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Monday, 30 January 2012

A number of former Iowa preps competing for LSU, Arkansas, and Iowa competed in the Razorback Invitational at Arkansas over the weekend and turned in some fine performances.  The Arkansas meet was also the collegiate debut of LSU Lady Tiger freshman Alex Gochenour, of Logan Magnolia, in the pentathlon. The former U.S. Junior heptathlon champion and Iowa high school state and Drake Relays champion made her first ever appearance in the indoor pentathlon Friday as she scored a total of 3,679 points to secure a sixth-place finish in the competition.  While making her indoor debut in the multis, Gochenour established indoor PRs of 8.84 in the 60 hurdles (944 points), 5-2 ¼ in the high jump (712 points), 36-1 ¼ in the shot put (595 points), 18-1 ½ in the long jump (706 points) and 2 minutes, 27.73 seconds in the 800-meter run (722 points) en route to her opening sixth-place finish. Arkansas junior Makeba Alcide scored 3,997 points to win the pentathlon crown. 

You can find meet results by following this link:
At the Mark Colligan Invitational in Lincoln, Nebraska, Ashley Miller, Tipton, captured the women?s 800 meters with a personal-best time of 2:08.26. She led the Huskers as Blaire Dinsdale, North Tama, followed her lead for fourth-place with a time of 2:11.08.  For complete results (which include more Iowa preps), go to:

Iowa State hosted the Bill Bergan Invitational over the weekend at the Leid Center.  The Cyclones have a number of Iowa preps on their roster and you can check their results at the following link:

The UNI Panthers hosted the Jack Jennett Invitational in the UNI-Dome over the weekend.  Between UNI, Drake and Iowa Central, a number of former Iowa preps not only participated, but won titles.  Check out the story and complete results at:

Sunday, 29 January 2012
I was fortunate enough to be in Seattle this weekend, calling the UW Invitational.  It was a great meet, with top collegiate field events and top distance events.  UW has a 300 meter indoor track, much like Iowa States, and has a history of drawing great fields for the distance races.  There have been 70 sub 4:00 miles run in the "Dempsey" since it opened in 2002.  This years Invitational was very good.  The Husky Classic in 2 weeks will be even better.  The highlight this weekend (for me anyway) was Section 3 of the women's 3000 meters.  This section was loaded.  It had Sally Kipyego the silver medalist in the World Championships 10k and a 9 time NCAA champion at Texas Tech.  Angela Bizzarri, Big 10 and NCAA champ at Illinois.  Malindi Elmore, Pan Am Games bronze medalist for Canada and 5 time All American at Stanford.  Bridget Franek 10 time All American and NCAA steeplechase champion at Penn State, among others.  Among the "others" was University of Washington sophomore Katie Flood, an All American herself, who prepped at WDM Dowling and re-wrote the record book while an Iowa prep. 
Flood came into the indoor season off of an All Amercian Cross Countyr season, finishing 7th at Terre Haute.  Her PR in the indoor 3k was 9:09.85, good for #2 on the UW all time list.   Kipyego took the pace out fast.  Katie settled in in the middle of the pack, then began to pick off elite runners, one at a time.  When it was all said and done, Katie Flood finished second to Kipyego, 8:47.91 to 8:55.31.  Sally's time is the curent World leader, meet record and facility record. Katie's is a new school record, a current collegiate leader and a current US leader.  She is the only US citizen to be under the 9:00 mark so far this indoor season.  Kipyego broke the facility record of 8:53.14 set last year by Lisa Koll.   Lisa (Koll) Uhl, Fort Dodge native and Iowa State NCAA champion, won the 5k in Seattle this weekend, running 15:29.85.
Great work by former Iowa preps!!
Katie Flood, University of Washington, former WDM Dowling prep

Thursday, 26 January 2012
Nicole Erickson grabbed a first place finish in the 600 meters with a personal best time of 1:32.74 at Nebraska's adidas Classic last weekend.   That time ranks seventh all-time at Iowa.  Erickson, a senior from Cedar Rapids Kennedy also ran the final leg on the second place 1,600-meter relay team at the adidas Classic.  She is a member of the top four 1,600-meter relay teams in school history, and ran the anchor leg of the school record setting team in 2011 (3:36.97).

Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Nebraska senior, Ashley Miller,of Tipton, was honored by the Big Ten Conference on Monday after being selected as the Big Ten Female Track and Field Athlete-of-the-Week. The accolade marks the first Big Ten Indoor Track and Field weekly award for Miller.  Miller was named the Female Track Athlete-of-the-Week after placing first in the 3,000-meter run with a personal-best time of 9:21.59 at the adidas Classic last weekend. Her mark was the second-best 3,000-meter run time in Husker history and ranks first in the Big Ten and eighth in the nation this season

Monday, 16 January 2012
Tanelle Berard, 4th in the 4A state Cross Country meet for WDM Dowling in 2010, is in her freshman season at Northern Colorado in Greeley.  Berard was a 2 time elite all state XC performer at Dowling while concentrating on the triathlon in the spring and summer.  She finished 7th in the 2010 World Junior Triathlon Championships in Hungary.

Tipton High School graduate and 13 time Iowa High School track and field champion, Ashely Miller, has starter off her senior year at Nebraska in impressive fashion.  Ashley led the mile, at Nebraska's Holiday Inn Invitational, start to finish, running a PR 4:47.30 which puts her at #9 on Nebraska's all time list.   Miller came back to lead off Nebraska's winning DMR which ran 11:34.11, good for #3 in Nebraska history.   Miller won the final Big 12 championship (Nebraska has since joined the Big 10), in the 1500 meters last spring, and finished her junior campaign as an All American in the 1500.
Former Logan Magnolia, 13 time state champion, Alex Gochenour, made her Division 1 debut over the weekend.  Gochenour, a freshman at LSU, competed for the Lady Tigers at Alabama in the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener, January 14.    Alex, a former USATF Jr. heptathlon champion ran 8.85 in the 60 M hurdles and long jumped 17' 6 1/4".

Kyle Dunn, a freshman from Linn-Mar and Noah Kittleson, a sophomore from Indianola, made season debuts for Arkansas this past weekend in the January 14, Arkansas vs Texas dual meet.  Dunn ran the 60 M HH in 8.35 and ran a leg on the Arkansa "B" 4x400 that tinished in 3:21.08.  Kittleson eclipsed the 7 foot mark inthe high jump by clearing 7' 1".

Former Iowa preps winning events for the University of Iowa in the Hawkeye's New Years Classic, january 14, were:
Khanishah Williams, FR, Burlington-High Jump, 5' 7 3/4" and 60 M hurdles-9.24
Rachel Curry, Soph, Williamsburg-Shot Put, 48' 1 3/4"
Kelsey Quinn, Soph, Marion-500 M, 1:14.84
Keaton Rickels, Jr, Iowa Falls/Alden, 600 M, 1:20.48
Jordan Mullen, JR, Atlantic-60 M HH, 7.87
Ryan Lamparek, SR, CR Prairie-Shot Put, 55' 5 1/2"
Matt Banse, SR, Starmont-Strawberry Point-Weight Throw, 64' 5".

UNI opened their season with the Panther Open in the UNI-Dome January 14.

Junior Brett Egan, Waukon, and senior Brady Fritz, IC West, each ran away with first-place finishes. Egan claimed first in the men's mile, crossing the line in a personal-best 4:20.77, while Fritz ran 2:27.44 to win the 1000m.

UNI dominated the throwing events, as Tanner Hurt, Newton, Jordan Williams, Monticello, Adam McDonnell, Clinton-Central Dewitt and Matt Schiffer, Mason City. swept the top four spots in the men's weight throw. Justin Romero, Cedar Falls, Williams, and freshman Justin Baker, SC Bishop Heelan, took the top three places in the shot put.

Hurt threw 57-11.75 (17.67m) to win the weight throw, and Romero tossed 56-11.50 (17.36m) to take the shot put title. McDonnell and Schiffer each posted personal-bests in the weight throw.

Junior Kyle Burns, Waukee, won the 600m dash in 1:23.78.
Sophomore Thomas Larson, Johnston, cleared 6-06.75 (2.00m) for second place in the high jump.
Women's Highlights
Senior Traci Harms, Hampton-Dumont, won the women's weight throw and improved on her personal-best with a throw of 60-06.00 (18.44m) that ranks No. 2 in UNI history.
Harms threw a personal-best 47-07.75 (14.52m) to place second in the shot put, while Freshman Sydney Rabon, DM Roosevelt, was third in the shot put and fifth in the weight throw.
Senior Michaela Brungardt, Storm Lake, became just the third UNI woman ever to run under 40 seconds in the 300m dash, finishing in 39.96 for second place and Sam Cameron, Bettendorf, ran 40.11. Cameron and Brungardt now rank No. 2, No. 3, respectively, on the UNI all-time list in the event.
Panther freshman, Rachel Peth, Waverly-Shell Rock, (9.03), took the top spot in the women's 60m hurdles.
Junior Scotti Schon, Waukon, placed second in the women's mile with a time of 5:14.50.
Senior Jill Lageschulte, Marshalltown, clocked a personal-best time of 10:20.50 in the 3,000m run for second place.
Sophomore Janie Penning, North Iowa Buffalo Center was UNI's top finisher in the 60m dash, placing second in 8.07 seconds.

