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Next Level Iowa Podcast For June 28, 2017: Alex Gouchenour and Mark Carroll

Untitled-1On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with Alex Gochenour-Logan Magnolia-Arkansas who finished fourth at the USATF Nationals last weekend with a lifetime best in the heptathlon and is on her way to Germany to compete once again in the Thorpe Cup.

We also talk with newly named, Director of Track and Field/XC for Drake University, Coach Mark Carroll.

All this and more, on this week’s Next Level Iowa Podcast!

 

Laulauga Tausaga-Iowa
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Final Results For Iowans at the USATF

Hannah Truniger-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Hannah Truniger-UNI
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The 2017 USATF Junior and Senior Track and Field Championships will be held in Sacramento, California, Thursday June 22 through Sunday June, 25. The state of Iowa will be well represented in both divisions, by former Iowa preps and Iowa collegians.

Feature photo: Laulauga Tausaga-Iowa © Darren Miller/hawkeyesports.com

The Junior meet will serve as qualifying for the Pan Am Junior Championships, to be held in Peru in July. For more info, click here!

The Senior meet will serve as qualifying for the IAAF World Championships to be held in London in August. For more info, click here!

Iowa connections who have both qualified for and declared to participate in Sacramento in the Junior (U-20) division:
Athletes highlighted in BOLD will represent the USA at Pan Am Jr’s, July 21-23 in Lima, Peru.

  • 800M-Joy Ripslinger, Davenport Assumption HS-5th, 2:07.18, Iowa HS All Time Best
  • 1500M-Ryan Schweizer, Dowling Catholic/U of Notre Dame-3rd, 3:49.04
  • 5K-Hannah Truniger, UNI-2nd-17:05.37
  • 5K-McCayla Cole, UNI-3rd-17:23.56
  • 5K-Karson Sommer, Pleasant Valley/U of Iowa-12th-15:19.75
  • 5K-Luke Sampson, U of Iowa-10th-15:09.38
  • 400H-Addie Swanson-Pleasant Valley HS: 9th-1:02.50
  • Steeplechase-Nathan Mylenik, U of Iowa-2nd, 9:15.42
  • Shot Put-Erika Hammond, Clinton/U of Iowa: 20th-42-6 1/2
  • Discus-Sydney Laufenberg, Clinton/Illinois State: 14th/149-7
  • Discus-Laulauga Tausaga, U of Iowa-1st, 177-3
  • Javelin-Katelyn Gochenour, Logan, Iowa/Duke-2nd, 158-10
  • Junior competition schedule, click here!

Iowa connections who have both qualified for and declared to participate in Sacramento in the Senior division:
Athletes highlighted in BOLD will represent the USA, at the World Championships in London, August 4-13.

  • 100M-Brandon Carnes, UNI-23rd-10.23
  • 200M-Brandon Carnes, UNI-13th, 21.17
  • 200M-Brittany Brown, U of Iowa-15th, 23.40
  • 400M-Mar’yea Harris, U of Iowa-19th-45.73
  • 800M-Erik Sowinski, U of Iowa/Nike-4th-1:45.39
  • Brette Correy-Western Dubuque/UNI-25th-2:08.11
  • 1500M-Jenny Simpson, Webster City/New Balance-1st-4:06.33
  • 5K-Shelby Houlihan, SC East/Az State/Nike-1st-15:13.87
  • 5K-Karissa Schweizer-Dowling/U of Missouri-4th-15:18.69
  • 10K-Meghan Armstrong Peyton-U of Iowa/Team USA Minnesota-14th 33:46.69
  • 10K-Biya Simbassa, SC North/Iowa Central/U of Oklahoma-4th-29:03.48
  • 10K-Reed Fischer, Drake-23rd-30:53.50
  • 10K-Kevin Lewis, Ottumwa/U of Iowa/Team USA Minnesota-20th-30:14.01
  • 110 HH- Aaron Mallett, U of Iowa-6th, 13.58
  • Steeplechase-Hillary Bor, Iowa State/US Army-3rd, 8:18.83
  • Steeplechase-Alexina Wilson, Mt. Vernon-Lisbon/UNI/Oiselle-10th-10:00.58
  • Pole Vault-Jeff Coover, UNI Asst. Coach-9th-18 1/2
  • Discus-Reno Tuufuli, U of Iowa-13th-181-8
  • Discus-Brian Williams, Iowa Central/Ole Miss-4th-198-8
  • Shot Put-Christina Hillman, Iowa State-12th-55-3 1/2
  • Hammer Throw-Katelyn Weimerskirch, Dubuque Wahlert/North Dakota State-16th, 198-7
  • Heptathlon-Lindsay Lettow, Des Moines Christian/U of Central Missouri-8th, 5,774
  • Heptathlon-Alex Gochenour, Logan Magnolia/Arkansas-4th, 6,129
  • Decathlon-Kurtis Brondyke, Clinton/Central College-5th-7,746
  • Decathlon-Mat Clark, Ames/UNI/Arkansas Asst. Coach-DNF
  • Decathlon-Derek Jacobus, CR Kennedy/Arkansas-11th-7,255
  • 20K Race Walk-Anthony Peters, St. Ambrose-7th, 1:35:01.82

