GENEVA, Ohio – On what proved to be one of the best weekends in history for the University of Chicago women's track and field team, the Maroons earned six more All-American awards on the final day of the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships to propel them into eighth place in Saturday's final team standings.
Perhaps more impressive was the fact that UChicago scored 28 points with just six student-athletes – and of all five events entered, the Maroons placed Top 8 in all five. UChicago finished just below Emory (7th, 29 points), Wheaton (6th, 32 points), Nebraska Wesleyan (5th, 33 points), George Fox and Johns Hopkins (third, 36 points), second-place Washington-St. Louis (49 points). Loras took the crown, edging out the Bears with 53 points.
Saturday, the Maroons earned two third-place finishes: the first by senior Nicole VacaGuzman in the 800 meters. VacaGuzman, who edged into the final as the ninth qualifier on Friday, made another strong close in the final 100 meters to earn third place with a time of 2:10.39. She beat the fourth-place finisher, Phoebe Aguiar of Macalester, by .37 seconds.
In the final women's event of the day, VacaGuzman became a two-time All-American with her leadoff leg in the 4x400 relay. She joined teammates Meg Fitzpatrick, Tali Naibryf and Mary Martin in breaking the school record with a time of 3:46.28 to take third.
Finally, first-year Isabel Maletich joined VacaGuzman with two trophies from the outdoor championships, as the rookie took eighth in the triple jump, hitting two lifetime bests and finishing with a school-record mark of 12.18 meters. Maletich is now a four-time All-American, as she took second in the long jump on Friday, won the long jump at the 2019 indoor championships and took sixth in the same meet back in March.
Saturday, Darcey, a junior, earned her fourth All-American honor of her career by taking runner-up in the women's high jump.
VacaGuzman finishes her career as a four-time All-American after earning 8th- and 7th-place finishes in the 400 meters in indoor and outdoor, respectively, in the 2018 national meets.
Fellow senior Naibryf earned her first All-American honor in her final meet as a Maroon, and she joined Maritn, a junior, and Fitzpatrick, a first-year, as first-time All-Americans.
DAY 3 RESULTS
2019 Outdoor Track & Field National Championships
At Spire Institute, Geneva, Ohio
WOMEN (8th overall, 28 points)
4x400 relay (finals) – 3, Nicole VacaGuzman, Meg Fitzpatrick, Tali Naibryf, Mary Martin (3:46.28)
800 (finals) – 3, Nicole VacaGuzman (2:10.39)
Triple jump (finals) – 8, Isabel Maletich (12.18m)