Johanna Smith, Hudson, took second in the high jump, clearing 5-01.00 (1.55m). 
Bree Rehder, Freshamn, Mt. Vernon-Lisbon, on the 200 in 26.67.
Former Iowa preps competing for Grand View and claiming victory were: Kara Keller, Mediapolis, 800 meter run, 2:26.24 and NAIA National Champion Obsie Birru, Johnston, in the 3000 in 10:16.71.

Monday, 02 January 2012
Isaac Wendland, of Charles City, a senior at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, had an outstanding Cross Country season this fall, and is now set to enter his final track seasons.  Wendland a three time Iowa Cross Country prep champion helped Liberty win the Big South XC title this past season with his 11th place finish.  Wendland is Iowa's only four time state champion in the 1600 meter run.  He also won three 800 meter titles and ran on three state winning medley teams.  In the Big South Indoor meet last year, Isaac finished second in the mile and third in the 800.  He was third in the 1500 in the outdoor conference meet.  Wendland also holds the school record in the 1000 meter run with his 2:24.74 clocking.

Nate Dotterweich, who had an outstanding prep career at Monticello, has finished his senior Cross Country season at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, and is about to enter his final track seasons.  Dotterweich, a two time state cross country champion, and one time 3200 and 1600 champion while in high school, finished 6th in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Cross Country meet, giving him 3 top 13 league finishes in his career.  Nate was also a 2 time all region performer and a NCAA qualifier.
Heading into his final indoor and outdoor track seasons, Dotterweich hopes to add to his GLVC championship in the 1500 and qualify again for the NCAA championships in the steeplechase.

Eric Thein, a redshirt sophomore from Tipton, and Taylor Huseman, a true freshman from Manson Northwest Webster, helped the University of South Dakota to a fifth place finish in the Summit League Cross Country championships this fall.  Huseman was a state track champ last spring in the 800, 1600 and 1600 medley relay.  Thein had an outstanding senior season (2008-09) at Tipton winning the 2A cross country title and 3200 and 1600 crowns.  South Dakota competes in the Great West Conference in track and field and Thein has reaped all conference honors in the DMR and the 800 meter run.

Saturday, December 24, 2011 ....
Mt. Pleasant graduate Dana Holgorsen, class of '88, is getting his #22 West Virginia football team ready to play Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl on Jan. 4th.  Dana was a 4A State Track & Field qualifier in the 110M Hurdles as a senior, for IATC Hall of Fame coach, Denny White.

Holgorsen attended Iowa Wesleyan College, in Mt. Pleasant, where he played football, then had assistant coaching stints at Texas Tech, Houston & Oklahoma State before moving to West Virginia.

Former Burlington 4A State Cross Country champion (1st in '09, 2nd in '10), Marshall Moyer, paced the Bradley University men's team for the four times this fall, including the MVC championships.  Moyer's high school teammates, JT McCarthy and Ben Witt are also enjoying the early stages of their D-1 careers.  McCarthy, (2008 4A State XC champ) a member of the Missouri Tigers, experimented with the steeplechase during his freshman track season last year and ran varsity a few times this fall as a redshirt freshman.

Fellow Burlington grad Ben Witt (3rd 4A '10) spent the entire Cross Country season running varsity at Iowa.  Witt was joined on the Hawkeyes top 7 by 2010 state XC, state track and Drake Relays champ Kevin Lewis of Ottumwa and Evan Selsor the 2008 3A state champion at Winterset.  Redshirt sophomore Sam Chaney from Columbus Junction, junior Nick Young, Bettendorf, also saw action for the Hawkeyes this fall.

The Drake men finished 3rd in the MVC Cross Country championships.  The Bulldogs were paced by individual champion Brogan Austin a sophomore from Boone.  Omet Kak, sophomore from DM North finished 7th and Connor Wells, freshman, from DM Roosevelt was 33rd.

