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01 April 2012
We hope you enjoyed our first attempt at getting "immediate reults" on our website via Twitter and a link to Flash Results for live results.  It is our plan to grow our correspondent base and get more and more up to the minute results on our Iowa kids.  A big thank you from The Next Level Iowa goes to Central College assistant coach Scott Tjeerdsma for his help over the weekend.

The Iowa and Drake traveled to Fayetteville over the weekend to take part in the Arkansas Spring Invitational. Some of the highlights and former Iowa preps with some fine finishes:
Senior Matt Banse started off the weekend for the Hawkeyes with a first place finish in the Seeded hammer throw.  Banse, a senior from Starmont Strawberry Point, took the title in the hammer throw with his toss of 194-3.
The women's 1,600-meter relay team started the outdoor season on a positive note. The team of junior Hannah Simonson, Jefferson Scranton, sophomore Ashley Liverpool, senior Nicole Erickson, CR Kennedy, and freshman Victoria Sack finished first crossing the line in 3:38.07. That time ranks fourth all-time at Iowa.
The men's 1,600-meter relay team of junior Justin Austin, senior Patrick Richards, freshman Brennan Davey, Indianola, and senior Erik Sowinski crossed the line in 3:06.49 to finish just behind Arkansas (3:06.45). The Hawkeye's time of 3:06.49 ranks tenth all-time at Iowa.
Sophomore Andrew Carman, Jefferson Scranton, was 4th in the Discus Throw with a best of 165-10.
Junior Ethan Holmes, Clinton, captured a fourth place finish in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.17, while senior Dan Davis, IC West, finished sixth crossing the line in 14.56. Davis's time ranks tenth all-time at Iowa.
Matt Banse, Starmont Straberry Point, finished third in the shot put with a toss of 54-00, while Ryan Lamparek's, CR Prairie, toss of 53-8 ¼ secured a fourth place finish.  Lamparek was also 7th in the discus with a throw of 161-8.
Junior Majesty Tutson, IC City High, was 3rd in the Discus Throw with her best toss of 156-7.
 Erickson, CR Kennedy, recorded a personal best time in the 400 meters. Erickson finished fourth with a time of 55.70.
Simonson, Jefferson Scranton and sophomore Kelsey Quinn, Marion, finished fifth and seventh, respectively in the 400-meter hurdles. Simonson's personal best time of 59.83 ranks sixth all-time at Iowa, while Quinn's personal best time of 1:00.94 ranks ninth.
The men's 4x100 team of Tevin Cee-Mincy, SE Polk, Josh Larney, Patrick Richards and Justin Austin finished 3rd in 40.35.
In the men's 400M dash, Brennan Davey, Indianola, was 5th in 47.15 and Kaleb VanCleave, DM Hoover was 7th in 47.87.
For Drake:
Andy Curtis, Manchester, West Delaware, won the unseeded hammer throw.  Curtis won the event with a career best of 164 feet 9 inches.inches, while Kevin Harp, Iowa City, City High claimed eighth in the javelin with a heave of 195 feet 11 inches.
The women's 4x100-meter squad of sophomore Tiara Winston, Marissa Smith, Whitney Westrum, Waukee, and Sarah Yeager, Cardinal Eldon, were seventh in 46.93.
Jessica Mathes, Ridge View, finished 7th in the unseeded 800 in 2:18.18.
Omet Kak, DM North, was 5th in the seeded 1500 in 3:50.78.
There were other former Iowa preps competing for other D-I schools at Arkansas.  They were:
Ashlie Decker, Dowling Catholic, Minesota, 2nd in 3K-9:56.32.
Blaire Dinsdale, North Tama, Nebraska, 2nd in unseeded 1500-4:32.21.
Kellyn Fogarty, Marshalltown, Missouri, 7th in 400H-52.66.
Blake Irwin, Pleasant Valley, 3rd in seeded 800 in 1:50.14.
Noah Kittleson, Indianola, Arkansas, 3rd in HJ- 7' 1/4".
Kyle Dunn, Linn Mar, Arkansas, 4th in 400H in 52.11 and 5th in 110HH in 14.45.

Twelve teams from across Iowa traveled to Pella Saturday to take part in the 14 team Central College Invitational.  The following are results of former Iowa preps who won events at Central and links to complete meet results:  Men's Results   ///  Women's Resu
University of Northern Iowa;
Justin Romero,Cedar Falls, planted himself squarely atop the UNI record books and in the middle of the national scene with his shot put title at the Central Invitational on Saturday. Romero threw 60-01.00, breaking John Holler?s 34-year old school record of 58-06 by more than a foot and a half.
Jill Lageschulte, Marshalltown, won the 3,000m steeplechase in 11:05.88 ? good enough for the second-fastest time in UNI history just two weeks after she set the school record in the event.
Kelsey Sukovaty, Manson NW Webster, claimed the women?s shot put championship with a huge toss of 49-02.5. Sukovaty trails only former UNI All-American Rachel Jansen, MOC Floyd Valley, on the school?s all-time leaderboard. Sukovaty also took Saturday?s title in the hammer throw with a personal-best mark of 167-06
The women's 4x1 team of Lindsey Gierke, Michaela Brundgart, Storm Lake, Emily Roberts, Ankeny, and Darian Thompson won in 48.20.
Allison Fick, IC West won the 5k in 18:07.48
Sam Cameron, Bettendorf, won the women's 100M dash in 12.37
Molly Cashman,Waverly Shell Rock, won the 800 in 2:16.54
Brady Fritz, IC West, won the men's 800 in 1:53.37
Brett Eagan, Waukee, won the steeplechase in 9:36.67
Jordan Williams, Monticello, won the men's discus throw with a toss of 178-6
The quartet of Derek Kramer, CR Xavier, Cam Brown, Bettendorf, Jarred Herring, Burlington, and Sebastian Barth won the men's 4x100 in 41.89
UNI's men's 4x4 team made up of Daniel Gooris, Justin Bartels, Clinton, Ryan Newtoff, and Tyler Clark, Ames, won with a time of 3:18.83
Other Iowa preps winning events were:
Ben Coy, South Hamilton, Simpson, 400M dash-49.90
Eli Horton, SE Polk, Central, 1500 M run-3:58.57
Mitch Davis, Algona, Simpson, 5k-15:36.10
Matt Huseman, E. Sac County, Northwestern College, HJ-6-8
Catie Ellingson, Indianola, Simpson, 1500M-4:38.84
Sadie Fisher, SE Webster, Grand View, 10K-39:06.15
Kendra DeJong, Unity Christian, Northwestern College, HJ-5' 4 1/4"
Kinsey Bak, Hinton, Simpson, Long Jump-17' 9 1/2"
The meet was a scored event.  UNI won the mens team title with 222.5 points and they won the women's team race as well with 264.5

30 March 2012
The athletes competing for schools out of state are:  Brooke and Blaire Dinsdale of North Tama (Nebraska), Ashley Decker, Dowling Catholic (Minnesota), Ellen Dougherty, SC East (Nebraska), Blake Irwin, Pleasant Valley, (Missouri), and Noah Kittleson (Indianola) and Kyle Dunn (Linn Mar) both at Arkansas. will have up to the minute results of all of our Iowa kids, at both meets, via Twitter.  We will have a correspondent at each location tweeting results that will be posted directly to our website, so login and keep informed about YOUR IOWA PREPS TAKING THEIR TALENTS TO THE NEXT LEVEL!

After finishing Day 1 in 10th place with 3,179 points, Alex Gochenour, former Drake Relays and State champion from Logan Magnolia, finished in 9th place overall, after scoring 5,225 points in the 7 event, 2 day competition event in her collegiate debut in the heptathlon.  The LSU Lady Tiger freshman, wrapped up the Texas Relays running 2:21.14 for 11th place in the 800-meter run.  Results from Alex's other events:  100H-14.0, HJ-5' 1 3/4", Shot Put-36' 4 1/4", 200M-25.18, Long Jump-17' 11", Javelin-116' 3".

