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High School Athletes Who Have Made the Blue Standard

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

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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.

 

 

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling Mizzou
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Next Level Iowa Podcast For March 8, 2018: National Indoors

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Ronnoja Ayers-Des Moines-GVU, Kennedy King -Assumption-GVU, Katie Roberts-Ankeny-GVU, and Chantel Blair-Boone-GVU
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On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast, Mike and I put together our podcast from different parts of the world.  We wanted to make sure and highlight our Iowans who made us proud last weekend at the Junior College and NAIA National Meets and look ahead to this week’s D1 and D3 National Meets.  Tune in for everything you need to know about our Iowan competing in the indoor track national meets across the country

Joe Dunham-Central
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Next Level Iowa Podcast For February 27, 2018: Joe Dunham

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Joe Dunham, Head Coach Central
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On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we cover all the conference meets from last week.  We also talk with Central  Coach Joe Dunham.  We look ahead to the national indoor meets coming  up this weekend and next, as well as talk about Mike’s brand new microphone/headset!  All this and more on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

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Next Level Iowa Podcast For February 20, 2018: Mason Tope and Jessica Heims

tope heims-1On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we cover last weekend’s meets leading up to the conference meets and preview the upcoming conference meets.

We talk with Mason Tope-Dav. Central-Loras about transitions from xc to indoor and outdoor seasons.  We also catch up with Rio Paralympian Jessica Heims-CR Prairie-UNI about her goals for the future Paralympics and as a collegiate runner.

All this and more on the Next Level Iowa Podcast.

Andre De Grasse
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Relays Announce the Return to Olympian Andre DeGrasse

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Andre De Grasse
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Andre De Grasse, a three-time Olympic medalist, is set to highlight the return of the invitational 100 meters to the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays, announced Thursday, Feb. 15.

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Video announcement, click here!
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.
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.’
“Andre is one of the biggest rising stars in international sports and it will be a thrill for our fans to see him compete against a world-class field,” Boldon said. “It’s the first time we’ve hosted an invitational 100 meters in 13 years and Andre will be the best short sprinter to come to the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee since Michael Johnson 20 years ago. The return of the invitational 100 meters will be an electrifying ten seconds.”
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.
Relays’ fans unfamiliar with De Grasse’s speed and athleticism can watch the star in action Friday evening as part of the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. De Grasse is a member of ‘Team Clippers’ along with Jamie Foxx, Paul Pierce, Common, Bubba Watson and others.
“Andre’s participation in the NBA All-Star weekend goes to show that the Drake Relays presented Hy-Vee draws the biggest celebrities in sports,” Boldon added.
Boldon has scheduled De Grasse’s performance for the Saturday of Relays in front of a potential 53rd consecutive Saturday sellout at Drake Stadium. Starting Thursday, Feb. 15, fans can renew their single-session tickets for the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. All-Session and All-American, Gold and Silver ticket packages are also available for purchase via DrakeTix.com or by calling 515-271-3647.
Kyle Kepler--Utah
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Next Level Iowa Podcast For February 12, 2018: Coach Kyle Kepler

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Elijah Young-DM Lincoln-ISU
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On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with Coach Kyle Kepler, Head Women’s Cross Country and Track Coach for the Utah Utes. We talk with Coach Kepler about Iowan Trina Marino-Urbandale-Utah and her progress in her freshman year at the D1 level.

We also talk with Elijah Young-DM Lincoln-ISU about his career as a Hurdler for the Cyclones.

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

Feature photo: Kyle Kepler-Webster City-Utah©Jim Kirby 2015 
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Next Level Iowa Podcast For February 7, 2018: UNI Week

Untitled-a1On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we feature the UNI Panthers while talking with Brette Correy-W. Dubuque-UNI, Coach Dave Paulsen-Waverly Shellrock-UNI and Alex Wilson-Mt. Vernon Lisbon.

We also talk to Johanna Topham-Griswald-Hawkeye Comm and ask her about her freshman season at the Junior College Level.

We talk results and so much more! All this on this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast.

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Next Level Iowa Podcast #655 January 29, 2018: Blake Bolden-Exciting News For the High School Drake Relays!

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Blake Boldon-Director of the Drake Relays
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On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast, Blake Bolden, Director of the Drake Relays gives us an exclusive announcement regarding the high school athletes qualifying for the Drake Relays! Blake also gets caught up on all the Pre-Drake activities and other special announcements to follow!

If that is not enough to peak your interest, how about all the exciting news and results from last weeks meet?! All this and more on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

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Next Level Iowa Podcast #654 January 24, 2018: Dylan Kalinay

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Dylan Kalinay-S. Tama-Simpson
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On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we cover all of the latest indoor meet results featuring our Iowans and adopted Iowans, and we talk with Simpson Senior Dylan Kalinay-S. Tama-Simpson and his preparation and goals for this coming indoor and outdoor seasons.

Mike and I also consider some of the other “NEXTIE” award winners from 2017.  All this and more on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!