Audry Miller-Loras
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Duhawks Perform Well on the Biggest Stage

Kylian Lally-Loras ©Jim Kirby 2017

Kylian Lally-Loras
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On Iowa’s grandest stage from the Blue Oval at Drake University, sophomore Audrey Miller stole the show in the women’s 10,000 meter, knocking off 26 NCAA Division I runners to set a school record and record the third best time in Division III this season.

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Women’s 10,000 – Audrey Miller – 34:53.98
Having never competed in the 10k, Miller showed no signs of inexperience on Thursday night. Beginning in 15th place after the first 400 meters, Miller steadily picked off each runner on her way, breaking into the top-five with 5k to go. Heading into the final 1,000 meters, Miller moved past Micki Krzesinki of Fort Hays State to take the lead. On her final lap around the Blue Oval, Miller ran her fastest split of the race in 1:14 and beamed her trademark smile for all to see as she crossed the finish line and became Loras’ first individual Drake Relays Champion since Andy Stoecken won the high jump in 2006.  Miller’s time surpassed the previous school record of 35:45 by 52 seconds, set by Maggie Saenz-Ruiz at the 2014 Drake Relays.

Men’s 10,000 – Mason Tope – 30:41.75
Minutes after witnessing his teammate become a Drake Relays Champion, Tope toed the line for his 10k and maintained a consistent pace through the first five plus miles. With three laps remaining, Tope jumped from 15th to 13th, including a 1:09.50 lap to end the race, finishing in 13th.  His time ranks sixth All-Time in Loras history and 19th Nationally.

 

Men’s 800 – Kylian Lally – 1:52.35
Junior Kylian Lally continued to show progress this season in the Men’s 800, winning his heat and finishing fifth in a field of 19. His time moved him into 14th in Division III this season and fifth all-time at Loras.

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Carnes and Panthers Take Care of Business at Tom Botts

Lindsey Kite-Jesup-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Lindsey Kite-Jesup-UNI
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The UNI track and field program completed the Tom Botts Invitational today, coming away with multiple wins, school records and career-best marks across the board.

Senior Brandon Carnes came away with the Panthers’ first wins over the day, earning a victory in both the 100 and 200 meters dashes. In the 100 meters, he finished with a wind-aided time of 10.17 to remain ranked in the top-five nationally, followed by a wind-aided time of 20.44 for a win in the 200.

The Panthers moved into the middle distance races with Lindsey Kite and Lyndsie Schinkelboth placing high in the 800 meters. Kite placed second with a season-best time of 2:10.42, the second-best time of her career while Schinkel ran a personal-best time of 2:10.52 to rank third in the MVC.

Schinkel kept the momentum going into the 1,500 meters, running a career-best time of 4:30.85 to rank fourth all-time at UNI and third in the race. On the men’s side, Luke Johnstonand C.J. May both ran PRs in the 1,500 with Johnston coming in at 3:51.10 in third and May following in 3:53.39 in fifth.

Hannah Truniger notched a new school record in the women’s 5,000 meters, winning the race with the second-fastest time in the conference this year. Truniger came across the line in 16:52.67, beating the previous record of 16:54.30 set by Traci Hawley in 2008.

Shane Kirchoff took a run at the 3,000 meter steeplechase today, winning the event. The senior finished in a time of 9:21.29, setting a new career-best that ranks him second in the conference.

Heading into the field events, the Panthers had two top-five finishes in the high jump with Kassidy Sharp placing fourth with a mark of 5-7.00. Maria Gonzalez achieved the same mark, giving her a new PR and ranking her No. 47 in the NCAA West.

In the long jump, Danielle Reicherts recorded a new PR, placing second overall with a mark of 18-5.25. Lauren Frederick followed suit with a personal-best mark of 18-2.50, coming in second place. Charles Brown placed second on the men’s side with a leap of 22-9.75 while Cade Kirkpatrick placed third with a PR jump of 22-9.25.

Sarah Pate won the women’s hammer throw to remain ranked second in the league with a toss of 190-11.00 while Maddy O’Brien scored a PR mark of 176-9.00 to land in the top-five in the Valley. Isaac Holtz notched a personal-best of 185-6.00 for a personal-best on the men’s side while Brad Walski finished with a season-best of 184-10.00 for fourth overall.

