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Next level Iowa Podcast June 26, 2018: USATF Rap

 

Rachel Schneider, Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU and Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Jim Kirby

Rachel Schneider, Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU and Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
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On this, possibly our longest podcast, Mike and I TRY to summarize this past weekend’s USATF Nationals Meet held on the Blue Oval of Drake Stadium.

We talk with Anna (Holdiman)McDonald-Logan Magnolia-Boise St. and Rebekah Topham-Griswald-Wichita St after their steeplechase. We caught up with Carter Lilly-SC East-Iowa and Erik Sowinski-Iowa after their 800m races.  After his 100m and 200m races, we spoke with Brandon Carnes-UNI and finally we spent some time with Alex Gochenour after her second place finish in the heptathlon.

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

Sandi Morris

2018 USA Track & Field Championship Pre-Meet Notes by Mike Mahon

Ryan Crouser-Texas-Olympic Gold Medalist ©Jim Kirby 2018

Ryan Crouser-Texas-Olympic Gold Medalist
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Seventy athletes (36 men, 34 women) who represented Team USA in the 2016 Rio De Janiero Summer Olympicsare scheduled to compete in meet. That doesn’t include another nine athletes who performed at the 2012 London Olympics, that also will compete at Drake.

Feature photo: Sandi Morris Competing at the Drake Relays Pole Vaulting Competitions

 

—There are 6 gold medalists, 4 silver medalists and 5 bronze medalistscompeting from 2016 Summer Olympics

Gold

-Tianna Bartoletta, women’s long jump

-Michelle Carter, women’s shot put

-Matthew Centrowitz, men’s 1500

-Ryan Crouser, men’s shot put

-Jeffrey Henderson, men’s long jump

-Christian Taylor, men’s triple ump

Silver

-Paul Chelimo, men’s 5,000

-Evan Jager, men’s 3.000 steeple

-Joe Kovacs, men’s shot put

-Sandi Morris, women’s pole vault

Bronze

-Emma Coburn, women’s steeplechase

-Sam Kendricks, men’s pole vault

-Clayton Murphy, men’s 800

-Jenny Simpson, women’s 1,500

-Ashley Spencer, women’s 400 hurdles

 

—The list of entries includes13 current American record holders:

Tyson Gay, men’s 100 —9.69, 2012

Aries Merritt, men’s 110 hurdles—12.80, 2012

Evan Jager, men’s 3,000 steeple—8:00.45, 2015

Christian Taylor, men’s triple jump—59-9, 2015

Ajee’ Wilson, women’s 800—1:55.61, 2017

Keni Harrison, women’s 100 hurdles—12.20, 2016

Emma Coburn, women’s 3,000 steeple—9:02.58, 2017

Molly Huddle, women’s 10,000—30:13.17, 2016

Sandi Morris, women’s pole vault—16-4 3/4, 2016

Gia Lewis-Smallwood, women’s discus—226-11, 2014

Michelle Carter, women’s shot put—67-8 1/4, 2016

Gwen Berry women’s hammer throw—255-2, 2018

Kara Winger, women’s javelin—218-8, 2010

 

—A combined five American track & field recordswere set the last two times (2010, 2013) Drake Stadium served as host of the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

—women’s 100 hurdlers                                   —women’s high jump

—women’s javelin                                 —women’s shot put

—women’s hammer throw

 

—16 Drake Stadium records, including nine in the women’s division, were set at the 2013 U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

 

—There are 19 champs (10 women, 9 men) from recent NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championshipswho are entered in meet.

 

 

 

Iowans Competing For National Titles

Jenny Simpson, reigning Olympic bronze medalist in the 1500 as well as former World Outdoors champ (2011), is entered in women’s1500. Born in Webster City, Ia., Simpson has combined to win 11 U.S. indoor and outdoor national titles. Simpson became the first American woman ever to earn a medal in the Olympics in the 1500 when she captured a bronze medal in the 2016 Games.

 

—2016 Olympian Shelby Houlihan, a native of Sioux City, returns to defend her outdoor title in the women’s 5,000. She also is a four-time USA Indoor champ. Houlihan won the women’s 1,500 at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., May 26 running in a world-leading3 minutes 59.06 seconds.

 

—Six-time NCAA champ Karissa Schweizer, a former West Des Moines Dowling Catholic prep standout, also will run in her first race as a professional.

