Brown, Tuufuli Win Big Ten Athlete of the Week Honors

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa junior Brittany Brown and sophomore Reno Tuufuli each earned weekly conference honors, the Big Ten office announced Wednesday.

Brown was named Women’s Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, while Tuufuli earned Men’s Co-Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week accolades.

Brown competed in the 100 meters and 200 meters at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Arizona, last weekend. She won both races with times of 11.43 and 22.73, respectively. Her 22.73 in the 200 meters broke the meet record set in 2011 and broke the school record she shared with teammate Briana Guillory since the 2016 Big Ten Championships. Brown ranks first in the Big Ten in both events, and is fourth in the NCAA in the 200 meters.

This is Brown’s first career conference award. The last Hawkeye to win the award was Elexis Guster on April 13, 2016.

Tuufuli won his first discus competition of the season in Arizona. The Las Vegas, Nevada, native threw a Big Ten-leading throw of 60.23 meters (197 feet, 7 inches) to win the competition by over two meters. He is ranked fourth in the country and is the only underclassman to rank in the top five in the nation.

Tuufuli earns his second Big Ten honor of his career and second of the season. He was named Co-Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week on March 22. He is the first Hawkeye to be named an outdoor Big Ten Athlete of the Week more than once in the same season since the conference began the award in 1990.

This is the second time in program history where two athletes have won a Big Ten Athlete of the Week award in the same week. Diane Nukuri and Andy Napier both won the award on April 8, 2008.

Brown, Tuufuli and the rest of the Hawkeyes return to the track at the Mt. SAC Relays this weekend, April 13-15.