Women's Track & Field / Sprints & Jumps / Sophomore / Madison, Wis.
Major: Biological Sciences
Meg Fitzpatrick is a sophomore sprinter and jumper on the UChicago women's track & field team. At the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawk Classic, Fitzpatrick won the 400 meters in a time of 58.38, which ranks in the top 10 nationally. She also ran the lead leg on the 4x400-meter relay that finished in a time of 4:01.93.
Head Coach Chris Hall: "Meg has gotten off to an exceptional start to her second season. However, she did get sidetracked a bit in our second meet of the season while competing in the triple jump. It caused her to experience some lower back and leg pain that has been lingering and we have had her focus a bit more on the 400 in the past couple of weeks. This past weekend in what was a very competitive field, Meg won the 400-meter dash with a time that puts her at the top of the UAA conference by a full second and also has her currently ranked No. 9 in the country. Meg has also been our lead-off leg in the 4x400 the past couple of weeks and put us in great position (in the lead) both weeks. Our 4x400 is also ranked No. 8 nationally and Meg is a major part of that success. I'm really pleased with how she has gotten comfortable getting out so well in the 400. A year ago, it was a struggle on the indoor track for Meg to get to the front before the cut to the inside of the track and she now seems to be doing this with ease and a lot of confidence."
Teammate Mary Martin: "Margaret Rose is a real stand-out member of the team. She was an All-American her freshman year and has continued to bring this calibre of performance through to the season this year. I love training with Margaret Rose because she never tires. She really pulls you through some tough workouts, and then after will finish it all off with some Irish dancing. At competitions, she puts everything she's got into her races but then will literally pick herself off the ground to cheer you on, or help you on the jumps runway. She seamlessly manages a stellar track career alongside her academics balancing labs, class and a job. I am truly sad that Margaret Rose and I only overlapped on the team for two years because she is a fantastic athlete and an even better friend."
Other WAA Nominees
Elizabeth Cron (Women's Swimming & Diving)
- Head Diving Coach Becky Benson: "Elizabeth has persevered all season, and it showed on Saturday at the UIC Diving Invitational, especially with her second-place finish on the one-meter! Of note, there were four Division I schools at this meet. UChicago had three of the top eight spots on women’s one-meter (four of top nine) - the only DIII school to place in the top eight."
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