Senior competition schedule, click here! 

University of Iowa X competes in the X at the Division I Outdoor Track and Field Preliminary on Saturday, May 28 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Darren Miller/hawkeyesports.com)

Next Level Iowa Update: USATF Nationals Final Wrap Podcast!

Aaron Mallett-Iowa ©Jim Kirby

Aaron Mallett-Iowa
©Jim Kirby

Feature photo: Alex Gouchenour-Logan Magnolia-Arkansas ©Jim Kirby

Congratulations to all of our native Iowans and all our adopted Iowans who have made us so proud this weekend at the USATF Nationals this year!

  • 800M-Joy Ripslinger, Davenport Assumption HS
  • 1500M-Ryan Schweizer, Dowling Catholic/U of Notre Dame
  • 5K-Hannah Truniger and McCayla Cole, UNI
  • 5K-Karson Sommer, Pleasant Valley/U of Iowa and Luke Sampson, U of Iowa
  • 400H-Addie Swanson-Pleasant Valley HS
  • Steeplechase-Nathan Mylenik, U of Iowa
  • Shot Put-Erika Hammond, Clinton/U of Iowa
  • Discus-Sydney Laufenberg, Clinton/Illinois State
  • Javelin-Katelyn Gochenour, Logan, Iowa/Duke

     

    Iowa connections who have both qualified for and declared to participate in Sacramento in the Senior division:

     

  • 100M and 200M-Brandon Carnes, UNI
  • 200M-Brittany Brown, U of Iow
  • 400M-Mar’yea Harris, U of Iowa
  • 800M-Erik Sowinski, U of Iowa/Nike
  • 1500M-Jenny Simpson, New Balance
  • 5K and 10K-Biya Simbassa, SC North/Iowa Central/U of Oklahoma
  • 5K-Shelby Houlihan, SC North/Az State/Nike
  • 5K-Karissa Schweizer-Dowling/U of Missouri
  • Meghan Armsgtrong Peyton-U of Iowa/Team USA Minnesota
  • 10K-Reed Fischer, Drake
  • 10K-Kevin Lewis, Ottumwa/U of Iowa/Team USA Minnesota
  • 110 HH- Aaron Mallett, U of Iowa
  • Steeplechase-Hillary Bor, Iowa State/US Army
  • Steeplechase-Alexina Wilson, Mt. Vernon-Lisbon/UNI/Oiselle
  • Pole Vault-Jeff Coover, UNI Asst. Coach
  • Christina Hillman, Iowa State
  • Discus-Reno Tuufuli, U of Iowa
  • Discus-Brian Williams, Iowa Central/Ole Miss
  • Discus-Laulauga Tausaga, U of Iowa
  • Hammer Throw-Katelyn Weimerskirch, Dubuque Wahlert/North Dakota State
  • Heptathlon-Lindsay Lettow, Des Moines Christian/U of Central Missouri
  • Heptathlon-Alex Gochenour, Logan Magnolia/Arkansas
  • Decathlon-Kurtis Brondyke, Clinton/Central College
  • Decathlon-Mat Clark, Ames/UNI/Arkansas Asst. Coach
  • Decathlon-Derek Jacobus, CR Kennedy/Arkansas
  • 20K Race Walk-Anthony Peters, St. Ambrose
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Next Level Iowa Update: Day 4 USATF Nationals Podcast!

