©Mike Byrnes 2017

High School Indoor Track Meet Schedule

©Mike Byrnes 2017

©Mike Byrnes 2017

Feature photo:©Mike Byrnes 2017
  • TUESDAY 2/26/19. CO-ED. WARTBURG COLLEGE,   WAVERLY
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  • TUESDAY 3/5/18. CO-ED. WARTBURG COLLEGE, WAVERLY
    Contact: philip.spitzer@wartburg.edu

 

 

 

 

  • TUESDAY 3/12/19. CO-ED. WARTBURG COLLEGE, WAVERLY
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Sydney Milani-SE Polk-ISU
©Mike Byrnes 2018

Next Level Iowa Podcast For December 14, 2018: Payton Wensel and Sydney Milani

Payton Wensel-Linn-Mar-Iowa ©Mike Byrnes 2018

Payton Wensel-Linn-Mar-Iowa
©Mike Byrnes 2018

Feature photo: Sydney Milani ©Mike Byrnes 2018

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast, we talk with Payton Wensel-Lin Mar-Iowa and Sydney Milani-SE Polk-ISU about their first collegiate meets.

 

We also look back at the kick off indoor meet for the Hawkeyes, featuring many of our former Iowa high school athletes.  We also check in at the Central and Dubuque opening meets and talk about how the season might unfold for our Iowa athletes.  All this and more, on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

 

 

Brogan Austin-Boone-Drake (center) with Steve and Nancy Bobenhouse of Fitness Sports.
©Doug Wells 2018

Next Level Iowa Podcast For December 5, 2018: Brogan Austin

Brogan Austin-Boone-Drake ©Doug Wells 2018

Brogan Austin-Boone-Drake
©Doug Wells 2018

Feature photo: Brogan Austin-Boone-Drake (center) with Steve and Nancy Bobenhouse of Fitness Sports ©Doug Wells 2018

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with new USATF Marathon National Champion, Brogan Austin-Boone-Drake.  Brogan talks about his championship race and how he has got to this elite position in the marathon.

We also cover the Division II Cross Country Nationals and talk about Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU and Carolyn Hill from Drake about their big national awards.   All this and more on the Next Level Iowa Podcast.

@Dominic Urbano 2013

Next Level Iowa Podcast For November 23, 2018: Natty’s Wrap

 

2018-10-28_23-33-10On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast, we look back on the National Championships that took place last week for NAIA, D1 and D3.  We also look ahead to the D2 National Championships coming up December 1.

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

@Dominic Urbano 2013

Next Level Iowa Podcast For November 15, 2018: Nationals Prep

ISU Women's Cross Country 2018 ©Des Moines Register 2018

ISU Women’s Cross Country 2018
©Des Moines Register 2018

Feature photo:@Dominic Urbano 2013

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we look at the results from the National Junior College Championships and look ahead to the regionals for DII and it’s Nationals Week for NAIA, DI and DIII!

We talk about all our Iowans and Iowa teams competing this week on this week’s Next Level Iowa Podcast!

1985 ISU Women's Cross Country Team
©Cyclones Athletics

Memory of the 1985 ISU XC Team: Tami Prescott

Tami Prescott-ISU along with Jim Kirby

Tami Prescott-ISU along with Jim Kirby

Every year around this time, members of the ISU family pause to remember the events surrounding the 1985 NCAA National Cross Country Championships.  What should have been a time of joy, success and love, turned into a tragic day that shocked anyone connected with collegiate cross country and the Cyclone Community. It was a day when we lost so much.

Feature photo:1985 ISU Women’s Cross Country Team©Cyclones Athletics

 

A small tribute marks the site of the plane crash of one of the planes carrying some of the 1985 ISU Cross Country Team ©Jim Kirby 2017

A small tribute marks the site of the plane crash of one of the planes carrying some of the 1985 ISU Cross Country Team
©Jim Kirby 2017

In 2016, Next Level Iowa sat down with Tami Prescott, a member of that 1985 team, and we talked about the people and the events of that tragic day. Here is that interview with Tami Prescott recorded November 20, 2015

(interview begins at 1:00 in)

 

©Jim Kirby-2014

Next Level Iowa Podcast For November 8, 2018: Mike Byrnes

Mike with some of the athletes he's photographed, Megan Durbin-Greene County-ISU, Keri Siebrecht-Sheldon, Jessica Feldman-Harlan-USD. Audrey Miller-Loras, Jenny (Hosack) Hamilton- Harlan-AHSTW  ©Jim Kirby 2018

Mike with some of the athletes he’s photographed, Megan Durbin-Greene County-ISU, Keri Siebrecht-Sheldon, Jessica Feldman-Harlan-USD. Audrey Miller-Loras, Jenny (Hosack) Hamilton- Harlan-AHSTW
©Jim Kirby 2018

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we look toward the regional cross country meets for Division 1 and 3 as well as NAIA and the Junior Colleges.

