Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou battles Molly Huddle in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium 
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Next level Iowa Podcast For September 18, 2018: Karissa Schweizer

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou greats her fans in  in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium  ©Jim Kirby 2018

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou greats her fans in in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium
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Feature Photo: Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou battles Molly Huddle in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium ©Jim Kirby 2018

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with National Champion and now member of the Bowerman Track Club, Karissa Schweizer.  Karissa tells us what she has been up to since the NCAA’s and since turning pro.

We also cover last week’s cross country meets and look ahead to the big invitationals coming up! All this and more on this week’s Next Level Iowa Podcast!

Arkansas Men's Cross Country 2018
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Next Level Iowa Podcast for September 11, 2018: Sam Schillinger and Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy-Lin Mar-Arkansas ©Razorback Athletics 2018

Ryan Murphy-Lin Mar-Arkansas
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On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we welcome two teammates of the University of Arkansas, Sam Schillinger-Cedar Falls-Arkansas and Ryan Murphy-Lin Mar-Arkansas.  We talk with Sam and Ryan about being rivals back in high school and now being teammates for the Hogs of Arkansas.

We also talk about Jenny Simpson and Shelby Houlihan on their closing of this outdoor track season and we also discuss last weekend’s DIII and NAIA meets.

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

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Next Level Iowa Podcast September 4, 2018: Rachel Peters

Rachel Peters-PCM-Central ©Special to Next Level Iowa

Rachel Peters-PCM-Central
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Feature photo: Rachel Peters-PCM-Central©Special to Next Level Iowa

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with Central senior Rachel Peters-PCM-Central.  Rachel realized last season that she would undergo a career threatening surgery to remove a tumor, the size of a softball from her leg.  Rachel tells us of her long road back to running and her thoughts about not only being able to run again, but also able to race again.

Mike and I also talk about the early collegiate xc races this past weekend and look ahead to this week.  Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU and Jenny Simpson-Webster City-Colorado were also in action last week and we cover all the Diamond League action.

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

Joe Dunham-Central
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Next Level Iowa Podcast August 28, 2018: Joe Dunham

Mark Fairley-Dubuque-Central ©Jim Crawford 2018

Mark Fairley-Dubuque-Central
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On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with Head Cross Country and Associate Head Track Coach Joe Dunham about Mark Fairley’s-Dubuque Senior-Central and the upcoming season.

Feature photo: Joe Dunham-Central©Jim Kirby 2017

We also preview this weekend’s opening cross country meets featuring our Iowans and Iowa teams.  All this and more, on The Next Level Iowa Podcast!

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Next Level Iowa Podcast August 22, 2018: Amy Rudolph

Amy Rudolph-ISU ©Cyclones Athletics

Amy Rudolph-ISU
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On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with new Associate Women’s Head Track/Field and Cross Country Coach Amy Rudolph.  We also talk about the early cross country meets happening this week, involving our Iowans at all levels.

We also continue our discussion about Iowa high school athletes who qualified for the Drake Relays all four years of high school and then came the Drake Relays all four years while in college.  If you have suggestions of any of these athletes, let us know!   All this and more, on the Next Level iowa Podcast.

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Next Level Iowa Podcast August 10, 2018: Mike Jay’s Coaches Clinic

Coaches and trainers at Mike's Coaches Clinic ©Jim Kirby 2018

Coaches and trainers at Mike’s Coaches Clinic
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On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we reflect back on Mike’s Coaches Clinic that he held in his garage.  it was a great night with high school and college coach and trainers, all sharing their experiences, techniques and goals about the great sport of cross country!

We also talk about Mark Fairley-Dubuque-Central great international showing at the FISU American Games held in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  All this and more on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

 

Tim Oneil-Assumption (back row center) celebrates with New Balance Nationals winning 1600 medley team

Next Level Iowa Podcast July 31, 2018: Tim O’Neil

Tim O'Neil-Assumption along with other coaches celebrating a fourth state championship

Tim O’Neil-Assumption along with other coaches celebrating a fourth state championship

Feature photo: Tim Oneil-Assumption (back row center) celebrates with New Balance Nationals winning 1600 medley team

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with five time state champion coach from Assumption High School, Tim O’Neil.  Tim, is the newly elected president of the Iowa Association of Track Coaches and we talk with Tim about his reaction and vision of our sports of track, field and cross country.

All this and more on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

 

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Shelby Houlihan and Karissa Schweizer in Belgium

podfeatureOn this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast, we come to you from Belgium where we were on hand for the great 5K run By Shelby Houlihan and Karissa Schweizer. Mike looks back on an exciting week were our Iowa athletes performed all over the world and made us proud! We look ahead to all the track and field action coming up in the weeks ahead.

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

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Record Breaking Day For Houlihan and Schweizer in Belgium by Jim Kirby

ukraine2Heusden-Zolder, Belgium maybe an unlikely place to break the American 5K record, but that is exactly what happened last Saturday for Shelby Houlihan as she continues her dominating success in this 2018 outdoor season.

It was a beautiful Belgian night to try and take down the American 5k record of 14:38.92 set by Shannon Rowbury in 2016. The race unfolded predictably, as Houlihan accompanied by pace setters, Katrina Coogan and Bowerman teammate, Shalane Flanagan.

Houlihan and the pace group broke from the field within 200 meters. Coogan finished her evening, taking the lead group through the first 1400 meters and Flanagan took over from there. After helping set the pace through 3000 meters, Flanagan stepped off and Houlihan was left alone to chase the American record. With one lap to go Houlihan displayed the ferocious kick she is becoming famous for, eclipsing the old mark by more than four seconds in 14:34.45.

Houlihan said after “I have started realizing I can trust my kick whether it’s a long race, shorter race, fast or slow.”

Watching the race from the stands was The Bowerman Track Club Coach, Jerry Schumacher, who had plenty to be excited about this night. Coach Schumacher was all smiles, because not only did one of his athletes break an American Record, but he was able to watch the latest member of his Bowerman team, Karissa Schweizer, multi NCAA National Champion from Mizzou. Schweizer, had her own record breaking night, finishing third behind Molly Huddle in 15:02.44 setting another personal best in the 5K and breaking yet another Missouri school record.

Wrapping up her season, Schweizer is excited and relieved to be joining Houlihan and Flanagan in the Bowerman stables. After her race, wearing a new uniform Schweizer added, “Excited to finally announce that I have signed with Nike and the Bowerman Track Club! Can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

As for Houlihan, she described what is left for her in 2018, “I’m heading back to Portland for a week and then back up to altitude until the 1500m Diamond league final in Brussels. After that, my hope is to compete in the 1500 at the Continental cup and then shut my season down after that. I still have my sights set on that 1500 AR so I’m hoping one of those races will be fast enough to take a crack at that one.”

No doubt Shelby Houlihan will be writing her name in plenty of record books.

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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!