Lavon Davis-Ames-Grand View, Coach Seth Roberson-Grand View, James Plummer-Grand View
©Doug Wells 2018

Next Level Iowa Podcast For March 6, 2019: Seth Roberson

Val Vioek-WDM Valley-GVU and Seth Roberson-GVU ©Doug Wells 2017

Val Vioek-WDM Valley-GVU and Seth Roberson-GVU
©Doug Wells 2017

Feature photo: Lavon Davis-Ames-Grand View, Coach Seth Roberson-Grand View, James Plummer-Grand View©Doug Wells 2018

On this edition of the Next level Iowa Podcast we talk with Grand View throws coach, Seth Roberson.  The vikings had an All-American weekend at Nationals and we talk with Seth about the Vikings’ performance.

We all discuss the upcoming National Indoor meets for our Iowa athletes and talk high school indoor track.  All this and more on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

Oksana Covey-DM Christian-S. Dakota St.
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Next level Iowa Podcast For February 21, 2019: Indoor Conference Prep

Jordan Coughenour-Collins Maxwell-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2017

Jordan Coughenour-Collins Maxwell-Simpson
©Jim Kirby 2017

Feature photo: Oksana Covey-DM Christian-S. Dakota St.©Jim Kirby

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast, as Mike preps for his calling of the SEC Conference Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas, we talk about all the upcoming conference meets featuring our Iowa athletes.

We also look ahead to when our Iowa Pros are competing across the country and around the World!  it is a great time of the year to be a track fan! All this, on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

 

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Next Level Iowa Podcast For February 12, 2019: Blake Boldon

Blake Boldon-Director of the Drake Relays ©Jim Kirby 2017

Blake Boldon-Director of the Drake Relays
©Jim Kirby 2017

Feature photo: ©Jim Kirby 2016

On this edition of the Next level Iowa Podcast we talk about results featuring the big Iowa State meet this past week in addition to all the other meets featuring our Iowa athletes.

We talk with Drake Relays Director, Blake Boldon about the exciting news featuring our Iowa High School Athletes at the Drake Relays.  We also talk, Grand Blue Mile, Drake Relays tickets and also the Track Guy events coming up!

All this and more, on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

 

The start of the record breaking two mile relay. A young David Peterson leads off (far left)
©David Peterson 2019

A True Story by David Peterson

The winning and record setting baton ©David Peterson 2019

The winning and record setting baton
©David Peterson 2019

The signed World Record Baton. ©David Peterson 2019

The signed World Record Baton.
©David Peterson 2019

David Peterson is a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer for the Des Moines Register.  Below is his story he originally published on Facebook.  In 2014, he published a book featuring some of his Drake Relays photos, click here!   David was one of our first guests on our Next Level Iowa Podcast.  You can see more of David’s photos at his website, click here!

Feature photo:The start of the record breaking two mile relay. A young David Peterson leads off (far left).              ©David Peterson 2019 

He ran track at Kansas State University and fifty years ago he was part of a World Record breaking two-mile relay. He shares his memories below.

 

THIS IS A TRUE STORY – insanely improbable but worth sharing. Fifty years ago today, four midwestern kids flew to Houston, Texas to run a relay race and ended up on top of the world. I was one of those four, along with my roommate Jerome Howe from Treynor, Ia, Bob Barratti from Wichita, Ks. and Ken Swenson from Clay Center, Ks.

For three of us, it was our first varsity competion running for Kansas State University. We were two freshman, a sophomore and a junior. Only Swenson had run in competition as a K-Stater. The track meet was the very first one ever held in the Astrodome.

I came to K-State to run with other good runners and to run in big meets like this one. But in my wildest dreams, I never saw this coming. We were entered in the two-mile relay against a stellar field. We were to each run an 880 (half mile) and the order would be Peterson, Howe, Barratti and Swenson. At the starting line (see photo) I was handed a cardboard baton with a Houston Astrodome logo on it. It was a souvenir that I would end up keeping and cherishing for 50 years.

Ken Swenson finishes the World Record Breaking Two Mile Relay in 1969 ©David Peterson

Ken Swenson finishes the World Record Breaking Two Mile Relay in 1969
©David Peterson

I ran the first leg like a scared rabbit, splitting 1:50.3, giving Jerome Howe the lead. Howe, who was mostly a miler, ran a 1:52.5, giving Bob Barratti the lead. Barratti kept our lead with a 1:50.7 and handed the baton to the incomparable Ken Swenson, who would later become an Olympian. Swenson breezed to a 1:50.2 carry and we won the race comfortably. But what we didn’t know until a few moments later was that we had just set a World Indoor Record for the two mile relay of 7:23.7.

In the joy of the moment, I remember grabbing the baton from Swenson and later having all of us sign it.

