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Mizzou Women's XC
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Building on Success, Mizzou Has High Hopes For 2017

Marc Burns-Mizzou, Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Jim Kirby-2016

Marc Burns-Mizzou, Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
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Looking to build off a highly successful 2016 campaign, Mizzou Cross Country head coach Marc Burns announced the team’s 2017 schedule on Wednesday. Mizzou will begin the season at the JK Gold Invitational in Wichita, Kan., on Saturday, Sept. 2.

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“Our 2017 cross country schedule is going to set us up for a big post-season,” said Coach Burns. “Wichita State has a nice course just outside of Wichita that will be a low-key opener for us. The Vanderbilt and Oklahoma State meets will have some rolling terrain and will be good opportunities for us to race teams outside our region. The hills at Oklahoma State should help prepare us for the courses we will see this season, but we will also have to do some quality work on hills this fall to be ready to roll.”

After the opening meet, Mizzou will travel to Nashville, Tenn., and Stillwater, Okla., for meets on Sept. 16 and Sept. 30, respectively. Last season, senior Karissa Schweizer(Urbandale, Iowa) began her dominance through the cross country season by winning the Commodore Classic on Sept. 17. Mizzou will then be in action on back-to-back days as the team splits to compete at the Bradley Classic in Peoria, Ill., on Oct. 13 and the Pre-National Invitational in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 14.

“The Bradley and Pre-National meets will give us a chance to score some at-large wins and figure out our post-season roster,” said Coach Burns. “Louisville will host both the Pre-National and NCAA meet, and has a fast, flat and very tight course. It requires the ability to get out fast enough to not get buried early on, but not too fast, so you can close fast.”

After the Pre-National meet, Mizzou will begin post-season competition with the SEC Championships, Oct. 27 in Athens, Ga. Following the conference meet, Mizzou will then race at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships on Nov. 10, where the women’s team will be defending their regional title from a season ago. At the NCAA regional meet, Mizzou hopes to qualify both teams to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2000. In 2016, The women’s team made their first appearance at the NCAA meet since 2004, while the men’s team looks to qualify for the first time since 2000.

“The SEC meet is at Georgia this year, and will present a challenging course,” said Coach Burns. “Following the conference meet, the NCAA Midwest Regional is at Iowa State, where they have a dedicated cross country course that is rolling-to-flat most of the way. You never know about the weather will be like in Iowa in November, so we will be prepared for anything. Overall, we are excited about the schedule and look forward to seeing how the season pans out.”

2017 Mizzou Cross Country Schedule

Date Meet Location
Saturday, Sept. 2 JK Gold Invitational Wichita, Kan.
Saturday, Sept. 16 Commodore Classic Nashville, Tenn.
Saturday, Sept. 30 Cowboy Jamboree Stillwater, Okla.
Friday, Oct. 13 Bradley Classic Peoria, Ill.
Saturday, Oct. 14 Pre-National Invitational Louisville, Ky.
Friday, Oct. 27 SEC Championships Athens, Ga.
Friday, Nov. 10 NCAA Midwest Regional Championships Ames, Iowa
Saturday, Nov. 18 NCAA Championships Louisville, Ky.
Madie Waymire leads the Hawkeye Women-DC Grimes-Iowa
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New Title and New Season For Coach Hasenbank

Randy Hasenbank-Iowa ©Hawkeye Athletics-2016

Randy Hasenbank-Iowa
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Randy Hasenbank is a full-time coach on the University of Iowa track and field team. The announcement was made Friday by UI director of track and field Joey Woody.

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Hasenbank was named interim associate head coach cross country/assistant track and field coach in August, 2016.

“We knew Randy was going to be a good fit for this program when he arrived last summer, and he’s proven every day since that he is committed to helping our athletes reach their full potential while training to win championships,” said Woody. “He understands and embraces the challenges and expectations we share as a program and we’re glad he’s here to stay.”

In his first season, the men’s and women’s cross country teams finished 11th and 17th, respectively, at the NCAA Regional. Iowa set a school record in the men’s distance relay at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, and scored multiple points at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships for the first time since 2011. Three Hawkeye distance runners qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Regional in Austin, Texas.

This summer, freshman Nathan Mylenek represented Team USA and won a silver medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Pan American Junior Championships in Trujillo, Peru.

