Harris, Tausaga Named May Student-Athletes of the Month

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa Student-Athletes Academic Services (SAAS) recognized senior Mar’yea Harris (Men’s Track and Field) and junior Laulauga Tausaga (Women’s Track and Field) as May’s male and female student-athletes of the month.

The honor, voted by their peers, recognizes student-athletes who have excelled not only in their sports but in the classroom as well.

Harris, a sports and recreation management major, helped Iowa to its first Big Ten Championship since 2011 on May 11. Harris won the 400 meters for the second consecutive year with a time of 45.67 and anchored the 1,600-meter relay squad that won the conference title in 3:03.20. Harris accounted for 12.5 of the Hawkeyes’ 116 points. In addition, Harris qualified for the NCAA Championship semifinal in both events.

Tausaga, a communications major, tallied her third straight discus title at the Big Ten Championships on May 11 as she finished the championship with 18 of Iowa’s 93 team points. At the NCAA West Preliminary, she set a new Iowa discus record with a 62.69-meter mark (205-8), leading to the regional championship title and securing a spot at the NCAA Championships.

Harris and Tausaga lead the Hawkeyes into the 2019 NCAA Track and Field Championships on June 8 in Austin, Texas.