March 21, 2010
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Iowa City, IA – The University of Iowa women’s track and field team kicked off the 2010 outdoor season heading east for two days of competition at the Coastal Carolina University Shamrock Invitational. Iowa left Myrtle Beach, SC, earning three event titles and placing numerous athletes in the all-time record books.
Senior Caleigh Bacchus won the high jump with a collegiate-best height of 5-9 (1.75m). This moves Bacchus up to fourth all-time at Iowa in the high jump. Freshman Megan Glisar was right behind Bacchus, placing fourth at 5-5 (1.65m). Freshmen Tiffany Medenwaldt and Majesty Tutson earned their way into the Iowa record books in three events over the weekend. Medenwaldt’s hammer toss (7th, 168-7 1/4, 51.39m) ranks third all-time, her shot put (5th, 45-2, 13.77m) tenth, and Tutson’s discus (3rd, 147-5, 44.93m) eighth.
Junior sisters Amanda Hardesty and Lauren Hardesty both won titles over the weekend, Amanda in the 1,500 meters (1st, 4:28.58) and Lauren in the 800 meters (1st, 2:10.90). Both are collegiate bests, and Lauren’s time in the 800 meters ranks ninth all-time at Iowa. Iowa placed four athletes in the top ten in the 1,500 meters. After Hardesty was sophomore Lindsay Anderson (6th, 4:36.52), graduate student Megan Lessard (8th, 4:42.88), and freshman Megan Ranegar (10th, 4:45.04). In the 800 meters behind Hardesty, it was sophomores McKenzie Melander (4th, 2:13.18), Betsy Flood (7th, 2:13.69), and Brittany Dlhy (14th, 2:17.70). In the 400-meter dash, junior Bethany Praska (5th, 56.05) and senior Rhonda-Kaye Trusty (11th, 57.44) both earned collegiate bests.
Iowa’s will hit the west coast in the next meet of the outdoor season with the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, CA. It is a two-day meet, with events on Friday Mar. 26 and Saturday Mar. 27.