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Next Level Iowa Podcast For April 17, 2018: A Little About a Lot of Things!

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©Jim Kirby

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast Mike and I talk weather, Drake Relays qualifying and talk to some of our Iowans like McKenzie Yanek-PV-Alabama, Nick Phelps and Kenzie Carney.

We look ahead to some of the qualifying meets coming up and we can barely contain ourselves as we look ahead to the best week of the year, Drake Relays Week!

 

Shelby Houlihan-SC EAST - ASU and Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
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Mizzou’s Schweizer Comes Back Home For the Drake Relays

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Missouri ©Jim Kirby

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Missouri
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Karissa Schweizer, a senior on the University of Missouri track & field team, is returning to the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee with hopes of etching her name into the Drake Relays record book.

Courtesy Drake Relays, click here! Feature photo: Shelby Houlihan-SC EAST – ASU and Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou©Jim Kirby 2017

 

The Urbandale, Iowa, native and Dowling Catholic graduate will compete in the University/College Division 5,000 meters Friday, April 26, at 7:53 p.m. The current record of 15:31.18 was set by Cathy Branta-Easker of Wisconsin in 1985, 11 years before Schweizer was born.  Schweizer owns a personal best of 15:18.69 in the event, set last summer at the USA Track & Field Championship.

 

“The Drake Relays holds a special place in my heart and it means the world for me to be able to come back to race in my hometown,” Schweizer said. “If I were able to set a record at this year’s Relays, it would be the cherry on top to a long career of running on the Blue Oval!”

 

Schweizer has won five total NCAA Championships at Missouri including indoor titles in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters this season. The budding star competed in the elite invitational section of the 1,500 meters at the 2017 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee and finished eighth in a race that featured 11 professional runners and six Olympians.

 

“For generations, the Drake Relays has helped cultivate and provide a showcase for the best talent in the state of Iowa,” said Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays. “Karissa is one of those talented athletes that our fans have watched grow up before their eyes on the Blue Oval. She’s made history at Missouri and we’re honored that her final race as a collegian at Drake Stadium has the potential to be a record-setting performance. Fans that have supported Karissa and anyone who enjoys watching Iowans make history won’t want to miss Thursday night at the Drake Relays.”

 

All-session, multi-session and single-session tickets are currently on sale via the Drake Athletic Ticket Office and DrakeTix.com.

Maddie Irman-Assumption-UNI
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Panthers Win 9 in Terra Haute

Jordan Pingel-Pella-UNI ©Mike Brynes 2017

Jordan Pingel-Pella-UNI
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The University of Northern Iowa track and field program won nine events on Saturday, as the men took first at the Gibson Invitational to open the outdoor season on a high note.

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Overall, UNI won 11 events on the weekend to dominate the field in Terre Haute. The men won the Gibson Invitational with 229.50 points, while the women placed third with 145 points.

Individually, Martavian Borseth (triple jump), Thomas Yezek (discuss throw), Kyler Yodts (shot put), Isaiah Trousil (100, 200), Evan Long (400), Jacob Smith (400 hurdles) and Maddie Bell (200) all took first in their respective events on Saturday, while the team of Sven Van Den Bergh, Jojo Frost, Jacob Smith and Connor Blough won the 4×400.

The most dominant performance for UNI on Saturday came in the shot put as the Panther men took spots 1-5, with Yodts taking the event with a mark of 58-08.50. The great showing in the field continued over to discuss throw as Yezek won the event, while Isaac Holtz and Darius King took second and fifth respectively. On the track, Trousil swept sprints after taking the 100 and 200-meter in Terre Haute to kick off the outdoor season. Jacob Smith also took two events, after winning the 400 hurdles and 4×400 relay.

Maddie Bell-Hudson-UNI ©Mike Byrnes

Maddie Bell-Hudson-UNI
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On the women’s side, Maddie Bell took the lone win after capturing the 200-meter with a time of 24.46. In the field, the Panther women placed three throwers in the top-5 of the discuss throw as Hope Koerperich (second), Sarah Pate (third) and Anna Hoyman (fifth) all turned in successful days.

UP NEXT
A select group of Panthers will head to Iowa City, Iowa on April 14 for the Musco Twilight, closing out the opening weekend of the outdoor season for UNI.