Charlie Paul, from Pleasant Valley, finished his junior Cross Country season at Iowa State with a 39th place finish at Big 12's and was 56th at Regionals.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Virginia athletics director Craig Littlepage announced Tuesday (Dec. 20) that Bryan Fetzer, the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Harvard the past two years, has been named the Cavaliers' director of track and field/cross country.  Former Waukee, 5 time state and 2 time Drake Relays champion, Colette Gnade is a middle distance runner for the Cavalier's.  Gnade took a redshirt in indoor track as a freshman, outdoor track last season, and cross country this fall, leaving her with 3 full seasons of eligibility remaining.

I hope that you have noticed the mention of "Digital Track and Field" on this website.  It is a world class online coaching service with a definite Iowa touch.
Of the four coaches involved in the business, 3 of them have direct ties to our great state.
1.  Joey Woody-Assistant Coach at the University of Iowa was a state champion and Drake Relays champion at Iowa City, City High;  MVC champion, NCAA champion and assistant coach at UNI, and a World Championship silver medalist in the 400 hurdles while enjoying a fine professional career.  Woody has been both and Indoor and Outdoor Regional coach of the year at Iowa.
2.  Scott Cappos- Assistant Coach at the University of Iowa.  Cappos was a Big 10 shot put champion at Indiana and is in his 16th year as the Throws coach at Iowa.  Cappos has coached numerous Big 10 champions and All Americans for the Hawks and was a Pan Am Games team staff member this past summer.
3. Todd Lane-Lane is entering his 5th season on the staff at LSU as the Tigers jumps coach.   Lane is a graduate of Iowa City West High School and a 1995 graduate of Luther College.  He is married to former Luther 5 time D-3 national champion, Turena Johnson Lane.
4. Boo Schexnayder was a coach of numerous All Americans, National Champions and Olympians during his tenure at LSU.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011
The Next Level wih Mike Jay now has it's own left navigation.  Newly published Next Levels will be posted for several week, then can be found in the left navigation column.  Periodically as the section increases in volume old publihed items will be placed in the Next Level Archive.
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The Cross Country season has come to an end and Indoor track will be in full swing after the Holidays.  A large number of former Iowa high school athletes dot the rosters of the four Division 1 schools in the state.  Along with the large number of Iowa High Schools represented, each of our D-1 schools have at least 1 Iowa native on staff.  The following is a list of the four D-1 schools, the number of Iowans on their roster, and the native Iowans on the coaching staff:

Iowa Men-24
Iowa Women-24
Asst Coach Joey Woody is a graduate of Iowa City, City High.  Woody graduated from UNI where he was a NCAA champion in the 400 hurdles and a World Championship gold medalist on the 1600 M relay and a World Championships silver medalist in the 400 hurdles.

Iowa State Men-14
Iowa State Women-20
Asst Coach Pete Herber is a graduate of Dubuque Senior.  Herber was an All MVC high jumper at UNI and was the head coach at Coe before joining the staff at ISU.

Drake Men-11
Drake Women-6
Head Coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown is a graduate of Des Moines Roosevelt.  Kaiser-Brown went on to enjoy an All American career at the University of Missouri.  After graduating from Missouri she enjoyed a fruitful professional career, being named to 16 national teams.  During this time, the 2 time Olympian, won a silver medal in the 1992 Olympic Games in the 4x4 and a gold medal in the 1993 World Championships in the 4x4 and a silver in the open 400.
Asst track coach/Head Cross Country Coach Dan Hostager is a graduate of Audubon High School and UNI where he was an All American in the 3000.  Prior to joining the staff at Drake, Hos was the Head Coach at St. Cloud State.

UNI Men-30
UNI Women-35
Asst Coach Dave Paulsen is a graduate of Waverly Shell Rock.  After a state champion high school career, Paulsen went on to UNI where he was a MVC champion and an All American.  Paulsen also serves as the Panthers Assistant Cross Country coach.
Asst Coach Rachel Jansen is a graduate of MOC/Floyd Valley where she was a state champion.  Jansen was a 7 time MVC champion and a 4 time All American at UNI.

These in state D-1 athletes are just the "tip of the iceberg".  There are at least than many former Iowa High Schoolers on NAIA, D-3, D-2, D-1 and JC rosters around the country.  With your help, I will do my best to keep everyone up to date on results of our Iowa kids.