Ryan Schweizer-Dowling-Notre Dame with his parents Mike and Kathy Schweizer ©Special to Next Level Iowa

Ryan Schweizer-Dowling-Notre Dame with his parents Mike and Kathy Schweizer
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Feature photo: Jenny Simpson-Webster City-Colorado ©Michael Scott http://miscottrunningphoto.shutterfly.com

Today, for Day Four at the USATF Nationals, the Iowans and those with Iowa Connections competing today are…

  • Anthony Peters-St. Ambrose: Sr. 20K Race Walk
  • Brittany Brown-Iowa: Sr. 200m
  • Brandon Carnes-UNI: Sr. 200m
  • Aaron Mallett-Iowa: Sr. 110m Hurdles
  • Erik Sowinski-Iowa: Sr. 800m
  • Katelyn Weimerskirch-Dub. Wahlert-N. Dakota St.: Sr. Hammer Throw
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Next Level Iowa Update: Day 3 USATF Nationals Podcast!

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

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

Feature photo: Shelby Houlihan-SC East-Arizona St
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Today, for Day Three at the USATF Nationals, the Iowans and those with Iowa Connections competing today are…

  • Lindsey Lettow-DM Christian-Central Missouri: Heptathlon
  • Alex Gouchenour-Logan Magnolia-Arkansas: Heptathlon
  • Hannah Truniger-UNI: Jr. 5K
  • Aaron Mallett-Iowa: Sr. 110m Hurdles
  • Jeffrey Coover-UNI: Sr. Pole Vault
  • Brittany Brown-Iowa: Sr. 200m
  • Christina Hillman-ISU: Shot Put
  • Reno Tuufuli-Iowa: Sr. Discus
  • Brian Williams-Iowa Central-Virginia Tech: Sr. Discus
  • Jenny Simpson-Webster City-Colorado: Sr. 1500m
  • Alex Wilson-Mt. Vernon Lisbon-UNI: Sr. 3K Steeple
  • Brandon Carnes-UNI: Sr. 200m
  • Joy Ripslinger-Dav. Assumption-Arkansas: Jr. 800m
  • Ryan Schweizer-Dowling-Notre Dame: Jr. 1500m
Laulauga Tausaga -- NCAA Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, on June 10, 2017. (Darren Miller/hawkeyesports.com)

Next Level Iowa Update: Day 2 USATF Nationals Podcast!

Next Level Iowa's Mike Jay in the booth at the USATF Nationals in Sacramento, CA

Next Level Iowa’s Mike Jay in the booth at the USATF Nationals in Sacramento, CA

Feature Photo: Laulauga Tausaga-Iowa
USATF JR National Champion
© Darren Miller/hawkeyesports.com

Today, for Day Two at the USATF Nationals, the Iowans and those with Iowa Connections competing today are…

  • Hannah Truniger-UNI: Jr. 5K
  • McKayla Cole-Charles City-UNI:Jr. 5K
  • Karson Sommer-PV-Iowa: Jr.5K
  • Luke Sampson-Iowa: Jr. 5K
  • Addy Swanson-PV-Iowa: Jr. 400H
  • Erika Hammond-Clinton-Iowa: Jr. Shot
  • Joy Ripslinger-Dav. Assumption-Arkansas: Jr. 800m
  • Hillary Bore-ISU: Sr. Steeple
  • Erik Sowinski-Iowa: Sr. 800m
  • Shelby Houlihan-SC East-Arizona St: Sr. 5K
  • Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou: Sr. 5K
  • Biya Simbassa-SC North-Iowa Cent-Oklahoma: Sr. 5K
  • Kurtis Brondyke-Clinton-Central: SR. Decathlon
  • Derek Jacobus-C.R. Kennedy-Arkansas: Sr. Decathlon
  • Mathew Clark-Ames-UNI: SR. Decathlon
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Next Level Iowa Update: Day 1 USATF Nationals Podcast!

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Today, for Day One at the USATF Nationals, the Iowans and those with Iowa Connections competing today are…