The Hawkeyes open the 2017 cross country season hosting the Hawkeye Invitational on Friday, Sept. 1. The women’s 4,000-meter race begins at 6 p.m. (CT) and the men’s 6,000-meter race follows at 6: 45 p.m. Admission to the Ashton Cross Country Course is free.

UNI Women's Cross Country
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Panther Women Cast as MVC Favorites

Hannah Truniger-UNI ©Panthers Athletics

Hannah Truniger-UNI
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The University of Northern Iowa women’s cross country team has been picked to repeat as Missouri Valley Conference champions after a vote of the head coaches conducted by the league office.

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UNI and Bradley were each tied for first in the MVC preseason poll with 94 points apiece. UNI tallied six first-place votes, while Bradley captured the other four first-place votes.

Under the direction of league coaching staff of the year Dave Paulsen and Alex Wilson, UNI captured the 2016 MVC women’s cross country championship in its own backyard at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course in Cedar Falls. The Panthers return senior Ashley Norem, who placed sixth overall at last year’s meet. Norem was also given the MVC’s Elite 18 Award given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the MVC Championship – Norem has a 3.89 GPA while pursuing a degree in exercise science.

MVC freshman of the Year Hannah Truniger returns for her sophomore campaign. Truniger placed ninth a year ago at the MVC Championship. Senior Brette Correy is back after a 10th-place finish in the league meet last year. Junior Lucy Conroy posted a 20th-place finish at the MVC meet last season.

The UNI men return a pair of runners that took part in the 2016 MVC Championship meet in CJ Mayand Ethan Smith.

The UNI cross country squads will get their season underway Sept. 1 at the Hawkeye Invite in Iowa City. The Panthers will also compete in the Mayflower Day Open (Sept. 16 – Madison, Wisconsin), the Joe Piane Invitational (Sept. 30 – South Bend, Indiana) and the Bradley Classic (Oct. 13 – Peoria, Illinois).

This year’s MVC Championship meets will be held Oct. 28 in Springfield, Missouri.

The NCAA Midwest Regional is set for Nov. 10 in Ames, Iowa.

Carter Lilly-SC East-Iowa
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Hawk’s Lilly Winner of Ashe Sports Scholars Award

Carter Lilly-SC East-Iowa © Darren Miller-hawkeyesports.com)

Carter Lilly-SC East-Iowa
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University of Iowa track and field athletes Marta Bote Gonzalez, Ashley Espinosa, and Carter Lilly were named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sport Scholars, it was announced by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

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Named after tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr., the namesake sport scholars honor undergraduate students who excel in the classroom and in their sport. In addition, sport scholars show a commitment to community service and student leadership.

Gonzalez, a marketing major from Merida, Spain, was named to the third team. She holds a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.66. During the 2017 outdoor season, Gonzalez qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary in the 3,000 meter steeplechase and led Iowa in the event at the Big Ten Championships, finishing seventh with a time of 10:25.98.

Espinosa, a human physiology major from Lindenhurst, Illinois., was named to the honorable mention list. Espinosa carries a cumulative GPA of 3.31 and was on the Dean’s List in 2017. She placed fifth in the 3,000 meters at the Larry Wieczorek Invite with a time of 10.28:83.

Lilly, a entrepreneurship and marketing major, was named to the first team. Lilly holds a cumulative GPA of 3.71 and was named academic All-Big Ten, a USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree, and a member of the Dean’s List. In 2017, he was an NCAA qualifier in the 800 meters and anchored the Drake Relays champion sprint medley (3:20.40), a time that ranks third in Iowa history.

2016 ISU Women's Conference Champions
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Cyclones Announce 2017 XC Schedule

Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU
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The 2017 Iowa State Men’s and Women’s Cross Country schedule is set. The 2017 slate has a similar look to it as 2016, as the Cyclones will run in three regular season contests before beginning their postseason chase at the Big 12 Championship.

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The season begins on Friday, Sept. 1 in Iowa City. Both teams will compete at the Hawkeye Invitational.

Iowa State will then head to Minneapolis, Minn. for the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 23. The Griak has become a staple in ISU’s cross country schedule. Head coach Martin Smith has claimed seven team titles at the event and was inducted into the Roy Griak Invitational hall of fame last season.

