Where in the World is MIRANDA LEEKS?

Olympic fans could get their chance Monday to meet members of the U.S. Olympic Archery Team as the team departs for London.
A pre-departure gate event hosted by United Airlines will be held at Terminal 1 of O’Hare International Airport at 1:45 p.m., just before the team boards the flight from Chicago to compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The team will carry a special “Raise Our Flag” American flag, an emblem funded by Team USA fans that supports U.S. athletes’ housing, training and equipment costs.

Local U.S. Olympic Archery alternate Heather Koehl, of Sheboygan Falls, Wis., also will compete if needed at the Games. It is not clear whether she will join the team on the flight to London.
Last week Anna Li celebrated her journey to the London Olympic Games in a sendoff celebration organized by her hometown in Aurora.
This week marks the sendoff of many Olympic Team USA members.
The London 2012 Olympic Games begin July 27.
 Source: NBC-Chicago

Kristy takes her 6th Midnight Madness 5k crown

Des Moines – July 16, 2012

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Kristy Feldman won her 6th Midnight Madness 5K (Ames, July 14) in 17:53.  Her victories stretch back to 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009 and last year.  She edge out Catie Ellingson by 5 seconds for the victory.  Casey Owens a former 5K and 10K winner was 4th in 19:11.  Joe Aulwes taking some time off the past 6 weeks to recover from nagging injuries was 5th male in 16:19, he won the 5K in 2010.

In the Midnight Madness 10K Ellen Ries was 3rd in 36:18 and Traci Kresser was 5th in 36:48.  Chris Robertson was 14th in 34:03.  The races were held in traditional hot humid weather, the 5K starting at 7:30pm and 10K a hour later.  The 41 years of the race have featured almost every distance except a half-marathon.  The current distances have been the standard since 1987 when the 20K was dropped.  A combined 15 has been run the past 3 years, adding the times of the two races of the evening.

Erin Moeller took first overall at the Mt Vernon Heritage Days 5k (July 14) in 17:59.  Marie Schofer was 5th overall in 19:06.  Both runners call Mt Vernon home.

Rob Duncan has been recovering from IT band surgery, but is training for a fall marathon.  He ran a 26 miler on Saturday followed by the Iowa Games Triathlon on Sunday (July 8), finishing 12th male.  Danna Kelly was the first female.

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The World Jr. Championships have finished and for a final wrap up from USATF CLICK HERE!

LOLO in Lignano!

Lolo Jones takes time for two of her fans. Photo-Kirby

After being denied a chance to run in London’s Diamond League meet over the weekend, Lolo Jones, DM Roosevelt/LSU, will also take the track in Lignano, Italy, Tuesday.  Jones, made her 2nd Olympic team with a 3rd place finish at the Trials and has become a media darling and crowd favorite after her heartbreaking mishap while leading the 100H finals in Bejing.  For start lists CLICK HERE!

TYLER MULDER: update

Tyler Mulder, former Unity Christian state champion and UNI NCAA Champion is also a native Iowan who is competing overseas.  Mulder will be running the 800M in Lignano, Italy tomorrow.  Mulder is one of America’s best, “but getting caught up in tracffic” with 150M to go at the trials, and ending up with a 5th place finish kept him from an Olympic Team berth and a trip to London.
The 800M field in Lignano is loaded with some of the top half milers in the USA.
Joining Mulder in the firld are:
  • Charles Jock, NCAA Outdoor Champion, 8th at the Trials.
  • Mark Wieczorek, 7th at the Trials, 3rd USA Indoor Championships
  • Ryan Martin, 4th at NCAA Outdoor and 4th at the Trials
  • Elijah Greer, 6th at the Trials, 3rd at NCAA Outdoor
For complete meet start lists and info CLICK HERE!

Team USA’s Junior Squad Closes Book on a Highly Successful World Championship

July 15, 2012

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BARCELONA, Spain – The 1992 U.S. Olympic Team was heralded as one of the best American squads of all-time with 32 medals in tow from a memorable time in Barcelona. The 2012 U.S. team that competed in Barcelona at the IAAF World Junior Championships will go into the history books as one of the best American squads under the age of 20. With 20 medals, and an all-time record 188 points, the junior team captured some magic that was left from the Olympic team of 20 years ago. Read more

Future Olympians in Action

Future Olympians have been taking part in the World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain since July 10.  Catch up on the fantastic results and get familiar with some of the names you will be hearing more of in the future, at “World Junior Championships Central” CLICK HERE!

Ashley Miller in Belgium

Ashley Miller races in her 2nd 1500M on her European circuit debut and continues to impress with her 3rd place finish at the Flanders Cup in Belgium today. Miller was victorious over, among others, Shelia Reid, Villanova, NCAA XC Champ and NCAA 1500 and 5K champ in 2011. Reid just recently was named to the Canadian Olympic team. Also finishing behind the Tipton/Nebraska standout was Molly Huddle who will represent the USA in London in the 5k.

1 7 9917 MACKEY KATIE USA 4:11.85
2 6 9910 INFELD EMILY USA 4:12.13
3 18 9930 MILLER ASHLEY USA 4:13.12
4 5 9927 SMIT ANGELA NZL 4:13.72
5 4 9915 SCHAPPERT NICOLE USA 4:13.91
6 14 9911 TOMLIN RENEE USA 4:14.15
7 1 9909 CONLEY KIM USA 4:14.70
8 3 9916 REID SHEILA CAN 4:15.62
9 2 9912 HUDDLE MOLLY USA 4:17.30
10 17 9914 MALOY ELIZABETH USA 4:17.70
11 10 9906 MCNEICE KELLY IRL 4:18.49
12 8 9800 MANDERS MARLIES NED 4:18.95
13 12 9925 JINNOUCHI AYAKO JPN 4:19.13
14 11 9895 VAN MIERT LESLEY NED 4:19.47

5 Good Minutes With Our Very Own A.G. Kruger

AG Kruger, a Sheldon, Iowa native and former Morningside All American, has qualified for his 3rd US Olympic Team in the Hammer Throw.  Kruger was the 3A runner-up in the discus at the 1997 state meet with a best throw of 155-5.

While at Morningside, Kruger was a hammer, weight throw and discus thower as well as the starting tight end for the Mustangs football team.  He was a five-time NCAA Division II All American in the throws.  As a senior, Kruger was the 2001 NCAA D-2 National Champion in the hammer and was named the D-2 Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year.  Kruger was a four-time North Central Conference champion as well, in the throws. Read more

More info on this weekend’s European meets:

Ashley Miller anchors the distance medley relay for Nebraska

Ashley Miller, Tipton/Nebraska will be running the 1500M at the Flanders Cup in Kortrijk, Belgium on July 14. This meet is loaded with talent and the 1500M is no exception.  Miller will be competing against the likes of: Gabrielle Anderson, Katie Mackey, Sheila Reed, Molly Huddle and Emily Infeld.

For complete info on the meet CLICK HERE!