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Track & Field Trio Haul in UAA Athlete of the Week Accolades

Isabel Maletich, Alexander Scott and Laura Darcey
Isabel Maletich, Alexander Scott and Laura Darcey

CHICAGO – Three members of the University of Chicago track and field teams were selected as Athletes of the Week by the University Athletic Association (UAA) on Monday afternoon.

The leading jumper in the nation Isabel Maletich added to her resume with a historic feat over the weekend. The four-time UAA Women's Field Athlete of the Week competed at the Margaret Bradley Invitational on Saturday, where she handily won both her events. Maletich submitted a triple-jump leap of 12.58 meters – the fifth-best mark ever in NCAA Division III history, shattering the school and facility record in the process. She now leads the nation in that event by 0.52 meters – a full 20 inches better than the runner-up. Additionally, the sophomore's winning long jump came in at 5.74 meters. Currently, Maletich is the NCAA Division III leader in the triple jump and long jump (5.88 meters).

Alexander Scott picked up his second UAA Men's Field Athlete of the Week of the season. The senior thrower excelled in the shot put once again with a winning mark of 17.38 meters. He also captured first in the weight throw at 16.35 meters. Scott's best shot put of the season (17.53 meters) ranks third in NCAA Division III this year.

Laura Darcey received her second UAA weekly honor as well, this time for Women's Track Athlete of the Week. In her first-ever collegiate 60-meter dash, Darcey broke the school record with a top time of 7.75 seconds. That time ranks 12th in the nation this year. The senior also ranks highly in the NCAA Division III lists in the pentathlon (1st), high jump (3rd), long jump (9th) and 60-meter hurdles (28th).