Darby LaPlant
Darby LaPlant
Height: 5-7
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Santa Clarita, Calif.
High School: Saugus
Position: Distance
Major: Material Sciences and Engineering

Collegiate Personal Bests
3,000m - 10:45.29
5,000m - 18:35.50

5,000m - 18:53.25
10,000m - 38:28.99

2017-18: Competed in two meets... Finished second in the 5,000m at the MIT Alumni Meet in a time of 19:45.17.

2016-17: NEWMAC Second Team All-Conference (10,000m)... Competed in nine meets... Was sixth in the 10,000m at the D3 New England Outdoor Championship in 38:28.99... Finished as the runner-up in the 10,000m at the NEWMAC Championship in 40:37.94... Was 22nd in the 5,000m at the D3 New England Indoor Championship in 19:05.69..

Competed in six indoor meets … finished 18th in the 5,000m run (18:53.13) at the New England Division III Indoor Championship (2/19-20) … set a personal record with her finish of 10:50.21 in the 3,000m run at the John Thomas Terrier Classic (1/29-30) … also notched a PR in the 5,000m run (18:51.28) as she placed 18th at the Tufts Cupid Challenge (2/6) … had her best placement finish of third when she crossed the line in 19:00.72 in the 5,000m run at the Bowdoin Invitational (1/23) … competed in five outdoor meets … crossed the line ninth in 38:47.89 – a new PR – in the 10,000m run at the New England Division III Outdoor Championship (5/5-7) … placed fifth in the 10K in 39:49.04 at the NEWMAC Championship (4/30).

Off the Track at MIT: Majoring in material sciences and engineering… Also competes on the MIT women’s cross country team... Member of the Pi Beta Phi women's fraternity... Interned at Arconic in 2017 and Markforged in 2018... At the Allanore Labs in 2016, she did research into electrolytic cells to replace copper smelting... In 2017 at the Congreve Labs (Harvard Rowland Institute), she did research into creating quantum dots and thin films for use in up-conversion... 2017 and 2018 Pi Beta Phi VP of Housing.

High School: A 2015 graduate of Saugus High School … six-time varisty letterwinner in cross country and track & field … 2015 U.S Marine Scholastic Excellence Award … 2015 U.S Marine Distinguished Athlete Award … 2015 SAMMY Award for Cross Country … National Honor Society … California Scholarship Federation … Vice President of the National Honor Society … valedictorian.