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
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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
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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.

Dan O'Brien-World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist
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Next Level Iowa Podcast For August 22, 2017: World and Olympic Champion Dan O’Brien

Dan O'Brien-World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist ©special to Next Level Iowa

Dan O’Brien-World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist
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On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast, we talk with World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist in the decathlon, Dan O’Brien.  Dan’s epic story of disappointment and redemption on the world stage is one of heroism and courage.  Dan joins us and shares his story and insights on today’s athlete, the state of track and field and our Iowans who excel in the multis.

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

Jamie (Elbert) Busby-Indianola-Simpson competes with Betsy Flood-Dowling-Iowa and Katie Flood-Dowling-Washington
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Next Level Iowa Podcast For August 15, 2017: Jamie (Elbert) Busby-Indianola-Simpson

 

Jamie Elbert-Indianola-Simpson ©Jim Kirby-2008

Jamie Elbert-Indianola-Simpson
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Feature photo: Jamie (Elbert) Busby-Indianola-Simpson competes with Betsy Flood-Dowling-Iowa and Katie Flood-Dowling-Washington©Jim Kirby-2008

On this edition of The Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with former Indianola High School great and Simpson College Grad. Jamie (Elbert) Busby. Jamie is now entering into a coaching career as the Simpson Mens and Women’s Asst. Cross Country Coach.

We talk with Jamie about her days of running with the greatest high school/college female runners in the history of Iowa track, not to mention the best in the country. Jamie, while at Indianola ran with Shelby Houlihan, The Flood sisters, the Dinsdale twins, Colette Gnade, Ellen Daugherty and Olivia Johnson. We also talk with Jamie about her transition to Coaching at the D3 level at Simpson.

Mike and I also talk about the World Championships, the performances of our Drake Relays alums, good bye to Usain Bolt and much much more!

Take a listen to this week’s Next Level Iowa Podcast!

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Next Level Iowa Podcast For August 9, 2017: Josh Hildebrand New XC Coach at Liberty High School

Josh Hildebrand-Decorah-Luther ©Iowa Press-Citizen

Josh Hildebrand-Decorah-Luther
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On this week’s edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk about the World Championships that are going on this week in London, featuring our Iowans.

We also talk with newly named boys cross country coach Josh Hildebrand, who takes over at the new Liberty High School in the Iowa City Area.

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

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU
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Next Level Iowa Podcast For August 1, 2017: Shelby Houlihan

Alex Gouchenour-Logan Magnolia-Arkansas and Kurtis Brondyke-Clinton-Central ©Jim Kirby

Alex Gouchenour-Logan Magnolia-Arkansas and Kurtis Brondyke-Clinton-Central
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On this week’s edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with Olympian Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU (and huge Harry Potter fan!)  as she prepares for the World Championship coming up later this month.

We also talk about how Kurtis Brondyke and Alex Gochenour fared in Germany’s Thorpe Cup last week.

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

Brandan Mortensen-UNI, Daniel Gooris-UNI and Ben Lindaman-WDM Valley-UNI
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Next Level Iowa Podcast For July 23, 2017: Ben Lindaman

 

Ben Lindaman-WDM Valley-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Ben Lindaman-WDM Valley-UNI
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On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk MULTIS! with Ben Lindaman-WDM Valley-UNI and about the possibilities for our Iowans competing in the Thorpe Cup coming up in Germany this coming week.

Feature Photo: Brandan Mortensen-UNI, Daniel Gooris-UNI and Ben Lindaman-WDM Valley-UNI ©Jim Kirby

We also talk about our pros, Shelby Houlihan, Erik Sowinski, Alex Wilson and many more on this week’s next Level Iowa Podcast!

 

UNI Women
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Next Level Iowa Podcast For July 18, 2017: UNI Coach Dave Paulsen

 

Coach Dave Paulsen ©Panthers Athletics

Coach Dave Paulsen
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On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with UNI Panthers’ Head Coach Dave Paulsen.  We also get caught up on all of our Iowans competing professionally and overseas.

Feature Photo: 2016 UNI Women’s MVC Championship Team ©Panthers Athletics

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