Diego Zarate

  • Diego
  • Zarate

  • Event
    Distance
  • Class
    Sophomore
  • High School/Other
    Northwest
  • Hometown
    Germantown, Md.

Updated: May 9, 2017

2017 outdoor: Participated in the Men's 4xMile Championship of America Invitational at the Penn Relays, earning a fourth-place finish with a school-record time of 16:28.70 ... Competed in the 1,500 meters at three different meets, recording a season best at the Hokie Twilight with a time of 3:46.84 ... Ran a career best in the 5,000-meter run at the Virginia Challenge, finishing in 14:08.57 ... Also was a member of the winning distance medley relay team at the Tennessee Relays, crossing the line in 9 minutes, 46.15 seconds.

2017 indoor: Earned a bronze medal in the mile at the ACC Championships, crossing the finish line with a personal-best time of 4:02.72 – good enough for seventh on Tech’s all-time list … Was a first-team all-conference selection … Placed fourth in the 1,000 meters at the Virginia Tech Challenge with a lifetime-best time of 2:23.16 – the seventh-falsest time in the event in school history … Raced to a 12th-place finish in the 800 with a personal-best time of 1:51.45 at the Music City Challenge ... Also collected a fourth-place finish as a member of the distance medley relay team at the Music City Challenge, finishing in a time of 9:44.93 ... Won the mile at the Doc Hale VT Elite Meet, finishing in 4:08.35.

2016 outdoor: Won the gold medal in the 1,500 at the USA Junior Outdoor Championships with a time of 3:47.53 … Finished eighth in the 1,500 at the ACC Championships, running the event in a personal-best time of 3:45.37 … Claimed second in the 1,500 at the Hokie Twilight Qualifier with a time of 3:50.90 … Took third in his section of the 1,500 at the Payton Jordan Invitational with a time of 3:47.76 … Came in fourth in the 5,000 at the Bison Outdoor Classic, running the event in a time of 14:18.69.

2016 indoor: Redshirted.

High school: Earned four letters in cross country and was the Gatorade Runner of the Year in Maryland as a senior … Was the Class 4A West Regional champion as a senior with a time of 15:26 and finished third at the state meet … Won 10-of-11 cross country meets as a senior … Was the state champion in the 800- and 1,600-meter races at the 2015 Maryland 4A State Indoor Meet ... Was the state champion in the 1,600 at the 2015 Maryland 4A State Outdoor Meet … Placed third in the mile at the Penn High School Relays ... Finished third at the 2014 Maryland 4A State Cross Country Meet, first in the 1,600 at the state indoor and outdoor track meets and third in the 3,200 at the state indoor and outdoor track meets ... Holds personal bests of 1:52.07 in the 800, 4:09 in the mile, 9:18 in the 3,200 and 15:26 in the 5,000 meters for cross country.

Personal: Born Sept. 3, 1997 … Son of Carlos and Silvina Zarate … Has two siblings … Majoring in criminology.

Zarate's Track and Field Career Bests

Indoor Outdoor

800m - 1:51.45, Music City Challenge (2017)

1,000m - 2:23.16, VT Challenge (2017)

Mile - 4:02.72, ACC Championships (2017)

1,500m - 3:44.50, ACC Championships, prelims (2016)

5,000m - 14:08.57, Virginia Challenge (2017)

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