University of Iowa Athletics
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Laulauga Tausaga

Class RS Sr.
Hometown Spring Valley, Calif
High School Mount Miguel

Iowa Items — 2019 NCAA discus champion… 2019 World Championships finalist… 2020 USTFCCCA Indoor Midwest Regional Female Field Athlete of the Year… six-time All-American… four-time B1G Champion… set school records in indoor shot put and weight throw, and outdoor shot put, discus and hammer throw… 2020 B1G Indoor Female Field Athlete of the Championships.

2020 — Indoor – All-American and NCAA qualifier in shot put and weight throw… B1G weight throw champion (72-10, 22.21m), placing second in shot put (57-0, 17.37m)… named B1G Female Field Athlete of the Championships… USTFCCCA Midwest Regional Female Field Athlete of the Year… broke her own school shot put record with a winning 58-11 1/4 (17.96m) at Meyo Invite, placing second in weight throw with a team-leading 72-2 1/4 (22.00m)… named B1G Women’s Field Event Athlete of the Week for her performances at Meyo Invite and Texas Tech Shootout… won shot put (56-10 3/4, 17.34m) and placed second in weight throw (71-10, 21.89m) at Texas Tech Shootout… academic All-Big Ten… Dean’s List student.

2019 — Indoor – All-American, placing fifth in weight throw (72-11, 22.23m) and 15th in shot put (72-11, 22.23m) at NCAA Championships… USTFCCCA Midwest Regional Female Athlete of the Year… won weight throw with a school record-setting 76-3 3/4 (23.26m) and shot put (53-3 3/4, 16.25m) at Frank Sevigne Invite, earning meet MVP, USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week and B1G Field Event Athlete of the Week honors… placed second in shot put at B1G Championships (58-4 1/2, 17.79m)… won weight throw (69-10 3/4, 21.30m) at Larry Wieczorek Invite, Hawkeye Invite (67-9 3/4, 20.67m), Black & Gold Premier (66-5 3/4, 20.26m) and Jimmy Grant Invite (66-3, 20.19m), each with school record-breaking performances… Dean’s List student… Outdoor – NCAA discus champion, winning event with a school record-setting 207-6 (63.26m)… Midwest Regional Female Field Athlete of the Year… Big Ten discus champion (197-9, 60.28m), placing third in shot put (56-4, 17.17m) and seventh in hammer throw (199-10, 60.91m) at B1G Championships… named B1G Women’s Field Athlete of the Year and of the Championships… won discus (205-8, 62.69m) and placed 13th in shot put (53-0 3/4, 16.17m) at NCAA West Preliminary… won shot put (59-1 1/2, 18.02m) and discus (204-4, 62.28m) at Beach Invite, and hammer throw at Mt. SAC Relays (201-3, 61.34), setting then-school records in all three events… named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week and B1G Field Event Athlete of the Week after her performances at Mt. SAC Relays and Beach Invite… won discus (187-5, 57.13m) and placed second in shot put (53-8 1/4, 16.36m) at Drake Relays… won discus (202-7, 61.74m) and hammer throw at Sun Angel Classic (197-11, 60.32m), earning co-Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honors… won shot put (50-2, 15.29m), discus (193-10, 59.09m) and hammer throw (190-4, 58.02m) at Musco Twilight, earning Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honors… Dean’s List student… letterwinner.

2018 — Indoor – set then-school records in shot put at Tyson Invite (54-2, 16.51m) and weight throw at B1G Championships (65-8 3/4, 20.03m)… placed eighth in weight throw at B1G 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)… 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 then-school record in shot put (56-10 3/4, 17.34m) and then-school record in 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 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)…  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) 59-1 1/2 (18.02m) at Beach Invitational 4/19/19
Weight Throw (I) 76-3 3/4 (23.36m) at Frank Sevigne Invitational 2/1/19
Hammer Throw (O) 201-3 (61.34m) at Mt. SAC Relays 4/18/19
Discus (O) 209-9 (63.94m) at 2019 World Championships 6/8/19