26 March 2012
heWell, the 2012 Outdoor Track and Field season is officially under way!
The Next Level will be following many meets throughout the season, doing our very best to keep you up to date on our former Iowa Preps and their collegiate performances.

The following is a list of Conference meets, in D-1, D-2, D-3 and NAIA, their dates and host school.  This list will cover all of the Iowa Preps we currently have record of.  If you know of a former Iowa prep competing in a conference that I do not have listed, please let me know.  We do not want to leave anyone out.   I have also listed dates and hosts for each divisions National Championships.

Division I:
ACC-University of Virginia, April 19-21
Big East-University of South Florida, May 4-6
Big 10-Wisconsin, May 11-13
Big 12-Kansas State, May 11-13
Missouri Valley-Wichita State, May 11-13
PAC 12-Oregon, May 12-13
SEC-LSU, May 10-13
Summit League-North Dakota State, May10-12
East Preliminary Round-University of North Florida, May 24-26
West Preliminary Round-University of Texas, May 24-26
NCAA D-1 Championships-DRAKE UNIVERSITY, June 6-9

Division II:
MIAA-Emporia State, May 4-6
Northern Sun-University of Mary, May 11-12
NCAA D-II Championships-Colorado State-Pueblo, May 24-26

Division III:
Iowa Conference-University of Dubuque, May 10-12
Midwest Conference-St. Norbert, May 11-12
NCAA D-III Championships-Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Claremont, CA, May 24-26

GPAC-Nebraska Wesleyan, May 4-6
Heart of America-Graceland, May 4-5
Midwest Collegiate Conference-Ashford, May 4-5
NAIA National Championships-Indiana Wesleyan, Marion, Indiana, May 23-25

19 March 2012
While most universities and colleges are on spring break, there were still a number of track meets taking place across the southern tier of states involving Iowa colleges and fromer Iowa prep athletes.  Former Iowa preps were competing in three different meets. 
Former Drake and state champion, Alex Gouchenour of Logan Magnolia took part in the Louisiana Classics in LaFayette for LSU.  Gouchenour, a Tiger freshman, finished 5th in the long jump with a best of 18' 1 3/4" and 5th in the 100M hurdles in 14:06.
The Houlihan sisters were in action at the Baldy Castillo Invitational, at Arizona State.  Shelby, a Sioux City East grad and a freshman at Arizona State, won the 800 M run by over 3 seconds, in 2:09.38.   Her sister Shayla, who was an All MVC performer at UNI and now is one of the nations top steeplechasers, won the 3200 M run in 10:04.89.
Former Iowa City West standout and Arizona freshman, Taylor Freeman, placed 3rd in the Discus at Arizona's Willie Williams Classic with her best throw of 161' 5 1/4" and she was 5th in the Hammer Throw with a throw of 187' 7 1/2".

The University of Northern Iowa track & field teams kicked off the 2012 outdoor season by winning four event titles at the University of South Florida Bulls Invitational on Friday.  Panther Highlights:
Senior Jill Lageschulte, Marshalltown, broke the UNI school record in the 3,000m steeplechase, winning the event in 11:02.64. Teammate Scotti Schon - the previous record-holder at 11:06.12 - finished second on Friday in 11:24.91.
Sophomore Emily Roberts, Ankeny, recorded a personal best of her own in the 400m hurdles, finishing in 1:02.16 for fourth place overall and the No. 5 spot on UNI's all-time list.
Senior Michaela Brungardt, Storm Lake,  placed fourth in the 800 in 2:16.32.
Senior Traci Harms, Hampton-Dumont, took sixth in the hammer throw (170-01) and eighth in the shot put (46-06.25). Teammate Kelsey Sukovaty, Manson Northwest Webster, threw 47-4.50 for sixth in the shot put, just missing a spot in the UNI all-time top five.
Senior Justin Romero, Cedar Falls, freshman Justin Baker Heelan, swept the top two spots in the shot put. Romero matched his personal best with a toss of 57-07.75 (17.57m), and Baker threw 52-00.00 (15.85m) for second. Junior Jordan Williams, Monticello, was fourth with a throw of 50-04.50 (15.35m).
Williams was third in the Discus with a best of 172-7.
Sophomore Adam McDonnell, Central Dewitt, claimed a second-place finish in the javelin, throwing a personal-best 204-06 (62.34m) to improve his mark that already ranks No. 4 in UNI history. Fellow sophomore Ben Lindaman, WDM Valley, posted his own personal best, throwing 194-11 (59.42m) to come up just short of a spot in the UNI all-time top five.
Senior Brady Fritz, IC West, recorded a time of 8:54.33 in the 3,000m run for third place. Junior Brett Egan, Waukon, also earned a third-place finish, running 14:45.59 in the 5,000m..

15 March 2012

Upper Iowa will reinstate its wom¬en's cross country program for the 2013-14 season. Upper Iowa suspended its men's and women's cross country, track and tennis programs as the university made the move to the NCAA Division II level during the 2003-04 season.  Congratulations to Upper Iowa for making a decision that will benefit more Iowa kids, and give them the opportunity to take their talents and abilities to "The Next Level".
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announces the national award winners for 2012 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field season as chosen by the nation?s coaches. Adams State?s Andrew Graham, Ashland?s Ryan Loughney, Hillsdale?s Amanda Putt, and Central Missouri?s Lindsay Lettow were selected of National Athletes of the Year. Grand Canyon?s Tom Flood and Grand Valley State?s Jerry Baltes were picked as the National Coaches of tNational Women?s Field Athlete of the Year
Lindsay Lettow, Central Missouri
A senior from Des Moines Christian, Lettow defended her national title in the pentathlon, scoring an all-time division record and NCAA-Championships record of 4,193 points. Lettow is also the first in Division II history to win a second pentathlon title. She participated in four events at the national meet and claimed second place in the high jump (5-6½, 1.69m), seventh in the long jump, and 12th in the 60-meter hurdles to go with the pentathlon crown.
At the MIAA Championships, she scored a meet-high 44 points and was the league?s champion in the pentathlon and high jump.  Lettow is coached by Simpson grads Kirk Pederson (West Liberty) and Kip Janvrin (Panora-Linden).
Recent Winners:
2012: Lindsay Lettow, Central Missouri
2011: Lindsay Lettow, Central Missouri

2010: Heather Miller, St. Cloud State
2009: Katelin Rains, Minnesota State
2008: Katelin Rains, Minnesota State
2007: Tianecia Moseley, Adams State
2006: Cecilia Barnes, Cal State Bakersfieldhe Year.
Mark Abrams from Glenwood has signed with Morningside
Yeager Earns State Farm Good Neighbor Award
Drake junior Sarah Yeager Cardinal of Eldon, was one of 10 Missouri Valley Conference athletes to be honored with the MVC State Farm Good Neighbor Award, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced Tuesday.
Yeager, a sprinter and hurdler on the track squad, serves as the co-president of the Drake Student-Athlete Advisory Council and represented Drake at the NCAA Leadership Conference last year. A health sciences major, Yeager is in the midst of an internship at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center.
Additionally, she has volunteered with Meals From The Heartland, at the Blank?s Children Hospital and Blankets for Bulldogs, which is a youth activity where they tied blankets for Iowa Homeless Youth Centers   
?Sarah is one of the many individuals on our team that is always on the go,? commented head coach Natasha Brown. ?Even while being a Division I athlete and studying health sciences, she finds the time to give back to the community and epitomizes the Drake University student. I?m so proud of Sarah for being recognized for her accomplishments.?
In order to be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be in good academic standing, must demonstrate good citizenship through good sportsmanship and significant community service, and must participate in a sport, during the season of recognition.  
Conference Release

