Tyler Mulder, former Unity Christian state champion and UNI NCAA Champion is also a native Iowan who is competing overseas.  Mulder will be running the 800M in Lignano, Italy tomorrow.  Mulder is one of America’s best, “but getting caught up in tracffic” with 150M to go at the trials, and ending up with a 5th place finish kept him from an Olympic Team berth and a trip to London.
The 800M field in Lignano is loaded with some of the top half milers in the USA.
Joining Mulder in the firld are:
  • Charles Jock, NCAA Outdoor Champion, 8th at the Trials.
  • Mark Wieczorek, 7th at the Trials, 3rd USA Indoor Championships
  • Ryan Martin, 4th at NCAA Outdoor and 4th at the Trials
  • Elijah Greer, 6th at the Trials, 3rd at NCAA Outdoor
For complete meet start lists and info CLICK HERE!

Team USA’s Junior Squad Closes Book on a Highly Successful World Championship

July 15, 2012

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BARCELONA, Spain – The 1992 U.S. Olympic Team was heralded as one of the best American squads of all-time with 32 medals in tow from a memorable time in Barcelona. The 2012 U.S. team that competed in Barcelona at the IAAF World Junior Championships will go into the history books as one of the best American squads under the age of 20. With 20 medals, and an all-time record 188 points, the junior team captured some magic that was left from the Olympic team of 20 years ago. Read more

Future Olympians in Action

Future Olympians have been taking part in the World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain since July 10.  Catch up on the fantastic results and get familiar with some of the names you will be hearing more of in the future, at “World Junior Championships Central” CLICK HERE!

Ashley Miller in Belgium

Ashley Miller races in her 2nd 1500M on her European circuit debut and continues to impress with her 3rd place finish at the Flanders Cup in Belgium today. Miller was victorious over, among others, Shelia Reid, Villanova, NCAA XC Champ and NCAA 1500 and 5K champ in 2011. Reid just recently was named to the Canadian Olympic team. Also finishing behind the Tipton/Nebraska standout was Molly Huddle who will represent the USA in London in the 5k.

1 7 9917 MACKEY KATIE USA 4:11.85
2 6 9910 INFELD EMILY USA 4:12.13
3 18 9930 MILLER ASHLEY USA 4:13.12
4 5 9927 SMIT ANGELA NZL 4:13.72
5 4 9915 SCHAPPERT NICOLE USA 4:13.91
6 14 9911 TOMLIN RENEE USA 4:14.15
7 1 9909 CONLEY KIM USA 4:14.70
8 3 9916 REID SHEILA CAN 4:15.62
9 2 9912 HUDDLE MOLLY USA 4:17.30
10 17 9914 MALOY ELIZABETH USA 4:17.70
11 10 9906 MCNEICE KELLY IRL 4:18.49
12 8 9800 MANDERS MARLIES NED 4:18.95
13 12 9925 JINNOUCHI AYAKO JPN 4:19.13
14 11 9895 VAN MIERT LESLEY NED 4:19.47

5 Good Minutes With Our Very Own A.G. Kruger

AG Kruger, a Sheldon, Iowa native and former Morningside All American, has qualified for his 3rd US Olympic Team in the Hammer Throw.  Kruger was the 3A runner-up in the discus at the 1997 state meet with a best throw of 155-5.

While at Morningside, Kruger was a hammer, weight throw and discus thower as well as the starting tight end for the Mustangs football team.  He was a five-time NCAA Division II All American in the throws.  As a senior, Kruger was the 2001 NCAA D-2 National Champion in the hammer and was named the D-2 Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year.  Kruger was a four-time North Central Conference champion as well, in the throws. Read more

More info on this weekend’s European meets:

Ashley Miller anchors the distance medley relay for Nebraska

Ashley Miller, Tipton/Nebraska will be running the 1500M at the Flanders Cup in Kortrijk, Belgium on July 14. This meet is loaded with talent and the 1500M is no exception.  Miller will be competing against the likes of: Gabrielle Anderson, Katie Mackey, Sheila Reed, Molly Huddle and Emily Infeld.

For complete info on the meet CLICK HERE!


Ashlie Decker Named to Big Ten Distinguished Scholar List

Ashlie Decker Dowling Catholic/Minnesota was named to the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar list along with 22 other members of her Gopher Track team.  To be considered a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, student-athletes must earn a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year. The Distinguished Scholar program was established in February of 2008 by the Big Ten Faculty Representatives to supplement the Academic All-Big Ten program. The Academic All-Big Ten threshold is a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for a student-athlete’s academic career.  Congratulations Ashlie!

Gunnar Nixon: World Champion Decathlete!

Travis Goepfert, Panora Linden-Panorama/UNI is one of the top field event/multi event coaches in the nation.  Goepfert solidified that opinion this week by coaching University of Arkansas freshman Gunnar Nixon  of Edmond, OK to the World Junior Championship in the Decathlon.  Nixon finished the 2 day event today with 8018 points.  Jake Stein, Australia, was 2nd with 7951.   Nixon is the national high school record holder in the decathlon and was last years Gatorade High School Track and Field Athlete off the Year.

Nerud Breaks National High School Record at World Juniors

We are kind of between seasons as we await the Olympic Games to close out this 2012 Track and Field campaign and prepare for the upcoming Cross Country season.   With that we will be posting some stories/results of other big meets around the world that may or may not have native Iowans involved.  The first is the World Junior Championships going on now in Barcelona, Spain.  This story is courtesy of Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA.