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Year: Senior
Hometown: San Luis Obispo, Calif.
High School: San Luis Obispo HS


Cara Vernacchia recieved four varsity letters in track and was captain of the team for San Luis High School.  As a junior she was Pac-7 League Champion and placed 3rd in Division 3 in high jump, and she was Pac-7 League Champion in the triple jump.  Senior year, Cara was Pac-7 League Champion and 5th in Division 3 in the triple jump, and her team was Pac-7 League Champs and Division 3 Champs.  Cara was also the recipient of many awards, such as; SLOHS Rookie of the Year; Pac-7 League 1st Team in High Jump as a junior and Pac-7 League 1st Team in Triple Jump as a junior and senior; and SLOHS Outstanding Clutch Performer as a senior.  Aside from athletics, Cara was a member of the NHS, SLOHS Newspaper, Interact Club, and was a National Merit and AP Scholar. 

At Dartmouth, Cara plans to be pre-med while majoring in Neuroscience.

Cara is the daughter of Fred and Anne Vernacchia and she has 2 sisters.  One of her sisters, Giovonne, is on the track team at Colgate University.

2012-2013 Highs Indoor Outdoor
60m 8.71 (Jay Carisella - 12/1/12)  
LJ  5.26 (17'03.50)(Donahue - 1/25/13) 5.23 (17'01.75) (UVM/UML - 3/30/13)
TJ  11.31 (37'10.25)(Heps - 2/23/13) 11.28 (37'00.75) (UVM/UML - 3/30/13)


2011-2012 Highs Indoor Outdoor
TJ   11.31 (37'01.24)(Heps - 5/6/12)
LJ 5.18 (17'00.00)(Valentine - 2/10/12) 5.58 (18'03.75)(UVM/Midd - 4/14/12)
HJ 1.53 (5'00.25)(Valentine - 2/10/12  
2010-11 Highs  
Outdoor Indoor
LJ:  5.42 (17'09.50) (UNH - 4-9-11) LJ:  5.72 (18'09.25) (Y-C - 1-22-11)
HJ:  1.62 (5'03.75) (UNH - 4-9-11) HJ:  1.53 (5'00.25) (VT-ME - 1-15-11)
100m:  14.06 (RRelays - 3-25-11)  

Q and A with Cara

Why did you choose Dartmouth?
I liked the balance between academics and athletics, because both are very important to me. Also, when I visited the campus, I liked the laid-back atmosphere and sense of community.

How long have you been competing in track and what got you interested?
I decided to try track in 8th grade because some of my friends were doing it. My older sister was a jumper, so I tried those events as well and really enjoyed them.

Tell me something interesting about you that might come as a surprise to your teammates.

I did gymnastics for 10 years.

What extra curricular activities are you involved in on campus?

I am part of the Thetford Mentors program, which is a group of student-athletes that goes to an elementary school in the area to mentor students every week.

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