3, March 2012

March 1, 2012 NEW ORLEANS ?
In the latest update of The Bowerman Women?s Watch List, Texas A&M freshman Kamaria Brown, Washington sophomore Katie Flood, and Ohio State senior Christina Manning now appear.  Brown (Baton Rouge, La.) won the Big 12 title in the 200 meters in a world- and collegiate-leading 22.86 seconds last weekend and owns the two fastest times in the event this season. Flood (Des Moines, Iowa) has NCAA bests in the mile, 3000 meters, and as a member of Washington?s DMR squad this season. Manning (Waldorf, Md.) won Big Ten titles in the 60 dash and 60 hurdles last weekend and is the collegiate leader in the hurdles (7.95). For the trio, it is a first-time appearance to the Watch List. THE BOWERMAN OFFICIAL WATCH LIST, 2012 WOMEN (updated March 1, 2012, listed in alphabetical order, always ten names)
Brigetta Barrett JR Arizona Jumps Duncanville, Texas
Kamaria Brown (N) FR Texas A&M Sprints Baton Rouge, La.
Kimberlyn Duncan JR LSU Sprints Katy, Texas
Katie Flood (P) SO Washington Distance Des Moines, Iowa
Octavious Freeman FR UCF Sprints Lake Wales, Fla.
Jordan Hasay JR Oregon Distance Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Christina Manning (N) SR Ohio State Sprints/Hurdles Waldorf, Md.
Sheila Reid SR Villanova Distance Newmarket, Ont.
Tina Sutej SR Arkansas Pole Vault Ljubljana, Slovenia
Brianne Theisen SR Oregon Combined Events Humboldt, Sask.
 (P) ? Promoted from the ?also receiving mention? list(N) ? new to either list
Katie Flood, Washington ? Flood holds the NCAA?s No. 1 seed in three events -- the mile, 3000 meters, and DMR. On her home oversized track, Flood has notched times of 4:28.48 (mile), 8:55.31 (3000m), and 10:55.01 (as anchor of DMR) this season. The DMR time is fifth all-time collegiately on all tracks, Flood?s mile time is fourth all-time collegiately on all tracks, and the 3000-meter time is in the collegiate all-time top ten on all tracks.

The Nebraska women?s distance medley relay team made history Friday night at the Alex Wilson Invitational on the campus of Notre Dame University.
The team of Jessica Furlan, Mara Weekes, Ellie Grooters and Ashley Miller, Tipton took home a first-place finish with a time of 10:58.74. The Huskers broke the Nebraska indoor distance medley relay record and qualified  for the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships in Boise, Idaho next weekend. In addition, it broke the Alex Wilson Invitational record and the Meyo Track record of 11:04.26 set by Michigan in 2011.  Ashley Miller heads to the Indoor Championships as the Nebraska Indoor school record holder in the 3k and the DMR and #2 on their all time list in the mile and the 5k!  Not bad for the 15 time Iowa High School State Champion!

Mustangs Win National Championship In 3200-Meter Relay
Morningside won its first-ever national championship in a track & field event at the NAIA level when the Mustangs triumphed in the men?s 3200-meter relay on Friday at the 2012 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships in Geneva, Ohio.

The Mustangs? All-America quartet of Brad Wright, a sophomore from Mullen, Neb.; Taylor Chapman, a sophomore from Spencer, Iowa; John Harris, a junior from Holstein, Iowa; and Monte Larsen, a senior from Neola, Iowa, combined for a school-record time of 7:33.55 to edge Wayland Baptist University (7:33.99) at the finish line. The Mustangs shattered their previous school-record time of 7:38.75 that they ran in Thursday?s prelims.
The Mustangs? splits were a 1:55.1 by Wright, a 1:55.9 by Chapman, a 1:51.6 by Harris, and a 1:50.3 anchor by Larsen.
Former Iowa preps earned a total of 27 All American honors at the NAIA Indoor Championships in Geneva, Ohio this weekend.  Five of our former high school stars were crowned National Champions, three on the men's 4x800 for Morningside and two in the high jump.  John Harris (Galva Holstein), Taylor Chapman (Spencer) and Monte Larson (Tri Center Neola) ran on Morningside's winning quartet that was clocked in a school record 7:33.55.  Former Sergeant Bluff Luton start Megan Glisar jumped 5' 8 3/4" to win the high jump title for Morningside and former East Sac County standout, Matt Huseman, cleared 6' 11 3/4" to claim the men's high jump title for Northwestern. 
Other Iowa preps earning NAIA All American status:
Jenna Higgins (North Scott), Mt. Mercy. 6th-60 M Dash, 7.72
Jackie Kane (Marion), Mt. Mercy. 2nd-600 M Dash,1:34.66
Kara Keller (Mediapolis), Grand View. 7th-800 M Run, 2:15.74
Brianna Mathes (Galva Holstein), Morningside. 5th-1000 M Run, 2:26.75
Dawn Gildersleeve (North Polk), Northwestern. 6th-1000 M Run, 2:57.55
Obsie Birru (Johnston), Grand View. 3rd in 5K-17:27.19 and 7th in mile-5:02.17
Kari Van Beek (Hartley Melvin Sanborn) and Katie Bonnema (West Sioux) ran on 4x400 for Dordt. 8th in 3:58.27
Teresa Kerkvilet (West Lyon), Sara Edwardson (Spencer), Brianna Hobbs (Kingsley Pierson-Woodbury Central), and Dawn Gildersleeve (North Polk) ran on 4x800 for Northwestern.  8th in 9:15.
Megan Mathes (Galva Holstein) and Lydia Bienlien (Glenwood) ran on DMR for Morningside that finished 3rd in 12:09.22
Mwale Kpande (Mt. Pleasant), Mt. Mercy. 8th-Long Jump, 18' 3"
Larissa Wilden (Clinton), Mt. Mercy. Tied for 6th-High Jump, 5' 3 3/4"
Lauryn Camp (Preston), Grand View. 2nd-Weight Throw, 58' 5 3/4"
Colleen Frank (Eldora New Providence). 8th-Weight Throw, 54' 1/2"
Monte Larson (Tri Center Neola), Morningside. 2nd-600M Run, 1:19.34
Logan Hovland (North Iowa), Northwestern. 7th-1000 M Run, 2:29.20
Tyler Wells (DM Roosevelt), Grand View. 6th-Shot Put, 54' 2 1/2"

1, March 2012
Lisa (Koll) Uhl battles back from injuries to chase her Olympic dream.  read more:
A look at a number of our former preps and college signings.
Minnesota State-Mankato and Augustana of South Dakota, are each D-2 programs, with Iowa kids and both compete in the Northern Sun Conference.   Minnesota State-Mankato will host the D-2 Indoor Championships, March 9-10.  Iowans scoring in the Northern Sun conference meet last week were:
Minnesota State-Mankato:
Devin Allbaugh, Pleasant Valley. 6th, Mile Run-4:19.85.   2nd, 3,000-8:35.64
Matt Stocker, CR Prairie.  8th, 1,000-2:40.19.  Led off 2nd place DMR-10:30.00
Josh Mellman, Rockwell-Swaledale.  Anchored 2nd place DMR-10:30.00.   5th in 1,000-2:34.46
Keyvaan Rudd, Davenport Central.  3rd in HJ 6' 8 1/4"
Augustana SD:
Khor Kong, Marshalltown.  6th in 600-1:23.35
Paul Yak, Storm Lake St. Mary's.  6th in 3,000-8:42.11.  3rd in 5k-15:05.45
Matt Winder, Mt. Vernon.  Ran 400 leg on 3rd place DMR-10:32.25

Former Waverly-Shell Rock stand out Rachel Peth has decided to run at UNI (she is on scholarship for volleyball).
Rachel Peth, 3rd place in the 60 meter hurdles.
Missouri Valley Conference indoor Championship, 2-26-12.
Broke freshman record 8.67 seconds.