  • Sydney Laufenberg-Clinton-Ill St.: Jr. Disc
  • Laulauga Tausaga-Collins-Iowa: Jr. Disc
  • Kurtis Brondyke-Clinton-Central: SR. Decathlon
  • Derek Jacobus-C.R. Kennedy-Arkansas: Sr. Decathlon
  • Mathew Clark-Ames-UNI: SR. Decathlon
  • Erik Sowinski-Iowa: SR. 800m
  • Brette Corey-W. Dubuque-UNI: SR. 800m
  • Brandon Carnes-UNI: SR. 100m
  • Mar’yea Harris-Iowa: SR. 400m
  • Alex Wilson-Mt. Vernon Lisbon-UNI: SR. Steeplechase
  • Jenny Simpson-Webster City-Colorado: SR. 1500m
  • Meghan Peyton-Armstrong-Iowa: Sr. 10k
  • Reed Fischer-Drake: SR. 10k
  • Biya Simbassa-SC North-Iowa Cent-Oklahoma: SR 10k
Coach Dan Hostager talks with Asst. Coach Jacob Kraemmer and his Drake Bulldog greats, Brogan Austin-Boone-Drake, Conner Wells-DM Roosevelt-Drake and Reed Fischer-Drake
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Next Level Iowa Podcast for June 20, 2017: Drake Bulldogs’ Coach Dan Hostager

 

Coach Dan Hostager talks with Asst. Coach Jacob Kraemmer and his Drake Bulldog greats, Brogan Austin-Boone-Drake, Conner Wells-DM Roosevelt-Drake and Reed Fischer-Drake ©Doug Wells

Coach Dan Hostager talks with Asst. Coach Jacob Kraemmer and his Drake Bulldog greats, Brogan Austin-Boone-Drake, Conner Wells-DM Roosevelt-Drake and Reed Fischer-Drake
©Doug Wells

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we preview this weekend’s USATF Nationals taking place in Sacramento, CA and all of our Iowans competing.  We also speak with Drake Bulldogs’ Head Cross Country and Track Coach, Dan Hostager.  We talk with Coach Hostager about his Bulldogs and especially, Reed Fischer, MVC Champion and NCAA National Qualifier, who will be competing this weekend at the USATF’s.

All this and more on this week’s Next Level Iowa Podcast!

 

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-Arizona St 
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Iowa Connections at USATF Nationals

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

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

The 2017 USATF Junior and Senior Track and Field Championships will be held in Sacramento, California, Thursday June 22 through Sunday June, 25.   The state of Iowa will be well represented in both divisions, by former Iowa preps and Iowa collegians.

Feature photo: Shelby Houlihan-SC East-Arizona St ©Erik Aguilar www.painani.org

The Junior meet will serve as qualifying for the Pan Am Junior Championships, to be held in Peru in July.For more info, click here!

 

The Senior meet will serve as qualifying for the IAAF World Championships to be held in London in August. For more info, click here!

 

Iowa connections who have both qualified for and declared to participate in Sacramento in the Junior (U-20) division:

800M-Joy Ripslinger, Davenport Assumption HS

1500M-Ryan Schweizer, Dowling Catholic/U of Notre Dame

5K-Hannah Truniger and McCayla Cole, UNI

5K-Karson Sommer, Pleasant Valley/U of Iowa and Luke Sampson, U of Iowa

400H-Addie Swanson-Pleasant Valley HS

Steeplechase-Nathan Mylenik, U of Iowa

Shot Put-Erika Hammond, Clinton/U of Iowa

Discus-Sydney Laufenberg, Clinton/Illinois State

Javelin-Katelyn Gochenour, Logan, Iowa/Duke

Junior competition schedule:

For schedule and other info, click here! 

 

Iowa connections who have both qualified for and declared to participate in Sacramento in the Senior division:

100M and 200M-Brandon Carnes, UNI

200M-Brittany Brown, U of Iowa

400M-Mar’yea Harris, U of Iowa

800M-Erik Sowinski, U of Iowa/Nike

1500M-Jenny Simpson, New Balance

5K and 10K-Biya Simbassa, SC North/Iowa Central/U of Oklahoma

5K-Shelby Houlihan, SC North/Az State/Nike

5K-Karissa Schweizer-Dowling/U of Missouri

Meghan Armsgtrong Peyton-U of Iowa/Team USA Minnesota

10K-Reed Fischer, Drake

10K-Kevin Lewis, Ottumwa/U of Iowa/Team USA Minnesota

110 HH- Aaron Mallett, U of Iowa

Steeplechase-Hillary Bor, Iowa State/US Army

Steeplechase-Alexina Wilson, Mt. Vernon-Lisbon/UNI/Oiselle

Pole Vault-Jeff Coover, UNI Asst. Coach

Christina Hillman, Iowa State

Discus-Reno Tuufuli, U of Iowa

Discus-Brian Williams, Iowa Central/Ole Miss

Discus-Laulauga Tausaga, U of Iowa

Hammer Throw-Katelyn Weimerskirch, Dubuque Wahlert/North Dakota State

Heptathlon-Lindsay Lettow, Des Moines Christian/U of Central Missouri

Heptathlon-Alex Gochenour, Logan Magnolia/Arkansas

Decathlon-Kurtis Brondyke, Clinton/Central College

Decathlon-Mat Clark, Ames/UNI/Arkansas Asst. Coach

Decathlon-Derek Jacobus, CR Kennedy/Arkansas

20K Race Walk-Anthony Peters, St. Ambrose

For schedule and other info, click here!