Holtz also placed high in the discus throw with a mark of 172-8.00 for third place overall. Thomas Yezek continued the momentum to place fourth overall with a career-best throw of 171-3.00 to rank second in the MVC.

The Panthers will return to action Saturday, April 22 when they head to Iowa City, Iowa, to compete in the Musco Invitational.

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Duhawks In Action at Wartburg

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Kylian Lally-Loras
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The Loras track and field program continued it’s outdoor season on Saturday at the Wartburg Select with both the men’s and women’s teams finishing third.

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TOP 25 NATIONAL RANKINGS
Men’s 400m – Patrick Mikel – 48.21 – 3rd – Wartburg Select (April 1, 2017)
Men’s 800m – Kylian Lally – 1:52.87 – 7th – Wartburg Select (April 1, 2017)
Women 5,000m – Audrey Miller – 17:23.00 – 10th – Wartburg Select (April 1, 2017)
Women 400m Hurdles – Bella Solis – 1:04.27 – 15th – Wartburg Select (April 1, 2017)
Men’s 4×400 Relay – Brandon Gradoville, Shamari Scott, Kylian Lally and Patrick Mikel – 3:18.69 – 5th – Wartburg Select (April 1, 2017)
Women’s 4×400 Relay – Alexis Hanson, Alexis Alt, Allie Serres, Gabrielle Noland – 4:00.13 – 13th – Augustana Early Spring Opener (March 25, 2017)
Women’s Long Jump – Elyse Acompanado – 5.40m – 22nd – Wartburg Select (April 1, 2017)
Women’s Triple Jump – Elyse Acompanado – 11.42m – 5th – Augustana Early Spring Opener (March 25, 2017)

LORAS RECORD BOOK
Men’s 400m – Patrick Mikel – 48.21 – 3rd
Men’s 800m – Kylian Lally – 1:52.87 – 7th
Men’s 5,000m – Mason Tope – 14:59.06 – 10th
Men’s Hammer – Jake Berg – 47.87 – 9th
Women’s 400 Hurdles – Bella Solis – 1:04.27 – 5th
Women’s 5,000m – Audrey Miller – 17:23.00 – 1st
Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase – Emily Day – 11:37.05
Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase – Kelly Minear – 11:51.96 – 4th
Women’s Long Jump – Elyse Acompanado – 5.40m – 7th

TEAM STANDINGS
Men – 3rd (185.83)
Women – 3rd (155.25)

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES
Women
Freshman Gabrielle Noland earned a fourth place finish in the women’s 100 with a time of 12.58.
In the women’s 200, junior Alyssa Simon posted a second place finish for the Duhawks after running 26.43.
Sophomore Allie Serres led the way in the women’s 800 placing third with a time of 2:20.37.
Loras earned a second place finish thanks to freshman Maeve Dunaway in the women’s 5,000 with her time of 18:37.00.
In the women’s 400 hurdles, senior Rachel Kilburg took third with a time of 1:07.71.
Loras ran a season best 49.33 en route to winning the women’s 4x100m relay with freshman Alexis Alt, Noland, senior Alexis Hanson and Simon.
Also earning points for Loras was sophomore Kemunto Ondande after running a 4:59.75 in the women’s 1,500 for a fourth place finish.
Sophomore Esther Johnson won the women’s javelin with a throw of 36.23m.

Men
In the men’s 5,000, junior Timothy Sevcik placed second with a time of 14.59.35 while freshman Patrick Wolak finished third with his time of 15:24.53

In the men’s 400 hurdles, junior Andrew O’Neill ran a 57.24 to earn a fourth place finish.
O’Neil ran 15.55 seconds in the men’s 110m hurdles to finish third overall followed by junior Gerrand Moody who recorded a 15.62 time for a fourth place finish.

In the men’s 3,000 steeplechase, Loras took second, third and fourth place, led by senior Ben Hedges (10:00.03), sophomore Jake Till (10:19.98) and junior Matt Gagen (10:30.36)
Senior Nathan Kimbrell earned a third place finish in the men’s 800 with a time of 1:55.04.