 

—Former Iowa State three-time NCAA All-American Hillary Bor, who ran for Team USA in 2016 Olympics, returns to Drake to contend for men’s 3,000 steeplechase title.

 

—Former five-time NCAA All-American Iowa standout Erik Sowinski, a two-time U.S. Indoor champ, is among top contenders in the men’s 800.

 

—Former 16-time Missouri Valley Conference champ Brandon Carnesfrom UNi is entered in both the men’s 100 & 200.

 

—There are nine athletes from either Iowa, Iowa State, UNI and St. Ambrose entered in the USA Championships

 

Tickets can be purchased online www.draketix.com/usatf

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou, Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU and Jenny Simpson-Webster City
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Next Level Iowa Podcast June 18, 2018: Blake Boldon, Shelby Houlihan and Erik Sowinski

Erik Sowinski-Iowa ©Jim Kirby

Erik Sowinski-Iowa
©Jim Kirby

Feature photo: Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou, Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU and Jenny Simpson-Webster City©Mike Brynes 2017

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we get you pumped up for the USATF Nationals taking place this weekend on the Blue Oval of Drake Stadium!

We talk with the Director of the Drake Relays Blake Boldon about the high quality of world, national and Olympic caliber athletes competing this weekend.

We talk with Olympian and National Champion Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU about her monster win in the 1500m at the Prefontaine Classic and her thoughts about running the 1500m and the 5k at the USATF Nationals this weekend.

We talk with World Record holder Erik Sowinski-Iowa about the importance of having the Nationals in Iowa and his hopes this coming weekend as well.

GET DOWN TO DRAKE STADIUM FOR THE USATF NATIONALS!

All this and more on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

 

Shelby Houlihan-SC EAST - ASU and Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Jim Kirby 2017

Thursday, June 21 USA Track & Field Championship Preview

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou, Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU and Jenny Simpson-Webster City ©Mike Brynes 2017

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou, Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU and Jenny Simpson-Webster City
©Mike Brynes 2017

REIGNING OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST, 6 AMERICAN RECORD HOLDERS TO HIGHLIGHT FIRST-DAY ACTION

 

How’s this for an opening act on Day One of the U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Drake Stadium fans will be graced by the presence of four medalists from the 2016 Olympics and seven current American record holders.

Feature photo: Shelby Houlihan-SC East-Arizona St©Latinos Corriendo-2018

 

 

Finals are scheduled in six events, featuring a trio of current American record holders vying for titles in field events.

 

Preliminary qualifying rounds will be held in nine running events on the blue oval with Matthew Centrowitz, reigning Olympic gold medalist in the 1,500, headlining the men’s entries.

 

There are also four women’s American record holders on the track led by Molly Huddle, who is favored in the first running final – the women’s 10,000 scheduled at 7 p.m.

 

Emma Coburn(women’s steeplechase), Jenny Simpson(2 mile) and Ajee’ Wilson(800) are expected to lead the qualifying rounds in their respective races.

 

Centrowitz, who also won the 1500 at the 2016 World Indoor Championships, returns to Drake Stadium where he won his first U.S. Outdoor title in 2013. Since then he’s also won national outdoor titles in 2015 and 2016. Centrowitz became the first American to win the gold medal in the Olympics since Mel Sheppard in 1908.

 

Native Iowans Simpson(Webster City, Iowa) and Shelby Houlihan(Sioux City, Iowa) renew their rivalry in the first round of the women’s 1500 qualifying. Houlihan, who ran in the 5000 at the 2016 Olympics, won the women’s 1,500 at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., May 26 running in a then world-leading3 minutes 59.06 seconds, while upsetting Simpson who placed third-3:59.37.

 

Simpson has won seven career U.S. Outdoor national titles including the last four straight years in the 1,500.A three-time Olympian, Simpson became the first U.S. woman ever to earn a medal at the Olympics when she placed third in the 1500 at the 2016 Games in Rio DeJaneiro, Brazil. She won the gold medal at the 2011 World Outdoor Championships, while earning a silver medal in 2013.

 

Coburn, who will be seeking her seventh straight U.S. national title in the steeplechase dating back to 2011, set the American mark in the women’s steeplechase each of the last two years en route to becoming the first American woman to win the steeplechase at both the World Championships and Olympics At the 2017 World Championships in London, Coburn lowered here steeplechase mark to 9:-2.59, breaking her own American record of 9:07.63 set at the 2016 Olympics. She ranks No. 5 on the 2018 world list at 9:08.13.

