ISU Track Facilities Upgrade 1.1

Meagan Nelson will be a senior at ISU

Iowa State is working to hard to take their track programs and their facilities to the top of the Big 12.  They are in the process of building a new outdoor sports complex, that along with the 300M indoor track at the Lied Center will give the Cyclones some of the best track and field facilities in the midwest, if not the country.  Check it out CLICK HERE!

Miranda Leeks: checking out the Olympic Archery Venue

Miranda and her USA team take part in a first work out in the Olympic archery venue.


Ashley Miller 5th

Ashley Miller, Tipton/Nebraska, wraps up her first 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 will return to Austin, Texas, July 20, to continue training.

Miller Selected as 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee

Lincoln, Neb. – Three-time track and field All-American Ashley Miller has been selected as a 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee. She is one of 429 female student-athletes across NCAA Divisions I, II and III who were nominated for the 22nd annual NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Miller was a four-time conference champion for Coach Gary Pepin’s track and field squad, capturing three Big Ten titles in her senior season. She led the Husker women to their first Big Ten Indoor Championship in February, while helping NU to a second-place finish at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. She has also been a part of three school record-breaking performances during her time at Nebraska. In addition to her accomplishments on the track, Miller has excelled in the classroom. She was a 2011 second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American as well as being named a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-District VII honoree in 2011 and a second-team CoSIDA Academic All-District VII honoree in 2012. She was selected as a Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient and the 2011-12 Nebraska Female Student-Athlete of the Year.

The award honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. Conferences select one or two women from the nominees to represent their conference and those names are then sent to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 10 honorees in each division. The top nine finalists will be announced in September, while members of the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will vote on the finalists to determine the 2012 Woman of the Year. The winner will be announced at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis on Oct. 14.


Former Iowa Prep Joins the DI Coaching Ranks!: Shayla Houlihan

Former SC East and UNI standout Shayla Houlihan hung up her competitive spikes after competing at the Olympic Trials earlier this month, and has taken a full time coaching position at the University of California-Berkeley.  Houlihan moved herself up the ladder as an athlete and retired from a very successful career as a top US steeplechaser.

With Cal being a member of the Pac-12, this job offers “unpaid” benefits as well.   Houlihan’s younger sister, Shelby, is a standout cross country performer and middle distance ace at Arizona State.  Shayla was also a Grad Assistant at Utah while training under Ute’s head coach and former Iowa prep, Kyle Kepler.  Both ASU and Utah are members of the Pac-12.

Houlihan begins her new job August 1st.  She will be working with Bears Head Coach Tony Sandoval in coaching the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams, Middle and Long Distance runners and playing a major role in recruiting.   Shayla is replacing Ann Detmer, a former Wisconsin All American, who has decided to give a professional running career a try.

Good luck Shayla!  The Next Level Iowa is very proud of you!

MIRANDA LEEKS and the USA Archers are “In the House!”-London!

Yesterday was an amazing day for the members of Team USA, as they went through Team Processing with the U.S. Olympic Committee, where they were outfitted in style by Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Oakley and more! After an exhausting 28 plus hours of travel, moving into the Olympic Village, Team Processing and dinner, it was time for a well-earned rest. Today, the team is back in training at a U.S. Olympic Committee facility in London – we’ll try to have photos later today!

The following is a link to a complete time schedule for Track and Field at the Olympics.  CLICK HERE!


Tyler Mulder narrowly missed an Olympic team berth in both ’08 and ’12, but he has remains focused on getting better and placed 3rd today in Lignano, Italy in the 800M with a PR 1:44.75!   He was the top American finisher. FULL RESULTS CLICK HERE!

Lolo Wins!


20120717-142559.jpgLolo Jones wins the 100H in Lignano, Italy today in 12.85. Tyler Mulder coming up soon in a hot 800M.

From Miranda’s Blog!

“We made it to London! I can’t belive this is actually happening! Wearing our team uniforms through the airports was a great experience; we got so much support from passers-by and the United flight crew. We just made it to the Village, and we’re off to lunch! This is an exciting expereince through and through :)””