Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU
©Paul Merca 2019

What A Week For Iowans!

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Paul Merca 2019

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Paul Merca 2019

What a week Iowans have had both on the track and on the cross country course!

At the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Doha, Qatar, Iowans were nothing short of AWESOME!

Feature photo: Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU©Paul Merca 2019


Brittany Brown, All B10 and All American at Iowa advanced to the 200M dash final where she won the Silver medal!  Brown ran a lifetime best of 22.33 in round 1 and came back to run yet another PR in the final, finishing 2nd in 22.22.

In the Women’s 1500M final, the US went without a medal, but it wasn’t because of a lack of outstanding effort.  Former Sioux City East prep, Shelby Houlihan finished 4th, setting a new American Record with her time of 3:54.99.  Jenny Simpson, born in Webster City, ran a season’s best, 3:58.42 to finish 8th.

In the Women’s 5K final, former Dowling Catholic prep Karissa Schweizer, finished 9th in a lifetime best of 14:45.18 which puts her at number 5 on the US All Time list!  Houlihan hold the American 5K record of 14:34.45.

In the Men’s Steeplechase, Hillary Bor, Iowa State All American and Stanley Kebenei, Iowa Central CC and Arkansas All American advanced to the final where Bor ran 8:09.33 for 8th and Kebenei was 10th in 8:11.15.

University of Iowa B10 and NCAA Discus champion, Lagi Tausaga had a new lifetime best of 209-9 and advanced to the final where she tallied 3 fouls and did not place.

Brian Williams, a NJCAA champion at Iowa Central and All American at Ole Miss threw 198-5 in the first round of the Men’s Discus and did not advance.

Drake Relays 200M champion Kenny Bednarek, Indian Hills CC ran 21.50 in the first round of the 200 and did not advance.

Adva Cohen, a Drake Relays and many time NJCAA champion at Iowa Central CC ran 9:42.90 in the Women’s Steeplechase for her native Israel and the national record holder did not advance.

UNI freshman, Onal Mitchell, ran on Trinidad and Tobago’s Men’s 4×400 in the preliminary heart, helping them advance to the final where they ran 3:00.81 to finish 9th.

In the USATF 10 Mile Championships held in the Twin Cities, Sunday, October 6, former Sioux City North prep and Iowa Central All American, Biya Simbassa finished 2nd in the Men’s race.  Simbassa, who finished his collegiate career at Oklahoma ran 46:57 only 2 seconds behind winner Futsum Zienasellassie’s 46:55.  Kevin Lewis, former Ottumwa prep and All B10 performer at Iowa was 17th overall in 48:25.  Tyler Jermann, former Iowa State-23rd in 49:00.

On the Women’s side. Wapsie Valley state champion and Iowa State All American, Katy (Moen) Jermann finished 3rdin 53:44.  Sara Hall won her 3rd USATF 10 Mile title in a row running 53:11.  Former Iowa State standout Annie Frisbie finished 5th in 54:00.  University of Iowa All B10 performer Andrea Shine was 34th in 59:08.