In the field, freshman Quintin Durov cleared 1.87m in the high jump to tie for second place.
Junior Hunter Dunlap cleared 4.25m in the pole vault to tie for first place.

Senior Andy Reed rounded out the Duhawk’s top performances with a second place finish in the javelin with a toss of 45.86m.

Loras cruised to a victory in the men’s 4x400m relay with a time of 3:17.96 from junior Kylian Lally, senior Brandon Gradoville, freshman Shamari Scott, and freshman Patrick Mikel.

UP NEXT
Loras travels to Mount Vernon, Iowa to compete in the Cornell Invitational on Saturday, April 8.

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Simpson Men Strong #5 in Central Region

Isaac Frazier-Marion-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2017

Isaac Frazier-Marion-Simpson
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The Simpson men’s track and field team held steady at No. 5 in the Central Region, according to the latest National Team Computer Rankings released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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The Storm made the move from sixth to fifth last week and held their ground for the week four rankings. The most notable move came in the national rankings, however, where Simpson catapulted from 91st overall to 34th in just one week.

USTFCCCA Regional Rankings, Week 4

Simpson currently boasts five events ranked in the top 30 in Division III and two in the top 10:

• 4th — Emmitt Wheatley, 200 meters (22.02)
• 9th — Dylan Kalinay, 60 hurdles (8.20)
• 17th — Emmitt Wheatley, 60 meters (6.94)
• 25th — Isaac Frazier, heptathlon (4418)
• 27th — Chase Wetterling / Kirk Wicks / Travis Tupper / Jordan Coughenour, 4×400 relay (3:24.20)

Wheatley leads the Iowa Conference in the 60 and the 200 and Kalinay leads in the 60 hurdles. One team not in the top 30 in the nation — the 4×200 relay team of Wetterling, Wicks, Tate Tufte and Keagan Zwiefel — also leads the conference.

Points in the USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings are based on the NCAA Division III Descending Order Lists. The higher an athlete is ranked on the list, the more points he or she provides his or her team. From there, a team’s points are totaled and more points mean a better billing in the top-25.

USTFCCCA CENTRAL REGION RANKINGS
1. St. Thomas, 362.37
2. Wartburg, 245.95
3. Dubuque, 242.42
4. Nebraska Wesleyan, 234.23
5. Simpson, 183.44
6. St. Olaf, 182.49
7. Central, 179.61
8. Bethel, 126.53
9. Coe, 122.73
10. Concordia Moorhead, 105.38

For the second week in a row, Simpson sprinter Emmitt Wheatley is the Iowa Conference Track Performer of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday.

IIAC Performers of the Week

A sophomore from Adair, Iowa, Wheatley won the award for the period ending Sunday, Feb. 12 after being named Athlete of the Meet at Grinnell’s Darren Young Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 11. Wheatley won the 60 and 200 meters, posting the No. 17 time in the nation in the 60 and the No. 4 time in the 200.

Wheatley broke the tape in 6.94 seconds in the 60, a personal best and the No. 2 time in school history. He crossed the finish line in the 200 in 22.02 seconds, breaking his own school record in the process.

Wheatley’s effort in the 60 is the fastest by a Storm runner in 22 years. He also helped the 4×400 relay team to a third-place effort.

The conference leader in the 60 and the 200 brings home his third IIAC weekly honor. Storm runners have now won four of six IIAC Track Performer of the Week honors in 2016-17. Junior hurdler Dylan Kalinay has the other two.

Simpson travels to Pella, Iowa to face Central in a dual meet Friday, Feb. 17.

Emmanuel Ogwo-Iowa
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Hawks Send Split Squads to Meets This Weekend

Carter Lilly-SC East-Iowa ©Jim Kirby 2017

Carter Lilly-SC East-Iowa
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THIS WEEK
The University of Iowa track and field team splits up for the first time this season. The Hawkeyes travel to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Tyson Invitational and Ames, Iowa, to compete in the Iowa State Classic. Both meets run Feb. 10-11.

FOLLOW ALONG
Live results will be available through the team’s schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.