Drake Relays' Slam Dunk Competition featuring Blake Boldon (far left), defending champion Ricky Robertson (with flag), judges and competitions
©Jim Kirby 2019

Next Level Iowa Podcast For January 31st, 2019: Blake Bolden

Ricky Robertson-USA Olympic High Jumper ©Jim Kirby 2019

Ricky Robertson-USA Olympic High Jumper
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Feature photo: Drake Relays’ Slam Dunk Competition featuring Blake Boldon (far left), defending champion Ricky Robertson (with flag), judges and competitions©Jim Kirby 2019 

 

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we again, talk with Blake Bolden and get his thoughts about the Drake Relays’ Slam Dunk Competition held at Half-time at the Drake Men’s Basketball Game vs Illinois St. We talk about all the excitement surrounding the Relays already and we talk about all the events happening during the Drake Relays and the USATF Championships held on the Blue Oval this summer!

Results and a whole lot more, on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

Olympian Ricky Robertson Drake Relays win the 2018 Slam Dunk Competition
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Next Level Iowa Podcast For January 24, 2019: Blake Boldon

Blake Boldon-Director of the Drake Relays ©Jim Kirby 2017

Blake Boldon-Director of the Drake Relays
©Jim Kirby 2017

Feature photo: Olympian Ricky Robertson Drake Relays win the 2018 Slam Dunk Competition©Jim Kirby 2018

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast, even though the weather outside is frightful talking Drake Relays is so delightful! We talk with the director of the Drake relays, Blake Boldon.  Blake makes some big announcements about the Drake Relays’ Slam Dunk Competition January 30th as well a whole boatload of announcements about this years Drake Relays! (SEE ALL THE LINKS BELOW!)

Mike and I also talk results from last weekend and what is ahead for all our Iowa athletes.  All this and more on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

  • Des Moines Register Story about 1944 medalist, Ted Williams-Knoxville-Simpson, click here!
  • Drake Relays partners with Track Guy, click here!
  • The 51st Drake Relays Road Races Info, click here!
  • New partnership for the 2019 Road Races, click here! 
Reed Fischer-Drake
©Jim Kirby 2017

Iowans Run Well in Houston Marathon and Half

Katy Moen-Wappsie Valley-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Katy Moen-Wappsie Valley-ISU
©Jim Kirby

Feature photo: Reed Fischer-Drake©Jim Kirby 2017
Marathon
9) Tyler Jermann (ISU Alum)-2:13:29
28) Kallin Khan (Iowa City)-2:22:28
59) Austin O’Brien (Pleasant Valley HS, Central College)-2:31:25
125) Christopher Malloy (Iowa City)-2:43:53
9) Katy (Moen) Jermann (Wapsie Valley HS and ISU)-2:33:41
Half Marathon
10) Reed Fischer (Drake U) 1:02:06
24) Kevin Lewis (Ottumwa HS and I of Iowa) 1:03:55
39) Will Norris (Spirit Lake HS and Northwestern College) 1:05:32
46) Madison Waymire (DC-G HS and U of Iowa) 1:19:55
191) Danielle Hodge (Iowa City) 1:20:12
247) Danika Simonson (Iowa City) 1:24:27
 

2020 Olympic Trials Marathon qualifying standards:

Men-A standard is 2:15.  B standard is 2:19 or 1:04 or better in half marathon.
Women-A standard is 2:37.  B standard is 2:45 or 1:13 or better in half marathon.
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High School Indoor Track Meet Schedule

©Mike Byrnes 2017

©Mike Byrnes 2017

Feature photo:©Mike Byrnes 2017
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Sydney Milani-SE Polk-ISU
©Mike Byrnes 2018

Next Level Iowa Podcast For December 14, 2018: Payton Wensel and Sydney Milani

Payton Wensel-Linn-Mar-Iowa ©Mike Byrnes 2018

Payton Wensel-Linn-Mar-Iowa
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Feature photo: Sydney Milani ©Mike Byrnes 2018

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast, we talk with Payton Wensel-Lin Mar-Iowa and Sydney Milani-SE Polk-ISU about their first collegiate meets.

 

We also look back at the kick off indoor meet for the Hawkeyes, featuring many of our former Iowa high school athletes.  We also check in at the Central and Dubuque opening meets and talk about how the season might unfold for our Iowa athletes.  All this and more, on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

 

 

Brogan Austin-Boone-Drake (center) with Steve and Nancy Bobenhouse of Fitness Sports.
©Doug Wells 2018

Next Level Iowa Podcast For December 5, 2018: Brogan Austin

Brogan Austin-Boone-Drake ©Doug Wells 2018

Brogan Austin-Boone-Drake
©Doug Wells 2018

Feature photo: Brogan Austin-Boone-Drake (center) with Steve and Nancy Bobenhouse of Fitness Sports ©Doug Wells 2018

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with new USATF Marathon National Champion, Brogan Austin-Boone-Drake.  Brogan talks about his championship race and how he has got to this elite position in the marathon.

We also cover the Division II Cross Country Nationals and talk about Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU and Carolyn Hill from Drake about their big national awards.   All this and more on the Next Level Iowa Podcast.