Atlantic distance runner Ali Krogman will take her talents to the University of Iowa next year.
400m specialist Alex Hartwig will run at Northwest Missouri State.

Ogden girls track has three girls competing in college:
Stephanie Haberer - Senior at Wartburg
Toby Jo Klauenberg- Soph at Univ of North Carolina Charlotte
Olivia Diggs - Soph at Morningside

Evan Colfack, high school senior has signed a letter of intent to participate in track and field and play football for the University of Sioux Falls. Evan placed 5th in the 2A discus last year and 10th in the 2A shot put.

Brady Grunder School record holder in the Shot 51' and discus 169'9 at Durant, has signed a letter of intent to throw at Iowa Central Community college.

Update on Brianna Hobbs, a former runner for the Kingsley-Pierson Panthers:  
Brianna Hobbs led the Northwestern College women's team with a pair of top five finishes and earning 13 points for the Red Raiders in the GPAC Indoor Conference Championships. The junior placed second in the 600m, meeting the NAIA automatic standard with a time of 1:37.4 and then finished fourth in the 800m with a time of 2:20.4.
Kingsley-Pierson/Woodbury Central (KP-WC) athletes:
Tyler Campbell is running for Buena Vista University as a freshman in the high hurdles.
Alex Howrey is running for Morningside College as a freshman in the hurdles.

28, February 2012
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:

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:
Nine Iowa schools, with lots of Iowa kids, participate in the Midwest Collegiate Conference, in the NAIA division.  Here is the link:
Between Central Missouri, Truman State and NW Missouri, there are a number of Iowans competing in the MIAA, D-2.  Check it out:

27, February 2012
The UNI Panthers, powered by a large contingent of former Iowa preps, comepted very well in the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships in the UNI Dome over the weekend.  The men were 4th, behind winner Southern Illinois.  The women were sxth.  Missouri State won the women's title.
Former Iowa preps and their MVC results:
Senior Traci Harms, Hampton Dumont, posted a personal-best throw of 62-11.50 (19.19m) to place sixth in the weight throw.
Lindsey Wilkins, Darian Thompson, Emily McCarthy, SC East, and Scotti Schon, Waukon, teamed up for a fifth-place finish in the 4,000m distance medley relay.
UNI's 4,000m distance medley relay squad of Ryan Krogmann, NE Goose Lake, Justin Bartels, Clinton, Aaron Stockstell, Mid Prairie, and Brady Fritz, IC West, took second place for All-MVC recognition. The All-MVC honor is the eighth of Fritz's career.
Senior Tanner Hurt, Newton, entered the meet as the No. 5 man in the weight throw, but moved up to take fourth place with a toss of 62-08.00 (19.10m). Jordan Williams, Monticello, followed suit, jumping from a No. 13 ranking in the weight throw to claim seventh place thanks to a season-best throw of 59-11.25 (18.27m).
Sophomore Adam McDonnell, Central Clinton Dewitt, entered the meet ranked No. 14 in the weight throw but finished ninth, and Matt Schiffer, Mason City, came in 19th but jumped to a 12th place finish.
Jarred Herring, Burlington, was second in the 60 meter dash in 6.83 seconds, and Derek Kramer, CR Xavier, was third in 6.95 seconds for the Panthers. Freshman Cam Brown, Bettendorf, notched a seventh-place finish.
For the second straight season, Justin Romero, Cedar Falls, came up big in the shot put when it mattered most. On his second-to-last attempt, Romero unleashed a lifetime-best toss of 59-02.75 (18.05m) to add his second MVC title. 
Jordan Williams, Monticello, backed up Romero's effort in the shot put with a lifetime best of his own. Williams placed fourth with a throw of 57-00.75 (17.39m), surpassing his previous best by more than one foot. Freshman Justin Baker, SC Bishop Heelan, also notched a personal-best, throwing 54-03.25 (16.54m) for ninth place.
Sophomore Thomas Larson, Johnston, and senior Travis Leuer, Laurens Marathon, tied for fifth place in the high jump, with each clearing 6-07.50 (2.02m).
Freshmen Jordan Guske, WDM Valley, and Marshall Hill, Cedar Falls, each placed individually in the sprint events. Guske was seventh in the 400m, and Hill took eighth place in the 200m dash.
Junior Brett Egan, Waukon, ran an indoor personal-best of 14:44.74 in the 5,000m to claim seventh place.
Michaela Brungardt, Storm Lake, recorded a lifetime best in the 400m dash to take third place on Sunday. Brungardt finished in 54.84, which is a new school record when adjusted to account for the use of oversized tracks. Teammate Sam Cameron, Bettendorf, was fourth in 55.31.
Ben Lindaman, WDM Valley, and Tyler Clark, Ames, took 10th and 11th, respectively, in the heptathlon. Lindaman scored 4,860 points and Clark had a personal-best 4,770 points.
 Freshman Rachel Peth, Waverly Shell Rock, improved her UNI freshman record to 8.67 seconds on her way to third place in the 60 Meter Hurdles.
Freshman Alex Wilson, Mt. Vernon Lisbon, earned a sixth-place finish in the 800m with a time of 2:16.40. Molly Cashman, Waverly Schell Rock, placed eighth in 2:20.65.
Scotti Schon, Waukon, ran 5:03.48 to notch a seventh-place finish in the mile. Senior Jill Lageschulte, Marshalltown, clocked a huge PR in the 5,000m, taking 10th place in 17:48.04.
Junior Kelsey Sukovaty, Manson NW Webster, was seventh in the shot put with a mark of 48-04.50 (14.74m).
The Panther men took the MVC title in the final event of the day, winning the 4x400m relay in a time of 3:16.33. UNI ran three freshmen in the event, as Jordan Guske, WDM Valley, Aaron Stockstell, Mid Prairie, Marshall Hill, Cedar Falls, and Sheldon Magee edged Illinois State by four-thousandths of a second for the title. Magee came out on top in a three-way battle with the league's 800m champion, Matthew Smoody of Illinois State, and the league's 400m champion, Dylan Hartnett of Wichita State, over the final 100 meters. 
The UNI women repeated as league champions in the 4x400m relay with the team of Michaela Brungardt, Storm Lake, Paige Knodle, Darian Thompson and Sam Cameron, Bettendorf. When converted for track size, that quartet's time of 3:40.77 stands as a UNI all-time record.

26, Feburary 2012
LSU Freshman Alex Gochenour, Logan Magnolia, kicked off the 2012 SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships by setting three event personal records while scoring a personal best 3,855 points en route to a sixth-place finish in the women's pentathlon during Friday's competition at the University of Kentucky.
Gochenour put the No. 2-ranked Lady Tigers on the scoreboard with three points in her SEC Indoor debut as her 3,855 points moved her into the No. 8 spot on LSU's all-time performance list in the event.Her effort featured a lifetime PR in the shot put, indoor PRs in both the long jump and 800 meters, as well as a mark in the high jump that equaled her indoor personal best set earlier this season.
Gochenour actually raised her pentathlon PR by 176 points as she made her collegiate debut with a 3,679-point performance in a sixth-place finish at the Razorback Invitational back on Jan. 27.
"I was hoping to maybe finish a little higher than that at the beginning of the season, but I've come a long way since my first pentathlon," Gochenour said. "I'm happy with how I was able to finish. I was able to be really consistent with my best marks this season. I had a PR, tied a PR or was right there. It was nice to be consistent today and to score some points for the team that we had to have."
Gochenour opened the competition by scoring 963 points in the 60-meter hurdles while running the ninth-fastest time of the day at 8.75 seconds. She came up just short of her personal best of 8.71 that was set last weekend in a fifth-place finish at the LSU Twilight held at the Carl Maddox Field House.
Next up for Gochenour was the high jump, where she added 747 points to her total by equaling her indoor PR with a first-attempt clearance at 5 feet, 3 ¼ inches to move up two spots into seventh place.
She then reeled off three personal bests in a row with a lifetime PR of 37-11 ½ on her first toss in the shot put for 633 points, an indoor PR of 18-1 ¾ in the third round of jumps in the long jump for 709 points and an indoor PR of 2 minutes, 21.53 seconds for 803 points in the 800-meter run.  When the dust settled, Gochenour emerged with the nation's No. 4-ranked pentathlon performance for the 2012 season by a freshman with a total of 3,855 points through five events. Gochenour signed with the Lady Tigers as one of the top multi-event recruits in the United States for the Class of 2011 as the 2010 U.S. Junior champion in the heptathlon with a personal-best score of 5,300 points in the event in winning the national title.
"I'm really looking forward to outdoor and the heptathlon where I'll be able to do a little bit better," Gochenour said. "The pentathlon is more difficult because you have to do all of the events in one day, but the main thing for me is that my stronger events are the javelin and the 200 meters. It is a struggle indoors sometimes because I have to make up points in areas where I'm not the strongest right now."

