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Darcey, Downey Earn All-American Honors on Day 1 of NCAA Indoor Championships

Laura Darcey and Nate Downey
Laura Darcey and Nate Downey

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The University of Chicago men's and women's track and field teams captured two All-American honors and advanced two more student-athletes into Saturday's finals to highlight Day 1 of the 2018 Indoor Track and Field National Championships Friday.

In total, two school records were broken and both Laura Darcey and Nathan Downey earned All-American honors after capturing sixth in their respective finals, the women's pentathlon and the men's pole vault.

Darcey, who was seeded 17th entering Friday's event, re-broke her own school record with 3,487 points in the five-part pentathlon, capped by a victory in the long jump with a leap of 5.43 meters. Her fourth-place showing in the high jump – where the sophomore matched her best of 1.68 meters – also helped propel her to the podium, where the Top 8 finishers earn All-American status.

Downey, who already captured the elusive school-record in the men's pole vault earlier this season, cleared a height of 4.90 meters to also take sixth on Division III's biggest indoor stage. It marked the first All-American honor for the senior.

UChicago teammates Joe Previdi, Nicole VacaGuzman, and Robin Peter also competed in Friday's prelims, as Previdi's time of 1:52.28 in the men's 800 earned the second-best time of the field heading into Saturday's finals.

The time also re-broke Previdi's own career best and incoming seed time of 1:52.30.

VacaGuzman also ran a strong race in the women's 400 to join Previdi to qualify for Saturday's finals, as her time of 56.29 seconds also broke her season best and former school record.

In the women's 60-meter hurdle prelims, Peter took 16th place with a time of 9.03 seconds to round out the Maroons' competitors.

Joining Previdi and VacaGuzman in Saturday's competition will also be Darcey in the women's high jump. She's seeded 13th (1.68 meters).



  • Saturday, March 10: UChicago at NCAA Division III Indoor Championships (at Birmingham, Ala.), 10 a.m. CT


Women's Pentathlon (finals)
6th, Laura Darcey, 3,487 points
60 hurdles – 13, 9.53 (802)
High jump – 4, 1.68m (830)
Shot put – 12, 9.40m (490)
Long jump – 1, 5.43m (680)
800 – 9, 2:30.64 (685)

Pole vault (finals)
6th, Nathan Downey, 4.90m

400 meters (prelims)
7th, Nicole VacaGuzman, 56.29 seconds

800 meters (prelims)
2nd, Joe Previdi, 1:52.28

60 meter hurdles (prelims)
16th, Robin Peter, 9.03 seconds