Posted: Wednesday, 07 December 2011
Alex Gochenour, 13 time state champion from Logan Magnolia, is highlighted as one of ten "Prize Recruits" in the January edition of Track and Field News.  Gochenour a USATF Junior champion in the heptathlon has taken her talents to LSU where she will be looked upon to be scorer in the powerful SEC this indoor season.  "The way she works reminds me of another athlete from Iowa we were lucky enough to have at LSU by the name of Lolo Jones", says Tiger head coach Dennis Shaver.

Posted: Tuesday, 06 December 2011
Luther Women placed 23rd from the field of 32 teams at the NCAA III National Championships. UW-Oshkosh hosted the national finale in Wisconsin.  Among Luther's top-seven finishers were:  Christina Storlie of Decorah 88th, Melissa Erickson of Mt. Pleasant 170th, Sam McAllister of Clear Creek-Amana 206th, Annie Klepper of Algona, 220th. and Anna Murray from Iowa City West was 262nd

Brogan Austin from Boone, now a sophomore at Drake University. Brogan was the Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Meet's individual champion, completing the 8k course in 25:15 leading the Drake team to a third place finish at Terre Haute, Indiana this past November. He was named the MVC cross country athlete of the week twice during the cross country season.  At the end of the season he was named to the MVC scholar-athlete team as well.

Former Southeast Polk standout and current Central College runner Eli Horton was the top freshman at the NCAA Division III men's cross country championships. Horton capped a phenomenal rookie campaign by finishing 52nd in a 280-runner field, covering the 8,000-meter course in 24:57.81.  Horton also finished 11th in the Iowa Conference Championships.

 Jordan Williams is a red shirt junior at UNI. He had a great prep career for us at Monticello.
At the 2011 MVC Outdoor Championships, UNI received a final-day spark from its throwers. Late in the meet, Jordan Williams, Monticello, won his first Valley title in the discus, uncorking a personal-best throw by 11 feet and claiming No. 4 on the UNI all-time list with his mark of 182-06 (55.63m).  ustin Baker (Sioux City Bishop Heelan HS) will add depth to the Panther squad after winning the shot put and discus to sweep the Class 3A throwing titles at the Iowa High School State Championships in 2011.  Enhancing the throws program, UNI has assembled a highly-decorated team of volunteer assistants to help instruct the Panther throwers.  Rachel Jansen (MOC-Floyd Valley) - a four-time NCAA All-American and seven-time MVC champion while at UNI - returns for her second year as an assistant.   New to the UNI campus and the Panther track program is Chase Madison, a Newton, Iowa, native who topped the 200-foot barrier in the discus and became an SEC Champion and All-American at the University of Kentucky. Madison is currently training under Coach O'Mara in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Trials, as well as teaching the Panther throwers

Emily Eimers-Algona High School graduate is a senior at Wartburg.  Emily finished a great senior season with a 32nd place All-American finish at the NCAA division III XC championships. 

Allana Enabnit-Clear Lake High School graduate is a freshman at Wartburg.  Alana had a  great season, capped off by her 10th place All-American finish at the NCAA division III XC championships.

Posted: Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Arizona State freshman, Shelby Houlihan, from Sioux City, Iowa, is the second Sun Devil, and first since 2006, to be voted the league?s Newcomer of the Year, which was first selected in 1999.  She was the top-finishing freshman at the Pac-12 Championships (8th) and the NCAA West Regional Championships (12th). In addition, she was the eighth-best freshman finisher (93rd overall) at the NCAA Championships. Houlihan paced the Sun Devils in each of her five competitions during the 2011 campaign.

Former WDM Dowling standout, Katie Flood, is a sophomore at the University of Washington.  Flood won the Pac 12 Cross Country championship and went on to earn All American honors with her 7th place finish at Terre Haute, Indiana.

Former Cedar Rapids Xavier standout Meaghan Nelson, now at Iowa State, earned All American honors for the Cyclones with her 17th place finish.  Also competing for the Cyclones were Morgan Casey, (NE Gooselake) and Katy Moen (Wapsie Valley).

Former Dowling state champion Ashley Decker was also a NCAA championship participant for Minnesota.

Former Johnston standout, Obsie Birru, improved upon her 3rd place finish at the 2010 NAIA national championships, to become Grand View's first NAIA cross country champion with her victory.  Birru wraps up her collegiate cross country career with 4 top 20 finishes at the national meet, capped off with this years individual title.  Birru, a many time All American on the track will be competing both indoors and out for the Vikings.