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Tutson second in discus at Big Ten championship meet

[ 0 ] May 15, 2011 |

Majesty Tutson has come a long way in her sophomore season on the Iowa women’s track team.

The City High graduate broke her own school record twice in the discus and finished second in the event at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships on Sunday at Francis X. Cretzmeyer Track.

The Hawkeyes finished eighth with 59 points, while Ohio State won with 135.

Tutson’s first throw reached 167 feet, 11¾ inches to break her own school record of 166-10½, set at the Sun Angel Classic earlier this season. She went on to throw 172-4 to finish second behind Beth Rohl of Michigan State, who threw 183-6.

“It was my second-to-last throw,” Tutson said. “I’ve been doing pretty good in practice. I just had to get the jitters out.”

Nerves were a problem for Tutson her freshman year at Iowa.

“I’d make it to the big meets and kind of choke,” she said. “I’d think too much last year. This year, I stay calm, even when I have bad throws. It really helps me to just get in there and do what I need to do.

“It was a thing, that this is a D-I school, I’ve got to be where I’m supposed to be at. In high school, it’s like you’re there, they’re not going to make you quit. You have to prove yourself more here.”

The Hawkeyes won two events, with senior Bethany Praska contributing to both. She won the 800 meters in a track-record 2 minutes, 5.63 seconds, and led off the 4×400 with Tiffany Hendricks, Nicole Erickson and Ashley Liverpool to win in 3:36.51.

“I was definitely looking for a faster time (in the 800),” Praska said. “But winning, taking the 800 on the home track at Big Ten senior year, I’m not complaining at all. … I don’t even know if I have words for that. Senior year on the home track, I couldn’t have dreamed of anything better.”

West Des Moines Dowling graduate Betsy Flood took second in the 5,000 in a collegiate-best 16:12.01, finishing behind Emily MacLeod of Michigan State, who had a stronger kick at the finish.

“You normally kick with 200 (left), and that’s too much,” Flood said. So I was like, ‘If I can stay here until 50 and kick, that will happen,’ and I did, but she had already started it.”

Brooke Eilers was fifth for Iowa, and McKenzie Melander was sixth.

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