LILLY’S LEAGUE OF HIS OWN
At the Meyo Invitational on Feb. 4, junior Carter Lilly set a school record in the 800-meters. Lilly’s time of 1:47.33 surpassed former Hawkeye and world champion Erik Sowinski by .29 seconds. The Sioux City, Iowa, native ranks third in the Big Ten, sixth in the nation, and 12th in the world.

Senior Aaron Mallett, 1st in 60-meter hurdles (7.75)IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
According to the USTFCCCA’s National Team rankings released on Feb. 6, the Hawkeye men rank 31st in the nation and fifth in the Big Ten.

THE BIG TEN’S 4X400M LEADER
The 4×400-meter relay team of freshman Emmanuel Ogwo, senior Aaron Mallett, sophomore Dejuan Frye, and sophomore Mar’yea Harris reign atop the Big Ten leaderboard after their performance at the Meyo Invitational on Feb. 4. The group recorded a time of 3:07.08 to rank third in Iowa history, first in the Big Ten, and eighth in the country.

FRESHMEN THROWERS ENTER IOWA’S TOP-10
Two freshmen throwers entered Iowa’s top 10 at the Meyo Invitational over the weekend. Laulauga Tausaga (48-5 1/4, 14.76m) and Erika Hammond (47-9 1/4, 14.56m) both recorded personal best throws in the shot put and rank fifth and seventh all-time, respectively.

SHINE SETS MASSIVE PERSONAL BEST 
Sophomore Andrea Shine recorded a new personal best on her way to an 11th-place finish in the 5,000-meters at the Meyo Invitational on Feb. 3. Shine shaved off over a minute from her previous time, clocking in at 16:49.23, which ranks seventh in the Big Ten. Her previous best of 18:08.18 was set at the Illinois State Invitational on Sept. 9.

FRESHMEN SHOW PROMISE
Through the first five meets of the season, six Hawkeye freshmen lead the team in their respective events: Tysen VanDraska (1,000-meters), Akinshe Calica-Hill (triple jump), Amber Decker (800-meters), Aubrianna Lantrip (high jump), Laulauga Tausaga (shot put), and Jenny Kimbro (pentathlon). In addition, six freshmen have entered Iowa’s all-time list on nine different events — Kimbro (pentathlon/3rd, 60H/7th, long jump/6th), Warhman (pentathlon/8th, triple jump/7th), Lantrip (high jump/10th), Schilb (triple jump/9th), Hammond (shot put/7th), and Tausaga (shot put/5th).

BIG TEN LEADERS
Iowa has 9 events that rank in the top three in the Big Ten:

IN LINE FOR NCAAS
If the regular season ended this week, the following Hawkeyes would qualify for the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas, by ranking in the top 16 nationally — Carter Lilly (800m), Aaron Mallett (60H), Mallett, Emmanuel Ogwo, DeJuan Frye, Mar’yea Harris (4x400m Relay), O’Shea Wilson (Long Jump), Avery Meyers (Shot Put).

JANUARY BY THE NUMBERS
During Iowa’s four-meet home stand, the team spent 50 hours competing, set three facility records, 101 personal bests, captured 38 event titles, and ran almost 100,000 meters on their new track.

NEXT ON THE BLOCK
The Hawkeyes host their final home competition of the indoor season on Feb. 18, while a small group of athletes will travel to the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind. The Iowa Open’s first event is tentatively scheduled for 11 a.m. (CT).

Jasmine Staebler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
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Cyclones’ Staebler Posts Big Win at Penn St.

 Jhoanmy Luque-ISU ©Jim Kirby 2017

Jhoanmy Luque-ISU
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The Iowa State women saw two of their best put up performances that put them high among the national rankings in Saturday’s track and field action. Jasmine Staebler‘s win in the 800-meter run at the PSU National Open and Jhoanmy Luque‘s win in the triple jump at the Black and Gold Premier both also saw personal bests, second-best marks in ISU history and top marks in the Big 12 and NCAA levels.

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The Cyclone men also brought home a victory as Zach Black won the men’s 1,000-meter run at the PSU National Open.

