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

Olympic Links

The following is a great link for Olympic Games info.  Schedules for all sports, bios on athletes etc.  Track and Field to us is known as “Athletics” to most of the world.  So look under the “Athletics” tab for Track and Field info.

In Between Time: Trials to London

Outside of tonight’s runoff for an Olympic team spot in the women’s 100 meters and the London Olympics itself, the 2012 track season is all but over.  What a great season it has been for former Iowa preps.

We want to invite you to continue to check in with The Next Level Iowa on a regular basis as we plan to have feature stories on those competing in London (either before or after the Games), stories about Iowa State’s new outdoor track and field complex, the University of Iowa’s plans to have a stadium type setting at their current outdoor facility, a review of this Track and Field season and a preview of the upcoming Cross Country season. Read more

An Olympic Story: Miranda Leeks

I am well aware that our site is dedicated to track and field and cross country, but I can’t help feel that we need to show a little love to one of our own who is already on the USA Olympic Team for archery.  Miranda (Dowling Catholic) finds herself in one of those sports that doesn’t always receive the attention and support that they deserve.  I would like to offer a little break from The Next Level Iowa’s normal coverage of track, field and XC and follow Miranda through the Olympics.-Jim Kirby

Newberry, FL –-(Ammoland.com)- Miranda Leek, an 18-year old addition to the veteran women’s U.S. Olympic Archery Team, is among the competitors leading the charge towards the 2012 Olympic Games to be held in London.

There is a sense of optimism at the 2011 Pan Am Games that has been missing around the U.S. Women’s camp in past years.

A look at Leek’s development into a standout archer is one reason why hope is so robust on the road to the 2012 Olympics. Read more

“An Honorable Run”: Shayla Houlihan

After a, somewhat, disappointing time and finish in the prelims of the Steeplechase Monday at the Olympic Trials, former SC East/UNI standout Shayla Houlihan has decided that it is time to hang up the spikes and move on with her life.  Houlihan has agreed to write a story about the ups and downs of her running career, which include running professionally and competing at the Trials.  Stay tuned to The Next Level Iowa for Houlihan’s candid view of the life of a distance runner.

“A Double Blessing” with Brooke and Blaire Dinsdale

The furthest we have ever been apart in terms of statistics was when we were born 29 minutes apart. In case you were wondering, Blaire won that “race” ;). That record was finally broken when our collegiate track and field careers came to an end. Brooke moved to Urbandale, Iowa, to live with her fiance and finish additional schooling to become a CPA. Blaire started a career with Northwestern Mutual in Waterloo, Iowa, 120 miles away from her sister, a new record of separation. Our 14+ year running careers started when we were eight years old. Our parents took us to track meets in Conrad, Iowa, during the summer months with several boys from North Tama; we were the only girls other than Sara Stoakes (North Tama, Kansas State). Read more

Faith and Running: “Will you still love Me?”

Sometimes we all need a little kick in the butt to get us back to where we’re supposed to be.  That’s how it was for me, anyways.  I was fortunate enough to make it all the way through high school without a single injury. Yep, you heard me right.  I’ll never forget my last high school track race ever—the 1500.  I finished in 8th place—far from a state champion, but I sure felt like one.  It was something I had worked so hard for over 4 years and I finally received some recognition for it.  But then I got to college and it didn’t seem so great.  I started looking at other people who were much better runners than I was.  Suddenly I felt so small.  Once again, my first two years were flawless.  Had a couple of occasional bumps, but nothing that a couple of days rest didn’t heal.  My freshman year I was part of the team that qualified for nationals in Ohio, which is still to this day one of the best experiences of my life.  But it wasn’t until my sophomore year of track I had my “break-out.”  Everything started to click—my body had adapted to the high mileage and I finally Read more