Moment #47: Gleason breaks a record in 1993 that still stands in 2022

50 Iowa Moments Since Title IX: Kristy Gleason Sets NCAA All-American Women's Record, Wins Honda Sports Award

Series Iowa Title IX. The Gazette is counting down the top 50 moments in Iowa Hawkeyes women’s track and field history in the 50 days leading up to the 50th anniversary of the title IX in June.

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of Top 50 Moments in the history of Iowa Hawkeyes women’s athletics in the 50 days leading up to the 50th anniversary of the Title IX in June.

Going into her senior field hockey season in 1993, Kristy Gleason was no stranger to accolades.

She was already a three-time All-American, Iowa’s all-time scoring leader and the reigning Big Ten Athlete of the Year.

But 1993 gave him the chance to add some more achievements.

Gleason broke the record for most goals at the Division I level by an American with her 19th goal of the season and 118th goal of her career.

“It was quite a moment,” Gleason said. “It was more important that we win the game.”

She finished the year with 132 career goals. After learning that the record still stands today, Gleason said she “got goosebumps.”

Following her record-breaking season, she became the first field hockey player from Iowa to receive a Honda Sports Award. In the 28 years that followed, Gleason had more time to let win the prize.

“I was grateful and grateful, but as a young woman, but I think I expected so much of myself,” Gleason said. “It was part and parcel of trying to do my best every day.”

The year she won the Honda Sports Award and broke the NCAA record was also quite a year for the Hawkeyes.

The Hawkeyes earned a trip to the Final Four — fourth place during Gleason’s time in Iowa City.

It wasn’t just because of Gleason’s goal either. The defense behind them had a program record of 16 shutouts and just 10 goals against in 22 games.

The Final Four, not the awards, is most important to Gleason, who is now a professional golf instructor.

“The Final Four was what we worked for every year,” Gleason said. “So it was surreal.”

Gleason, who became a four-time All-American after this season, remains the only Honda Sports Award recipient in Iowa field hockey history.

However, several people have come close to joining her, including Maddy Murphy in 2021.

Gleason hopes another Hawkeye will receive the award and is confident that will happen soon, especially under the “tutelage” of current head coach Lisa Cellucci.

“That would be absolutely awesome,” Gleason said. “It’s just a matter of time.”

Kristy Gleason (center) was Iowa’s first and only Honda Sports Award winner in 1994. (Photo courtesy of University of Iowa Sports Information)

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