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 :)””

Ashley Miller in Belgium

Ashley Miller is entered in the 800M at the Gentse Feesten Meet in Ghent, Belgium tomorrow (Wednesday, July 18).  Miller has run the 1500M in her 2 prevous meets across the pond.  This will be her last competition before returning to her new “home base” in Austin, Texas.
This is very good 800M field.  Among the athletes entered are 3 of America’s best:
Chanelle Price-Tennessee grad.  3rd at NCAA Outdoor championships at Drake Stadium last month,  fourth at NCAA Indoors. Phoebe Wright-Tennesseee grad.  2 x NCAA Champion.  Erica Moore-Former MVC Heptathlon champion for Indiana State, she has now focused soley on the 800 and it is working out very well!  She was the USATF Indoor champion this past indoor season and went on to win the  bronze medal with her 3rd place finish at the World Indoor championships.
For a list of entries and results CLICK HERE!

Where in the World is MIRANDA LEEKS?

Olympic fans could get their chance Monday to meet members of the U.S. Olympic Archery Team as the team departs for London.
A pre-departure gate event hosted by United Airlines will be held at Terminal 1 of O’Hare International Airport at 1:45 p.m., just before the team boards the flight from Chicago to compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The team will carry a special “Raise Our Flag” American flag, an emblem funded by Team USA fans that supports U.S. athletes’ housing, training and equipment costs.

Local U.S. Olympic Archery alternate Heather Koehl, of Sheboygan Falls, Wis., also will compete if needed at the Games. It is not clear whether she will join the team on the flight to London.
Last week Anna Li celebrated her journey to the London Olympic Games in a sendoff celebration organized by her hometown in Aurora.
This week marks the sendoff of many Olympic Team USA members.
The London 2012 Olympic Games begin July 27.
 Source: NBC-Chicago