franklin Field)
April 29
12:00 PM
Gina Relays
Hillsdale, Mich. (Hillsdale College-Ken Herrick Track)
April 29
1:00 PM
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa. (University of Penn-Ben Franklin Field)
May 6
3:00 PM
Billy Hayes Invitational
Bloomington, Ind. (Indiana University-Haugh Track Complex)
May 12
6:00 PM
ACC Outdoor Championships
Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Tech-George C. Griffin Track)
May 13
6:00 PM
ACC Outdoor Championships
Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Tech-George C. Griffin Track)
May 14
6:00 PM
ACC Outdoor Championships
Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Tech-George C. Griffin Track)
May 25
3:00 PM
NCAA East Regional
Lexington, Ky. (University of Kentucky-UK Track)
May 26
3:00 PM
NCAA East Regional
Lexington, Ky. (University of Kentucky-UK Track)
May 27
3:00 PM
NCAA East Regional
Lexington, Ky. (University of Kentucky-UK Track)
June 7
1:00 PM
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore. (University of Oregon-Hayward Field)
June 8
1:00 PM
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore. (University of Oregon-Hayward Field)
June 9
1:00 PM
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore. (University of Oregon-Hayward Field)
June 10
1:00 PM
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore. (University of Oregon-Hayward Field)

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