PSU National Open
Staebler delivered again in her marquee event. The sophomore was dominant and sprinted home to victory in an outstanding time of 2:04.81. The time moved her into second in ISU history in the event, and at the time of publication sees her ranked second in the Big 12 and sixth in the NCAA in the event.

It took a big move by Black, a freshman from Sallisaw, Oklahoma. A strategic 1,000-meter run came down to the final meters, with the field tightly packed heading to the final turn. Black was in fourth, and elected to take the outside lane allowing him to pass Army’s Trevor Touchton, Georgetown’s Jack Salisbury and Black’s own teammate Christian DeLago to get the win in 2:25.02. DeLago came home in third at 2:25.17.

In the women’s mile, Evelyne Guay took third in 4:43.54. The effort moved the Canadian into eighth on Iowa State’s all-time top-10 for the event.

Black and Gold Premier
Jhoanmy Luque‘s biggest competition was herself in the Black and Gold Premier triple jump competition, as all six of her jumps were the six-best in the field. After her first three jumps, she was ahead with an indoor personal best of 42-5 1/4. Then she turned it up, tying her outdoor PR of 43-10 1/2 on her fourth jump and then posting her winning 44-6 1/4 on her fifth jump. At the time of publication, the jump puts her second in Division I in the women’s triple jump this season.

In the men’s 400-meter dash premier, Jaymes Dennison was in a battle with Iowa’s Mar’yea Harris. Dennison’s outside lane assignment meant he had the challenge of the longest journey to the bottom of the track. Harris got to the bottom quicker, allowing him to maintain the inside line throughout. Dennison made a move to the outside down the stretch, but Harris was able to hang on while Dennison took second in the heat, third overall, in 47.87.

Up Next
Iowa State will be at Nebraska next weekend for the Husker Invitational. Action in Lincoln will take place next Friday and Saturdaay.

Iowa State Results
PSU National Open
800m Run Inv. (W): 1. Jasmine Staebler, Iowa State – 2:04.81
1,000m Run Inv. (M): 1. Zach Black, Iowa State – 2:25.02; 3. Christian DeLago, Iowa State – 2:25.17
Mile Run Inv. (W): 1. Danae Rivers, Penn State – 4:34.87; 3. Evelyne Guay, Iowa State – 4:43.54
Mile Run Inv. (M): 1. Jack Keelan, Stanford – 3:59.62; 7. Dan Curts, Iowa State – 4:10.37

Black and Gold Premier
400m Dash Premier (M): 1. Mar’yea Harris, Iowa – 47.47; 3. Jaymes Dennison, Iowa State – 47.87
Triple Jump (W): 1. Jhoanmy Luque, Iowa State – 44-6 1/4

Zach Frey-Cascade-Loras
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Loras’ Frey Earns Scholar Athlete of the Year Award

Zach Frey-Cascade-Loras ©Jim Kirby

Zach Frey-Cascade-Loras
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Former Loras track and field standout Zach Frey has been named the Duane Schroeder Iowa Conference (IIAC) Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the league office announced on Wednesday, and the first in Loras College’s history.

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The IIAC Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards were first presented in December 2001 for the 2000-01 academic year. To be eligible for nomination, a student-athlete shall have graduated or exhausted their athletic eligibility during the academic year for which the award is given. He must have demonstrated a high level of accomplishment and achievement in a varsity sport, have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale), and show evidence of scholarly achievements, community service involvement and leadership.

“The hard description is to try to communicate the nuance and depth Zach brought to the classroom, the scholarly curiosity he brought to office hours, and the motivating effect he had on those around him to, as we say here at Loras, ‘be more’, professor Luke Lammer said.”

Frey graduated in May of 2016 with summa cum laude honors after earning a 3.98 GPA with bachelor’s of science degrees in accounting and finance. At the 2016 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships, Frey was selected as the Elite 90 winner, becoming the first in Loras’ history. He was a three-time IIAC All-Academic team selection, was named  the Loras Accounting Student of the Year, and was featured on the Dean’s List during all eight semesters before graduating with Provost Top-20 honors.

