University of Iowa Athletics

Lauren Hardesty

Class Sr.
Hometown Valparaiso, Ind.
High School Valparaiso
Lauren Hardesty - Women's Cross Country - University of Iowa Athletics

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’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