Sweep in Women's High Jump Highlights Final Day of UAA Track & Field Championships

Alexandra Thompson, Laura Darcey, Ade Ayoola
Alexandra Thompson, Laura Darcey, Ade Ayoola

PITTSBURGH – The women's high jump highlighted the final day of the 2018 University Athletic Association track and field championships as the University of Chicago swept the top three spots Sunday at Carnegie Mellon's Gesling Stadium.

The UChicago women's squad took second overall in the six-team meet, scoring 174 points. Washington-St. Louis won both the women's (235.50 points) and men's meets (248 points), while the Maroon men took a solid third with a 102 points.

Over the course of the two-day meet, UChicago totaled 26 All-UAA performances from 16 different athletes, with four total event titles.

Sophomore Laura Darcey added to her jump title collection with the lone event win of the day for UChicago, taking the high jump championship with a leap of 1.63 meters. Darcey won the long  jump Saturday, defending her 2017 outdoor long jump title.

She also won both the long jump and high jump in March's UAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

The Maroons' Alexandra Thompson and Ade Ayoola completed the high jump sweep Sunday with matching marks of 1.58 meters, respectively. Darcey, Thompson, and Ayoola joined 10 others earn all-UAA honors, finishing in the Top 3 of their respective events.

The women's 4x100 team of Nicole VacaGuzman, Mary Martin, Alisha Harris and Olivia Cattau took second with a time of 49.67 seconds and VacaGuzman was also runner-up in in the 200 meters and 400 meters.

Mary Martin was third in the 100 with a time of 12.92 seconds and senior Khia Kurtenbach added to her Saturday 10,000 championship with a third-place finish in the 5,000, crossing the finish line in 17:22.45. Senior Olivia Cattau rounded out the women's all-UAA performers with her third-place finish in the 400 hurdles (1:06.23).

For the men, senior Will Ackerman took runner-up honors in the javelin (50.69 meters) and sophomore Alexander Scott was second in the discus, throwing a mark of 47.96 meters. Scott earned his third all-UAA honor of the weekend after placing second in the shot put and hammer throw Saturday.

 

NEXT MEET:

  • Friday, May 4: UChicago at Loras Dr. Tucker Open, 3:30 PM CT

 

 

Men's Top Finishers
Javelin – 2, Will Ackerman*, 50.69m; 9, Cristen Bublitz, 43.88m
High jump – 7, Ted Falkenhayn, 1.80m
4x100 – 6, Eric Yu, Elliott Paintsil, Obinnaya Wamuo, Gray Mackall, 44.24
110 hurdles – 4, Patrick LeFevre, 15.62; 5, Will Ackerman, 15.68
400 – 7, Ben Chaimberg, 52.03
800 – 6, Jacob Amiri, 1:55.54
100 – 4, Obinnaya Wamuo, 54.72; 8, Elliott Paintsil, 57.51
200 – 6, Tyson Miller, 23.27
5,000 – 4, Ryan Cutter, 15:30.61; 5, Peter Kreuch, 15:35.45
4x400 – 5, Obinnaya Wamuo, Ben Chaimberg, Jacob Amiri, Elliott Paintsil, 3:22.64
Triple jump – 8, Ted Falkenhayn, 12.82m; 9, Eric Yu, 12.69m
Discus – 2, Alexander Scott*, 47.96m; 9, Christopher Dann, 38.90m

Women's Top Finishers
4x100 – *2, Nicole VacaGuzman, Mary Martin, Alisha Harris, Olivia Cattau, 49.67
Discus – 7, Ade Ayoola, 32.95m
1,500 – 5, Megan Verner-Crist, 4:53.35
100 hurdles – 4, Olivia Cattau, 15.72; 6, Laura Darcey, 15.87
100 – *3, Mary Martin, 12.92; 4, Alisha Harris, 12.95
400 hurdles – *3, Olivia Cattau, 1:06.26
200 – *2, Nicole VacaGuzman, 26.63; 6, Mary Martin, 26.94; 7, Alisha Harris, 26.95
400 - *2, Nicole VacaGuzman, 57.81; 8, Alexandra Thompson, 1:12.01
5,000 – *3, Khia Kurtenbach, 17:22.45; 6, Claire Brockway, 17:47.49; 11, Abigail Shoemaker, 18:07.07; 12, Sophie Elgamal, 18:10.85
4x400 – 4, Olivia Cattau, Mary Martin, Alexandra Thompson, Nicole VacaGuzman, 4:07.17
High jump – *1, Laura Darcey, 1.63m; *2, Alexandra Thompson, 1.58,; *3, Ade Ayoola, 1.58m
Javelin – 5, Olivia Cattau, 29.63m; 8, Laura Darcey, 27.76m

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UAA Championships Summary

  • 16 All-UAA athletes
  • 26 All-UAA performances
  • Four UAA titles