“Zach was truly a unique and special student-athlete at Loras College,” Director of Athletics Denise Udelhofen said. “His ability to connect with other students in the manner in which he did speaks to his character. We were extremely fortunate to benefit from his time as a Duhawk.”

On the competition field, Frey was a three-time NCAA All-American, including twice in the 800 meters and once in the 4×400-meter relay. A five-time NCAA qualifier, Frey owns eight Iowa Conference Championship titles and four Iowa Conference Championship meet records. At Loras, he owns the school record for the indoor 800 meters and outdoor 4×800-meter relay. In his final collegiate race, Frey finished fourth at the 2016 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 800 meters.

“Simply put, Zach was an amazing student-athlete for the Loras community,” Loras Head Track & Field Coach Matt Jones said. “He comes from an amazing family that always supported him and that could be seen with the way he carried himself every day. Zach was always one to keep the mood light for everyone on the team with his quirky personality and desire to succeed, both on and off the track.”

A graduate of Cascade High School, Frey did many things to better the community around him, including serving as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and the Boys & Girls Club, where he organized a Halloween night for children, providing costumes and refreshments along with themed contests and activities.

Frey’s leadership extends deep in the hallmarks of Loras, where he served as a supplemental instruction leader for five semesters, tutoring students in large groups on topics including economics, finance and accounting, in addition to coordinating with professors to ensure that students understood the course material and were prepared for exams.

His service also extended to the Lynch Disability Center at Loras, where Frey was a one-on-one tutor for students with learning disabilities.

“Zach exceeded in all aspects as a student-athlete,” Jones said. “He not only found time to dedicate to his sport, but was an elite student in the classroom and always found time to give back to his teammates, classmates and the campus community. Students, faculty and staff alike spoke highly of Zach because of the individual that he was and how he carried himself while at Loras.”

On campus, Frey was very well-respected among his peers. He served as master of ceremonies for numerous events, including homecoming and the annual Dewey Awards in 2016, where he brought a flare of comedy and personalization to the end-of-the-year awards show that included skits, homemade video clips, shoutouts and light-hearted jokes for the benefit of fellow student-athletes and coaches throughout the show.

Currently, Frey works as an accountant at KPMG in Minneapolis, Minn.

HEAD COACH QUOTE
“Simply put, Zach was an amazing student-athlete for the Loras community,” Loras Head Track & Field Coach Matt Jones said. “He comes from an amazing family that always supported him and that could be seen with the way he carried himself every day. Zach was always one to keep the mood light for everyone on the team with his quirky attitude and desire to succeed, both on and off the track.”

“Zach exceeded in all aspects as a student-athlete,” Jones said. “He not only found time to dedicate to his sport, but was an elite student in the classroom and always found time to give back to his teammates, classmates and the campus community. Students, faculty and staff alike spoke highly of Zach because of the individual that he was and how he carried himself while at Loras.”

“He made my job easy,” Jones added. “I never had to worry about his work ethic whether it was in track or in the classroom.”

Jenny Simpson-Webster City-Colorado
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“The Nexties!” Next Level Iowa’s 2016 Bests! Our Pros!

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© Michael Scott 2016, www.miscottrunningphoto.shutterfly.com

With the 2016 Nexties complete and posted, it is time to take a look at some of the Iowa Track and Field professionals.  These athletes need to have been born in Iowa or are graduates of an Iowa high school.  I know we had many Iowa college grads who did big things in 2016 but those stats will need to wait for another day.

Feature Photo:Jenny Simpson-Webster City-Colorado ©Mike Byrnes

In NO particular order:

Lindsay Lettow, DM Christian HS graduate-USATF Indoor Championships: 6th, Pentathlon.  US Olympic Trials: 10th, Heptathlon.  Thorpe Cup, USA vs Germany, Heptathlon-2nd individually, 1st team.

Shelby Houlihan, SC East HS graduate-USATF Indoor Championships: 5th, 3K.  US Olympic Trials: 2nd, 5K.  Olympic Games: 11th, 5K.

AG Kruger, Sheldon HS graduate-USATF Indoor Championships: 2nd, Weight Throw.  US Olympic Trials: 4th, Hammer Throw.

