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The World Hurdlers Back For the Relays

For a generation, the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee has been a go-to destination for the world’s top hurdlers and 2018 will continue that tradition, according to Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays. Courtesy Drake Relays, click here! Feature photo: Omar McLeod-Olympic Gold Medalist ©Mike Byrnes 2017   Boldon unveiled the competitors […]

Next Level Iowa Podcast For April 17, 2018: A Little About a Lot of Things!

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast Mike and I talk weather, Drake Relays qualifying and talk to some of our Iowans like McKenzie Yanek-PV-Alabama, Nick Phelps and Kenzie Carney. We look ahead to some of the qualifying meets coming up and we can barely contain ourselves as we look ahead to the […]

Mizzou’s Schweizer Comes Back Home For the Drake Relays

Karissa Schweizer, a senior on the University of Missouri track & field team, is returning to the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee with hopes of etching her name into the Drake Relays record book. Courtesy Drake Relays, click here! Feature photo: Shelby Houlihan-SC EAST – ASU and Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou©Jim Kirby 2017   The Urbandale, Iowa, native […]

Mumm Sparks Mustangs at Friends’ Open

Morningside athletes combined to win 11 events at Sunday’s Friends University Spring Open track & field meet in Wichita, Kan. Courtesy Mustangs Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Michelle Mumm-Tri Center-Morningside and Payton Boer-Sioux Center-Morningside©Mike Brynes 2017   Morningside dominated the competition in the men’s hurdle events with the top three finishers in the 110-meter hurdles and […]

Gold Medalist Crouser Leads World’s Best Again at Drake Relays

The return of the men’s invitational shot put to Drake Stadium will feature some of the world’s top throwers inside the Blue Oval for the 109th Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. Courtesy Drake Relays, click here! Feature photo: Ryan Crouser-Texas, Ricky Robertson-Mississippi, Erik Olson-Drake©Jim Kirby 2018 The nine-man field features the reigning Olympic gold and bronze […]

Panthers Win 9 in Terra Haute

The University of Northern Iowa track and field program won nine events on Saturday, as the men took first at the Gibson Invitational to open the outdoor season on a high note. Courtesy Panthers Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Maddie Irman-Assumption-UNI©Mike Brynes 2017   Overall, UNI won 11 events on the weekend to dominate the field […]

Ducks’ Phelps is Making a Statement Out West

The UO track and field programs hosted the Pepsi Invitational on Saturday, and swept the men’s and women’s team titles. The Ducks did so despite less than favorable conditions, which couldn’t dampen Cash’s spirits after she completed a 3,000-meter race. Courtesy Ducks Athletics, click here!  Feature photo: Kiana Phelps-Kingsley-Pierson/Woodbury Central High School ©Jim Kirby “It was good; […]

High School Athletes Who Have Made the Blue Standard Updated 4-7-18

Feature Photo: Chloe Hansen-Harlan@Mike Brynes 2017   Here are the latest lists for those high school athletes making the Blue Standard so far this track season. *Bold Indicates New Standards Girls Kitra Bell                  IC West                     Long Jump               17’11” Sydney Durbin.       OABCIG.       […]