Women's Track & Field / Multis / Freshman / Teddington, England
Major: Common Year
Laura Darcey is a freshman on the Maroon women's track and field team. At the Wheaton College Invite over the weekend, Darcey placed second in the 4x400-meter relay, third in the high jump and eighth in the 100-meter hurdles.
Head Coach Chris Hall: "Laura has had a wonderful first year of track & field. She has been a constant scorer for us in a variety of events as she primarily focuses on being a heptathlete. This weekend, she moved to #6 on our all-time freshman honor roll in the 100 hurdles, #6 in the high jump and #6 in the javelin. This weekend we had a couple of people we needed to pull out of the 4x400 relay (due to health issues) and decided to ask Laura fill in. She had just completed the high jump and was really tired from the number of events she had already done during the day. While I can't claim she was excited about the opportunity, she agreed to fill in and really performed well. Our relay finished second overall with a seasonal-best performance. The effort really elevated our team and was something I really personally enjoyed watching."
Teammate Olivia Cattau: "Laura is an amazing athlete but an even better teammate. She came off the indoor season extremely close to qualifying for nationals in the pentathlon and is hungry to qualify outdoors in the heptathlon. She is always so positive in practice and makes me smile every day. This weekend at Wheaton, we lost our anchor leg of the 4x400 meter relay with two minutes before the race and Laura stepped up after just finishing the high jump. Despite not having warmed up, she ran and posted a great time. That is the attitude of a true team player."
Darcey Quick Facts
- In her free time, Laura likes to watch The Great British Bake Off and hang out with friends.
- Laura had dinner with Denise Lewis and Christine Ohuruogu (5 Olympic and 10 World Championship medals between them).
- Laura wears her hair in two Dutch plaits when she competes.
Other WAA Nominees
Laura Gutierrez (Women's Tennis)
- Head Coach Jay Tee: "In Laura's first-ever career varsity doubles match, she and her partner clinched our team's victory over No. 10 WashU in the finals of the Midwest Invitational. With the score tied 4-4, Laura and Courtney calmly closed out the team's victory by reeling off three-straight games and helped us go to 2-0 versus WashU on the season. This win would not have been possible without Laura's hard work and perseverance throughout the season. She never asked 'When is it my turn?' or "Why am I not playing?' She simply put her head down and went to work improving on a daily basis. When it was her turn to step in, she stepped up."
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