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Iowa track team lands highly-ranked discuss thrower

IOWA CITY – University of Iowa director of track and field Larry Wieczorek announced Wednesday that Reno Tuufuli has committed to join the Hawkeyes in 2014.

Tuufuli attends Liberty High School in Las Vegas. He is the No. 3 ranked discus thrower in the nation, topping out at 196 feet, 10 inches. He is nationally ranked No. 20 in the shot put with a personal best 61 feet, 5 inches.

Tuufuli placed first at the U.S. Youth National Championships in the discus in 2013, hitting 195 feet, three inches, to qualify for the 2013 World Youth Championships, where he placed seventh while representing Team USA in Donetsk, Ukraine.

“Historically and presently we have had a strong throws program at the University of Iowa, and the addition of Reno provides great promise for continuing that tradition,” said Wieczorek. “He has proven himself at every level, and he shares our commitment of pursuing track and field championships.”

Tuufuli is the 15th student-athlete to sign a national letter of intent to join the Hawkeyes next fall.

The 2014 recruiting class includes:

WOMEN (10)
Marta Bote Gonzalez – distance
Sheridan Champe – sprints
Leah Colbert – Throws

Anna Eisenzimmer – distance
Paige Hackman – Throws
Kayla Hochhalter – Throws
Taylor Majher – distance

Isabella Smith – middle distance

Anne Reischmann – distance

Jahisha Thomas – hurdles and jumps

MEN (5)
Ryan Dorman – sprints
Noah Larrison – sprints

Carter Lilly – middle distance
Michael Melchert – distance

Reno Tuufuli – throws

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