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.


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!


More Academic Honors for the University of Iowa!

The University of Iowa women’s track and field team has been named an all-academic team by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for the eighth consecutive season. The Hawkeyes combined for a team grade point average of 3.18 through the 2012 indoor and outdoor seasons.

To qualify for this distinction, a team must have a 3.00-cumulative GPA at the end of the NCAA championship season. Iowa was one of nine Big Ten schools to make the list comprised of 171 Division I women’s track and field teams.

The USTFCCCA also named 13 Hawkeye student-athletes, including a school record nine women, to the Division I All-Academic Track & Field team. Brooke Eilers, Betsy Flood, Dowling Catholic, Jackie Laesch, Kevin Lewis, Ottumwa, McKenzie Melander, Megan Ranegar, Keaton Rickels, Iowa Falls/Alden, Victoria Sack, Mareike Schrulle, Hannah Simonson, Jefferson-Scranton, Annemie Smith, Erik Sowinski and Ben Stancombe were among the more than 1,000 Division I student-athletes to earn the honor.

More Ink For AG Kruger

Courtesy Getty Images Europe

Another good story on Iowa Olympian, AG Kruger, via the Sioux City Journal. CLICK HERE!

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.

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Miranda Leek
Courtesy-Teresa Iaconi/USA

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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