Hawkeyes Finish National Championships Strong

by Darren Miller

EUGENE, Oregon—The University of Iowa women’s track and field team recorded one first team All-America honor and one second team All-America honor during the final day of competition at the 2021 NCAA Championships. The women finished tied for 26th with a score of 11 points.

Laulauga Tausaga finished second in the discus throw with a season’s best mark of 63.53 meters. Tausaga brought home her seventh first-team All-America honor with the performance. Serena Brown finished 10th with a mark of 57.06 meters.

“Lagi has had an amazing career and continues to make history every time she steps into the ring,” said Iowa director of track and field Joey Woody.

“She had the best performance of her career today, but unfortunately it just wasn’t enough to defend her title against a great competitor that had to set a meet record to beat her. Lagi will forever go down as one of the all-time greatest athletes to ever wear a Iowa uniform in any sport. She has a bright future ahead of her in this sport, and I can’t wait to watch her compete next week at the trials.”

Jenny Kimbro finished Day 2 of the heptathlon in 18th place to claim All-America honorable mention with a score of 5,381 points. Kimbro finished 22nd in the long jump and 12th in the javelin throw with marks of 5.38 meters and 35.97 meters. Kimbro closed out the competition with a sixth-place finish in the 800 meters with a time of 2:19.16.

“Jenny had a solid day today and just missed finishing second team all-American,” Woody said.

“It’s hard to put into words what Lagi and Jenny have both done for our program. They have both put Iowa on the map in the multi-events and throws. Jenny has contributed to our program is so many events, I’m not sure there’s been another athlete of her diversity in the history of our program. She’s been a Big Ten champion in the hurdles, school record holder in the multis, NCAA qualifier in all those events and the 400 hurdles, and has contributed on our 4×1 and 4×4 relays that have qualified to the NCAA championships and been a Big Ten champion on the indoor 4×4. Jenny is one of the all-time conference point scorers in the history of Iowa track and field. Both Jenny and Lagi have taken Iowa Women’s Track and Field to unprecedented heights, and we will forever be grateful for their contributions to our program.”

The University of Iowa track and field team will compete at the U.S Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon June 18-27. A complete schedule of events and links to live streaming and results can be found at hawkeyesports.com/tracklive.

Women’s Heptathlon
18. Jenny Kimbro / 5,381 points
22. Long Jump / 5.38 meters
12. Javelin Throw / 35.97 meters
6. 800 Meters / 2:19.16

Discus Throw
2. Laulauga Tausaga / 63.53 meters
10. Serena Brown / 57.06 meters