VacaGuzman Earns All-American Honor in 400 with School-Record Time at NCAAs Final Day

Nicole VacaGuzman
Nicole VacaGuzman

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Nicole VacaGuzman broke her own school record for the second time in two days and earned her first outdoor All-American honor to highlight the University of Chicago track and field teams on the final day of the NCAA Division III Championships Saturday.

VacaGuzman, a junior, followed up her 2018 Indoor Track and Field All-American award with a seventh-place finish in Saturday's 400 finals at Wisconsin-La Crosse's Roger Haring Stadium. She re-broke her own school record in the process with a time of 55.37 seconds, topping her previous record time of 55.45 set in Friday's prelims.

Senior Khia Kurtenbach just missed a spot on the podium with her solid ninth-place finish in the 5,000 meters, running a time of 17:31.49.

Also competing Saturday was senior Nathan Downey, who was unable to clear his opening height of 4.65 meters in the men's pole vault final.

The Maroons finished the three-day meet with two All-American finishes, with senior Ade Ayoola gaining the honor with her eighth-place finish in Friday's women's high jump.


UChicago Finishes (Saturday)
400 – 7th, Nicole VacaGuzman, 55.37
5,000 – 9th, Khia Kurtenbach, 17:31.49

Pole vault – NH, Nathan Downey