Ashely Miller,Tipton, rewrote the Nebraska Cornhusker record books on Friday en route to winning the 2012 Big Ten 3,000 meters. Miller posted a personal-best time of 9:17.28 to edge out the first-place finish. With the time, Miller now sits in first among top 3,000 meter performances at Nebraska. The top spot was previously held by Fran ten Bensel, who notched a mark of 9:17.87 in 1992.?I know I have a lot of confidence in my finish and I just went for it,? Miller said. ?The whole crowd really pushed me. I could feel the energy pick up, I knew she was right on my tail. I didn?t want to disappoint my home crowd, which really kept me going.?
Following her stellar outing on Friday, Miller finished second in the women?s mile Saturday afternoon, just missing claiming her second Big Ten title of the weekend. Miller recorded a time of 4:40.53 en route to her runner-up finish behind Penn State?s Caitlin Lane, who notched a time of 4:39.90.
Miller came back in the 5,000 meters to etch her name yet again into the Husker record books as she posted a personal-best time of 16:22.70 for second-place. Her time ranks second all-time in the Husker records. With the performance, Miller helped the Husker women advance their lead in the team race while also contributing to what became her own impressive weekend.

On Friday, the opening day of the Big 10 Indoor Championships, former Iowa preps helped the Nebraska Cornhsukers score valuable points in the Distance Medly Relay.  Brooke Dinsdale, North Tama, ran the 400 meter leg and Ellen Daughtery, Sioux City East, the 800, to led their squad to a 4th place finish in 11:18.83.
Blaire Dinsdale, North Tama, used a personal-best time of 2:08.97 to take seventh in the 800 final, to help Nebraska win it's first ever Big 10 Indoor track championship. Rebecca Addison of Michigan finished first with a time of 2:06.07.
The Cornhusker women finished the meet with a fifth-place finish in the 4x400 meter relay and a time of 3:40.72 behind the efforts of Mila Andric, Mara Weekes, Brooke Dinsdale, North Tama and Ellie Grooters. With the performance, the Husker women secured their first Big Ten Indoor Championship.

University of Washington Sophomore Katie Flood, WDM Dowling, broke her third school record in as many races this year, only this time she had help, as Flood anchored the Husky distance medley relay to the victory on day one of the MPSF Championships, in Seattle, in an NCAA-leading time of 10:55.01. Sophomore Chelsea Orr led off, passed to senior Jordan Carlson, then freshman Baylee Mires, and finally Flood took the baton in fifth-place but powered down the final stretch for a dramatic win over Oregon. Washington's win is well under the NCAA Automatic qualifying time for the DMR. Flood has already qualified in the mile run (4:28.48) and 3,000-meter run, (8:55.31) with NCAA leading marks in those events as well, so she can pick and choose what she runs in Boise. The 10:55.01 time smashed the old Dempsey Indoor record of 11:02.15, as well as the previous Washington school record of 11:05.80. Furthermore, Washington's time is the fifth-fastest time in NCAA history. It was also an MPSF Championships meet record. The top four teams all went under the old Dempsey record, indicating the strength of the field and the likelihood of these teams meeting again at NCAAs in two weeks. The Ducks were right behind the Huskies, finishing in 10:55.78, which is now the No. 2 mark this season. Oregon anchored their quartet with Anne Kesselring, the defending NCAA Champion outdoors at 800-meters, who set Oregon's school record in the mile two weeks back in the same race that Flood posted her mile mark. Kesselring took the lead from Flood around the final backstretch, but Flood was able to answer and passed Kesselring on the inside to take the victory. The distance medley relay is comprised of a 1,200-meter leg, then 400-meters, 800-meters, and finally a 1,600-meter leg, just short of a standard mile. Flood's split for the 1,600m was unofficially at 4:28.8. It's the second MPSF title for UW in the DMR, previously winning it in 2009. Still, Flood managed to critique her final leg, saying "I think I might have done it a little wrong. I went out pretty hard. I got excited since Baylee was coming in so hard. But after that I just tried to maintain, and keep moving up, and stay calm. I think it's always easier to battle like that when you have a team behind you that just worked their butts off and ran so hard, so when you cross the line you're not crossing for yourself, it's a lot easier to find that motivation."