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Gibson Invitational
Saturday, April 7 – Terre Haute, Indiana

Men’s Team Score

  1. UNI – 229.50
  2. Indiana State – 205
  3. Milwaukee – 50
  4. Valparaiso – 43.5
  5. Bradley – 40

Women’s Team Score

  1. Indiana State – 263
  2. Western Michigan – 160.5
  3. UNI – 145
  4. Milwaukee – 54.5
  5. Bradley – 40
  6. Valparaiso – 26
  7. IUPUI – 19

Top 5 Finishers

Men
HJ: Cameron Cantrall (2nd, 6-08.00)
LJ: Martavian Borseth (3rd, 22-04.25)
TJ: Martavian Borseth (1st, 46-10.75)
DT: Thomas Yezek (1st, 171-09), Isaac Holtz (2nd, 168-05), Darius King (5th, 149-08)
SP: Kyler Yodts (1st, 58-08.50), Willy Blaser (2nd, 57-00.25), Isaac Holtz (3rd, 55-10.25), Darius King(4th, 55-02.25), Keegan Tritle (5th, 54-06.50)
100m: Isaiah Trousil (1st, 10.57), Tayshaun Cooper (3rd, 10.85), Matt Turcotte (5th, 10.93)
200m: Isaiah Trousil (1st, 21.49), Tayshaun Cooper (2nd, 21.70), Elijah Hicks (3rd, 22.12)
400m: Evan Long (1st, 47.98), Sven Van Den Bergh (2nd, 48.24), Corey Hertz (4th, 48.68), Connor Blough (5th, 49.42)
800m: Jordan Pingel (4th, 1:52.67)
1500m: Jordan Pingel (4th, 3:56.07)
110h: Cole Phillips (2nd, 14.55), Cade Kirkpatrick (4th, 15.10)
400h: Jacob Smith (1st, 51.84), Jojo Frost (2nd, 52.78)
3000m: Alex Jackson (3rd, 9:25.58)
4×100: Dan Blocker, Eli Hicks, Matt Turcotte, Jacob Smith (1st, 41.10), Isaiah Trousil, Connor Ham, Cole Phillips, Jojo Frost (2nd, 41.17)
4×400: Sven Van Den Bergh, Jojo Frost, Jacob Smith, Connor Blough (1st, 3:15.10), Corey Hertz, Blake Langhurst, Bryce Newcomb, Seb Gearhart (3rd, 3:20.44)

Women
HJ: Kassidy Sharp (2nd, 5-05.00)
LJ: Brooke Lorenz (3rd, 18-00.25)
TJ: Kassidy Sharp (4th, 36-09)
DT: Hope Koerperich (2nd, 155-02), Sarah Pate (3rd, 145-06), Anna Hoyman (4th, 142-08)
100m: Maddie Bell (3rd, 12.10), Taylor Raines (4th, 12.23)
200m: Maddie Bell (1st, 24.46), Maddie Irmen (5th, 25.26)
400m: Jolissa Kriegel (4th, 59.83)
1500m: Brette Correy (3rd, 4:30.31), Tiffany Christensen (4th, 4:36.65)
4×400: Maddie Bell, Maddie Irmen, Lyndsie Schinkel, Jolissa Kriegel (2nd, 3:52.39), Lauren Frederick, Brooke Lorenz, Erica Loussaert, Chaley Rath (5th, 4:10.92)

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High School Athletes Who Have Made the Blue Standard Updated 4-7-18

Madison Jochum Heelan ©Mike Brynes 2018

Madison Jochum Heelan
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Feature Photo: Chloe Hansen-Harlan@Mike Brynes 2017

 

Here are the latest lists for those high school athletes making the Blue Standard so far this track season.

*Bold Indicates New Standards

Girls

Kitra Bell                  IC West                     Long Jump               17’11”

Sydney Durbin.       OABCIG.                  High Jump.               5’5″

Ellie Friesen.            Crestwood.                800m.                     2:14.91

Ellie Friesen             Crestwood               1500m                      4:43.26  

Ellie Friesen             Crestwood               3000m                      10:06.08

Kiestern Fisher       SE Valley                  High Jump                5’5”

Maria Gorham        N. Polk                      High Jump               5’5″

Lea Grady.           Cent. Dav.                    Discus                       134’11”

Chandler Haight.      IC West.         Shot                          42’8″

Anna Hostetler          Mid Prairie               3000m                    10:06.84

Marie Hostetler         Mid Prairie               3000m                    10:24.17

