University of Iowa Athletics

Diane Nukuri

Class Jr.
Hometown Pickering, Ontario
Previous School Butler County CC

Career Highlights — 2007 Honda Award finalist in cross country… three-time all-American… three-time all-region honoree… two-time NCAA Midwest Regional Cross Country Champion… two-time Midwest Regional Women[apos]s Cross Country Runner of the Year… 2007 Big Ten Cross Country Champion and Women[apos]s Cross Country Athlete of the Year… set school 3,000 (9:47), 4,000 (13:14), 5,000 (15:55) and 6,000-meter (19:37) cross country records… set Ashton Cross Country Course 3,000 (9:47) and 4,000-meter (13:14) marks… set outdoor track school records in 3,000 (9:18.82) and 10,000 meters (33:17.01), and as part of 6,400-meter relay (19:15.42)… set indoor school record as part of distance medley relay (11:20.11)… won Big Ten outdoor 5,000-meter title in 2008… nine-time NJCAA national champion, winning two titles each in half marathon, mile, 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters, and one title in cross country for Butler Community College (2004-06)… 17-time NJCAA all-American… two-time NJCAA Indoor Athlete of the Meet… set NJCAA meet records in half marathon and indoor 5,000 meters… set NJCAA all-time records in half marathon, indoor 3,000 meters and indoor 5,000 meters… 11-time NJCAA Region VI champion, going undefeated at that meet two straight years… three-time NJCAA Region VI Athlete of the Meet… set NJCAA regional records in cross country, mile, 1,500 meters, 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters.

2008 — Indoor – provisionally qualified for NCAA Championships in mile (4:41.07), 3,000 meters (9:20.07), 5,000 meters (16:01.36) and as part of school-record setting distance medley relay (11:20.11)… led team in 5,000 meters… placed 12th in 5,000 meters (16:35.05) at NCAA Championships… placed third in 5,000 meters (16:02.96) and eighth in 3,000 meters (9:28.39) and anchored ninth-place distance medley relay (12:10.45) at Big Ten Championships… her best 3,000 and 5,000 meter time rank third in school history… Outdoor – Big Ten 5,000-meter champion (16:24.21)… automatically qualified for NCAA Championships in 10,000 meters with the school-record setting 33:17.01 she ran at Stanford Invite… earned Big Ten Women[apos]s Track Athlete of the Week honors for that performance… also set 3,000 meters school record of 9:18.82 at Iowa Invite… ran lead leg on school-record setting 6,400-meter relay (19:15.42) at Drake Relays… qualified for NCAA Midwest Regional in 5,000 meters (15:59.39)… placed third in 10,000 meters (16:24.21) at Big Ten meet… Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award recipient… letterwinner.

2007 — Indoor – led team in 5,000 meters (16:24.50)… runner-up in 3,000 (9:32.75) and 5,000 meters (16:24.60) at Big Ten Championships… provisionally qualified for NCAA Championships in both events… runner-up in mile at Last Chance Qualifier with a collegiate-best 4:46.25, which ranks fifth in school history… won 5,000-meters (16:24.60) at Iowa State Classic… Outdoor – all-American, placing seventh in 10,000 meters (33:30.29) at NCAA Championships… that time led team… also led team in 3,000 (9:23.90), 5,000 meters (16:15.28) and 10,000 meters (33:30.29)… NCAA provisional qualifier in 10,000 meters… placed sixth in 1,500 meters (4:24.30) at NCAA regional, earning all-region honors… qualified for regional in 1,500 (4:20.95) and 5,000 meters (16:15.28)… won 5,000 meters at Drake Relays (16:15.28)…. won 1,500 meters (4:20.95) at Aztec Classic, which ranks third in school history… Big Ten runner-up in 5,000 meters (16:26.08), placing fourth in 10,000 meters (34:52.46)… set 3,000-meter meet record of 9:23.90 at Musco Twilight IX… ran lead leg on 3,200-meter relay that placed ninth (9:05.13) at Drake Relays… letterwinner… Cross Country – Honda Sports Award finalist… all-American, placing fourth at NCAA Championships in 20:07… won second-straight NCAA Midwest Regional title, setting a school and course record 6,000-meter record of 19:37… named Midwest Regional Women[apos]s Cross Country Athlete of the Year… Big Ten Champion, with a school and course 6,000-meter record of 19:37… named Big Ten Women[apos]s Cross Country Athlete of the Year… set school and course records while placing first at Hawkeye Invite (13:14-4,000 meters) and Auburn Invite (15:55-5,000 meters)… three-time Big Ten Athlete of the Week… placed third at Pre-Nationals (20:11-6,000 meters)… team earned USTFCCCA all-academic honors… letterwinner.

2006 — Cross Country – all-American placing eighth (21:05) at NCAA Championships… NCAA Midwest Regional Champion, winning the 6,000-meter race in a then-school record-setting 20:34… also won Hawkeye Open (9:47-3,000 meters) and Auburn Invite (16:10-5,000 meters) with school record-setting times… named Big Ten Women[apos]s Cross Country Runner of the Week (Oct. 3) for her performance at Auburn… set Ashton Cross Country Course 3,000-meter record (9:47) at Hawkeye Open… placed 16th at Big Ten Championships (21:16) and 63rd at NCAA pre-nationals (21:17)… team earned USTFCCCA all-academic honors… letterwinner.

Previous College Experience — competed for Butler County Community College (2004-06)… nine-time NJCAA national champion, winning two titles each in half marathon, mile, 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters, and one title in cross country… 17-time NJCAA all-American… two-time NJCAA Indoor Athlete of the Meet… set NJCAA meet records in half marathon and indoor 5,000 meters… set NJCAA all-time records in half marathon, indoor 3,000 meters and indoor 5,000 meters… 11-time Region VI champion, going undefeated at that meet two straight years… three-time Region VI Athlete of the Meet… set regional records in cross country, mile, 1,500 meters, 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters… set 11 school records at Butler… best times were 2:18 in 800 meters, 4:27.13 in 1,500 meters, 4:49 in mile, 34:30 in 1,000 meters, 16:36 in 5,000 meters, 17:15 in cross country 5,000 meters, 21:12 in cross country 6,000 meters and 1:16:01 in half marathon.

High School — competed at 2000 Olympic Games for native country of Burundi in 5,000 meters… placed 17th at World Junior Cross Country Championships… coached by Coach Ross R.

Personal — born December 1, 1984… daughter of Niyikundana Calinie and Bangirrcenga Stanley… communication studies major.

Nukuri’s Collegiate Bests

Event Time Meet Date
1,500 Meters (O) 4:20.95 at Aztec Track Classic 3/17/07
Mile (I) 4:46.25 at NCAA Qualifier 3/3/07
3,000 Meters (O) 9:18.82 Iowa Invite 4/19/08
3,000 Meters (CC) 9:47 Hawkeye Open 9/9/06
4,000 Meters (CC) 13:14 Hawkeye Invite 9/15/07
5,000 Meters (O) 15:59.39 at Cardinal Invite 5/4/08
5,000 Meters (CC) 15:55 at Auburn Invite 9/29/07
6,000 Meters (CC) 19:37 at NCAA Regional 11/11/07
at Big Ten Championships 10/29/07
10,000 Meters (O) 33:30.29 at NCAA Championships 6/7/07