GREENSBORO, N.C. – Before the beginning of the 2021 outside nationwide meet, University of Chicago’s Isabel Maletich had already made her mark on the ladies’s observe & subject program. She owns all 4 faculty information within the lengthy bounce and triple bounce, together with six All-American awards and a bevy of different accolades.
By Thursday night, Maletich added her title to rarefied firm with the second nationwide lengthy bounce title of her profession on the 2021 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She grew to become the sixth Maroon to assert a number of NCAA championships within the fashionable period.
Maletich entered the day because the second seed within the ladies’s outside lengthy bounce. Just one week earlier, the Maroon junior posted a season-best 5.96 meters at a qualifier meet that ensured her standing as one of many favorites to win on the NCAAs. She had reached this stage beforehand in 2019 as a first-year, ending because the nationwide runner-up within the outside lengthy bounce by a mere two inches.
She wouldn’t be denied on late Thursday afternoon in Greensboro. Maletich’s third bounce of the day topped the sector at 5.88 meters. Her closest competitor completed at 5.78 meters – a margin of three.75 inches.
Maletich had beforehand received the NCAA indoor lengthy bounce title in 2019. It is the eleventh nationwide championship for UChicago observe & subject for the reason that 12 months 2000.
“Isabel has always been a big-meet performer,” mentioned UChicago Head Coach Chris Hall. “She seems to thrive in this type of environment. Even last week, she had to jump well just to qualify. She looked great today and seemed in control from the start. It makes me sad she didn’t have the opportunity to compete in last year’s national meets due to the COVID pandemic. Isabel is honestly one of the greatest jumpers in the history of Division III and she made the most of that opportunity today. I couldn’t be more proud.”
The first UChicago lady in motion on Thursday was Rachel TerHaar within the pole vault. The junior had certified for NCAAs because of a school-record clearance of three.72 meters again on April 24. TerHaar bettered that peak by her sixth vault of the day, clearing 3.75 meters on her second attempt. Two makes an attempt later, she was residing atop the leaderboard at 3.80 meters. She saved that lead place till Ithaca College’s Meghan Matheny surpassed 3.85 meters on her closing try. TerHaar completed because the nationwide runner-up to earn the primary All-American award of her profession.
First-year Maddie Kelly raced within the ladies’s 1,500-meter prelims later within the afternoon. After coming into the race because the seventeenth seed, Kelly crossed the end line in 14th place with a time of 4:39.77. The prime 12 finishers superior to the occasion finals.
UChicago Multiple National Titlists
- Peter Wang (Wrestling) – 177 kilos in 1991 and 1992
- Rhaina Echols (Women’s Cross Country / Track & Field) – Cross Country in 1999; Indoor 5,000 meters in 2000; Outdoor 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters in 2000
- Kendra Higgins (Women’s Tennis) – Doubles in 2009 and 2010
- Chrissy Hu (Women’s Tennis) – Doubles in 2009 and 2010
- Liz Lawton (Women’s Track & Field) – Outdoor 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters in 2010
- Isabel Maletich (Women’s Track & Field) – Indoor Long Jump in 2019, Outdoor Long Jump in 2021
- Friday-Saturday, May 28-29 – UChicago at NCAA Championships (Greensboro, N.C.)