University of Iowa Athletics
Distance

Lauren Hardesty

Class Fr.
Hometown Valparaiso, Ind.
High School Valparaiso

2008 — Indoor – ran third leg on distance medley relay that set school record (11:20.11) and provisionally qualified for NCAA Championships… led team in 800 meters (2:15.45)… Outdoor – ran second leg on team-leading distance medley relay (12:03.66)… ran collegiate-best 1,500 meters (4:41.70) at Auburn Classic… letterwinner… Cross Country – ran collegiate bests in 3,000 meters (10:58) at Hawkeye Invite and 5,000 meters (17:40) at Auburn Invite… ran season-best 6,000 meters (22:04) at NCAA Pre-Nationals… letterwinner.

2007 — Cross Country – placed 49th with collegiate-best 21:38 (6,000 meters) at NCAA Midwest Regional… also ran collegiate-best 14:28 (4,000 meters) for ninth place at Hawkeye Invite… those times rank seventh in school history… placed 36th (18:05-5,000 meters) at Auburn Invite, 56th (21:52-6,000 meters) at Big Ten Championships, 143rd (22:18-6,000 meters) at Pre-Nationals and 180th (22:40-6,000 meters) at NCAA Championships… team earned USTFCCCA all-academic honors… letterwinner.

High School — state 1,600-meter champion (4:56) junior year… four-time first team all-state in cross country and two-time in track… three-time cross country and track team MVP… state all-star in cross country senior year… conference (5:04) and district (5:10) 1,600-meter champion senior year… placed fifth at state cross country meet sophomore year, seventh as a junior, 11th as a senior and 12th as a freshman… placed sixth in 1,600 meters, ninth in 800 meters and placed second as part of 3,200-meter relay at state meet senior year… coaches were Karen Devries, Mick Cavanaugh and Jim McCall… also competed in basketball and swimming… graduated with academic honors.

Personal — born December 11, 1988… daughter of Mark and Mary Hardesty… twin sister, Amanda, also runs track and cross country at Iowa… open major.

Hardesty[apos]s Collegiate Bests

Event Time Meet Date
800 Meters (I) 2:15.45 Iowa Open 9/15/07
1,500 Meters (CC) 4:41.70 at Auburn Classic 4/5/08
Mile (I) 4:59.68 at Jack Johnson Classic 1/26/08
3,000 Meters (CC) 10:58 Hawkeye Invite 8/29/08
4,000 Meters (CC) 14:28 Hawkeye Invite 9/15/07
5,000 Meters (CC) 17:40 at Auburn Invite 10/4/08
6,000 Meters (CC) 21:38 at NCAA Regional 11/11/07