DES MOINES — There will be plenty of chances for current Mt. Pleasant athletes to make a name for themselves this weekend at Drake Stadium, but one of the highest honors will go to a Panther graduate.
Lindsey Tucker, known around Mt. Pleasant by her maiden name, Lindsey Boldt, will be inducted into the Iowa Girls’ Athletic Union’s Hall of Fame during the final day of state track, on Saturday, May 18.
“When I got the phone call, I was ecstatic,” said Tucker, who learned about the induction last year. “It’s something that I always wanted to top off my accomplishments in high school. It had been a while, so I wasn’t sure it would happen, so I was ecstatic and honored to find out that they picked me.”
Tucker ran for Mt. Pleasant from 2002-2006 and finished her career with six state championships, four of which came her senior year. After running on a winning 4X200 team in 2003 and the 400-meter hurdles in 2005, she closed her senior season out with a perfect meet.
Tucker won the 100-meter hurdles, the 400-meter hurdles and the high jump her senior year at state, and also anchored the winning shuttle hurdle team. This performance helped Mt. Pleasant win their third-straight state title.
“She was such a great competitor, especially when the pressure was on,” former head coach Dave Hutchcroft said. “That kind of seperated her from a lot of other athletes. The bigger the stage, the bigger she was able to perform.”
Tucker also won two Drake Relays crowns during her time in Mt. Pleasant, and then added another when she won at Drake while she ran collegiately at Missouri.
Boldt was a placewinner 14 times at state and six times at Drake. She finished her career with a ridiculous seven school records.
Coach Hutchcroft recalled noticing Tucker when she was in middle school, where he immediately realized she would be great.
“You knew watching her in junior high that she was going to be a superstar,” Hutchcroft said. “But it was, ‘What is she going to do?’”
Tucker began hurdling her sophomore year, a decision that would net the Panthers a lot of points over the next few state track meets.
“We were at the first indoor meet of the season at the Dickinson Relays,” Hutchcroft recalled. “It’s going to be her first hurdle race ever. Her mother told me, ‘I’m not sure about this hurdle stuff.’ She won the Dickinson Relays in the 60-meter hurdles, and from then it just took off.
Tucker, who now lives in Virginia with a husband and two daughters, credits Hutchcroft, as well as jumping coach Daryl Shy for guiding her throughout her career at Mt. Pleasant.
“You just put all your faith in them,” she says. “They’re incredible. They know what they’re doing. I had times where I was like, ‘Why do you have me in the 4X400?’ But there is always a reason.’
Tucker was also a star in basketball and volleyball, but track was by far her most decorated sport. She was known by the coaches as one of the hardest workers and most competitive athletes that had ever been on the team. Tucker says she just wasn’t afraid to push her body to the limit.
“I was blessed with some natural abilities, so I didn’t ever want to take those for granted,” Tucker says. “I didn’t like to lose, and that’s why I always put in extra time. Even if I had to vomit after the 400, it was a victory vomit!”
Tucker and the rest of the Panther squad couldn’t exactly take it easy. In the early 2000’s, Fairfield was one of the strongest teams in the classes as well, so they would push her, even in the regular-season meets.
“They were almost at every single meet,” she recalls. “If we didn’t show up every single meet, Fairfield was going to beat us. They had amazing athletes, especially in my class. It had always been a rivalry ever since seventh-grade, in all sports, so it was always fun to copmete against them.”
Tucker says her most memorable races were her 400-meter hurdle title at the Drake Relays, but also fondly remembers her win in the 4X200. She was part of a relay team that included three freshman (Tucker, Steph Fedler and Malloryo Hnederson), and one senior (Danielle Hutchinson).
“We figured we’d probably get to the finals, but we were like sixth or seventh time going into the finals, and we won,” she recalls. “We just had the best handoffs and the best races we’ve ever had. It was just fun to celebrate that win that you didn’t think was going to be a win.”
Boldt will be among a handful of former track stars honored on Saturday. The Hall of Fame Awards are scheduled to begin around 1:35 p.m.