If it can be tossed, slung, chucked, heaved, flung or thrown, chances are Iowa sophomore Majesty Tutson has had it in her hand and sent it a long ways.
Tutson set the Hawkeye school record in the discus this spring and is also the very rare thrower who also competes in the shot put, hammer throw, and javelin.
“I’m the only thrower on the team that does all of them,” Tutson said. “A lot of our throwers have specialties. The discus will be mine, but I don’t practice it as much as some people that have one specialty.”
Tutson was familiar with the shot put and discus, having thrown both at an elite level at City High. Once she arrived at Iowa, she had to be trained from scratch on the hammer throw and javelin, events not offered at the high school level.
“It’s been real difficult to learn,” Tutson said. “And my discus changed a lot from high school to college. I did a lot more stuff wrong with it than I thought.”
Iowa assistant coach Scott Cappos, who works with the throwers, said Tutson can work with four— five if you count the weight throw indoors — because she’s so talented.
“Girls like her out of high school, we teach them the hammer, the javelin … we see what they have a predisposition for; what they can do well,” Cappos said. “It turns out she can do about everything well. I think it’s a matter of time before she’s great at all throwing events.”
In the indoor season, Tutson set the Iowa record in the weight throw. She followed that up by setting the discus record with a toss of 166 feet, 10½ inches on April 9 at the Sun Angel Classic at Arizona State.
“That was a great achievement for her,” Cappos said. “I think it means great things are in store. Down the road, I look for her to be contending for NCAA titles.”
Today Tutson returns to the Drake Relays, where she won a discus title in high school. It marks the beginning of a vital stretch that includes the Big Ten Championships and NCAA Regionals.
Tutson said she wasn’t ready to compete in the big meets as a college freshman.
“It was not good,” Tutson said. “I think I can do a lot better. As a freshman, it was easy to qualify for the big meets, but once I got there I got real nervous and I choked.
“This year I feel I’ve got more experience, more confidence, and I feel I can do better.”