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
©Jim Kirby 2019

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
©Jim Kirby 2018

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.
©Mike Byrnes 2017

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
©Mike Byrnes 2018

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.

@Dominic Urbano 2013

Next Level Iowa Podcast For November 23, 2018: Natty’s Wrap

 

2018-10-28_23-33-10On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast, we look back on the National Championships that took place last week for NAIA, D1 and D3.  We also look ahead to the D2 National Championships coming up December 1.

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

@Dominic Urbano 2013

Next Level Iowa Podcast For November 15, 2018: Nationals Prep

ISU Women's Cross Country 2018 ©Des Moines Register 2018

ISU Women’s Cross Country 2018
©Des Moines Register 2018

Feature photo:@Dominic Urbano 2013

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we look at the results from the National Junior College Championships and look ahead to the regionals for DII and it’s Nationals Week for NAIA, DI and DIII!

We talk about all our Iowans and Iowa teams competing this week on this week’s Next Level Iowa Podcast!

1985 ISU Women's Cross Country Team
©Cyclones Athletics

Memory of the 1985 ISU XC Team: Tami Prescott

Tami Prescott-ISU along with Jim Kirby

Tami Prescott-ISU along with Jim Kirby

Every year around this time, members of the ISU family pause to remember the events surrounding the 1985 NCAA National Cross Country Championships.  What should have been a time of joy, success and love, turned into a tragic day that shocked anyone connected with collegiate cross country and the Cyclone Community. It was a day when we lost so much.

Feature photo:1985 ISU Women’s Cross Country Team©Cyclones Athletics

 

A small tribute marks the site of the plane crash of one of the planes carrying some of the 1985 ISU Cross Country Team ©Jim Kirby 2017

A small tribute marks the site of the plane crash of one of the planes carrying some of the 1985 ISU Cross Country Team
©Jim Kirby 2017

In 2016, Next Level Iowa sat down with Tami Prescott, a member of that 1985 team, and we talked about the people and the events of that tragic day. Here is that interview with Tami Prescott recorded November 20, 2015

(interview begins at 1:00 in)

 

©Jim Kirby-2014

Next Level Iowa Podcast For November 8, 2018: Mike Byrnes

Mike with some of the athletes he's photographed, Megan Durbin-Greene County-ISU, Keri Siebrecht-Sheldon, Jessica Feldman-Harlan-USD. Audrey Miller-Loras, Jenny (Hosack) Hamilton- Harlan-AHSTW  ©Jim Kirby 2018

Mike with some of the athletes he’s photographed, Megan Durbin-Greene County-ISU, Keri Siebrecht-Sheldon, Jessica Feldman-Harlan-USD. Audrey Miller-Loras, Jenny (Hosack) Hamilton- Harlan-AHSTW
©Jim Kirby 2018

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we look toward the regional cross country meets for Division 1 and 3 as well as NAIA and the Junior Colleges.

We explore the world of track photography through the eyes of Next Level Iowa photographer Mike Byrnes who currently has a photo exhibit on the campus of Grand View University, featuring his best track photos of athletes like Shelby Houlihan, Jenny Simpson and many more.

All this and more on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!