While Juškevičiūtė got her start in the heptathlon, she also began competing in the pentathlon at Cornell, and she took home first place in the pentathlon at the 2020 Ivy League Indoor Heps  Championships.

From Vowing to Never Participate in Track and Field to Becoming One of Cornell’s Biggest Stars, Junior Heptathlete Tells Her Athletic Tale

“I said I would never do track,” Juškevičiūtė recalled. “Back home, we don’t have high school sports, but once a year, [there was] sort of like a cross country meet. You would run one kilometer for your school so I would always have to do it. My PT teacher would always say, ‘you should do track,’ and I was like, ‘I will never do track. I’m not interested — it’s the most boring sport.’”

With the lacking representation of people of color throughout Cornell Athletics' staff and leadership, Black student-athletes often find their voices ignored.

Student-Athletes of Color Shed Light on Racial Injustice Within Cornell Athletic Community

When Jay Matthews, a rising junior midfielder on women’s soccer, founded WOCCA in March, the need for a space dedicated to Cornell’s female athletes of color was already obvious. Now, in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and increased attention to police brutality nationwide, the group is increasingly vital for projecting the voices of Cornell’s black athletes.