Sunday, 19 February 2012
At the LSU Twilight Invitational, Friday, Lady Tiger freshman Alex Gochenour, Logan Magnolia, set two indoor personal records during Friday's action after posting back-to-back PRs of 8.82 and 8.71 in the 60-meter hurdles and clearing 5-3 ¼ in the high jump.  Alex will compete in the heptathlon in the SEC championships next weekend.
The Bradley Braves were in competition at the UW Milwaukee Tune Up meet over the weekend.  Former Burlington Cross Country champion, Marshall Moyer won the mile in 4:19.83 and fellow freshman, Evan Tuisl, Clinton, finished 10th in the 800 with a time of 2:00.33.  The Braves will travel to Cedar Falls and the UNI Dome this coming weekend for the Missouri Valley Indoor Championships.
The Augustana of South Dakota Vikings also participated in the Nebraska Tune Up meet.  Travis Beniak, Khor Kong, Marshalltown, Henrik Hansson and Tom Karbo ran the men's distance medley relay in a school record 9:54.83 to take first. The national qualifying time is seventh in the nation for D-2, and beat the previous school record of 9:55.65.
The University of Northern Iowa men's and women's track & field teams combined for seven event titles at the Iowa Invitational hosted by the University of Iowa on Friday evening.   Former Iowa preps providing highlights for the Panthers were:
Senior Tanner Hurt, Newton, moved into fourth place on the UNI all-time list in the weight throw with a toss of 63-07.50 (19.39m) for second place. Hurt's throw was a personal-best effort by more than two feet and ranks him No. 38 in the nation this season.
Senior Jarred Herring, Burlington, clocked a season-best and Missouri Valley Conference-leading 6.82 seconds in the 60m dash for second place. Derek Kramer, CR Xavier, took fifth place in 6.95 seconds.
Senior Brady Fritz, IC West, notched a second-place finish in the 800m at 1:54.00. Brendan Thompson, Mason City Newman, took fourth at 3,000m in 9:03.22.
Senior Aaron Stockstell, Mid Prairie, was third in the 400m dash with a time of 49.52, Freshman Marshall Hill, Cedar Falls, ran the 200m in 22.45 for 4th place.
Justin Romero, Cedar Falls, threw 56-08.50 (17.28m) to finish second in the shot put.
Junior Scotti SchonWaukon, shaved nearly six seconds off her previous personal-best time in the mile, winning the event in 5:02.96. Leah Blanchard, Cedar Falls, recorded a personal-best of her own, finishing fifth in 5:12.37
Senior Traci Harms, Hampton-Dumont, won the weight throw with a mark of 60-07.75 (18.48m). Junior Kelsey Sukovaty, Manson-Northwest Webster, earned a third-place finish with a throw of 58-11.25 (17.96m).
Freshman Rachel Peth, Waverly Shell Rock, was second in the 60 meter hurdles in 8.94 seconds.
Peth clocked the second-fastest 60m time of the season by a Panther, finishing in 7.96 seconds. Freshman Bree Rehder, Mt. Vernon-Lisbon, took fourth place in the 200m dash with a time of 26.62.
Molly Cashman, Waverly Shell Rock, placed second in the 800m, finishing in 2:17.25. Alex Wilson, Mt. Vernon-Lisbon, and Emily McCarthy, SC East, took third and fourth, respectively.
Sukovaty and Harms placed second and third, respectively, in the shot put. Sukovaty threw 48-11.00 (14.91m) and Harms posted a toss of 47-04.50 (14.44m).
Emily Roberts, Ankeny, claimed a fourth-place finish in the 400m dash, crossing the line in 59.63.
UNI will host the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships in the UNI-Dome on Feb. 25-26.
The Central College men?s and women?s track and field teams wrapped up their indoor regular season at the Iowa Invitational Friday evening.
The third-place women's 4x400 relay (4:09.44) ran with former Iowa preps: Rachel Northrup (freshman, Griswold), Rachel Purdy (junior, Ankeny), and Miranda Wehde (sophomore, Tipton). Northrup recorded a seasonal best in the 400 meters (1:00.48) to finish in fifth, while Morgan Sharp (junior, Grinnell) had a big personal best in the long jump (16-8.5) and took fourth
A big effort from Logan Danko (junior, Centerville) in the 200 meters highlighted the men?s squad. Danko placed fifth in a highly competitive field with a time of 22.56, over three-tenths of a second faster than his previous lifetime best. In the men?s 3,000 meters, Andrew Hamer (senior, Murray) and Brent Ewing (junior, Centerville) secured a two-three finish for the Dutch with finishing times of 9:00.87 and 9:02.18, respectively.
The Dutch will travel to Mount Vernon for the Iowa Conference championship meet next Friday and Saturday at Cornell College. The multi-event competition is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Friday with the field events slated for 2 p.m. and the running events beginning at 6 p.m. The two-day meet will conclude Saturday.

The top-ranked Wartburg women?s indoor track and field team and the No. 23 Wartburg men?s team won their own Invitationals Saturday.
Grinnell, Grand View, Buena Vista and Mt. Mercy also took part in this scored meet.  With this many Iowa colleges involved, there was a very large number of former Iowa preps taking part.  Check out complete results at:

Saturday, 18 February 2012
Nebraska hosted their final regular season indoor meet, "The Nebraska Tune Up", this past weekend and former Iowa preps took part.  In the women?s 600 meters, Blaire Dinsdale, North Tama, led the Huskers with a second-place finish on a personal-best time of 1:32.89. Brooke Dinsdale, North Tama, finished third, notching a personal-best time of 1:33.38, while Ellen Dougherty, SC East, came in fourth with a personal-best mark of 1:33.67.  
Nebraska will host the Big 10 Indoor Championships, February 24 and 25.

The University of Iowa track and field Meet ........ a large number of former Iowa preps competing on all teams involveed.  A number of those athletes compete for the Hawkeyes and did quite well.  Many of them winning their event.  The following are results of some those events featuring former Iowa preps:
Ryan Lamparek, CR Prairie, had a personal best performance in the shot put. The senior took the title with a toss of 57-0 (17.37m). That mark ranks tenth all-time at Iowa. Lamparek was also the top finisher for the Hawkeyes in the weight throw. He finished fourth with a toss of 58-6 ½ (17.84m)
Senior Nicole Erickson, CR Kennedy, and junior Hannah Simonson, Jefferson-Scranton, finished first and second, respectively, in the 400 meters. Erickson crossed the line in 56.79, while Simonson followed close behind with a time of 56.83.
The Hawkeyes dominated the 600 meters. Junior Keaton Rickels, Iowa Falls-Alden, took the title crossing the line in a personal best time of 1:19.43. Freshman Brennan Davey, Indianola, tied for second with a time of 1:19.9.  Sophomore Kyle Slaymaker, CR Kennedy, (5th, 1:20.92), and freshman Kyle Wheeler, Glenwood, (6th, 1:22.42) rounded out the Hawkeye line-up.
Kaleb Van Cleave, DM Hoover, took the title in the 400 meters with a time of 49.17.
Freshman Kevin Lewis,Ottumwa, and freshman Ben Witt, Burlington, finished first and third in the mile. Lewis crossed the line first with a personal best time of 4:12.47, while Witt also recorded a personal best time of 4:13.07.
Khanishah Williams, Burlington, competed well in two events. The freshman sprinted to a third place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.96. Williams also reached a height of 5-2 ¼ (1.58m) to earn a third place finish in the high jump.
For complete results go to:

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Sarah Wenzel, 2009 Clinton graduate is competing in Track and Field at Ashford.
Drake sophomore Omet Kak, DM North, won the non-seeded 3,000-meters, at the Iowa State Classic on Friday, Feb. 10.
Kak's time of 8:25.01 was almost three seconds ahead of South Dakota State's Greg Vollmer who was second.   The meet concluded Saturday, Feb 11 with more fine performances.
Drake sophomore Brogan Austin, Boone, was eighth in the seeded 3,000-meter race in 8:20.30 and Kak placed 10th in the seeded mile finishing in 4:12.36.
A large number of former Iowa preps took part in the Midwest Collegiate Conference Indoor Championships over the weekend.  Grand View's, Obsie Birru, Johnston, came home with five first place showings, a third and a fourth!!
See complete meet results at:
Pleasant Valley has seen much success in recent years in both track and cross country.  The following is a list of some recent graduates and some of their college successes:
Blake Irwin, University of Missouri, was 4th in the 800 meters, in 1:48.69, at the Texas A&M Invite on Feb. 11.  He was the outdoor Big 12 Champion at 800 meters in 2010.  Blake won multiple state championships at PV.
Charlie Paul, Iowa State, was 10th in the 5000 in a PR of 14:23.89, at the ISU classic in Ames on Feb. 11. Charlie was on 3 teams that won state titles at PV.
Austin O'Brien, Central at Pella, was on the winning DMR at Grinnel on Feb. 11.  He ran the 1200 leg and his team ran 10:35.09.  He was also 3rd in the 800 in 1:57.08.  Austin ran on 4 state championship teams at PV.
Cody Doughan, Central, Pella, ran PR. 15:40.77, in the 5000 at Grinnel to finish 11th.  Cody was a member of one state championship team at PV.
Devin Allbaugh, Mankato State, was 3rd in the mile, in 4:19, at Mankato State on Feb. 4th.  Allbaugh won multiple state championships as a distance runner at Pleasant Valley High School.

Monday, 13 February 2012
Taylor Vogel, CR Washington, 200,400, Hurdler has signed a letter of intent to compete for the Winona State Warriors.
This weekend at the Flotrack Husky Classic in Seattle, Flood broke her second school record, as she ran 4:28.48, losing only to Kenya's world championships silver medalist in the 10000, Sally Kipyego's 4:28.41. 
This weekend at the Flotrack Husky Classic in Seattle, Flood broke her second school record, as she ran 4:28.48, losing only to Kenya's world championships silver medalist in the 10000, Sally Kipyego's 4:28.41. 

Flood ran just behind the leaders for most of the race, as Canadian Hilary Stellingwerff and Florida's Cory McGee did the work up front.
At the bell, on the 307 meter indoor track, Flood and Kipyego moved to the front.

