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!

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
©Jim Kirby

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
©Mustangs Athletics

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!