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Nationals Outdoor 5,000m champion Robbie Cozean has announced his commitment
to the University of Notre Dame.
Cozean made big
improvements during the 2019 outdoor season. In his first 3,200m he ran US No. 15 time of 8:54.78. He followed that performance with a third-place
finish in the 3,000m at Penn Relays with a time of 8:30.28 (US No. 9). Cozean also won the
CIAC State Championship in the 3,200m to pair with his 2019 indoor title in the
senior ended his outdoor season at NBNO with a 14-second improvement on his
first 5K of the season. Cozean ran 14:26.18 to gain All-American status--and his
first US No. 1.
Cozean will be
joining a successful men's distance program in Notre Dame, which in recent years has been scooping up major distance talent--Yared Nuguse, Danny Kilrea, Dylan Jacobs, Carter Cheeseman and Jake Renfree.
Irish, who are led by head coach Sean Carlson in cross country, are ranked No. 13 on the most recent USTFCCCA Coaches' Poll. This season
they've had two men be named ACC Performer of the Week in Nuguse and the former
Foot Locker champion Jacobs.
In 2018, the
men won the ACC Cross Country Championships after placing seventh in 2017. Following its 2018 ACC title, Notre Dame placed second in the Great Lakes Region and 14th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
The Notre Dame
distance program showed success on the track as well. The team featuring Jacobs
and Nuguse captured the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championship in the distance medley relay.
Nuguse followed that performance winning the men's 1,500m title in a comeback
on the homestretch that ended with a photo-finish. With that title he became
the first man in the program to win an outdoor title in 20 years. Also, sophomore Danny Kilrea
finished out the post-season winning the Pan-American U20 Championship in the
As Cozean continues to improve and gain national recognition, his role as an incoming freshman at Notre Dame will be increasingly pivotal to its success.