Berndt Wins 3,000, Tutson Sets School Record

Feb. 11, 2011

Ames, IA – The University of Iowa track and field teams competed at the Iowa State Classic Friday. The women’s team had five student-athletes finish among the top-five, including Danielle Berndt who placed first in the 3,000-meters and Majesty Tutson who finished second in the weight throw with a record-setting toss. The men’s team finished the day with three competitors in the top-5.

Tutson, a sophomore from Iowa City, launched the weight 58-4 feet (17.78m) in the weight throw competition. The efforts earned Tutson a second place finish and a school record. Iowa’s previous record holder was Becca Franklin with a mark of 58-3 ¼ (17.76m) set in 2007.

Berndt crossed the finish line in 10:06.99 in the 3,000-meter run to take first place in the event. The junior from Bloomington, MN was the only Hawkeye runner in the event with 42 runners.

Junior Matt Banse finished the men’s weight throw competition in fourth place with a throw of 19.49, a new collegiate best that moves him up to 5th on Iowa’s all-time top performers list.

Freshman Erin Jones and junior Patrick Richards each competed in the 200-meters. Jones finished second in the women’s event with her personal record setting time of 24.06 seconds. Richards also set a personal record in the men’s race with a seventh place time of 21.63.

The Hawkeyes will be back on the track tomorrow morning in Ames. Competition is slated to start at 9 a.m.