NASHVILLE, Tenn. – No name appears more often in the Belmont men's track and field record book than Nate Nammour's, but the senior sprinter bypasses all those blazing fast races as he lists his top moments as a Bruin.
Above the individual records, his Ohio Valley Conference gold medal and a trip to the NCAA East Preliminary Championships, there's one thing more important. It's at the heart of why he transferred to Belmont from SEC Alabama three years ago.
For Nammour, joy is best when shared.
"I've never been more excited than when our relay team got second at the OVC Indoor Championships in February," Nammour said of his recent silver finish in the 4x400-meter relay with teammates Kaden Kieffer, Brendan Elrod and Elijah Sheppard. "It was the highest finish I've ever had with a relay and it was with three guys who weren't even on the relays before this year. That high was indescribable and you got to share that feeling with your teammates."
The welcoming and relational team dynamic at Belmont has driven Nammour (Tampa, Fla.) forward, and in turn he's been part of the Bruins' program-wide upward trend in recent years. So it makes sense when one of the most decorated Bruin runners in recent history begins to explain his goals for the final few weeks of his final season. They're centered on the team and its hunt for the program's first ever OVC team title after back-to-back conference runner-up finishes on the track.
To get over the hump the Bruins will need Nammour's help.
Nammour began breaking records at Belmont almost immediately upon arrival as a sophomore. In three years he's set school marks in the 200 and 400 meters on both the indoor and outdoor tracks, as well as for the indoor 300. He's also run on two record-setting 4x400 relay squads.
As a sophomore, he used that record speed to win the OVC outdoor title in the 400 meters and qualify for the NCAA East Regionals, simultaneously helping raise expectations for the Belmont program as a whole.
Regionals too represent a high he's been chasing ever since.
"I've thought about it every single day since Regionals two years ago," Nammour said. "You'd love to get back there. You're hungry for it. Not qualifying last year, I was so frustrated and had to take some time by myself to reflect."
Which is where his appreciation for his fellow Bruins began to grow even further. And where his goals started to redefine themselves. The No. 1 aim now is simple.
"Winning conference as a team, hanging a banner in the Curb," Nammour said. "We have an awesome opportunity to do that in the coming weeks. The individual accolades are really cool, but I want to be on the team that wins Belmont's first ever men's track and field championship in the Ohio Valley Conference. That's all the legacy that would matter to me."
The homestretch is on for Nammour and the Bruins. The end-of-the-year OVC Outdoor Championships begin May 9 in Cape Girardeau, Mo.