Ashley Miller to Race in Falmouth!

Ashley Miller anchors the distance medley relay for Nebraska

Now back in the states, Ashley Miller resumes her pro career and is traveling to Massachusetts to take part in the famous Falmouth Mile, a part of the big Falmouth Road Race and festivities.  For information and results of the Falmouth Road Race CLICK HERE!

A Recovery Run: Good Friday and Easter Sunday

When I look back at my involvement in running I’ve come to the conclusion that in life, more things have to do with running than do not.  In running, I have found a good teacher, a good friend, a mentor, an honest critic and a benevolent judge.

In running I have also found a great symbol and guide for life.  In my running I have found out what my strengths are; what my gifts are and what my abilities are.  I have found the things that motivate me and inspire me to push beyond what I thought was possible.  At the same time running has humbled me.  Running has shown me what my weaknesses are, what limits me; what holds me back and what makes me quit.

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Three Days Left in Olympic Track and Field

The 2012 Olympic Games are down to 3 full days of competition and the men’s marathon on Sunday.   Our four Iowans, Kruger, Jones, Uhl and Simpson are no longer alive in the competition but they gave us some memorable moments and reason to look ahead to Rio DeJaneiro in 2016.
This afternoon will be awesome with the Men’s 800M final, Women’s 4×100 heats, Men’s 200M final, Women’s Javelin final and the final event of the Decathlon, the 1500M.
Tomorrow we will have the Men’s Pole Vault, Women’s Hammer Throw, Women’s 5k, Women’s 4×100, Women’s 1500M and Men’s 4×400.
Saturday will be the Women’s HJ, Men’s javelin, Men’s 5k, Women’s 800, Women’s 4×4 and Men’s 4×100.
The 2012 Games will wrap up Sunday with the Men’s Marathon.

Drake’s Mike Mahon Does the Numbers Drake Relay Alums and Olympians

 Former Drake sports information director Mike Mahon takes a look at the Drake Relays connections to the 2012 Olympics. Mahon served as press officer for  Team USA track and field teams at the 1992, 1996 and 2004 Olympics.

DES MOINES, IOWA — With 113 Drake Relays alumni competing, track and field fans across the Midwest have a vested interested in the sport during its 10-day run in the Summer Olympics in London, England. Read more

M.J. on Lolo

There seems to be so much being said, in a negative tone, about what Lolo Jones did or did not accomplish in London.  The media made her a “darling”, they put her on a pedestal.  Everyone wanted some of her time.  Then when she doesn’t win the gold, against the toughest Olympic field EVER, people are so quick to turn on her.
She has done so much for our sport over the last 4 years.  She has put our sport in “prime time”.  More people have paid attention to track and field than ever before because of Lolo!  Lolo Jones!  A native Iowan.  One of our own.  I hope, win or lose, we Iowans will not turn on our own.  I hope that we will be thankful and proud of what this lady did for Track and Field and the state of Iowa.
Check out this interview. Very well done by NBC CLICK HERE

Coach Roberts to Lindenwood

Former Iowa State assistant and Muscatine native Scott Roberts takes over as Track and Field and Cross Country coach at Division 2 Lindenwood in St. Charles, Missouri.
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We Love LOLO!

Despite what the New York Times says and all of the shrill voices of those nay sayers who have never left their couch without breaking a sweat, The Next Level Iowa LOVES LOLO and how she goes about her business.  Lolo always has been a model of grace and a great example for young girls.  Even as she was trying to somehow get a workout in during the Drake Relays, Lolo made time after for her adoring fans such as Grace Gibbons and Karissa Schweizer. Read more


Des Moines Roosevelt and LSU alum Lolo Jones opened her run at Olympic redemption during Monday’s qualifying action at the Olympic Stadium as she dominated the sixth and final prelim heat of the women’s 100-meter hurdles while running a 2012 seasonal best of 12.68 seconds to advance to the semifinal round. Jones, who lined up in Monday’s qualifier with a seasonal best of 12.74 set in the weeks leading up to her Olympics appearance, clocked the second-fastest time of the round while finishing well clear of Canadian Phylicia George in second place in the sixth heat with her opening run of 12.83. Jones advanced to Tuesday’s semifinal round as the second-fastest qualifier behind only the winning time of 12.57 by Australia’s reigning World champion Sally Pearson in the fifth qualifying heat.
“It was a comfortable race. I felt really good,” Jones said to members of the media following her qualifier. “I just felt really good today. I’m ready to go on to the next round. I’m ready to make everyone proud. It’s exciting. I’m going to do my best and fight for gold, but I don’t ever bet on the hurdles.”
After Alina Talay of Belarus won the first heat in 12.71 and Beate Schrott of Austria took the second heat in 13.09, Kellie Wells of the United States claimed the third heat in 12.69 and Nevin Yanit of Turkey won the fourth heat in 12.70 to lead Monday’s qualifiers in the 100-meter hurdles. American Dawn Harper, the reigning Olympic champion, clocked 12.75 to finish runner-up to Yanit in the fourth prelim heat. Jones will step onto the track in the second of three semifinal heats on Tuesday afternoon at 1:15 p.m. CT, while eight finalists will then run for the gold medal later in the day at 3 p.m. Jones, a member of LSU’s star-studded Class of 2004, is running for redemption from her disappointment in Beijing four years ago when she saw the Olympic gold medal slip away with her stumble over the ninth hurdle. Despite leading the race through eight hurdles, Jones slipped into a seventh-place finish with what proved to be a devastating end to her first career Olympic final.

Olympic Marathon

Diane Nikuri Johnson competes in the Olympic Marathon
Photo courtesy Layne Anderson

Diane Nukuri Johnson, originally from Burundi, ran track for Coach Layne Anderson at the University Iowa  finished 31st in today’s Women’s Olympic Marathon in a time of 2:30.13.  Diane spent much of her post collegiate time training in Iowa City along side Betsy Flood and the other Iowa Women.  This past June Diane won the Dam to Dam 20k, shattering the course record.  Diane is a beautiful and dignified lady who has been such a great leader and example for many.  Her time today set a all time women’s record in her Native country of Burundi.  Congratulations Diane

Leaders 2012 Women’s Olympic Marathon
Photo courtesy – Stu Forster/Getty Images

Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia (2L) competes during the Women’s Marathon on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) 2012 Getty

Uhl Sets PR in Olympic 10K

Lisa Koll Uhl runs 31.12.80 and finishes 13th in the Olympic 10K. It was a PR for Lisa! The Americans went 11,12 and 13!We are proud of you!