 

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou 
©Michael Scott 2017. https://miscottrunning photo.shutterfly.com

Schweizer Placed on Bowerman Semifinal List

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

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

Mizzou Track & Field junior Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Iowa) was placed on The Bowerman semifinalist list, announced Wednesday by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Schweizer is one of 10 semifinalists for the most prestigious award in collegiate track & field.

Courtesy Mizzou Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Michael Scott 2017. https://miscottrunning photo.shutterfly.com

After deliberation from a panelist of 12, the semifinalist list will be shrunk to three finalists next Wednesday (June 21). From then, a group of voters comprised of media, coaches, statisticians and fans will decide 2017’s winner, which will be announced in December.

“The Bowerman Award is the most prestigious award in track & field to be bestowed on an individual,” said head coach Brett Halter. “I am thrilled that the Bowerman committee is recognizing Karissa’s efforts over the last year, she has certainly demonstrated that she is a worthy candidate for the honor.”

Schweizer, who was named the NCAA Midwest Region Women’s Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, concluded her terrific junior campaign by winning the 5,000m run outdoor national title at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. The Tiger junior reset her 5K school record by finishing with a time of 15:38.93 and became just the fourth female in NCAA history to win the distance triple crown (cross country, indoor 5,000m and outdoor 5,000m NCAA titles), and first since 2008. Schweizer is preceded by Villanova’s Jennifer Rhines (1994-95), Arizona’s Amy Skieresz (1996-97) and Texas Tech’s Sally Kipyego (2007-08).

Returning to her home state of Iowa, Schweizer was elevated to the 1500m “Rio Rematch” heat  at the Drake Relays (April 28), a race which featured 11 professionals runners and six Olympians. The Urbandale, Iowa, native held her own against some of the world’s best mid-distance runners, finishing eighth in rainy conditions with a time of 4:18.16. At the SEC Championships (May 12-13), Schweizer won her fourth conference title of the year by finishing first in the 5000m run with a time of 15:51.76. She also finished runner-up in the 1500m run with a time of 4:18.42 to accumulate 18 points at the meet, the second-highest point total among female competitors.

During the indoor season, Schweizer became the first female in Mizzou Athletics history to win multiple NCAA titles when she won the 5,000m indoor crown at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in March. She also finished runner-up in the 3,000m run to guide Mizzou to an eighth-place finish at the meet, its third top-10 finish at the NCAA Indoor meet in program history. Prior to her NCAA Indoor success, Schweizer became the first Tiger to capture two conference titles at the same meet when she won the 3,000m run and mile run at the SEC Indoor meet. For her performance, Schweizer was named the Cliff Harper Trophy winner for being the top female scorer at the meet.

Schweizer’s outstanding season started with the cross country success in the fall, where she won the SEC Championship, NCAA Midwest Region Championship and NCAA Championship. With the victory, Schweizer became Mizzou’s first National Champion in cross country. In six meets during the season, Schweizer finished first in five races, winning at the Commodore Classic (Sept. 17), Chile Pepper Festival (Oct. 1), SEC Championships (Oct. 28), NCAA Midwest Regional (Nov. 11) and NCAA Championships (Nov. 19). The Tiger junior became the first individual conference champion in program history since 1997 and first regional champion since 2003.

Schweizer has amassed numerous awards during the 2016-17 athletic season. During the cross country season, Schweizer was named the SEC Cross Country Women’s Runner of the Year, the USTFCCCA Midwest Region Cross Country Women’s Athlete of the Year, the USTFCCCA Cross Country Women’s National Athlete of the Year and the Honda Sport winner for Cross Country. During the track season, she has been named the SEC Indoor Track & Field Women’s Runner of the Year, the USTFCCCA Midwest Region Indoor Track & Field Women’s Track Athlete of the Year and the USTFCCA Midwest Regional Outdoor Track & Field Women’s Track Athlete of the Year.