As they rounded the final turn, Katie "threw it down" in an effort to pass the former 9 time NCAA Champion, Kipyego, and came up just inches short of a vistory.  According to Track & Field News, Flood's performance is the fourth best time ever indoors by a collegian, with only Jenny Barringer of Colorado (4:25.91), Kipyego of Texas Tech (4:27.19) and Vicki Huber of Villanova (4:28.31). All but Kipyego have competed in the Olympics during their careers.

I came away from Saturday's meet without much of a voice left, but feeling so proud of the quality of athletes produced in this state!  It seems like yesterday that the 14 year old little girl, with the french braid, wearing the Dowling maroon uniform stole the show at the State Cross Country meet in Fort Dodge.  Then it was the Drake Relays and the State Track meet.  Now she is "based" out of Seattle running for the UW Huskies.   I would not count her out as possible NCAA Champion and Olympic team member this year, but will, right now, say she is one of the favorites to represent the USA in 2016, because when she toes the line, she has one goal in mind, and that is to WIN!

Thursday, 09 February 2012
Mwale Kapande, competing for Mt. Mercy,  placed 1st in the long  jump at the Cornell College HillTopper in Mt. Vernon this last weekend.  Her jump of   17' - 10 3/4"  is a  provisional qualifying mark for the NAIA  Indoor Nationals.  Kapande  is a former Mt. Pleasant  High School athlete and 2008  long jump State Champion.  Kapande is quite a story.   She spent her first two years at Graceland.  She is a nursing major and at Graceland they send you to Kansas City for your last two years.  She did not want to go that far away from home.   Transferred to Mt. Mercy.  Qualified for Nationals two years ago, finished 6th and was an NAIA  All-American with a jump of 19'.  Had some  major health problems last year and actually had to drop out of school but is back in school, healthy again and doing very well.

Amanda Houston, Fort Madison, has signed to throw for the University of Iowa.  Houston is the reigning 3A State Shot Put Champion and was 3rd at last years Drake Relays.

Here are Clinton High School girls that are currently competing at the next level:  Cortni Kooi 2008 graduate @  Mt. Mercy.  Grace Shemwell 2010 graduate @ Valpariso.   Larissa Wilden 2009 graduate @ Mt. Mercy.    Athletes signing:  Kate Kaster 2012 graduate will be running for Iowa State in the fall of 2012.  Courtney Camp 2011 graduate will be jumping and running for St. Ambrose in the spring of 2013.

The Midwest Collegiate Conference Indoor Championships are being held on Sat. Feb. 11th at Sterling, Illinois, Westwood Indoor Facility.  Meet begins with field events @10:00 and running  @ 12:00 Noon  There are many current athletes in this conference whom are Iowa natives.

Wednesday, 08 February 2012
Des Moines Roosevelt grad, LSU All American and Americas #1 short hurdler, Lolo Jones, is making her way back to the top after her heartbreaking result in the 2008 Olympics and her recent surgery. Lolo led an American sweep of the podium while breaking the 19-year record in the 60-meter hurdles at the Russian Winter indoor meet.  Jones clocked 7.89 seconds Sunday to shave .03 seconds off the mark set by Jeva Sokolova of Russia in 1993. She was followed by Ivette Lewis in 8.03 and Danielle Carruthers in 8.05.

More and more Iowa high school track and field and cross country athletes are signing with colleges and universities. 

Monday, 06 February 2012
Recent Pleasant Valley girls who have taken their talents to "The Next Level":
Susan Rodriguez - 2009 graduate is in her junior year at Columbia (NY); she was the 100H Drake Relays champion in '09 and all-stater in 100H, 400H, and Shuttle Hurdle Relay that year.
Jenna McGee - 2011 PV graduate, currently running track and field at Luther College (Decorah)
Laura Thomsen - 2011 PV graduate, currently running cross-country and track and field at Univ. of Northern Iowa
Kelly Hering - 2011 PV graduate, high jumper at Iowa State University
Morgan Meseke - 2009 PV graduate - running cross-country and track at Central College
Avery Malmgren - 2011 PV graduate - ran cross-country at Indiana Wesleyan
Onna Drake - 2011 PV graduate - running CC and track at Indiana Wesleyan
Kate Benge - 2009 PV graduate - running track at Augustana College (IL) - recently ran 3rd fastest 600m time in Augustana history
Bondurant-Farrar has four young men that are competing at the college or university level this year.
2009 graduate Cory Kunze is a junior at Ohio State University competing in the multi-events. 
2011 graduate Cole Hocker is a member of the Luther College track team competing in sprints.
2011 graduate Taylor Sanderson is a member of the Iowa State University track squad competing unattached in the jumps. 
2011 graduate Dan Larscheid is a member of the Morningside College cross country and track teams competing in the distance events.

Drake sophomore Omet Kak, Des Moines North, won the unseeded mile at the Frank Sevigne Invitational Saturday at the Bob Devaney Indoor Track at the University of Nebraska, in Lincoln.  Kak?s winning time was 4:10.59. Fellow sophomore Brogan Austin, Boone, was sixth in 4:13.64.  Also at the Husker Invite, Nebraska senior Ashley Miller, Tipton, was named the Most Valuable Female Performer.  Miller has provided highlight after highlight for the Huskers in 2012 and did not let up, taking top honors in the women's mile special with a personal-best time of 4:39.11. Miller's performance puts her at fourth among top-10 performers at Nebraska in the mile. The school record is 4:38.23 and was set by Anne Shadle in 2005 and the NCAA-automatic qualifying mark is 4:37.00. Her mark on Saturday ranks as the 12th-best indoor mile time in the NCAA this season.  Ellen Dougherty, Sioux City East, took third in the 600 notching a personal-best mark of her own of 1:34.75.  Brooke Dinsdale, North Tama, had a fourth-place finish and a personal-best mark of 2:10.38 in the 800.

As a high school senior, at City High, Majesty Tutson was a state runner-up in the shot put (41-feet-9 ½) and discus (134-06).Tutson graduated from high school in 2009, a month after winning the high school discus at the Drake Relays.  Last season in the Big Ten Championships, she was second in the discus with a school-record toss of 172-3.  Tutson opened the 2012 season with a third-place effort in the shot put (43-10 ½) at the New Year's Classic on Jan. 14 in the UI Recreation Building. She followed that with a third-place showing in the weight throw (57-2 ¾) at the adidas Classic on Jan. 21 in Lincoln, Neb. Tutson was eighth in the shot put (42-0 ¾).  Her weight throw of 58-4 at the Iowa State Classic last February set a school record and now ranks second all-time in Hawkeye history

Saturday, 04 February 2012
Dakotah Goodel, 3A and Drake Relays discus champion, l will take her throwing talents west down I-80 and become an Iowa Hawkeye next fall.

Ben Oostedorf, Madrid, will run Cross Country at Iowa Central next fall.
Erica Grubbs, 8th in 3A Cross Country this past fall, for Davenport Assumption, will take her talents to Chicgao next fall and run for Northwestern of the Big 10 conference.
Matt Harmeyer, North Polk, was a state runner-up in the 800 in 2010.  He is now in his second season as a combined event athlete at Iowa State. 

As you know, many of Iowa's former prep stars are competing at the college/university level.  It is my goal to get info on ALL of them before the year is over.
Here are a few more to add to the list:
From Dubuque Hempstead: Ty Wittman, Loras. Wes Westervelt, Wartburg. Andrew Brimeyer, Augustana, Rock Island, Ill.
From: IC Regina: Jacoby Firkins and Daniel Bonthius, Wartburg. Nick Williams, Rice. Nick Synan, Fordham. Kristen Gaffey, Marquette. Kayla Balke, Loras.
From Cedar Falls: Cassie Cratty, Wartburg.  Kaitlyn Gillette, Central.