Isabelle Ingram      Ames                     100H                     14:67

Jamie Kofron               Tipton                      Shot                        42’11.5″

Linn Mar                                                    SMR                        1:44.90

Jessica McKee          Johnston               3000m                   10:27.97

Kat Moody.                   Waukee               Shot                        43’9″

Kat Moody                     Waukee               Discus                   130’10”

Olivia Nebergall         Anamosa             High Jump            5’5″

Bailey Nock             IC West                     1500m                      4:46.17

Bailey Nock             IC West                     3000m                      10:26.78

Pella                                                        4x100m                  50.68

Skyler Presier         Linn Mar                    High Jump                5’5”

SE Polk                                                          4×4                             3:59.46

SE Polk                                                      4×800                      9:33.55

Wahlert                                                    4x100m                      50.33

Waukee                                                    SHR                              1:05.25

Waukee                                                     SMR                              1:44.80

Waukee                                                      4x100m                       50.24

Sydney Winger         Waukee               100H                             14.40

 

Boys

Ames                                                      4x100m                     43.31

Ank. Centennial                                 4x100m                      43.79

Myles Bach              CP-U                           3200m                         9:29.29

Beckman                                                 4x100m                    43.60

Grant Bouwer.     Sibley Ocheyden.        High Jump                   6’6.75″

Jaelen Boysen      Clinton                  Long Jump              22’5.5″

Blair Brooks             Marion                     High Jump                   6’6”

Camden Cox            Ank Cent                  1600m                        4:22.44

Camden Cox        Ank Cent                3200m                     9:31

CR Jefferson                                          4x100m.                    42.92

Dominic Etherington    Algona                 Shot Put                       57’5″

Jackson Fisher         Chariton             High Jump             6’6″

Max Goodhue             Carlisle          Long Jump.               22’6.5″

Braeden Hoyer                Northeast         High Jump                    6’8”

Keith Keahna                     S. Tama           High Jump                     6’6”

Owen Minshall                  Waukee             High Jump                    6’6”

Riley Moss                        Ank Centennial         110H                      14.38

Mt. Pleasant.                                                       SHR.                       57:73

Nick Phelps                      KP-WC                      Shot                       66’0.75”

Nick Phelps                      KP-WC                    Discus                        181’2″

Cole Schroeder                Dowling                    3200m                      9:33.36

SE Polk                                                        4x100m                    43.47

Urbandale                                                    1600m Medley       3:32.5

Waukee                                                           4x100m                   43.74

 

 

 

Jenny Simpson-Webster City-Colorado
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Drake Relays Announcement: Olympic Medalist Jenny Simpson

Jenny Simpson-Webster City-Colorado ©Paul Merca 2017

Jenny Simpson-Webster City-Colorado
©Paul Merca 2017

Five-time Drake Relays champion Jenny Simpson returns to the Blue Oval to challenge the American outdoor 2-mile record as part of Hy-Vee Night at the Drake Relays, Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays, announced Tuesday, April 3. Boldon also unveiled world-class competitors in the pole vault and high jump inside Drake Stadium for what has the potential to be a historic night of track & field action.

Courtesy Drake Relays, click here!  Feature photo: Jenny Simpson-Webster City-Colorado ©Jim Kirby

Simpson, the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee reigning 1,500-meter champion and Olympic bronze medalist, will challenge the American record of 9:20.25 in the two-mile race Friday, April 27, under the lights at Drake Stadium.

“I’m so excited to be returning to Iowa again this year to compete in my first outdoor race of 2018 at the Drake Relays,” Simpson said. “I’ve had so many special runs on the Blue Oval including collegiate and stadium records and this year records are on my mind again. I’ll be returning to the Drake Relays to challenge the outdoor 2-mile American Record. Runs like this are never easy or predictable but I’m excited to face the challenge in front of fans who have cheered me on to great runs in the past.”

Simpson will try to better the current record of 9:20.25 set by Shannon Rowbury in 2014.

Last year, Simpson won her fifth-straight race at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee with her 1,500-meter win as she held off rival Brenda Martinez. Martinez returns to the Relays to challenge Simpson again. Upstart Alexa Efraimson, who owns the American junior record in the 1,500 meters (4:03.39) and the national high school record in the 3,000 meters (9:00.16) joins the veteran laden field racing toward an American national record.

