U. Dubuque Mens and Women's XC Team 2017
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Next Level Iowa Podcast For October 17, 2017: U. of Dubuque Asst. Coach Rich Maleniak

Rich Maleniak-U. of Dubuque ©Spartan Athletics

Rich Maleniak-U. of Dubuque
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On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with, newly hired assistant track and cross country coach for the University of Dubuque, Rich Maleniak.  We talk with Coach Maleniak about his hopes in building the Spartans program for both track and cross country.

Feature photo: U. Dubuque Mens and Women’s XC Team 2017 ©Spartans Athletics 2017

Mike and I also cover last week’s big meets involving our Iowa runners and we look ahead to the high school championship cross country and the collegiate conference and regional meets.

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

Leah Seivert-Sibley-Ocheyedan-Augustana
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Next Level Iowa Podcast for October 10, 2017 Leah Seivert

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Leah Seivert-Sibley-Ocheyedan-Augustana
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On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with Leah Seivert, a state champion from Sibley Ocheyeden High School and currently a junior at Augustana College in South Dakota.  We talk with Leah about her tough transition from high school to college running as well as some of the demons she has battled recently.  Leah has a web site called “Break Free and Run,” (click here) where she is sharing how she is “Learning to break free from perfectionism and embrace the life God has given me”

Feature photo: Leah Seivert-Sibley-Ocheyedan-Augustana ©Vikings Athletics

 

Jason Thomas-Dowling Catholic-ISU Running Club
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Next Level Iowa Podcast-October 3, 2017: Jason Thomas

Jason Thomas-Dowling Catholic-ISU Running Club ©Jim Kirby 2017

Jason Thomas-Dowling Catholic-ISU Running Club
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On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with Dowling Grad., State Champion and Drake Relays Champion, now in college and running for the Iowa State Running Club.  We talk with Jason about collegiate running clubs and his success on the roads and on the cross country course as a college running club member.

All this and results to, on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson and Sadie Timms-Gilbert-Simpson, doing their best to follow Mike and my banter on today's podcast.

Next Level Iowa Podcast for September 26, 2017

Julia Noah-Urbandale-S. Dakota and Lindsey Joyce-S.C.Heelan ©Nextleveliowa.com

Julia Noah-Urbandale-S. Dakota and Lindsey Joyce-S.C.Heelan
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On this edition of The Next Level Iowa Podcast, we welcome Sadie Timms-Gilbert-Simpson and Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson to the show to talk about their season and running at the NCAA D3 level.

Feature photo: Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson and Sadie Timms-Gilbert-Simpson, doing their best to follow Mike and my banter on today’s podcast.  

We will also hear from Julia Noah-Urbandale-S. Dakota and Lindsey Joyce-S.C. Heelan-S. Dakota and find out how their careers are going with the Coyotes.

All this and more on The Next Level Iowa Podcast!

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Griak Wrap

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Nicole Svendsen-Dowling-Cent.Missouri runs at the Roy Griak Invitational
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It was a hot and muggy day, Saturday, September 23, but the 4,000 (plus) athletes running in the 32nd Annual Roy Griak Invitational still performed very well.

One of the most prestigious cross country meets in the country takes place each fall at the Les Bolstad Golf Course on the University of Minneapolis campus in the Twin Cities.

As in the past, the state of Iowa was very well represented with teams and individuals competing in the high school divisions, D2, D3 and D1.

All collegiate classifications, Junior College, NAIA, D3, D2 and D1 were represented by former Iowa preps.

Some of the highlights were:

D1 Women- Iowa schools and those with former Iowa preps in their top 7:  Iowa State-2nd.   South Dakota 6th.  Drake 16th.  Nebraska-Omaha 17th.

Complete D1 Women’s results, click here! 

D1 Men- Iowa schools and those with former Iowa preps in their top 7:  South Dakota 10th.  Drake 12th.

Complete D1 Men’s results, click here!  

D2 Women-Iowa schools and those with former Iowa preps in their top 7:  Central Missouri-18th.  Morningside 20th.  Northwestern (Iowa) 26th.   Waldorf 38th.  Upper Iowa 39th.

Complete D2 Women’s results, click here!  

D2 Men-Iowa schools and those with former Iowa preps in their top 7:  Augustana S.D. 1st.  Northwestern (Iowa) 18th.  Unattached-Augustana S.D. 20th.   Missouri Western 28th.  ISU Running Club 31st.  SW Community College 38th.  Waldorf 40th.

Complete D2 Men’s results, click here!   

D3 Women- Iowa schools and those with former Iowa preps in their top 7:  St. Thomas 2nd.  Hawkeye CC 11th.  NIACC 12th.

Complete D3 Women’s results, click here!

D3 Men- Iowa schools and those with former Iowa preps in their top 7:  NIACC 2nd.  Brian Jaques of NIACC was the individual champion.  Hawkeye CC 3rd.

Complete D3 Men’s results, click here!  

High School Girls Gold Division-Iowa High Schools: Johnston 10th.  Dowling Catholic 15th.  Linn-Mar 18th.  Decorah 24th.  DM Roosevelt 32nd.  WDM Valley 37th.  Mason City 42nd.

Complete High School Girls Gold Division results (5K), click here! 

High School Boys Gold Division- Iowa High Schools: Dowling Catholic 3rd, Matthew Carmody was 2nd overall.  Johnston 9th, Tom Altier was 14th overall.  WDM Valley 10th, Moise Habineza was 16th.  Pleasant Valley 13th, Anthony Pena was 9th and Konnor Sommer was 18th.  Decorah 21st.  Linn-Mar 22nd.  DM Roosevelt 33rd.  Mason City 45th.

