Tutson looking for strong finish to career with Hawkeyes

BY DANNY PAYNE | APRIL 12, 2013 5:00 AM

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Majesty Tutson has put together an impressive résumé during her time wearing black and gold.

The senior has broken numerous school records in her career, and on April 6, she broke another  — this time, the record was her own.

Tutson notched a mark of 177-10 in the discus, which eclipsed her previous record of 172-11, set in 2012.

However, the Iowa City native said she doesn’t want her success to stop now.

“185 is the mark that I want to set for myself,” she said, “And then build off that. I definitely don’t want that to be my last mark.”

Director of field events Scott Cappos has his own set of goals for the leisure studies major in her final season.

“Win the Big Ten championship individually and place in the top six at the NCAA championships, that’s what we want, those are the goals for her,” Cappos said.

Tutson, who grew up in a Christian household, says something that has kept her going throughout her career is faith. Faith has helped her persist through ups and downs of her career, particularly a second place finish at the 2011 Big Ten championships in the discus, followed the next year by a disappointing eighth place finish in the same event.

“I have a lot of faith in myself, I grew up in a Christian home and have been taught to build my faith through God, through prayer and work,” she said, “something my mom always taught me was faith without work is dead.”

Along with faith, the City High product’s work ethic and consistency has allowed her to succeed throughout her career.

“I’ve always had the drive to keep going and the will to keep working harder and harder no matter what happens,” she said, “I just want people to remember me as someone who kept going and achieved it.”

Cappos agrees that Tutson’s hard work has allowed her to get to where she is today, currently sitting atop the Big Ten in the discus.

“She’s been one of those young ladies that came here as a walk on,” Cappos said, “A marginal high school athlete that’s developed into one of the top throwers in the country.”

Tutson knows her career as a Hawkeye is coming to a close, it’s “bittersweet,” she says. She wants to finish out her time here strongly, and is confident she can do so.

“I feel like this is my year, I’m experienced, I know what it’s like to be at the big meets,” the senior said, “I’m not as nervous, I’m more consistent.”

Head coach Layne Anderson agrees.

“As people move along in their careers … they shouldn’t have some of the inexperience issues that a younger [athlete] has.”

Her coaches also echo her confidence.

“I think there’s a lot more in there still,” Cappos said, “I think she’s going to be the type of thrower that could be contending for a national championship by the end of the year.”

Anderson added a final note when asked about a possible Big Ten or national championship.

“I’d love to see a storybook ending to her career,” he said.

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