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The Next Level with Mike Jay
In this edition you will find items about Iowa State, Missouri, Arizona State, Iowa Conference, U of Iowa, #1 ranked Arkansas, NAIA athletes, Midwest Collegiate Conference, Central Missouri, Truman State, and NW Missouri. With its total of 76 points, the Iowa State women finished tied for fourth with Baylor, marking the highest Big 12 finish by the Cyclones since finishing fourth in 2000. Texas A&M won the women?s meet with 140 points. Texas A&M also captured the men?s title with 154 points. The Cyclone men were ninth with 45 points. The Iowa State men scored in 12 different events, displaying a new balance in the program.  The Cyclone women scored in 11 events.  The Cyclones went 1-3-5 in the 5,000.  Besty Saina was the winner with Meaghan Nelson, CR Xavier, and Dani Stack third and fifth.  As Saina did 24 hours before in the 5,000-meters, the Cyclone junior took the lead with about 300 meters to go in the 3000, for her fourth career Big 12 title in a time of 9:14.20. Meaghan Nelson, CR Xavier, was third, Dani Stack fifth and Morgan Casey, NE Goose Lake, was eighth.    Morgan Casey also finished 6th in the mile in 4:53.56 and anchored the Distance Medley to a 6th place finish in 11:29.29.  Dana Christensen of Belmond-Klemme also ran on the DMR.   Richie Bales, Pella, and Nick Efkamp, Madrid, ran on the Cyclones 9th place 4 x 400 team.  They ran 3:16.83.
 
The University of Missouri also has Iowa natives on their roster, and they too, were Big 12 scorers.    Blake Irwin, Pleasant Valley finished 5th in the 800 in 1:49.46 and ran on the 4x400 with Marshalltown native Kellyn Fogarty.  The Tigers 4x4 finished 7th in 3:14.47.

Arizona Sate women finished 4th in the MPSF meet.  Sioux City East native Shelby Houlihan finished 4th in the mile in 4:41.58 and anchored the Sun Devil Distance Medly Relay to a 7th place finish in 11:22.06.  MPSF is basically the PAC 12 plus some California teams that do not have their own indoor conference meet.  MPSF is Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.

The Iowa Conference, one of the top D-3 conferences in the country, is loaded with former Iowa preps.   This is the website that will connect you with their conference meet results:   http://www.cornellrams.com/fw/2012_IIAC_Indoor_Track_and_Field_Championships.php

The Iowa Hawkeyes traveled to Lincoln, Nebraksa to compete in the Big 10 Indoor over the weekend.  The men's team racked up 45 points to finish eighth, while the women finished 10th with 21 points.  Eric Sowinski captured the 800 meters title when he crossed the line in 1:47.90. The Waukesha, Wis. native also ran fourth leg on the 1,600-meter relay team that finished sixth with a time of 3:10.52. Senior Patrick Richards, freshman Kaleb Van Cleave, DM Hoover, and junior Keaton Rickels, Iowa Falls Alden, were also part of the relay team.   Rickels also ran to a fourth place finish in the 600 meters. The junior's personal best time of 1:18.19 ranks third all-time at Iowa. 
Senior Matt Banse, Starmont, recorded a tenth place finish in the weight throw with a toss of 62-8 ½ (19.11m). Ryan Lamparek, CR Prairie, also competed in the event. The senior's personal best toss of 61-2 (18.64m) ranks seventh all-time at Iowa.   Matt Banse, Starmont, also had a personal best performance in the shot put. The senior's toss of 57-3 ¾ (17.47m) earned him a tenth place finish.  Senior Nicole Erickson, CR Kennedy, recorded a personal best time in the 600 meters. Erickson crossed the line in 1:31.71. That time ranks fifth all-time at Iowa.    The men's distance medley relay team of Prom, Rickels, Iowa Falls Alden, Sowinksi and Thode crossed the line in a school record setting time of 9:45.41 to finish third.   The women's 1,600-meter relay team of junior Hannah Simonson, Jefferson-Scranton, Liverpool, Erickson, CR Kennedy, and freshman Victoria Sack had their best performance of the season. The team finished sixth with a time of 3:41.78. That time ranks sixth all-time at Iowa.

The #1 ranked Arkansas men won the SEC Indoor title this past weekend.   The Arkansas staff is made up, predominantly, of for former UNI staff members.  Chris Bucknam is the head coach.  Two of his assistants, Doug Case (Marshalltown native) and Travis Goepfert (Panorama) also made the move from UNI to Arkansas.  Indianola native Noah Kittleson is a high jumper for the Razorbacks.  He jumped 6' 11 1/2" to garner 6th place SEC honors.

We have a number of former Iowa preps competing in the NAIA division and in the GPAC Conference.  Following are links to their indoor conference meet results:
http://www.gpacsports.com/sport/0/16.php
http://www.gpacsports.com/sport/0/15.php
Nine Iowa schools, with lots of Iowa kids, participate in the Midwest Collegiate Conference, in the NAIA division.  Here is the link:
http://www.tfrrs.org/results/23663.html
Between Central Missouri, Truman State and NW Missouri, there are a number of Iowans competing in the MIAA, D-2.  Check it out:
http://www.themiaa.com/sports/mtrack/2011-12/files/2102_miaa_indoor_track_final_results.htm


 
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