Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou, Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU and Jenny Simpson-Webster City
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Next Level Iowa Podcast June 18, 2018: Blake Boldon, Shelby Houlihan and Erik Sowinski

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Erik Sowinski-Iowa
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Feature photo: Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou, Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU and Jenny Simpson-Webster City©Mike Brynes 2017

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we get you pumped up for the USATF Nationals taking place this weekend on the Blue Oval of Drake Stadium!

We talk with the Director of the Drake Relays Blake Boldon about the high quality of world, national and Olympic caliber athletes competing this weekend.

We talk with Olympian and National Champion Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU about her monster win in the 1500m at the Prefontaine Classic and her thoughts about running the 1500m and the 5k at the USATF Nationals this weekend.

We talk with World Record holder Erik Sowinski-Iowa about the importance of having the Nationals in Iowa and his hopes this coming weekend as well.

GET DOWN TO DRAKE STADIUM FOR THE USATF NATIONALS!

All this and more on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

 

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
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Next Level Iowa Podcast July 12, 2018: Natties Wrap and USATF Preview

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Michael Scott 2018

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
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Feature photo: Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou©Michael Scott 2018
Editor’s Note: A big “thank you!” to our NCAA Nationals Photographers, Michael Scott and Darren Miller!

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we cover last weekend’s NCAA D1 National Championships and we look ahead to the USATF National Championships coming to the Blue Oval of Drake University later this month.

All this, plus Mike and my witty, bold and often prophetic commentary on this week’s Next Level Iowa Podcast!

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Next level Iowa Podcast For June 5, 2018: NCAA D1Nationals Preview

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©Jim Kirby

On this edition on the Next Level Iowa Podcast we get you ready for D1 Nationals this week in Eugene, Oregon.  We talk about all our Iowans competing and we check in with Iowa Hawkeyes’ Director of Track and Field Joey Woody, Cyclone Assistant Coach Jeremy Sudbury and Panthers’ Head Coach Dave Paulsen.

We also talk about Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou as she gets ready for her 5K-10K double, trying to pick up two more National Championships.  All this plus Dam to Dam and a preview of USATF’s coming to Des Moines this month on the Next Level Iowa Podcast.

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Next Level Iowa Podcast For May 28, 2018: Nationals

Mark Fairley-Dubuque-Central ©Dutch Athletics

Mark Fairley-Dubuque-Central
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Feature photo: Shelby Houlihan-SC East-Arizona St©Latinos Corriendo-2018

On this edition of the Next level Iowa Podcast we talk about the D3 and NAIA Nationals which were held last week, we look ahead to the D1 Nationals and we talk about the Prefontaine Classic.

All this and more on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

 

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Next Level Iowa Podcast For May 15, 2018: Conference Wrap-Sydni Milani-Mark Fairley-Tanasha Atwater

5-15-18-1On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we look at all the conference meets that took place last weekend.  We talk with Conference champions Tanasha Atwater-Day. Central-Dubuque and Mark Fairley-Dubuque-Central.  We also talk with rising star, Sydni Milani of SE Polk as she prepares for the State Meet and joining the Cyclones next year.

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

 

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Next Level Iowa Podcast For May 1st 2018: Drake Wrap-Brenda Martinez, Alex Wilson, Brette Corey and Michelle Mumm

Michelle Mumm-Neola-Morningside ©Jim Kirby 2018

Michelle Mumm-Neola-Morningside
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On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we look back at last weekend’s Drake Relays and talk to a variety of athletes such as Olympian Brenda Martinez, now professional Alex Wilson-Mt. Vernon Lisbon-UNI, Brette Corey-W. Dubuque-UNI and Michelle Mumm-Neola-Morningside.

Feature photo: Olympian Brenda Martinez ©Jim Kirby 2018

We also look ahead to the upcoming conference meets, regionals and the NCAA Nationals.  All this and more on this week’s Next Level Iowa Podcast.

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Next Level Iowa Podcast For April 24, 2018: Drake Relays! and Jason Cowley of the S.C. Journal

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On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk Drake Relays! “It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Our hearts will be glowing…..” Sorry about that, I get carried away sometimes!

Mike and I preview the coming Drake Relays Week, who to watch and where to watch them.

We also talk with long time sports reporter from the Sioux City Journal, Jason Cowley about athletes from Western Iowa and the weather they’ve faced this year.

We also take a look back at some of the other meets from last weekend.  All this more, on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

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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!

 

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Next Level Iowa Podcast: Drake Relays Announcements From Blake Boldon

 

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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!

Next Level Iowa Podcast For March 27, 2018: Blake Bolden

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

Blake Boldon-Director of the Drake Relays
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On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast, we catch up with Drake Relays Executive Director Blake Bolden and talk Relays, Relays!

We also take a look at early results from this fledgling outdoor season and look ahead to the big meets this coming week!

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