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.

NBC’s Olympic Web Site

The following is the NBC Olympic Games website: http://www.nbcolympics.com/
It is very helpful and easy to navigate.  You can get bio’s on all Olympic athletes, medal count, event schedules and TV schedules per sport etc.
Check it out!

100 degree days – too hot for running?


Des Moines – July 9, 2012 – – Learn more about the team, visit the web site Runablaze.com


The 27th Fifth Season (Cedar Rapids, July 4) was held during the hottest Iowa week in many decades.  Erin Moeller finished 10th in 28:49.  Diane Nukuri-Johnson of Iowa City set the race record of 25:50.  She also set the Dam to Dam record a month earlier.
Fifth Season has a long and proud history of fast times – 13 men broke 25 minutes and 10 women broke 30 minutes at this year’s version.  The records are 27 men breaking the 25 minute barrier in 2006, other great years were 1989 & 1996 (21) and 1987 (20).  The women’s top year was 1996 when 20 women broke 30 minutes followed by 17 in 1997.  The early years had a more Iowa or US flavor vs now more international runners.


Luke Demmel continues his running in Spain.  Here’s his story . . . This last weekend (June 23) I ran my first ever 60km race. It was called the GRAN TRAIL PEÑALARA or GTP. It was a trail race in the mountains around Madrid, Spain. We started in the town of “Rascafría” and finished in “Navacerrada”. I ran the 60km race, but there was also an 80km and 110km races. I finished 2nd in a time of 6:53:03. First place finished in a time of 6:45:43. We were going back and forth the entire the race, and finally he pulled away from me over the last 10km, which was completely down the side of a mountain, and my legs were done by that point. I had a great time! The views from the tops of the mountains were beautiful! Here´s a video of the race if you wanted to take a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GROd2C5X1Z0&feature=plcp

Ashley Miller Wins Her Debut as a Pro!

Ashley Miller, Tipton/Nebraska won her professional track and field career opener today in Belgium!  Miller won the 1500M in 4:13.72, in her overseas debut, in Heusden.   Lydia Chepkurui of Kenya was 2nd in the 12 woman field.  Miller a 15 time Iowa high school champ at Tipton and a conference champion and All American at Nebraska will race 2 more times in Europe before returning to her new training base in Austin, Texas on July 20.

Team USA Olympic Track and Field Roster Announced!

Powerful Team USA roster on tap for London

INDIANAPOLIS – Four reigning Olympic Champions and eight current world champions highlight the Team USA roster nominated to the U.S. Olympic Committee by USA Track & Field. A roster of 127 men and women stands ready represent the U.S. in track competition August 3 – 12 in London. Read more