Women's Track & Field / Sprints / Senior / Wyoming, Mich.
Major: Global Studies
Nicole VacaGuzman is a senior runner on the Maroon women's track & field team. At the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships, VacaGuzman turned in a pair of All-American performances. She placed third in both the 800 meters (2:10.39) and as part of the 4x400-meter relay (3:46.28).
Head Coach Chris Hall: "Last year as a junior, Nicole was one of the best 400-meter runners in the country. She was an All-American both indoor and outdoor at that distance (placing eighth indoor and seventh at the outdoor NCAAs). After the national meet, she talked to me about the possibility of moving up to the 800. I was pretty reluctant based upon her success already and the fact that the 800 is a completely different event and the training would change dramatically. During the winter indoor season, Nicole was having some success but really going through the transition from being a sprinter to a middle distance runner and not competing at the same level she did in 2018. However, she was completely committed to making this adjustment, and by the time we got outdoors had really begun to perform well. The change in event groups paid off by getting to a much higher place finish outdoor in her new event than she had reached previously. Even more exciting was the fact that her split on the lead-off leg of the 4x400-meter relay was better this year than it was previously when training for that event."
Teammate Tali Naibryf: "Nicole is an incredible teammate and role model! She is always smiling and radiates such positivity. Nicole has inspired me and so many others through her character and impressive athletic performances. It has truly been an honor to be her teammate!"
Other WAA nominees
Marjorie Antohi (Women's Tennis)
- Head Coach Jay Tee: "Marjorie made it to the quarterfinals of the NCAA singles tournament, garnering All-American status along the way. In her first match, she saved a match point in her win against the No. 5 seed from Amherst before soundly defeating her opponent from Mary Washington. In the quarters, she pushed the No. 2 seed to the brink before falling in two very close sets."
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