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UChicago women's track and field competes in prelims at day one of NCAA Outdoor Championships

Eleanor Kang
Eleanor Kang

GENEVA, Ohio – The University of Chicago women's track and field team began action at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday with three prelim races and the first half of the heptathlon competition.

Two Maroons were entered in the heptathlon with four of the seven events on tap for the first day. Freshman Laura Darcey and junior Olivia Cattau took part in the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200 meters. Out of 22 participants, Darcey currently stands in 14th place with 2,607 points while Cattau is 17th with 2,566 points.

Junior Megan Verner-Crist booked herself a spot in Sunday's 1,500-meter finals. Verner-Crist performed six spots above her seed and placed 10th of 22 runners in prelims at 4:32.73. The top 12 racers moved on to the finals.

The 4x400-meter relay snagged the last spot in Sunday's finals, taking ninth out of 16 teams with a prelims time of 3:50.90. The relay was composed of sophomore Emma Koether, senior Eleanor Kang, freshman Alisha Harris and senior Michelle Dobbs.

The 4x100-meter relay missed out on qualifying for finals by the narrowest of margins. The 11th-place finish in 47.56 was only 0.02 seconds behind the ninth-place team. UChicago's relay included Kang, freshman Mary Martin, senior Charissa Newkirk and Harris.


  • Friday, May 26 – UChicago at NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships (at Geneva, Ohio)