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

Photographer, Mike Byrnes Displays His Track Photos

Keri Siebrecht-Sheldon and Mike Byrnes ©Jim Kirby 2018

Keri Siebrecht-Sheldon and Mike Byrnes
©Jim Kirby 2018

Mike Byrnes is a photographer who has a long history of shooting sports of all kinds and all levels.  Mike, has been a great supporter and help for Next Level Iowa.  Recently, Mike and Doug Wells of Grand View College (another great supporter and contributor of NLI) teamed up to exhibit some of Mike’s best photos in track and field.

Below is Mike’s description of exhibit and the origin of the idea.

Feature photo: Mike Byrnes and the some of the athletes in the exhibit ©Jim Kirby 2018
Grand View Photography Professor Doug Wells asked that I exhibit in the gallery a year ago, and helped me assemble the show over the past few months. He asked that I use a very small number of very large prints, each of which is accompanied by a short story about the image/athlete. It was never intended to be an “all track & field” show, but with Doug’s encouragement, it simply turned out that way. The promo piece the Grand View staff did for me includes this dialog:

EYES are Everything (except when they’re not)

Great sports images capture emotions, often through expressive eyes. Some would say “eyes are everything,” but they don’t always tell the whole story!

The thirteen images in this set depict an array of emotions…grit, jubilation, pain, concentration, drama, trust and disappointment. They also highlight the strength, speed, grace, perfection and outright toughness of track and field athletes. For those of you who are legitimate track junkies the show includes throwers, jumpers, wheelchair racers, sprinters, hurdlers, vaulters and distance runners…from High School and Drake Relays Champions to World Champions, Olympic and Paralympic medalists.

I was able to communicate either directly or indirectly with several of these athletes, which was very rewarding in it’s own right. The common thread bonding all of their stories is humility, and the passing of praise up to Faith, family, coaches and teammates. Some of the stories are the stuff movies are made of!
 
The gallery is on the Grand View campus, at the east end of the skywalk over East 14th street.

Those included in the exhibit’s photos

  • Colette Gnade, Shelby Houlihan, Katie Flood & Ellen Dougherty
  • Karmen Nyberg (Augustana, SD)
  • Megan Durbin
  • Jenny Simpson
  • David Brown/Jerome Avery
  • wheelchair athlete)
  • Audrey Miller (Loras)
  • Jessica Ramsey
  • Ashley Spencer
  • Makiah Hunt (USD)
  • Cheri (Becerra) Madsen
  • Vashti Cunningham
  • Shelby Houlihan
Iowa Women Cross Country 2018
©Darren Miller Hawkeyesports.com

Next Level Iowa Podcast November 1, 2018: Randy Hasenbank

Randy Hasenbank-Iowa ©Hawkeye Athletics-2016

Randy Hasenbank-Iowa
©Hawkeye Athletics-2016

Feature photo: Iowa Women Cross Country 2018©Darren Miller Hawkeyesports.com

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with the Iowa Hawkeyes Head Cross Country Coach Randy Hasenbank about last week’s Big Ten Conference Meet and all the Iowans that are propelling the Hawkeyes.

Mike and I also review all of last week’s conference meets and our Iowans who competed.  We also look back on one of the most beautiful days for the Iowa High School State Cross Country Meet in Fort Dodge last weekend.

All this and more on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

Ryan Schweizer-Dowling-Notre Dame
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Next Level Iowa Podcast for October 25, 2018: Ryan Schweizer

Ryan Schweizer-Dowling-Notre Dame ©Fighting Irish Athletics 2018

Ryan Schweizer-Dowling-Notre Dame
©Fighting Irish Athletics 2018

Feature photo: Ryan Schweizer-Dowling-Notre Dame©Jim Kirby

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with State Champion from Dowling Catholic and now a member of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Ryan Schweizer.  Ryan, is on the comeback trail after enduring some frustrating injuries.  We talk with Ryan about his upcoming track season and his goals for the future.

Tragically we also talk about the death of the University of Utah’s Track Athlete Lauren McCluskey. Coach Kyle Kepler-Webster City-UNI is the coach at Utah and we send our prayers and best wishes to Kep and also Trina Moreno-Urbandale-Utah who is also a member of Lauren’s team.

We look ahead to the conference meets coming up as well!  All this and more, on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

Mt Mercy Cross Country 2018
©Mustangs Athletics 2018

Next Level Iowa Podcast For October 18, 2018: Coach Tad Hulst

Coach Tad Hulst-Mt. Mercy ©Mustangs Athletics

Coach Tad Hulst-Mt. Mercy
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Feature photo: Mt. Mercy Cross  Country©Mustangs Athletics 

On this edition of the Next level Iowa Podcast we talk with Mt. Mercy Head Cross Country Coach Tad Hulst. Mt. Mercy is hosting the NAIA National Championships in Cedar Rapids, November 16th.  We talk with Coach Hulst about the Mustangs and what its like to host a National Championship, especially in a year with the wet weather we’ve had in Iowa.