 

Wilson, who won a silver medal in the 800 at the 2018 World Indoor Championships, ranks No. 2 on the 2018 world outdoor 800 list at 1:56.86 en route to a second—place finish at the Prefontaine Classic. May 26. Wilson has won six career U.S. national titles in the 800, including outdoor crowns in 2014 and 2017. She set the current American record of 1:55.61 at the 2017 Diamond League meet in Monaco.

 

First-round qualifying in both the men’s 800 and 1,500 feature all six runners who represented Team USA at the 2016 Olympics.

 

The men’s 1500 also includes Robby Andrewsand Ben Blankenship, who both competed at the 2016 Olympics, as well asLeo Manzanowho earned a silver medal in the 1500 at the 2012 London Olympics. Blankenship was fifth in the 1500 at the 2018 World Indoor Championships.

 

Clayton Murphy, who captured a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics,  joins fellow Olympic teammates Boris Berianand Charles Jockin the 800. But the trio will face strong challenges from Isaiah Harris(Penn State) whose time of 1:44.76 to win the NCAA Outdoor meet ranks No. 9 in the world as well as two-time USA Indoor champ Erik Sowinski.

 

The first round of the men’s 100 at 6:10 p.m. features four sprinters ranked among the top six on the 2018  world outdoor list along with current American record holder Tyson Gay(9.69).  Mike Rodgersand Isiah Young, rank No. 2  in the world at 9.92, while Ronnie Baker andNoah Lyles, are No. 5 on the world list at 9.93. Baker won the 60 at the 2018 World Indoor Championships. Lyles won the gold medal in the 100 at the 2016 World Junior Championships and he has run a world leading 19.69 in the 200 this season.

 

Aleia Hobbs, who won thee NCAA titles for LSU this past season, will lead the women’s sprinters in the 100 prelims. Hobbs won the 100 at the NCAA Outdoor meet after earlier anchoring the women’s 4×100 relay to a title. In March she tied the NCAA Indoor collegiate 60 record.

 

American record holders Kara Wingerand Keturah Orjiare favored in the women’s javelin and triple jump respectively.

 

Winger, a three-time Olympian will compete at 5 p.m., set the existing U.S. record of 218-8 in the 2010 USA Championships at Drake Stadium. She will be seeking her eighth national title in the event capturing championships in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

 

Orji, who set the American record of 48-3 ¼ in the triple jump at the 2016 Summer Olympics, will jump at 5:15 p.m. She closed out her collegiate career at Georgia by winning her fourth straight NCAA Outdoor triple jump title June 9. She also became just the third woman in NCAA Division I history to claim outdoor titles in the long jump and triple jump in the same season. Orji is ranked No. 5 in the world in 2018 in the triple jump, soaring 47-11 ¾.

 

Huddletook advantage of Almaz Ayana’s world-record pace to run an American record of 30:13.17 en route to a sixth-place finish in the 10,000 at the 2016 Olympics. The former 10-time NCAA All-American is aiming for her fourth straight national title in the 10,000. She was 11thin the 5,000 at the 2012 London Olympics and won both the 5,000 and 10,000 titles at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 

The women’s discuss final at 2 p.m., features 2016 Olympians Whitney Ashleyand Kelsey Cardalong with 2012 Olympian Gia Lewis-Smallwood. Recent Arizona State graduate Maggie Ewenmade history by becoming just the fifth woman in NCAA Division I history to pick up outdoor titles in the shot put and discus in the same season, including being the first to do so since 2000. She captured the shot put title (62-10¾) just two days before winning the discus on her final throw (198-5). Ewen had already picked up the indoor shot put national title while setting collegiate records during the outdoor season in the hammer throw and the shot put.

 

Finals also will be held in the men’s 10,000-meter run (7:40 p.m.) featuring 2016 Olympian Shadrack Kipchirchir,—the top ranked American who owns the ninth fastest time in the world this season at 27:39.65 at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford, Calif., May 3. Kipchirchir was ninth in the 10,000 at the 2017 World Outdoor Championships.

 

Look for 2016 Olympian Zachery Ziemek as the decathlon begins its opening day of competition.

 

The men’s 20k race walk will conclude Thursday’s opening session starting at 8:40 p.m.