The regular season concludes on Friday, Oct. 13 at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational. The prestigious event held in Madison, Wis., will serve as a final tune-up before the Cyclones begin their postseason run.

This season, the Big 12 Championship will be hosted in Round Rock, Texas on Oct 28. Last season, the women claimed their fifth Big 12 title in six years, while the men posted their best finish since the meet began in 2013, finishing runner-up.

The Iowa State Cross Country will play host for the 2017 NCAA Midwest Regional on Friday, Nov. 10. The Midwest Regional was last held in Ames in 2013.

The Cyclones will look to conclude their season at the NCAA Championship on Saturday, Nov. 18. This year’s championship will be held in Louisville, Kentucky. In 2016, both the men’s and the women’s team qualified for the NCAA Championship. The men took 16th, while the women finished 29th, respectively.

Kiana Phelps-Kingsley-Pierson/Woodbury Central High School
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Phelps Ready For Sophomore Year For the Ducks!

Kiana Phelps-Kingsley Pearson with her Drake Relays Flag and Next Level Iowa water bottle..two treasured items!

Kiana Phelps-Kingsley Pearson with her Drake Relays Flag and Next Level Iowa water bottle..two treasured items!

Kiana Phelps-Kingsley-Pierson/Woodbury Central-Oregon has been patient, but is ready to attack year two.  Kiana explained how things were going in an article by Jason Cowley in the Sioux Journal.

Below is an excerpt of the article.  For the full article click here!

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The four-time state discus champion from Kingsley-Pierson/Woodbury Central underwent a technique change during her first year on the Eugene, Oregon campus.

“My first year went about how I expected and wanted it too,” said Phelps.

The daughter of Scott and Laura Phelps redshirted during the indoor season and improved throughout the outdoor season meet by meet through the process of changing the technique with which she uses to throw.

She finished fourth in the Pac-12 Championships in the discus (165-6) and 13th in the shotput (44-4.75) and qualified for the NCAA West Regionals in the discus.

Phelps described the process as trying to find the “perfect form” though achieving such is impossible.

“But the goal is to get as close to it as you can,” she said. “It’s an incredibly difficult thing to master.”

Phelps endured a year where her form was broken down to fix a couple of bugs in order to rebuild it to be better and stronger.

The Kingsley-Pierson graduate and all-time Iowa record-holder in the discus (179-7) had a unique way of describing the process of changing her technique, an initial form taught to her by her father Scott, a two-time state discus champion of his own.

“The way I look at it is like thinking of a trampoline,” Phelps said. “I had a good, tight trampoline to jump off of, the trampoline being my fundamentals. But it can always be tighter. The tighter it is, the more fundamentally strong you are, and the higher for you to jump.

“But the only way to tighten the trampoline is to loosen it up, replace the springs, and tighten it back up. In a way, it’s like taking one step back before you can take steps forward. Now, this trampoline, is stronger than ever, and I have a tighter trampoline to jump higher off of. In other words, now I have a stronger base to go off of.”

Phelps has spent the majority of the summer on campus, taking classes and working out, lifting and conditioning with an eye on year two in a Ducks uniform.

She didn’t compete in any summer meets for the first time since early childhood since she was too old to compete in the USATF Junior Championships.

She does have her eyes on the IAAF World Championships — the current ones are ongoing in London — in a few years and she hasn’t stopped dreaming of the Olympics either.

Lindsie Shinkel-Ankeny-UNI
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Good Times and Good Grades From Panthers

Lindsey Kite-Jesup-UNI ©Jim Kirby 2017

Lindsey Kite-Jesup-UNI
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Ten Panthers and the UNI women’s track and field team earned USTFCCCA academic honors.

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The women’s track and field team earned a cumulative 3.43 GPA. In order to be in contention for Scholar Team of the Year, a program must finish highly at the respective national championship meet and have at least a 3.00 cumulative team GPA.

All told, 360 NCAA Division I teams were honored for their academics by the USTFCCCA.
Breaking it down further, 218 of those were women’s teams compared to 142 men’s programs.

In addition to the women’s team, 10 track and field student-athletes earned individual honors.

Including the Scholar Athletes of the Year, a total of 516 men and 752 women earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors during the 2016-17 track & field seasons.

To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have met at least one of the following athletic standards:

  • For the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org.
  • For the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).