Another Olympic medalist and Drake Relays champion headlines the men’s pole vault field. Sam Kendricks was the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 World Champion in the event he also won at 2017 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. He is just one of 22 men in the history of the sport to clear six meters (19-8).

“I love to start the year off on home soil! Drake Stadium will bring out the best in all of us!” Kendricks said to announce his return to Des Moines.

Kendricks isn’t the only elite vaulter set to compete at Hy-Vee Night at the Drake Relays. Another member of the 6-meter club and the 2015 World Champion, Shawn Barber, will go jump for jump against Kendricks. Barber is the Canadian record holder in the event and the 2015 and 2016 Drake Relays champion. Scott Houston, the 2018 American indoor champion is also in the field.

The women’s high jump will feature another standout field headlined by Vashti Cunningham who has won four USA Championships at just 20 years old. Cunningham, the daughter of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham, competed at the Drake Relays in 2016 as a high-school phenom and has since won a world indoor title and represented the USA in the 2016 Olympics. She owns a personal best of 6-6.25 (1.99m) in the event, an American junior record.

However, Cunningham won’t have an easy route to another Drake Relays title. The 2017 Drake Relays champion Levern Spencer returns to Des Moines. The Olympian own the St. Lucian national record in the event at 6-6 (1.98m). Another national record holder, Doreen Amata, will make her Drake Relays debut in 2018. The Nigerian record holder in the event, Amata is a two-time Olympian and served as Nigeria’s flag bearer for the closing ceremonies of the 2016 Olympics. Canadian Alyx Treasure is another Olympian set to push the field in what has the makings of another outstanding competition at Drake Stadium.

All-session, multi-session and single-session tickets are currently on sale to witness all three of these events at Drake Stadium, including the potential setting of an American record. Visit DrakeTix.com to secure tickets to what has the promise to be a historic night at Drake Stadium.

Andre De Grasse-USC
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Drake Relays Announcement: Olympian Medalist Andre De Grasse

Andre De Grasse-USC ©Cameron Spencer/Getty Images South America

Andre De Grasse-USC
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The most exciting 10 seconds in track & field will live up its billing at Drake Stadium when the men’s invitational 100 meters makes its return to the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee.

Courtesy Drake Relays, click here! Feature photo: Andre De Grasse-USC ©Frank Gunn/CP

Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays, has announced the full field for the event that will be headlined by Canadian Olympic medalist Andre De Grasse. However, De Grasse is just one of five Olympians in the eight-competitor field that will race down the homestretch of the Blue Oval April 28 at 2:56 p.m. Six of the event’s eight lanes will feature competitors has shattered the 10-second mark in the event.

In 2016, De Grasse won three medals at the Rio Olympics, including bronze in the 100 meters behind Usain Bolt. With Bolt’s retirement, De Grasse is thought by many in the track and field community to be the heir apparent to the title ‘World’s Fastest Man.’

In addition to that bronze medal in the 100 meters, De Grasse won silver in the 200 meters behind Bolt and bronze in the 4×100-meter relay as a member of the Canadian team. He has run the 100 meters in 10 seconds or less in a legal wind nine times in his career, including a personal best of 9.91 and has run as fast as 9.69 with a tailwind. De Grasse’s Blue Oval debut marks the first time an invitational 100 meters has been staged at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee since 2005.

Joining the cadre of elite sprinters is a local favorite that had a storied career at Drake Stadium as a collegian. Brandon Carnes, a two-time Relays champion in the event as a collegian at UNI, will race as a professional for the first time at Drake Stadium. The 16-time Missouri Valley Conference champion owns a personal best of 10.06.

Another competitor who made his mark a collegian returns as an experienced professional in Isiah Young. Young was an Olympic semifinalist in the 200 meters in 2012 and has been a member of three World Championship teams for the United States. While competing for the University of Mississippi, Young was a four-time Drake Relays champion and back-to-back winner of the 100 meters in 2012 and 2013. The second of those titles earned him Drake Relays Most Outstanding Performer honors and is one of three collegiate competitors to win the honor outright in the last decade.

Mike Rodgers is one of the veterans in the field that has run a sub 10-second 100 meters a staggering 39 times in his career and owns the 14th fastest time in the history of the event at 9.85. He has been a five-time World Championship semifinalist and led off the USA’s 4×100-meter relay in the 2016 Olympics.