We explore the world of track photography through the eyes of Next Level Iowa photographer Mike Byrnes who currently has a photo exhibit on the campus of Grand View University, featuring his best track photos of athletes like Shelby Houlihan, Jenny Simpson and many more.

All this and more on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

Mike with some of the athletes he's photographed, Megan Durbin-Greene County-ISU, Keri Siebrecht-Sheldon, Jessica Feldman-Harlan-USD. Audrey Miller-Loras, Jenny (Hosack) Hamilton- Harlan-AHSTW 
©Jim Kirby 2018

Photographer, Mike Byrnes Displays His Track Photos

Keri Siebrecht-Sheldon and Mike Byrnes ©Jim Kirby 2018

Keri Siebrecht-Sheldon and Mike Byrnes
©Jim Kirby 2018

Mike Byrnes is a photographer who has a long history of shooting sports of all kinds and all levels.  Mike, has been a great supporter and help for Next Level Iowa.  Recently, Mike and Doug Wells of Grand View College (another great supporter and contributor of NLI) teamed up to exhibit some of Mike’s best photos in track and field.

Below is Mike’s description of exhibit and the origin of the idea.

Feature photo: Mike Byrnes and the some of the athletes in the exhibit ©Jim Kirby 2018
Grand View Photography Professor Doug Wells asked that I exhibit in the gallery a year ago, and helped me assemble the show over the past few months. He asked that I use a very small number of very large prints, each of which is accompanied by a short story about the image/athlete. It was never intended to be an “all track & field” show, but with Doug’s encouragement, it simply turned out that way. The promo piece the Grand View staff did for me includes this dialog:

EYES are Everything (except when they’re not)

Great sports images capture emotions, often through expressive eyes. Some would say “eyes are everything,” but they don’t always tell the whole story!

The thirteen images in this set depict an array of emotions…grit, jubilation, pain, concentration, drama, trust and disappointment. They also highlight the strength, speed, grace, perfection and outright toughness of track and field athletes. For those of you who are legitimate track junkies the show includes throwers, jumpers, wheelchair racers, sprinters, hurdlers, vaulters and distance runners…from High School and Drake Relays Champions to World Champions, Olympic and Paralympic medalists.

I was able to communicate either directly or indirectly with several of these athletes, which was very rewarding in it’s own right. The common thread bonding all of their stories is humility, and the passing of praise up to Faith, family, coaches and teammates. Some of the stories are the stuff movies are made of!
 
The gallery is on the Grand View campus, at the east end of the skywalk over East 14th street.

Those included in the exhibit’s photos

  • Colette Gnade, Shelby Houlihan, Katie Flood & Ellen Dougherty
  • Karmen Nyberg (Augustana, SD)
  • Megan Durbin
  • Jenny Simpson
  • David Brown/Jerome Avery
  • wheelchair athlete)
  • Audrey Miller (Loras)
  • Jessica Ramsey
  • Ashley Spencer
  • Makiah Hunt (USD)
  • Cheri (Becerra) Madsen
  • Vashti Cunningham
  • Shelby Houlihan
Iowa Women Cross Country 2018
©Darren Miller Hawkeyesports.com

Next Level Iowa Podcast November 1, 2018: Randy Hasenbank

Randy Hasenbank-Iowa ©Hawkeye Athletics-2016

Randy Hasenbank-Iowa
©Hawkeye Athletics-2016

Feature photo: Iowa Women Cross Country 2018©Darren Miller Hawkeyesports.com

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with the Iowa Hawkeyes Head Cross Country Coach Randy Hasenbank about last week’s Big Ten Conference Meet and all the Iowans that are propelling the Hawkeyes.

Mike and I also review all of last week’s conference meets and our Iowans who competed.  We also look back on one of the most beautiful days for the Iowa High School State Cross Country Meet in Fort Dodge last weekend.

All this and more on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

Ryan Schweizer-Dowling-Notre Dame
©Jim Kirby

Next Level Iowa Podcast for October 25, 2018: Ryan Schweizer

Ryan Schweizer-Dowling-Notre Dame ©Fighting Irish Athletics 2018

Ryan Schweizer-Dowling-Notre Dame
©Fighting Irish Athletics 2018

Feature photo: Ryan Schweizer-Dowling-Notre Dame©Jim Kirby

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with State Champion from Dowling Catholic and now a member of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Ryan Schweizer.  Ryan, is on the comeback trail after enduring some frustrating injuries.  We talk with Ryan about his upcoming track season and his goals for the future.

Tragically we also talk about the death of the University of Utah’s Track Athlete Lauren McCluskey. Coach Kyle Kepler-Webster City-UNI is the coach at Utah and we send our prayers and best wishes to Kep and also Trina Moreno-Urbandale-Utah who is also a member of Lauren’s team.

We look ahead to the conference meets coming up as well!  All this and more, on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!