Jan 10, 2019
ADOBE SPARK STORY
CHICAGO – With plenty of returning talent and successful cross country seasons in tow, the University of Chicago track and field teams are primed to continue their upward trajectory in both the conference and national scene in 2019.
The indoor season kicks off on Saturday, Jan. 12 with the Maroons hosting the annual Phoenix Invitational at the Henry Crown Field House. The outdoor season will commence on March 30 at the Augustana College Viking Olympics.
WOMEN’S TEAM PREVIEW
As Head Coach Chris Hall embarks on his 18th season leading the Maroons, he believes the women possess a complete team across the board. “Our greatest strength may be in our ability to cover all the events pretty well and to have a bit of depth in each of the event areas,” he said. “Coming off a cross country season in which we finished 11th nationally, we have a very strong jumps corps (long, triple, high and pole vault) and our sprinters have been very strong within our conference.”
That depth proved vital in the 2018 indoor season, allowing UChicago to capture its fifth University Athletic Association (UAA) indoor team title. The Maroons followed that up with a second-place showing at the UAA outdoor championships.
More recently, UChicago placed 11th at the NCAA cross country championships this past fall. Sophomore Sophie Elgamal earned All-American status by placing 26th. Sophomore Emma Dyer, junior Maggie Boudreau and junior Claire Brockway all finished in the top 100 as well.
The Maroons return a pair of All-Americans in junior Laura Darcey and senior Nicole VacaGuzman. Darcey was the UAA Indoor MVP (Field Event) who went on to take fifth in the high jump and sixth in the pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships. VacaGuzman posted top-eight finishes in the indoor and outdoor 800 meters.
The jumps have been particularly strong in recent years, with several podium sweeps during the …