Jarrion Lawson, the 2017 World Championship silver medalist in the long jump, also makes his pro debut at Drake Stadium after winning four events at the 2016 NCAA Champion to become the first athlete to win a national title in the 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump and 4×100-meter relay since Jesse Owens.

BeeJay Lee completes the corps of Americans in the event and is another runner that has bested the 10-second mark with a personal best of 9.97.

Joining De Grasse among the international talent in the event is Turkey’s national record holder, Jak Ali Harvey. Harvey was the 2016 European Championship silver medalist in the event and finished seventh in the 2017 World Championship. With a personal best of 9.92, he qualified for the 2016 Olympics in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4×100-meter relay.

Kemar Hyman’s 9.95 best in the event makes him the national record holder for the Cayman Islands and he has twice represented his country in the Olympics and has experience on the Blue Oval while winning an NCAA Championship for Florida at Drake Stadium.

Thursday’s announcement of the 100-meter field brings the total number of Olympians set to compete at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee to 16 to date with dozens more to be announced in the coming weeks.

All-session, multi-session and single-session tickets are currently on sale via the Drake Athletic Ticket Office and DrakeTix.com.

Jenny Simpson-Webster City-Colorado 
©Jim Kirby 2017

Next Level Iowa Podcast: Drake Relays Announcements From Blake Boldon

 

Jenny Simpson and Mike Mahon ©Jim Kirby-2013

Jenny Simpson and Mike Mahon
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Feature photo: Jenny Simpson-Webster City-Colorado ©Jim Kirby 2017

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast Blake Boldon announces more elite track and field entries for this year’s Drake Relays!  Listen to the show and hear all about the latest Drake Relays Announcements!

We also talk about last week’s big Stanford meet, check in with Ryan Murphy-Lin Mar-Arkansas after his 10k debut and a whole lot more!

All this on this week’s Next Level Iowa Podcast!

Mizzou Coach Marc Burns hugs National Champion Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
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Next Level Iowa Podcast For March 20, 2018: Mizzou Coach Marc Burns

 

Marc Burns-Mizzou, Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Jim Kirby-2016

Marc Burns-Mizzou, Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Jim Kirby-2016

Feature photo: Mizzou Coach Marc Burns hugs National Champion Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou©Mizzou Athletics

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast Mike and I talk with Mizzou Head Cross Country and Act. Track Coach, Marc Burns. We talk about his experience coaching 5-time National Champion Karissa Schweizer.

We also talk about early outdoor season, the upcoming Drake Relays, the High School Blue Standard and the USATF Championship Meet coming to Drake this summer.

All this and more on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

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High School Athletes Who Have Made the Blue Standard

©Mike Brynes 2017

©Mike Brynes 2017

Feature Photo: @Mike Brynes 2017

 

Here are the latest lists for those high school athletes making the Blue Standard so far this track season.

Girls

Ellie Friesen             Crestwood               1500m                      4:43.26

Bailey Nock             IC West                     1500m                      4:46.17

SE Polk                                                          4×4                             3:59.46

Ellie Friesen             Crestwood               3000m                      10:06.08

Anna Hostetler       Mid Prairie               3000m                      10:06.84

Marie Hostetler     Mid Prairie               3000m                      10:24.17

Bailey Nock             IC West                     3000m                      10:26.78

Kitra Bell                  IC West                     Long Jump               17’11”

Kiestern Fisher       SE Valley                  High Jump                5’5”

Skyler Presier         Linn Mar                    High Jump                5’5”

Maria Gorham       N. Polk                      High Jump                5’5”

 

Boys

Camden Cox            Ank Cent                  1600m                      4:22.44

Myles Bach             CP-U                           3200m                      9:29.29

Cole Schroeder       Dowling                    3200m                      9:33.36

Blair Brooks             Marion                     High Jump                6’6”

Braeden Hoyer       Northeast                 High Jump                6’8”

Keith Keahna          S. Tama                     High Jump                6’6”

Owen Minshall      Waukee                      High Jump                6’6”

Nick Phelps              KP-WC                     Shot                           65’9”

 

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Mizzou Athletics 2018

Next Level Iowa Podcast For March 15, 2018: Indoor Natties Wrap

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Feature photo: Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou©Mizzou Athletics

This edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast was once again put together late and a bit piecemeal as Mike and I were unable to get together as usual.  A big week for indoor nationals for the D1, D2 and D3 athletes and Mike and I do our best to keep you updated on all our Iowa Athletes performing at all levels.