Junior Luci Laffitte sets new relay record

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Junior design student and track and field star Luci Laffitte reflects on her achievements at Carnegie Mellon, including a newly set record with her relay team.

“I picked Carnegie Mellon because it was the best of both worlds: a great design program and a wonderful track team,” said Laffitte of Wellesley, Mass. “When I visited, I was toured around campus by a very welcoming design professor, Mark Mentzer, who competed on the Carnegie Mellon track team when he studied here. It made me feel instantly at home.”

In the future, Laffitte is interested in either designing educational tools or entering the field of research design.

Her most memorable moment of the season is when the coach made Barnik Saha, a first-year in H&SS, carry all of the throwing implements through security on their way to an indoor conference meet. She also remembers when Lisa Marion Garcia, a junior electrical and computer engineering major, achieved her personal record in pole vault at the indoor conference meet. “She was so happy, it was adorable!” said Laffitte.

Although the outdoor season has just begun for the track and field team, Laffitte believes her best performance so far came from last weekend’s meet when her 4x100-meter relay team broke the school record set two years ago. “It was exciting. Plus, I think we can definitely improve on our time.”

Laffitte loves being a member of the track team. “I enjoy spending so much time with my teammates who come together from all different years and majors. Not only is this useful when you need help in a class outside of your major, but I have made so many friends that I don’t think I would have met otherwise,” she said.

Laffitte’s future track goals include competing in the heptathlon (a seven-event, two-day extravaganza) next outdoor season with several of the other women.