April 10, 2011
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TEMPE, Ariz. – The University of Iowa track and field team concluded competition at the Sun Angel Classic Saturday. The event was held at Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of Arizona State. Three Hawkeye student-athletes and a relay team were crowned champions, including sophomore Majesty Tutson who set the school record in the women’s discus throw.
Tutson, an Iowa City native, let it fly during the discus competition Saturday, hitting 166-10 ½ (50.87m). The sophomore broke the previous school record set by Tiffany Medenwaldt in 2010 at 161-3 (49.16m).
Two Iowa men were first place finishers in their events. The first was junior Erik Sowinski. He leaned across the line at 1:48.32 for the top spot in the 800 meter run. Senior Adam Hairston also competed in the 800, clocking a 1:49.53 to take fifth place.
The men’s 400-meter relay team was the final champion in Black and Gold Saturday. Freshman Tevin-Cee Mincy started on the gun before handing off to senior Zeke Sayon. Senior Paul Chaney ran the third 100 and sophomore Justin Austin anchored the relay. The Hawkeyes posted a time of 39.86, a third best performance in Iowa program history.
The women’s team had two student-athletes set personal records and accelerate on to the school’s all-time top-performers lists. Senior Tiffany Hendricks was the first to accomplish the goal with her time in the 400 meter hurdles. Hendricks sprinted to a 59.65 sixth place finish and moved to fifth on Iowa’s all-time top-performers. Senior Bethany Praska, indoor Big Ten Champion, placed third in the 800 meter run. Praska posted a time of 2:07.03, fourth best in program history.
Hendricks also excelled in the 400 meter dash. The Burlington, Iowa native recorded a time of 55.29, earning runner-up. Freshman Ashley Liverpool also ran the quarter-mile. Liverpool finished fourth in 55.77.
In the field for the men’s team, juniors Matt Banse and Ryan Lamparek posted top-ten finishes in the shot put. Banse’s third place throw reached 55-7 ½ (16.95m) and Lamparek hit 53-11 (16.43m), taking eighth.
Iowa will be back on the track next weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. The event is scheduled to begin Friday (April 15) and run through Sunday (April 17).