Scholar Teams of the Year and All-Academic Team honors for the 2016-17 NCAA Division I Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field seasons were announced Thursday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Jasmine Staebler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
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Iowans Among Cyclones Recognized For Academics

Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU
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The Iowa State track and field squads were recognized for their strong work in the classroom by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Friday.

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Both the Iowa State men’s and women’s track and field teams were bestowed with the NCAA DI Track and Field Team Academic Awards.

Individually, 10 Cyclones were named All-Academic Individuals. Honorees on the men’s team included Derek Jones, Andrew Jordan and Thomas Pollard. On the women’s side, the honorees were Anne Frisbie, Evelyne Guay, Erin Hooker, Ariana Kuhn, Kelly Naumann, Jasmine Staebler and Erinn Stenman-Fahey. Pollard and Frisbie were named Cross Country All-Academic recipients in February.

To be eligible for the team award, teams must have a cumulative team GPA of at least 3.0. To earn the individual award, student-athletes must have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.25, and either rank in the top-96 nationally in an event, or compete at any round of the NCAA Championships.

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou 
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Karissa Schweizer is a “Strong Runner Chick!”

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Darren Miller/hawkeyesports.com)

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
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Here is a new must bookmark for your browser.  The website “Strong Runner Chicks” recently published a story about Karissa Schweizer and nutrition.  Below is a segment of the article.  For the full article click here! 

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Hello SRC, happy Thursday! This week we have the privilege of hearing from 3x NCAA champion, Karissa Schweizer! Karissa shares advice on running strong and reminds us all to love the sport of running and do what makes you happy.

  1. Who are you? Karissa Schweizer, 21, Urbandale, IA. University of Missouri mile through 5k specialist.
  2. Greatest running achievement? Some of my greatest achievements thus far have been 2016 Cross Country NCAA champion, 2017 indoor 5k NCAA champion, and 2017 outdoor 5k NCAA champion. 5 time All-American. Four time SEC champion.
  3. What is your your favorite pre-workout snack? Meal? My favorite pre-workout snack for a morning workout is coffee and toast with peanut butter and jelly. When I have afternoon workouts I love to make kodiak pancakes with chocolate chips topped with a banana and peanut butter.
  4. How do your refuel after an easy day? Hard day? I usually practice in the morning, so my favorite way to refuel is a large breakfast. My go to breakfast is a egg-white scramble with lots of vegetables and potatoes, topped with a lot of salsa, and a side of jelly toast. And with that, to satisfy my horrible sweet tooth I usually have yogurt with lots of fruit topped with granola and Nutella.
  5. When it comes to running and nutrition, do you believe they go hand in hand? I believe nutrition plays a huge factor in running, just like how you can’t expect a car to run without fuel. I typically try to eat healthy but I have learned that strict dieting doesn’t work for me and if I am craving something I will eat it!
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Cyclones 2017 XC Schedule

2016 ISU Women's Conference Champions ©Cyclones Athletics

2016 ISU Women’s Conference Champions
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The 2017 Iowa State Men’s and Women’s Cross Country schedule is set. The 2017 slate has a similar look to it as 2016, as the Cyclones will run in three regular season contests before beginning their postseason chase at the Big 12 Championship.

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The season begins on Friday, Sept. 1 in Iowa City. Both teams will compete at the Hawkeye Invitational.

Iowa State will then head to Minneapolis, Minn. for the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 23. The Griak has become a staple in ISU’s cross country schedule. Head coach Martin Smith has claimed seven team titles at the event and was inducted into the Roy Griak Invitational hall of fame last season.

The regular season concludes on Friday, Oct. 13 at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational. The prestigious event held in Madison, Wis., will serve as a final tune-up before the Cyclones begin their postseason run.

This season, the Big 12 Championship will be hosted in Round Rock, Texas on Oct 28. Last season, the women claimed their fifth Big 12 title in six years, while the men posted their best finish since the meet began in 2013, finishing runner-up.

The Iowa State Cross Country will play host for the 2017 NCAA Midwest Regional on Friday, Nov. 10. The Midwest Regional was last held in Ames in 2013.

The Cyclones will look to conclude their season at the NCAA Championship on Saturday, Nov. 18. This year’s championship will be held in Louisville, Kentucky. In 2016, both the men’s and the women’s team qualified for the NCAA Championship. The men took 16th, while the women finished 29th, respectively.