Complete High School Boys Gold Division results (5K), click here! 

High School Girls Maroon Division- Iowa High Schools: Davenport Assumption 8th.  Newton 44th.

Complete High School Girls Maroon Division Results (2 miles), click here!

High School Boys Maroon Division-Iowa High Schools: Bellevue 2nd, Brady Griebel 11th.  Clear Lake 4th, Sam Pedelty 7th.  G-H-V 17th, Ray Catoldo 10th and Reece Smith 15th.  George-Little Rock-19th, Joe Anderson 1st.  Davenport Assumption-26th, Chris Guise 24th.  Newton 49th.

Complete High School Boys Maroon Results (2 miles), click here!  

Mason Tope-Central Dav.-Loras and Mackenzie Yanek-PV-Alabama

Next Level Iowa Podcast For September 21, 2017: Mackenzie Yanek and Mason Tope

Mason Tope-Central Dav.-Loras and Mackenzie Yanek-PV-Alabama

Mason Tope-Central Dav.-Loras and Mackenzie Yanek-PV-Alabama

On this week’s edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with Mackenzie Yanek-Pleasent Valley about her comeback sophomore year as a member of the Crimson Tide of Alabama and we talk with Mason Tope-Davenport Central about his fabulous senior he is having with the Duhawks of Loras.

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

 

Sarah Hopkins, Head Women's Cross Country Coach at Minnesota
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Next level Iowa Podcast for September 12, 2017: Sarah Hopkins

Sarah Hopkins, Head Women's Cross Country Coach at Minnesota ©Golden Gopher Athletics

Sarah Hopkins, Head Women’s Cross Country Coach at Minnesota
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On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with the Minnesota Golden Gophers’ Head Women’s Cross Country Coach Sarah Hopkins.  We talk with Sarah about our Iowa rising stars on her team, Abby Kohut-Jackson-Ballard-Minnesota and Elyse Prescott-Urbandale-Minnesota.

We also talk rankings, results and whole lot more!  All this on this week’s edition of The Next Level Iowa Podcast!

Tyler Mulder-Joanna Topham

Next Level Iowa Podcast For September 7, 2017:Tyler Mulder and Joanna Topham

 

Joanna Topham-Griswald-Hawkeye Comm. © Jill Dahlstrom-2017

Joanna Topham-Griswald-Hawkeye Comm.
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Feature photo: Tyler Mulder-Unity Christian-UNI @Jill Dahlstrom, Joanna Topham-Griswold-Hawkeye Comm ©Mike Brynes

Finally!  We are back on the airwaves!  After a week of scrambling due to some moving and renovating of the Next Level Iowa Radio Studio, we are able to post our podcast with the help of the friendly folks at Simpson College!

On this week’s edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we catch up on some early xc results and we talk with first year, mens and women’s xc coach at Hawkeye Community College, Tyler Mulder and his #1 Women’s runner, not Rebekah Topham…but younger sister Joanna Topham!

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

Rebekah Topham-Griswold-Wichita St.
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Topham Repeats at JK Gold Classic Unattached

Rebekah Topham-Griswold-Wichita State  ©Jim Kirby

Rebekah Topham-Griswold-Wichita State
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The Wichita St. Shockers hosted the 69th Annual J.K. Gold Classic. The Shocker Women defeated Missouri State 23-34 to finish the dual meet 1-2. Missouri women won the classic finishing 3-0.

Courtesy Shocker Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Rebekah Topham-Griswold-Wichita St. ©Shocker Athletics
 

Shocker freshman Winny Koskei lead the team finishing seventh overall with a time of 14:17.5, finishing 14th was fellow freshman Rita Schnacker with a time of 14:32.4. Senior Jordan Maestas ran the 4K in 14:44.1 to finish 17th and freshman Yazmine Wright rounded out the top 20 with a time of 14:53.1.

Rebekah Topham, who was the 2015 and 2016 champion, was running unattached and finished first overall with a time of 13:39. 6.  Topham became the first three-time J.K. Gold Champion since Tjaart Van Niewwenhuizen won it in 87′, 88′ and 89′ on the men’s side.

Former Shocker Tonya Nero, who was the 2010 champion, finished the 4K in 13:42.1 to place second.

Wichita State is next in action Sept. 2 at the Missouri Southern Stampede in Joplin, Mo.

Leah Seivert-Sibley-Ocheyedan-Augustana
©Vikings Athletics

There is Good in Everything” by Leah Seivert’s

Leah Seivert-Sibley-Ocheyedan-Augustana ©Vikings Athletics

Leah Seivert-Sibley-Ocheyedan-Augustana
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Leah Seivert is a multiple state champion from of Sibley Ocheyedan High School, later  enrolled to attend and run at Augustana College. Since then Leah has had her share of successes and setbacks and has recently started a blog about her experiences in life and running called “Break Free and Live.”

Below, is an excerpt of Leah’s most recent post.  To read the entire article and the other posts from her “Break Free and Live” blog, click here! 

Feature photo: Leah Seivert-Sibley-Ocheyedan-Augustana
©Vikings Athletics

So my last post was very personal and VERY hard to post. If you didn’t get the chance to read it, check it out before continuing with this post.

This bible verse is what encouraged me to share my story. “You (Satan) intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” Genesis 50:20. What Satan thought would tear me down, God is revealing how I can use my experience to benefit others. The saying “Everything happens for a reason” rings true.