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-Arizona St
©Latinos Corriendo-2018

Thursday, June 21 USA Track & Field Championship Preview-Mike Mahon

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou, Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU and Jenny Simpson-Webster City ©Mike Brynes 2017

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou, Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU and Jenny Simpson-Webster City
©Mike Brynes 2017

REIGNING OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST, 6 AMERICAN RECORD HOLDERS TO HIGHLIGHT FIRST-DAY ACTION

 

How’s this for an opening act on Day One of the U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Drake Stadium fans will be graced by the presence of four medalists from the 2016 Olympics and seven current American record holders.

Feature photo: Shelby Houlihan-SC East-Arizona St©Latinos Corriendo-2018

 

 

Finals are scheduled in six events, featuring a trio of current American record holders vying for titles in field events.

 

Preliminary qualifying rounds will be held in nine running events on the blue oval with Matthew Centrowitz, reigning Olympic gold medalist in the 1,500, headlining the men’s entries.

 

There are also four women’s American record holders on the track led by Molly Huddle, who is favored in the first running final – the women’s 10,000 scheduled at 7 p.m.

 

Emma Coburn(women’s steeplechase), Jenny Simpson(2 mile) and Ajee’ Wilson(800) are expected to lead the qualifying rounds in their respective races.

 

Centrowitz, who also won the 1500 at the 2016 World Indoor Championships, returns to Drake Stadium where he won his first U.S. Outdoor title in 2013. Since then he’s also won national outdoor titles in 2015 and 2016. Centrowitz became the first American to win the gold medal in the Olympics since Mel Sheppard in 1908.

 

Native Iowans Simpson(Webster City, Iowa) and Shelby Houlihan(Sioux City, Iowa) renew their rivalry in the first round of the women’s 1500 qualifying. Houlihan, who ran in the 5000 at the 2016 Olympics, won the women’s 1,500 at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., May 26 running in a then world-leading3 minutes 59.06 seconds, while upsetting Simpson who placed third-3:59.37.

 

Simpson has won seven career U.S. Outdoor national titles including the last four straight years in the 1,500.A three-time Olympian, Simpson became the first U.S. woman ever to earn a medal at the Olympics when she placed third in the 1500 at the 2016 Games in Rio DeJaneiro, Brazil. She won the gold medal at the 2011 World Outdoor Championships, while earning a silver medal in 2013.

 

Coburn, who will be seeking her seventh straight U.S. national title in the steeplechase dating back to 2011, set the American mark in the women’s steeplechase each of the last two years en route to becoming the first American woman to win the steeplechase at both the World Championships and Olympics At the 2017 World Championships in London, Coburn lowered here steeplechase mark to 9:-2.59, breaking her own American record of 9:07.63 set at the 2016 Olympics. She ranks No. 5 on the 2018 world list at 9:08.13.

 

Wilson, who won a silver medal in the 800 at the 2018 World Indoor Championships, ranks No. 2 on the 2018 world outdoor 800 list at 1:56.86 en route to a second—place finish at the Prefontaine Classic. May 26. Wilson has won six career U.S. national titles in the 800, including outdoor crowns in 2014 and 2017. She set the current American record of 1:55.61 at the 2017 Diamond League meet in Monaco.

 

First-round qualifying in both the men’s 800 and 1,500 feature all six runners who represented Team USA at the 2016 Olympics.

 

The men’s 1500 also includes Robby Andrewsand Ben Blankenship, who both competed at the 2016 Olympics, as well asLeo Manzanowho earned a silver medal in the 1500 at the 2012 London Olympics. Blankenship was fifth in the 1500 at the 2018 World Indoor Championships.

 

Clayton Murphy, who captured a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics,  joins fellow Olympic teammates Boris Berianand Charles Jockin the 800. But the trio will face strong challenges from Isaiah Harris(Penn State) whose time of 1:44.76 to win the NCAA Outdoor meet ranks No. 9 in the world as well as two-time USA Indoor champ Erik Sowinski.

 

The first round of the men’s 100 at 6:10 p.m. features four sprinters ranked among the top six on the 2018  world outdoor list along with current American record holder Tyson Gay(9.69).  Mike Rodgersand Isiah Young, rank No. 2  in the world at 9.92, while Ronnie Baker andNoah Lyles, are No. 5 on the world list at 9.93. Baker won the 60 at the 2018 World Indoor Championships. Lyles won the gold medal in the 100 at the 2016 World Junior Championships and he has run a world leading 19.69 in the 200 this season.

