IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa senior Laulauga Tausaga and sophomore Wayne Lawrence were named Track and Field Athletes of the Big Ten Indoor Championships, the conference announced Wednesday.
Tausaga took home gold in the weight throw on Day 1 of the championships with a mark of 22.21 meters. On Day 2, she was the runner-up in the shot put. She scored 18 points for Iowa’s women’s team, and punched her ticket to nationals where she will compete in both the shot put and weight throw.
Lawrence was the big winner for the Hawkeye men this past weekend, scoring a total of 22.5 points. He took home gold medals in the 200 meters, 400 meters, and the 4×400-meter relay, achieving personal bests in all three events and breaking the school record in the 400 meters (45.56). Lawrence qualified to run the 400 meters and the 4×400-meter relay next weekend at the NCAA Championships.
Lawrence is the first Big Ten Indoor Athlete of the Championships in school history for the men’s team. Tausaga is the third Hawkeye in school history to earn the award, and the first since Jahisha Thomas in 2018.
Junior Elyse Prescott and sophomore Alec Still were named Iowa’s the Sportsmanship Award honorees.
FIRST TEAM ALL-BIG TEN
SECOND TEAM ALL-BIG TEN
The following Hawkeyes head to the NCAA Championships on March 13-14 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A full schedule of events will be located on www.hawkeyesports.com.
- Raymund Clarke (4×400-meter relay)
- Will Daniels (Heptathlon)
- DeJuan Frye (4×400-meter relay)
- Jenny Kimbro (Pentathlon)
- Mallory King (800 meters)
- Wayne Lawrence (400 meters, 4×400-meter relay)
- Jaylan McConico (60-meter hurdles)
- Laulauga Tausaga (shot put, weight throw)
- Antonio Woodard (4×400-meter relay)