2018-19 Women's Track & Field Roster

Darren Miller
Darren Miller
Darren Miller
Darren Miller
Laulauga Tausaga

Laulauga Tausaga

  • Class
    Junior
  • High School
    Mount Miguel
  • Hometown
    Spring Valley, Calif

Biography

Iowa Items -- two-time All-American... two-time Big Ten Champion... set school records in indoor shot put and weight throw, and outdoor shot put and discus.  

2018 -- Indoor - set school records in shot put at Tyson Invite (54-2, 16.51m) and weight throw at Big Ten Championships (65-8 3/4, 20.03m)... placed eighth in weight throw at Big Ten Championships (65-8 3/4, 20.03m)... won shot put with a then-school record mark of 52-6 1/2 (16.01m) and weight throw at Black & Gold Premier (62-10, 19.15m)... placed second in shot put (54-2, 16.51m) and weight throw (64-3 1/4, 19.59m) at Tyson Invite... Outdoor - placed fourth in shot put (56-10 3/4, 17.34m) and discus (183-11, 56.07m) at NCAA Championships, earning All-America honors in both events... set school records in shot put (56-10 3/4, 17.34m) and discus (196-4, 59.86m)... two-time Big Ten Champion, winning titles in shot put (55-1 1/2, 16.80m) and discus (191-7, 58.39m)... Drake Relays shot put champion (55-1 1/2, 16.890m)... named Big Ten field event athlete of the week after winning discus (196-4, 59.86m) and shot put (53-6 1/4, 16.31) at Battle on the Bayou... placed fourth in discus (191-0, 58.22m) and sixth in shot put (54-1 3/4, 16.50m) at NCAA West Preliminary... placed second in hammer throw (178-7, 54.43m) at Willie Williams Classic, which ranks sixth all-time at Iowa... placed second in discus (196-2, 59.79m) and seventh in shot put (52-5 1/4, 15.98m) at Long Beach Invite... letterwinner.

2017 -- Indoor - posted season-best shot put at Meyo Invite (48-5 1/4, 14.76m)... placed second in shot put at Iowa Open (48-2 1/2, 14.69m), second at Border Battle (47-10 1/2, 14.59m), fourth at Larry Wieczorek Invite (46-6, 14.17m) and 16th at Big Ten Championships (46-4, 14.12m)... Outdoor - first team All-American, placing seventh in discus at NCAA Championships (182-9, 55.71m)... set then-school record in discus, placing third at NCAA West Preliminary (194-9, 59.37)... won Big Ten discus title (180-5, 55.00m) and placed fourth at Florida Relays (184-1, 56.10m)... also led team in shot put, throwing a season-best 49-6 1/4, 15.09m) at Jim Click Shootout... earned team Outstanding Freshman and Teammate award... letterwinner.

High School -- two-time all-state honoree,  placing second at state meet as senior and third as a junior... two-time field female athlete of the year and three-time field female athlete of the month honoree... four-time conference champion, all-district honoree and team MVP... set school records in shot put and discus... also played volleyball and basketball... coached by Roberto Rios and Jorge Reyes.

Personal -- born May 22, 1998... daughter of Aveaomalo Tausaga... communications major.
 
Tausaga's Collegiate Bests
Event Mark Meet Date
Shot Put (O)  56-10 3/4 (17.34m) at NCAA Championships 6/7/18
Weight Throw (I) 65-8 3/4 (20.03m) at B1G Championships 5/12/18
Discus (O)  196-4 (59.86m)     at Battle on the Bayou 4/7/18