Entries by nextleveliowa

An Olympic Story: Miranda Leeks

I am well aware that our site is dedicated to track and field and cross country, but I can’t help feel that we need to show a little love to one of our own who is already on the USA Olympic Team for archery.  Miranda (Dowling Catholic) finds herself in one of those sports that […]

“An Honorable Run”: Shayla Houlihan

After a, somewhat, disappointing time and finish in the prelims of the Steeplechase Monday at the Olympic Trials, former SC East/UNI standout Shayla Houlihan has decided that it is time to hang up the spikes and move on with her life.  Houlihan has agreed to write a story about the ups and downs of her running career, which include running […]

“A Double Blessing” with Brooke and Blaire Dinsdale

The furthest we have ever been apart in terms of statistics was when we were born 29 minutes apart. In case you were wondering, Blaire won that “race” ;). That record was finally broken when our collegiate track and field careers came to an end. Brooke moved to Urbandale, Iowa, to live with her fiance […]

Faith and Running: “Will you still love Me?”

Sometimes we all need a little kick in the butt to get us back to where we’re supposed to be.  That’s how it was for me, anyways.  I was fortunate enough to make it all the way through high school without a single injury. Yep, you heard me right.  I’ll never forget my last high […]

“God Tends to Work In Amazing Ways” by Garret Ethlers

(Garret Ehlers is a former 3200M and XC Champion at OA-BCIG. Now is a NAIA All American in the Steeplechase at Morningside.) God tends to work in amazing ways and can transform your life at any moment through the smallest actions.  I know this all to well as my life was forever transformed the day I discovered […]

An Honorable Career: Betsy Flood

Today, Betsy Flood was one of 24 Big Ten student-athletes named “Outstanding Sportsmanship Award Winners” for the 2011-12 academic year. She was chosen from a group of 300 student-athletes honored throughout the academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship. PARK RIDGE, Ill. — University of Iowa seniors Betsy Flood and Matt Gatens are two of 24 […]

More LOVE for Wartburg Track! Newsom “Coach of the Year!”

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Friday the nation’s top leaders as voted by the coaches of NCAA’s Division III for the 2012 outdoor season. McMurry’s Barbara Crousen and Wartburg’s Marcus Newsom were named National Coaches of the Year while North Central’s Tim Winder and Illinois Wesleyan’s Greg […]

A Recovery Run by Jim Kirby

I’ve always felt more things applied to running than not, at least symbolically. In many ways, my involvement in running has helped me to preserver in different aspects of my life such as enduring suffering, understanding the work needed to achieve a goal, appreciate delayed gratification and the need to see the big picture and […]