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; 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


Miranda Leek Update: “Another Great Day in London”

Another great day in London! Today started out with a press conference, which I’m told I handled pretty well, so that’s definitely a plus! Then we shot in the afternoon at Lord’s Cricket Ground, our official venue, and I had a pretty good day of training. I’ve been shooting really strong recently and figuring out even more tips to help my technique along just a bit. We start competition in 2 days now! I am so eager to get the show on the road :)




With the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games now just one week away, Lady Tiger great Lolo Jones, DM Roosevelt, is one of three U.S. Olympians gracing the cover for the July 30 issue of TIME Magazine that hit newsstands across the country on Friday morning.

TIME has created five separate covers for its preview issue of this year’s Olympic Games in London with the opening ceremony scheduled for July 27 at the Olympic Stadium.  Jones joins swimmer Ryan Lochte and gymnast Gabby Douglas on the three covers released in the United States. British heptathlete Jessica Ennis is the cover in Europe, Africa and the Middle East while Japanese soccer star Homare Sawa is featured on the TIME cover in Asia.

Along with a portrait image of Jones firing out of the blocks is the cover caption “Four years after an epic stumble, Lolo Jones is back for gold” as a teaser for TIME’s feature on Jones’ return to the Olympic stage following her famous stumble in Beijing. Jones had the gold medal within her grasp while leading the 100 hurdles final, but stumbled to a seventh-place finish after hitting the ninth hurdle in the race.

Jones earned a trip back to the Olympic Games with her third-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles during the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials held last month in Eugene, Ore. She owns a seasonal-best effort of 12.74 seconds as she prepares to run in the first round at the Olympic Games on Monday, Aug. 6.

The semifinal and final rounds of the women’s 100-meter hurdles will be held at the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday, Aug. 7, with the semifinals running at 1:15 p.m. CT and the final following at 3 p.m.

Matt Clark-Ames-UNI Chasing His Olympic Dream!

Mat Clark was an outstanding high school athlete at Ames High, then went on to UNI where he became a Missouri Valley Conference Champion and a 3 time All American in the Combined Events.  The 2 time Drake Relays champion still chases his Olympic dream and will compete on Team USA, in the Decathlon, this weekend in Germany. Read more

Miranda Leek’s Olympic Competition Schedule!

Miranda Leek, Dowling Catholic, will be making her Olympic debut in London one week from today.  On Friday July, 27, Miranda will compete in both the individual and team Archery competition.  The Archery competition begins at 7:00 AM on the 27th.  If things go well for Miranda on the 27th, she could compete for the next week!
The following is the complete Olympic Games Archery schedule CLICK HERE!

We Claim Jenny Simpson as Our Own!!!!

Jenny Barringer Simpson was born in Webster City and still has quite a number of relatives who call Iowa home.  Barringer-Simpson had an outstanding career at Colorado, winning 3 NCAA titles, and has been even more impressive as a professional.  She is a 5 time USA champion (1500m/steeplechase), a 2008 Olympian in the steeplechase and is the American record holder in the steeplechase as well.  Jenny will compete in Monaco tonight, her final “tune up” before The Games.
See this story by CLICKING HERE!!!
Also Here is a link to Monaco meet start lists in which Jenny will be competing in:  CLICK HERE!