Olympic Track and Field-“Coming to ya!”

Track and Field at the Olympic Games starts this week!!  The “real” events begin Friday August 3.   Two of our native Iowans will begin their quest for gold on Friday.  AG Kruger will be in the Hammer Throw qualifying round and Lisa Koll Uhl will be in the 10k final.
IAAF has a great website with event previews, schedule, photos etc.  CLICK HERE!

BIX 7: A Nice Break From the Track

One of the largest road races in America was held today in Davenport, Iowa.  The Quad City Times Bix 7 had over 10,000 finishers and many of the top place winners were former Iowa preps.   Just a few those who did extremely well in the inviting conditions were:

Name, High School, College, Overall Place and Time:

  • Kevin Lewis, Ottumwa/Iowa, 20th, 36:10
  • Charlie Paul, Pleasant Valley/ISU, 21st, 36:12
  • Jason Flogel, Bellevue/Loras, 23rd, 36:55
  • Ben Witt, Burlington/Iowa, 27th, 36:51
  • Cody Manchester, Mason City/NIACC, 28th, 36:58
  • Tom Ries, IC Regina, 30th, 37:01
  • JT McCarthy, Burlington/Missouri, 33rd, 37:16
  • Ben Loyd, Davenport Central, 34th, 37:16
  • Jake Berns, MFL-Mar-MAC, 43rd, 37:48
  • Michelle Lillenthal Frey, IC High/Wisconsin, 80th, 39:18
  • Alana Enabnit, Clear Lake/Wartburg, 124th, 40:54
  • Morgan Casey, NE Goose Lake/ISU, 190th, 43:11

Ashley Miller Ends Her Pro Rookie Year

Ashley Miller, Tipton/Nebraska, wraps up her fist European tour as a professional by finishing 5th in the 800M in Gent, Belgium.  Lemlem Bereket of Canada was the winner in 2:03.23.  The USA, led by Erica Moores 2nd place finish in 2:03.26 finished 2-5.
Ashley Miller’s senior year at Nebraska was a whirlwind.  Big 10 champion, indoors and out.  Indoor All American.  Olympic Trials semi finalist.  First place in her professional debut. Now the former Tipton prep garners yet another honor!  CLICK HERE!
Ashley will return to Austin, Texas, July 20, to continue training.

Urbandale’s Young and Welch-Running Wild in Junior Olympics!

Mary Young, Urbandale and Destini Welch, DM Roosevelt, qualified to today’s semi-finals in the 100H at the Junior Olympics in Baltimore, Marlyand, but neither will advance to the finals.  Young ran 15.51 to finish 20th in the Intermediate Girls division.  While Welch’s 14.99 placed her 23rd in the Young Women’s category.

Miranda Leek Update: By Teresa Ianconi

Miranda Leek
Courtesy-Teresa Iaconi/USA

London, United Kingdom – An estimated 500 reporters lining a field 70 meters deep, coupled with lots of hype around the first arrows shot in the 2012 Olympic Games, didn’t seem to rattle the members of the U.S. Olympic Archery Team: both the women’s and men’s teams clinched byes into the quarterfinals of their respective team events. Read more

Corey Leonhard: “An Olympic World Champion Now Giving Something Back”

Corey Leonhard, 37 years old, loves sports of all kinds, loves NASCAR, loves the Columbus Wildcats, loves the Special Olympics and is a Three time World Champion in track and field.

This story is not all about the medals and ribbons Corey won over the years or his trips to China and Ireland to compete in the World Championships.  No, it is about a man who appreciates every opportunity he was ever granted and how he is giving back. Read more

Former Iowa State Olympian elected vice president of IOC

Nawal El Moutawakel of Morocco and Britain’s Craig Reedie have been elected vice presidents of the International Olympic Committee. Both members were elected unopposed Thursday to fill two vacancies, moving up from their regular positions on the 15 member executive board. El Moutawakel, who studied at Iowa State, received 81 votes in favor and 10 against. Reedie received 85 in favor, and four against. El Moutawakel, who four years ago became the first female from a Muslim nation voted onto the executive board, now becomes the first to reach the vice presidency. She was the first woman from a predominantly Muslim nation to win an Olympic medal when she took gold in the 400-meter hurdles at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.  Nawal was a 4 time Big 8 champion for the Cyclones and capped her collegiate career by winning the 1984 NCAA title.

