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.
|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)|
|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|
|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.