Jenny Simpson, born in Webster City, also lived in Ames-Drake Relays: 1st 1500M.  US Olympic Trials: 1st, 1500M.  Olympic Games: 3rd, 1500M.

Alex Gochenour, Logan Magnolia HS graduate– US Olympic Trials: 13th, Heptathlon.  Thorpe Cup, USA vs Germany, Heptathlon- 4th individually, 1st team.

Alexina Wilson, Lisbon HS graduate– Drake Relays: 1st, Steeplechase.  US Olympic Trials: 18th Steeplechase.

Chase Madison, Newton HS graduate- Drake Relays: 3rd, Discus.  US Olympic Trials: 22nd, Discus.

Biya Simbassa, SC North graduate- US Olympic Trials: 18th, 5K.

Kurtis Brondyke, Clinton HS graduate– Texas Greatest Athlete: 1st, Decathlon.  US Olympic Trials: 11th, Decathlon.  Thorpe Cup, USA vs Germany, Decathlon- 4th individually, 1st team.

Who did we MISS?  Let us know.  Remember ONLY born in Iowa and/or Iowa HS grads on this list.

Track and Field events only.

Blake Boldon-Director of the Drake Relays
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Next Level Iowa Podcast for October 25, 2016: Blake Boldon New Drake Relays Director

Blake Boldon-Director of the Drake Relays ©Jin kirby

Blake Boldon-Director of the Drake Relays
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On this week’s edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with new Drake Relays’ Director Blake Boldon.  We also look ahead to all the conference meets that are coming up this weekend.  All this and more on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

 

 

 

Iowa Hawkeye's Indoor Track
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World Championship Track for the Hawkeyes

Iowa Hawkeye's Indoor Track ©Darren Miller

Iowa Hawkeye’s Indoor Track
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If it’s good enough for the World Championships, it’s good enough for the University of Iowa. That was the thought going through Joey Woody’s mind in 2014.

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Then an assistant coach with the University of Iowa track and field team, Woody made a casual inquiry to representatives from Beynon — the industry leader in sports surfacing — about facility renovations to the UI Rec Building.

Beynon, it turns out, had what Woody was looking for. The 2016 Track and Field Indoor World Championships were scheduled for Portland, Oregon, and Beynon was tasked with building an indoor track for the event. What Beynon didn’t know was what would become of the surface after the event.

“They told me they were building it for the Indoor World Championships, and afterwards they would have to sell it,” Woody said.

They didn’t have a buyer, and that bit of news grabbed Woody’s attention. A few months later, when Woody was promoted to UI director of track and field, he revisited the topic.

“We live in Iowa, so I know how important it is to have a quality indoor track,” Woody said.

Fortunately, his administration agreed, and after approval from the Board of Regents, a purchase ordered secured a World Championship track.

“It’s a game changer,” Woody said. “Our facility is nice, but this track is going to take us from the middle of the pack in the Big Ten, to one of the best in the world.”

The University of Iowa took over complete operation of the UI Rec Building in July. Installation began Oct. 17, and by the end of fall, more than 2,000 tons of steel will be turned into a six-lane, 200-meter banked track unlike any other in the United States.

“The entire infield is raised,” Woody said. “It’s all on a stage and set up for big-time performances.”

That’s not just lip service either. For the first time in school history, University of Iowa track and field is attracting programs from coast-to-coast. The Hawkeyes host Florida State on Jan. 20-21, Notre Dame is visiting Jan. 27-28, and names like Texas, USC, and Washington have eyed putting Iowa City on their calendar.

“We have given schools a reason to come to Iowa City,” Woody said. “We are attracting great teams, which makes for an entertaining product. Our fans will love it. The elevated track gives it an arena feel that produces a lot of energy. It’s exciting; we’re going to be rolling.”

The indoor schedule includes five home meets, starting Jan. 7 with the annual border battle with Illinois and Missouri. The Hawkeye Challenge is Jan. 14, and the Hawkeye Invitational is Jan. 20-21. The Big Ten Challenge is Jan. 27-28, and the Silver Hawk Invitational is Feb. 17.

Barring any setbacks, the Hawkeyes will unveil their new track Dec. 3 at the Black and Gold Intrasquad meet.