Athlete Profile Jacqueline Guevel sets new track records

Guevel is on the move as she balances track and academics. (credit: Tommy Hofman/Photo Editor) Guevel is on the move as she balances track and academics. (credit: Tommy Hofman/Photo Editor)

First-year Jacqueline Guevel exceeds the pace her predecessors set on the track team.

As a first-year, she has already broken two Carnegie Mellon track records. One record was in the 55-meter dash, with a time of 7.52 seconds. The second was the 55-meter hurdles, with a time of 8.71 seconds.

Guevel comes to Carnegie Mellon from the Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas. She chose to attend Carnegie Mellon based on its great engineering program as well as its Division III athletics. “I wanted to be able to focus on my studies and yet still have track as a part of my life,” Guevel said. “It’s the best stress reliever.”

Guevel is planning on majoring in mechanical engineering or civil engineering, but is not quite sure what she wants to do with it yet.

So far this season Guevel has had two favorite memories about the team. The first was breaking the school record in the 55-meter hurdles and the 55-meter dash, while the second was the team bus rides back from Pitt practices. “There is never a dull moment,” Guevel said.The track and field team is more than just a team, she said.

Guevel loves that the members are all so supportive and fun to hang out with. For instance, this past weekend at the first overnight meet, they played Bananagrams instead of doing homework. “It was great!” said Guevel.

Track and field season has just begun, and the team competes in its next meet against Kent State University.

There are still a lot of big meets coming up with NCAA Indoor Championships in two weeks. It will be exciting to see what times Guevel puts up next.