We recap the big meets from last week and we look ahead to the conference meets and the high school regional meets held this week for Iowa runners.

All this and more on the Next Level Iowa Podcast.

Coach Bob Schultz-Loras
©Jim Kirby 2017

Next Level Iowa Podcast for October 11, 2018: Coach Bob Schultz

 

Bob Schultz and Audrey Miller-Loras ©Jim Kirby 2017

Bob Schultz and Audrey Miller-Loras
©Jim Kirby 2017

Feature photo: Coach Bob Schultz-Loras College ©Jim Kirby 2017

On this edition of the Next level Iowa Podcast we talk with Head Cross Country of the Loras DuHawks.  Coach Schultz’s teams are perennial, leaders on both the conference and national stages.  We talk with Coach Schultz about his teams, his philosophies and his insights regarding the fascinating world of cross country.

We also cover some of the smaller schools, featuring Iowans, out in Western Iowa, such as Morningside, Northwestern and from across “The Big Muddy” (Missouri River), Dordt College.

All this and more on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

Michelle Mumm-Neola-Morningside
©Jim Kirby 2018

Next Level Iowa Podcast For October 4, 2018: Dave Nash

Coach Dave Nash-Hoover-Morningside @Mustangs Athletics

Coach Dave Nash-Hoover-Morningside
@Mustangs Athletics

Feature photo: Michelle Mumm-Neola-Morningside©Jim Kirby 2018

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast, we talk with long time coach of Morningside, Dave Nash,  Coach Nash was an All -American as a collegiate athlete and one of the best middle distance runner Morningside has ever had.

Mike and I also talk about last week’s big meets, CRAZY WEATHER and all the meets that are suppose to take place next week!

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

 

Griak Start

Next Level Iowa Podcast For September 27, 2018: Griak and Nuttycomb Preview

The Roy Griak Invitational ©Jim Kirby 2015

The Roy Griak Invitational
©Jim Kirby 2015

Feature photo: Roy Griak Invitational Start

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast, Mike and I look back at last week’s big meets and preview the big meets looking ahead. There is plenty of XC action to see, all within a four hour drive!

All this and more, on this week’s Next Level Iowa Podcast!

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou battles Molly Huddle in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium 
©Jim Kirby 2018

Next level Iowa Podcast For September 18, 2018: Karissa Schweizer

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou greats her fans in  in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium  ©Jim Kirby 2018

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou greats her fans in in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium
©Jim Kirby 2018

Feature Photo: Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou battles Molly Huddle in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium ©Jim Kirby 2018

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with National Champion and now member of the Bowerman Track Club, Karissa Schweizer.  Karissa tells us what she has been up to since the NCAA’s and since turning pro.

We also cover last week’s cross country meets and look ahead to the big invitationals coming up! All this and more on this week’s Next Level Iowa Podcast!

Arkansas Men's Cross Country 2018
©Razorback Athletics 2018

Next Level Iowa Podcast for September 11, 2018: Sam Schillinger and Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy-Lin Mar-Arkansas ©Razorback Athletics 2018

Ryan Murphy-Lin Mar-Arkansas
©Razorback Athletics 2018

Feature photo: Arkansas Men’s Cross Country 2018©Razorback Athletics 2018

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we welcome two teammates of the University of Arkansas, Sam Schillinger-Cedar Falls-Arkansas and Ryan Murphy-Lin Mar-Arkansas.  We talk with Sam and Ryan about being rivals back in high school and now being teammates for the Hogs of Arkansas.

We also talk about Jenny Simpson and Shelby Houlihan on their closing of this outdoor track season and we also discuss last weekend’s DIII and NAIA meets.

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

Rachel Peters-PCM-Central
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Next Level Iowa Podcast September 4, 2018: Rachel Peters

Rachel Peters-PCM-Central ©Special to Next Level Iowa

Rachel Peters-PCM-Central
©Special to Next Level Iowa

Feature photo: Rachel Peters-PCM-Central©Special to Next Level Iowa

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with Central senior Rachel Peters-PCM-Central.  Rachel realized last season that she would undergo a career threatening surgery to remove a tumor, the size of a softball from her leg.  Rachel tells us of her long road back to running and her thoughts about not only being able to run again, but also able to race again.

Mike and I also talk about the early collegiate xc races this past weekend and look ahead to this week.  Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU and Jenny Simpson-Webster City-Colorado were also in action last week and we cover all the Diamond League action.

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