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Giesting Named ACC Men's Indoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete Of The Year

Giesting earned All-America honors during the NCAA Championships on March 14-15, placing fifth in the 400 meters and helping the Notre Dame 4x400 relay team to an eighth-place finish.

April 11, 2014

NOTRE DAME, Ind. --- Junior Chris Giesting has been recognized as the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year and heads up the sport’s All-ACC Academic Team, as announced today by ACC Commissioner John Swofford.

A sprinter majoring in management entrepreneurship, Giesting made a huge impression during the Fighting Irish’s first year of ACC competition. The Batesville, Ind., native was named the Most Valuable Men’s Track Performer of the 2014 ACC Indoor Championships on March 1 after piling up 18 points and earning dual All-ACC honors with a first-place finish in the 400-meter dash and a second-place showing in the 200 meters.

“If you would look up ‘scholar-athlete’ in the dictionary, you would see a picture of Chris,” says sprints coach Alan Turner. “He’s just one of those kids that does everything right. You tell him something one time, and it’s done. He’s a pleasure to work with. If our team were full of Chris Giestings, we would be national champs easy, every year. I’m very fortunate to have someone as talented as he is on the track, but also in the classroom, and on top of that, he’s a good person. He has a kind heart. But on the track, he’s tough. He’s a tough competitor.” 

After the Indoor ACCs, Giesting went on to earn All-America honors during the NCAA Championships on March 14-15, placing fifth in the 400 meters and helping the Notre Dame 4x400 relay team to an eighth-place finish. Prior to his strong postseason showings, Giesting’s regular-season efforts included a first-place time of 45.89 in Alex Wilson Invitational that set a Notre Dame school record and qualified for both the ACC and NCAA Championships. 


 

 

With his recognition as the ACC Scholar-Athlete and All-ACC Academic Team selections, Giesting has earned academic honors in two conferences, having also been named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star.

“Balancing academics and athletics is a tough task, especially at Notre Dame where you're expected to excel at both,” Giesting explains. “It's always hard to keep up with school work when we have such a demanding travel schedule. I try to plan ahead as much as possible and make sure I have my work done in preparation for a big travel weekend, knowing I'll be missing classes. Doing work on the road is never easy, but sometimes you just have to put in the effort if you want to do well. It's all about time management.”

For the past two years, Giesting has also been enrolled in the Rosenthal Leadership Academy, a program through Student Welfare and Development. The Academy’s mission is to provide emerging and existing leaders with progressive annual programming. Student-athletes are nominated by peers and selected by coaches for enrollment in the Academy.

Notre Dame leads the 2014 All-ACC Academic Men’s Indoor Track and Field Team with 11 selections. The accomplishment is made all the more special by the fact that this is Notre Dame’s first year competing in the conference. 

“We've had a very successful year thus far as a team,” Giesting adds. “Many school records have fallen just this year, so that tells you we've got some athletes here that are the best in the history of the school. The ACC is certainly a step up for the team competition but we've risen to the challenge. I think teams are certainly aware of our presence already and know we are a team to watch out for come championship time.” 

Notre Dame is competing this weekend in Louisville, Ky., at the Border Battle, but the teams also have their eyes on the ACC Outdoor Championships next weekend. 

--Lauren Chval, Media Relations Assistant

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February 18
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Alex Wilson Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.
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February 23
N/A
ACC Indoor Championships
Notre Dame, Ind.
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February 24
N/A
ACC Indoor Championships
Notre Dame, Ind.
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ACC Network Extra
February 25
Women 5th/Men 8th
ACC Indoor Championships
Notre Dame, Ind.
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ACC Network Extra
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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