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

LOLO TIME!

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!

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A Final Word From Our Olympian Miranda Leek

Miranda Leek
Courtesy-Teresa Iaconi/USA

I proudly represented my country in the Olympic Games. Am I bringing home an Olympic medal? No, not this time. However, I shot my heart out in that stadium and gave all I had to offer. I did have success here, including shooting just 2 points under my personal best in the ranking round, shooting on a team that qualified 2nd here, winning my first individual match with some amazing shooting, and I continued to shoot the best that I could in my last match. Read more

Flogel 22nd Male at Bix-7

Des Moines – July 30, 2012

Jason Flogel was 23rd overall at the 38th Bix-7 (Davenport, July 28) running 36:35.  He was followed closely by Randy Bill in 29th at 37:01,Joe Aulwes in 49th at 37:57 and Chris Robertson in 60th at 38:26.  The race was held in 70 degrees temperatures.  Chris commented, “I would have liked a faster time, but there is still a long cross country season ahead with a lot of progress to be made.”

At the 4 Seasons Fest (Polk City, July 21) Martin Popp won the 5K in 16:40 followed by Brian Werner in 2nd at 16:44.  The 8K was won byJoe Aulwes in 26:36.  Brian had a good battle with Martin, jokingly said, “I trained for a 3 mile race unfortunately it was a 5k”.  Joe reflected, “This year I wanted to break the course record in the 8k (it’s a very hilly course). Fortunately I felt a lot stronger than last week at Midnight Madness. ”

Chris Robertson won the Solon Beef Days 5 (July 21) in 16:24.

Learn more about the team, visit the web site Runablaze.com

Correction: Danna Kelly was the second female at the Iowa Game Triathlon.

Olympic 10K Friday!

The USA Olympic 10K competitors (left to right) Lisa Uhl, Natosha Rogers and Amy Hastings

Lisa Uhl -Fort Dodge-ISU will be competing in the Olympic 10K.  It is the only track and field final of the day.

OLYMPIC TRACK AND FIELD STARTS FRIDAY!!!

We are one day away (Friday, August 3) from the start of Track and Field competition at the 2012 London Olympic Games!!  Two Iowans will be in competition Friday; AG Kruger and Lisa Koll Uhl.

Kruger, Sheldon/Morningside, will be in Group B of the Hammer Throw qualifying.  Here are the qualifying standards to make it to Sunday’s finals: The qualifying qualification standard is 78.00m or at least best 12 qualified.  Kruger’s seasons best is 79.20.  The qualifying round begins at 6:45 AM CT, Friday morning.

Koll/Uhl, Ft. Dodge/ISU, will be in starting position 9 in the 22 woman 10K field.  The 10K is run as a final only.  The 10K has a history of being dominated by athletes from the African countries and this year should be no different.  A top 10 finish by any one of our American entries would be huge.  The 10K final will run at 3:25 PM CT Friday afternoon.

This is the Olympic Games track and field schedule.  All times listed are EASTERN time zone.  CLICK HERE!