Lauren Hardesty Named Big Ten Co-Runner of the Week

Sept. 8, 2010

IOWA CITY, Iowa – – The Big Ten Conference has named University of Iowa senior Lauren Hardesty Women’s Cross Country Co-Runner of the Week. Hardesty shared the honor with Penn State junior Caitlin Lane. This is Hardesty’s first career Big Ten weekly honor and the first for the Hawkeyes this season.

The Valparaiso, IN, native earned the honor after turning in a 3,000-meter time of 10:21 at the Hawkeye Invitational on Friday, good for first place. Hardesty led the 29th-ranked Hawkeyes to the team title on their home course. The career-best performance places her in a tie for the fourth-best 3K time in Iowa history with her twin sister Amanda.

The Hawkeyes will return to action Sept. 18 at the Ashton Cross Country Course in Iowa City. The Black and Gold will host the 2010 Iowa Invitational, with the men’s 8K beginning at 8 a.m. and the women’s 3K following at approximately 8:45 a.m. Admission is free.