 

Aleia Hobbs, who won thee NCAA titles for LSU this past season, will lead the women’s sprinters in the 100 prelims. Hobbs won the 100 at the NCAA Outdoor meet after earlier anchoring the women’s 4×100 relay to a title. In March she tied the NCAA Indoor collegiate 60 record.

 

American record holders Kara Wingerand Keturah Orjiare favored in the women’s javelin and triple jump respectively.

 

Winger, a three-time Olympian will compete at 5 p.m., set the existing U.S. record of 218-8 in the 2010 USA Championships at Drake Stadium. She will be seeking her eighth national title in the event capturing championships in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

 

Orji, who set the American record of 48-3 ¼ in the triple jump at the 2016 Summer Olympics, will jump at 5:15 p.m. She closed out her collegiate career at Georgia by winning her fourth straight NCAA Outdoor triple jump title June 9. She also became just the third woman in NCAA Division I history to claim outdoor titles in the long jump and triple jump in the same season. Orji is ranked No. 5 in the world in 2018 in the triple jump, soaring 47-11 ¾.

 

Huddletook advantage of Almaz Ayana’s world-record pace to run an American record of 30:13.17 en route to a sixth-place finish in the 10,000 at the 2016 Olympics. The former 10-time NCAA All-American is aiming for her fourth straight national title in the 10,000. She was 11thin the 5,000 at the 2012 London Olympics and won both the 5,000 and 10,000 titles at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 

The women’s discuss final at 2 p.m., features 2016 Olympians Whitney Ashleyand Kelsey Cardalong with 2012 Olympian Gia Lewis-Smallwood. Recent Arizona State graduate Maggie Ewenmade history by becoming just the fifth woman in NCAA Division I history to pick up outdoor titles in the shot put and discus in the same season, including being the first to do so since 2000. She captured the shot put title (62-10¾) just two days before winning the discus on her final throw (198-5). Ewen had already picked up the indoor shot put national title while setting collegiate records during the outdoor season in the hammer throw and the shot put.

 

Finals also will be held in the men’s 10,000-meter run (7:40 p.m.) featuring 2016 Olympian Shadrack Kipchirchir,—the top ranked American who owns the ninth fastest time in the world this season at 27:39.65 at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford, Calif., May 3. Kipchirchir was ninth in the 10,000 at the 2017 World Outdoor Championships.

 

Look for 2016 Olympian Zachery Ziemek as the decathlon begins its opening day of competition.

 

The men’s 20k race walk will conclude Thursday’s opening session starting at 8:40 p.m.

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Michael Scott 2018

Next Level Iowa Podcast July 12, 2018: Natties Wrap and USATF Preview

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Michael Scott 2018

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Michael Scott 2018

Feature photo: Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou©Michael Scott 2018
Editor’s Note: A big “thank you!” to our NCAA Nationals Photographers, Michael Scott and Darren Miller!

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we cover last weekend’s NCAA D1 National Championships and we look ahead to the USATF National Championships coming to the Blue Oval of Drake University later this month.

All this, plus Mike and my witty, bold and often prophetic commentary on this week’s Next Level Iowa Podcast!

Next Level Iowa

Next level Iowa Podcast For June 5, 2018: NCAA D1Nationals Preview

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©Jim Kirby

On this edition on the Next Level Iowa Podcast we get you ready for D1 Nationals this week in Eugene, Oregon.  We talk about all our Iowans competing and we check in with Iowa Hawkeyes’ Director of Track and Field Joey Woody, Cyclone Assistant Coach Jeremy Sudbury and Panthers’ Head Coach Dave Paulsen.

We also talk about Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou as she gets ready for her 5K-10K double, trying to pick up two more National Championships.  All this plus Dam to Dam and a preview of USATF’s coming to Des Moines this month on the Next Level Iowa Podcast.

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Next Level Iowa Podcast For May 28, 2018: Nationals

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Mark Fairley-Dubuque-Central
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Feature photo: Shelby Houlihan-SC East-Arizona St©Latinos Corriendo-2018

On this edition of the Next level Iowa Podcast we talk about the D3 and NAIA Nationals which were held last week, we look ahead to the D1 Nationals and we talk about the Prefontaine Classic.