More Academic Honors for Native Iowans

Linfield’s Catherine Street, Mount Union’s Aubree Jones, and Wartburg’s Laura Sigmund, South Hamilton and Alana Enabnit, Clear Lake were named as Scholar Athletes of the Year in Division III for the 2012 women’s track & field seasons by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The group represents collegiate track & field’s best in both athletics and academics. In addition, 340 student-athletes were tapped as USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees.

Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards are determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest in individual events at the most recent NCAA Championships. Those who earn multiple individual championship titles rank higher in the tie-breaking process, and cumulative GPA is weighed as the final tiebreaker to establish a winner. Separate awards are given to track athletes and field athletes for the indoor and outdoor seasons, resulting in four categories.

Indoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year –
Laura Sigmund, Wartburg

Sigmund, a native of Stanhope, was the indoor NCAA champion in the 5000 meters and holds a cumulative GPA of 3.93. Sigmund also anchored Wartburg’s DMR to a third-place showing at the national championships.

Indoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year –
Catherine Street, Linfield

Street won the NCAA indoor title in the pole vault and carries a cumulative GPA of 3.66. The native of Wilsonville, Ore., went on to win USTFCCCA National Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year honors as she claimed the outdoor pole vault national crown as well.

Outdoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year –
Alana Enabnit, Wartburg

A native of Clear Lake, Enabnit has a cumulative GPA of 3.92 through the spring semester. She was the NCAA champ in the 5000 and 10,000 meters this May at the national outdoor championships.

Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year –
Aubree Jones, Mount Union

Jones, a native of Falconer, N.Y., was the NCAA’s discus champion this spring and maintains a 3.67 cumulative GPA.


“Let the Games Begin!”

Getting Excited!!!!!

Miranda Leek and our USA Archer team set to get their Olympics ON, tomorrow morning (CST) 7am!!!!  For full internet coverage CLICK HERE!

Good Luck Miranda and Team USA!

Huskers Named to USTFCCCA All-Academic Lists

Lincoln- The Nebraska track and field team once again set the academic standard in its sport as they produced the most USTFCCCA All-Academic women’s selections in 2012. Head Coach Gary Pepin’s women’s squad produced 15 honorees, while the Husker men posted eight selections. The women’s team has now led the nation the past four seasons after producing 19 honorees in 2011, 18 in 2010 and 19 in 2009.

Ashley Miller, Tipton, who was the 2012 Nebraska Female Student-Athlete of the Year, led the way for the Huskers and was joined by fellow seniors Breanna Bussel, Blaire Dinsdale, North Tama, Erica Hamik, Cami Jiskra, Jade Siegel and Victoria Zimmerman. BYU matched Nebraska with 15 selections, while Oregon and Minnesota followed with 14. Florida State and Arkansas rounded out the top-five teams with 11. The Big Ten managed a national-best 81 selections, while the Big 12 had 76 and the Pac-12 followed with 66.

The men were led by 2012 Nebraska Male Student-Athlete of the Year Tyler Hitchler. A CoSIDA Academic All-American, Hitchler was joined on the USTFCCCA list by fellow academic All-Americans Bjorn Barrefors and Nate Polacek. BYU led the country with 16 named to the All-Academic Team, followed by Minnesota (11), Stanford (10) and Duke (9). The Big Ten Conference was the leading league with 47 named to the list. The Big 12 (45) and the ACC (42) were next in the tally.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided byTFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).

In addition, both the men’s and women’s squads were named All-Academic scholar teams. The women’s team was one of 171 teams, while the men were one of 85 earning the distinction as a result of a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better.

Women’s Award Winners
Breanna Bussel
Marusa Cernjul
Blaire Dinsdale
Mara Griva
Veronica Grizzle
Ellie Grooters
Erica Hamik
Cami Jiskra
Anne Martin
Ashley Miller
Jade Siegel
Jordan Stiens
Katie White
Morgan Wilken
Victoria Zimmerman

Men’s Award Winners
Bjorn Barrefors
Tyler Hitchler
Scott Jorgenson
Luke Pinkelman
Nate Polacek
Patrick Raedler
Teran Walford
John Welk