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UChicago's Darcey Earns Runner-Up Finish in High Jump on Day 2 of NCAA Championships

Laura Darcey
Laura Darcey

GENEVA, Ohio – Laura Darcey ensured that the University of Chicago track and field team earned its second national runner-up finish in as many days with her second-place result in the women's high jump on Day 2 of the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field national championships Friday at the Spire Institute.

Darcey cleared her best height at 1.70 meters – just .1 meters off her school record mark – as did the final eight jumpers. All eight, however, failed to clear the 1.73 meter-mark, so the places were awarded based on number and order of missed jumps.

Darcey missed just one – her first, on a height of 1.56 – before making every other jump but the three tries at the 1.73 height, to tie her for second with Mariettta's Laura Pullins.

The winner, repeat champ Cirrus Robinson of Ohio Wesleyan, made all of her jumps up until 1.73.

The All-American honor was the fourth for Darcey, who took sixth at the 2019 indoor championships in the same event. She was a two-time indoor All-American in 2018, when she took fifth in the high jump and sixth in the pentathlon.

Her runner-up finish was the Maroons' second of the weekend after first-year Isabel Maletich placed second in the long jump finals on Thursday.

In the 800-meter prelims, UChicago senior Nicole VacaGuzman ran a 2:12.95 in the opening heat, and the time was good enough to earn her the final qualifying spot in Saturday's 1:50 p.m. ET championship finals. 

VacaGuzman joins her 4x400 relay teammates Meg Fitzpatrick, Tali Naibryf, and Mary Martin in the event finals (3:50 p.m.), as well as Maletich (triple jump, 1:45 p.m.) as UChicago's Saturday competitors.


2019 Outdoor Track & Field National Championships
At Spire Institute, Geneva, Ohio
High jump (finals) – 2, Laura Darcey (1.70m)
800 (prelims) 9, Nicole VacaGuzman (2:12.95) 



  • Saturday, May 25: UChicago at NCAA Outdoor Championships, 1:45 PM ET