All this and more on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

 

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Next Level Iowa Podcast For May 15, 2018: Conference Wrap-Sydni Milani-Mark Fairley-Tanasha Atwater

5-15-18-1On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we look at all the conference meets that took place last weekend.  We talk with Conference champions Tanasha Atwater-Day. Central-Dubuque and Mark Fairley-Dubuque-Central.  We also talk with rising star, Sydni Milani of SE Polk as she prepares for the State Meet and joining the Cyclones next year.

All this and more, on this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

 

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
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Iowans Take Home Lots of Hardware From the Relays

Gable Sieperda - Central Lyon ©Jim Kirby 2018

Gable Sieperda – Central Lyon
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The 109th edition of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee thrilled nearly 40,000 fans over four days of action with tremendous performances across all divisions. Monday, April 30, the best of those performances were honored with the announcement of the Relays Most Outstanding Performers.

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Those winners include Ohio State Zack Bazile as the Maury White Award winner, Missouri’s Karissa Schweizer as the women’s invitational/collegiate Most Outstanding Performer, Central Lyon’s Gable Sieperda as the Robert Kramme Award winner and Linn-Mar’s Payton Wensel as the recipient of the Gerry Cooley Award.

Zack Bazile is the first collegiate Maury White Award winner since 2015 after claiming the long jump title, finishing third in the 100 meters and running a leg on the winning 4×100-meter relay for Ohio State.

Bazile won the long jump with a wind-aided mark of 25-3.25 (7.70m) on his third jump to best the field by more than a foot. With that jump, Bazile became just the second Buckeye to win the Drake Relays long jump and the first since track and field legend Jesse Owens did so in 1935. Bazile may have added on to that jump, but he passed on his fourth and fifth attempts in order to run the 100 meters. His winning long jump mark was the best at the Drake Relays since 2014.

The voting for the women’s collegiate/invitational Drake Relays Most Outstanding performer was near unanimous in selecting Missouri standout and Urbandale, Iowa, native Karissa Schweizer. Schweizer began her return to the Blue Oval by breaking the women’s University/College record in the 5,000 meters. Schweizer’s time of 15:23.21 bested the previous 33-year-old record by more than eight seconds. Her time is the fastest in the NCAA this year and fourth fastest in the world. She returned to the track Saturday afternoon to help Missouri win the distance medley relay in 11:07.59. Schweizer received the baton on her anchor leg with the Tigers in fourth place and clocked a 4:32.19 1,600 meters to move the Tigers through the field and win the event by more than 10 seconds.

The high school competitions produced record-setting performances as they have for generations at Drake Stadium, but there was a pair that was near unanimous selections for Most Outstanding Performer.

Linn-Mar’s Payton Wensel was the runaway vote-getter for the Gerry Cooley Award given to the most outstanding girls’ high school competitor at the Drake Relays.

The senior set a relay and individual record over the weekend and left the Blue Oval with three white flags and a second-place finish. She ran the anchor on Linn-Mar’s sprint medley relay that clocked a Relays record time of 1:44.07, an Iowa all-time best and the second-fastest time in the country this year. Later Friday, she finished second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:12.01. Her return to the Blue Oval Saturday saw her claim a Drake Relays record for herself as she won the 400-meter hurdles in 1:00.25. Her record-setting time is the second-fastest in Iowa history and sixth in the nation this year to help her win the event for the second-straight year. She concluded her final Drake Relays as a high schooler by helping Linn-Mar win its first-ever 4×100-meter relay title.

Gabe Sieperda of Central Lyon earned the Robert Kramme Award, given to the top boys high school competitor.

Sieperda opened the Drake Relays by easily winning the 3,200 meters with a 2:10 final 800 meters to finish in 9:11.17. That time was the 19th fastest on the Iowa all-time list. He completed the distance sweep on Saturday by clocking a 14-second season-best in the 1,600 meters in 4:15.68. He also turned in a sixth-place finish in the 800 meters.

The 109th Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee featured the 53rd consecutive Saturday sellout with 14,504 fans crowded around the Blue Oval after more than 16,000 fans streamed through the gates during the two Friday sessions. The 109th edition of America’s Athletic Classic is scheduled for April 24-27, 2019.

2018 Drake Relays Most Outstanding Performers
Maury White Award (Collegiate/Invitational Men) – Zack Bazile, Ohio State
Collegiate/Invitational Women – Karissa Schweizer – Missouri
Robert Kramme Award (High School Boys) – Gable Sieperda – Central Lyon
Gerry Cooley Award (High School Girls) – Payton Wensel – Linn-Mar