Friday, 03 February 2012
The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, started awarding their version of a "Most Valuable Player" award, the Bowerman, 3 years ago.  I am honored to be on the selection committee for this prestigious award.  It is awarded in the summer, after the NCAA Outdoor Championships.  I am putting this information in the Next Level for a number of reasons, but perhaps most importantly, is that these athletes will be competing on the Blue Oval in June at the NCAA Championships.  This story is bout the WOMEN.  I will post a story about the men next week.
ABOUT THE BOWERMAN The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation.  Florida State?s Ngoni Makusha and Texas A&M?s Jessica Beard are the reigning winners of The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman. Bowerman served the sport of track and field in numerous ways. His leadership in the USTFCCCA?s predecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and the running community as a whole are among his many lasting legacies. For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the trophy, and Bill Bowerman himself, visit

Brigetta Barrett, JR, Arizona, Jumps, Duncanville, Texas
Tia Brooks, RS JR, Oklahoma, Throws, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Emma Coburn, SR, Colorado, Distance, Crested Butte, Colo.
Kimberlyn Duncan, JR, LSU, Sprints, Katy, Texas
Octavious Freeman, FR, UCF, Sprints, Lake Wales, Fla.
Jordan Hasay, JR, Oregon, Distance, Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Anne Kesselring, JR, Oregon, Middle Distance, Nürnberg, Germany
Sheila Reid, SR, Villanova, Distance, Newmarket, Ont.
Tina Sutej, SR, Arkansas, Pole Vault, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Brianne Theisen, SR, Oregon, Combined Events, Humboldt, Sask.
Tori Bowie,SR,Southern Miss,Jumps/Sprints, Sandhill, Miss.
Dezerea Bryant, FR, Clemson, Sprints, Milwaukee, Wis.
Katie Flood, SO, Washington, Distance, Des Moines, Iowa
Semoy Hackett,SR, LSU,Sprints, Trinidad & Tobago
Ryann Krais, SR, Kansas St., Combined Events, Eagleville, PA
Julie LaBonte, Arizona,Throws,Ste-Justine, Quebec
Lindsay Lettow, SR,Central Missouri, Combined Events, Urbandale, Iowa
Jeneva McCall, SR, Southern Illinois, Throws, Dolton, Ill.
Abigail Schaffer, SR, Moravian, Pole Vault, Easton, Pa.
Vashti Thomas, RS JR, Academy of Art, Hurdles/Jumps, San Jose, Calif.
Lucy Van Dalen, SR, Stony Brook, Distance, Wanganui, N.Z.
When the time comes, to vote on The Bowerman, I want you to know that I will do my very best, to show NO favortism to any athlete with Iowa ties.  (MAYBE!)
Mike Jay

Friday, 03 February 2012
A number of Iowa preps made their college choice (Wed. February 1), was the first day of the early signing period.  Following is list of those student athletes and their choices:
James Harrington, Cedar Falls.  4A champion in 100, 200, 4x1 and 4x2.  Drake Relays champion in 100, 4x1 and 4x2 has signed with the University of Alabama.
Hannah Savage, Cedar Falls.  Drake Relays and 4A medalist.  Northern Illinois University
Taylor Twedt, West Fork.  2A High Jump champion.  Drake Relays High Jump runner-up.  University of Wisconsin.
Brooke Foreman, Cedar Rapids Washington.  4A 400H champion and Drake Relays medalist.  Drake.
Jordan Sullivan, Iowa City, City High.  Drake Relays and 4A medalist.  Western Illinois.

Cole Decker, West Des Moines Dowling.  Third in 4A XC championships.  7th in 4A 3200, 8th in 1600 at state meet.  Central College, Pella.
Brandon Moorman, Mt. Pleasant.  3A 400 Hurdle champion.  Iowa State University.

Arden Betzer, Springville/Central City, will continue her outstanding running career at Bradley next fall.  Arden was 6th in the 1A Cross Country meet this fall and was 3rd in the 1500 and 4th in the 3000 last spring.  An assistant coach at Bradley is Matt Esche, former All Big 10 performer at Iowa.
Waverly Shell Rock's, Daniel Huff, and Bettendorf's Matt Butler will be able to keep their current school colors as they will become Iowa Hawkeyes next fall.  Huff was 3rd in 3A XC this past fall and finished 3rd in the 3A 3200 in Des Moines last spring.  Butler was 12th in the 4A state cross country meet and 5th in the 1600 and 6th in the 3200 at the state track meet last year.

Former Washington Demon standouts will continue their collegiate track and field careers this season.  Mike Koehler, 2008 Washington graduate, is in his Senior year at Wartburg where he as contributed to a number of IIAC wins.  Mike was on Washingtons state champion 4x4 and was also a Drake Relays runner-up in the 400 hurdles.
James Libe, a 2010 Washington graduate, qualified for the Junior College National Championships, both indoors and outdoors, both years he spent at Iowa Central.  Libe is now on scholarship at Texas Pan American.  Texas Pan Am competes in the Great West Conference.

Wednesday, 01 February 2012
Sioux City North has a number of recent graduates who have taken their talents to "The Next Level" and are doing quite well.  Derik Simenson, Sioux City North class of 2008 (Morningside College) competed at the NAIA National Cross Country Meet this past fall.  Jesus Iniguez, Sioux City North class of 2010 and Abbabiya Simbassa, Sioux City North class of 2011competed at the NJCAA Half-Marathon National Meet, for Iowa Central Community College and the Tritons were crowned National Champions.   Josee Jansen, Sioux City North class of 2011 (University of South Dakota), competing for USD in Cross Country and Track.

Arizona Stat traveled to College Station, Texas to take part in the Texas A& M Mondo Challenge this past weekend.  

The event pitted Arizona State with Oregon as the Pac-12 representatives squaring off in a conference dual with Texas A&M and Texas Tech of the Big 12 and Florida and Tennessee of the SEC in a battling for conference bragging rights.  Five of those six teams (Texas Tech excluded) have combined to win 14 of the past 16 indoor and outdoor national titles dating back to 2008.  Shelby Houlihan, Siouc City East, showed she has what it takes to compete with the best in the women?s 800-meters, going toe-to-toe with All-Americans Chanelle Price (Tennessee) and Anna Kesselring (Oregon) en route to a third place finish in the event in 2:07.58, good for the third-fastest time in ASU indoor history in the event and the fastest since Lorieann Adams clocked a time of 2:07.77 in 1995.

Track fans at the Dennis Youg Classic, Saturday at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, saw an outstanding performance by Monte Larson, former 400H champion from Tri-Center.  Now competing for Morningside College, Larson ran a 1:52 leg on their winning 4x800, won the 400m in :49, and ran a :49 leg on their winning 4x400.

Hannah Wilms, former Dike-New Hartford prep, is leaving the volleyball team to focus on her track and field commitments at Iowa State.
Willms, the 2011 Preseason All-Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, played in 23 matches, starting 10 matches, at outside hitter for the Cyclones last season.
During her freshman track season at Iowa State, Willms was named second-team All-America, finishing 12th in the high jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships, earned All-Big 12 honors, finishing fourth in the high jump (5-08.50) and was a member of the seventh-place finishing 4x400-meter relay team at the Big 12 Indoor Championship.  She set a collegiate personal best mark in the high jump at the ISU Classic (5-11.50).
In her prep career at Dike New Hartford, Willms won 14 state titles (four-time 200-meter dash, four-time 400-meter dash, three-time high jump, three-time sprint medley relay).  She was the  2010 national prep leader (outdoors) with a high jump of 6-1 and also won five Drake Relays titles.  Hannah  holds the all-time record at the Iowa State Meet in the high jump (6-01) and the 400 meter dash (53.96).  She was a member of Team USA at the 2010 Junior World Track and Field Championships where she placed fifth in the high jump.