Solheim Cup seeks volunteers for 2017 event

rmg_7330_2000x1125From hole marshals to leaderboards to walking scorers and ticket takers the 2017 Solheim Cup needs more than 2,000 volunteers to ensure the global event runs smoothly. And the LPGA staff knows its success hinges on this small army. That’s why when you purchase your volunteer ticket and commit to working just three, four hour shifts you’ll get more than a pat on the back. You’ll be treated like a first-class guest.

“We want to make sure that volunteers have as great an experience as any other person attending the 2017 Solheim Cup,” said Volunteer Chair Mary Coffin. “In addition to merchandise and meals provided to our volunteers, we are also creating a dedicated committee directly responsible to serving volunteer’s questions and needs when assisting Solheim patrons. It is important we provide them the support and tools they need to deliver high quality service throughout the week long event.”unnamed

The Volunteer Services Committee will make sure each volunteer is prepped and ready for their shifts, supply adequate water and equipment so volunteers can perform their job, respond to any volunteer questions or issues that arise and create an atmosphere of excellent hospitality. The committee is even hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Party!
Join the ranks of other volunteers who get enhanced access to the global event and know your work will be appreciated and supported.

Learn more or register now at www.solheimcupusa.com/volunteers.

Elite-level cycling rolls into Des Moines this weekend

IMG_4145-X3A weekend of bike racing hits Des Moines this weekend!

The annual Capital City Race Weekend features the best of the Midwest on two wheels – and fat tires, too! 

Starting on Saturday morning in Pleasant Hill, the Sakari Road Race takes cyclists on a 40- to 60-mile hilly circuit through rural eastern Polk County. Racers will compete in categories from beginner to top-level amateurs for a prize list of several thousand dollars.

With it’s roots going back 10 years, this race has seen the likes of former World Champions and top professional cyclists in the peloton. Even the fastest woman in the world has challenged for top honors on the scenic loop. Racing begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Woodland Hills Church of Christ in Pleasant Hill (2484 SE 68th St.).

On Sunday the two-wheeled racing heads to the East Village of Des Moines for the East Village Criterium brought to you by Scheels and Above + Beyond Cancer. With a start/finish line at the steps of the Capital, this race, too, is not flat. Riders, including juniors, masters, women and and top-level amateurs will IMG_3704-X3become familiar with the climb up Grand Avenue as the course winds it’s way up from E. 6th in by the State Historical building to the base of the Capital. 

In addition to the more than $5,500 in cash and prizes, Iowa riders will be vying for medals as the East Village Criterium serves as the USA Cycling State Criterium Championships.

Races begin on the west side of the Capital building at 11 a.m. with the Juniors. The women’s race, including the elite Category 1, 2 and 3 race, will take place at 2:55 p.m. while the men’s elite race starts at 4:05 p.m. 

Free races for kids will be held at 2:35 p.m. and those who sport the fat tires (3-plus-inch tires) can race for free at 3:45 p.m. Registration for all races is on the veranda at the base of the steps of the golden dome.

Drakes’ Browns headed to Mizzou

Under the leadership of Brian Brown, the Drake Relays have gone from good to great - no - from great to absolutely incredible!

Under the leadership of Brian Brown, the Drake Relays have gone from good to great – no – from great to absolutely incredible!

Longtime Drake University Athletics staff members Brian Brown and Natasha Kaiser-Brown are leaving their positions to pursue professional opportunities at the University of Missouri, the couple announced Thursday, Aug. 4

Brian Brown has served as the Franklin ‘Pitch’ Johnson Drake Relays Director for the past 11 years while also fulfilling duties as an associate athletic director and assistant track and field coach. Natasha Kaiser-Brown has been the head coach of the Bulldogs’ track and field programs for the past 15 years.

Brian, who received his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Missouri, will assume the role of Assistant Athletic Director for Mizzou Made within the Tigers’ athletics department, while Natasha—a Missouri graduate, former Missouri assistant coach, and one of the most decorated Mizzou student-athletes in history—will serve as the Tigers’ associate head track and field coach.

Brown has brought a "Diamond League" atmosphere to the Drake Relays in his tenure. Photo by David Mable

Brown has brought a “Diamond League” atmosphere to the Drake Relays in his tenure. Photo by David Mable

“I want to thank Brian and Natasha for their extraordinary commitment to Drake University for more than a decade. Both have been integral parts of our athletics department’s success since arriving in Des Moines,” said Drake Director of Athletics Sandy Hatfield Clubb. “Brian’s vision and leadership has helped advance the historic Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee to one of the marquee events in the world, while Natasha has led our track and field programs and its student-athletes to great success on and off the track.”

During his 11 years as the director, Brian Brown has widened the scope of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee to include events such as the invitational pole vault at Jordan Creek Town Center and Capital Square and the Grand Blue Mile. Inside Drake Stadium, his vision helped created world-class fields that served as either Olympic or World Championship previews and rematches. This past year, the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee attracted more than 50 athletes that will represent their countries in the upcoming Olympic games.

Many of the best athletes in the world challenge each other at the Drake Relays. Photo: David Mable

Many of the best athletes in the world challenge each other at the Drake Relays. Photo: David Mable

“I am grateful to Drake University and Sandy Hatfield Clubb for trusting me to be a member of her administrative team and to lead such a historic event,” Brian Brown said. “The Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee has been a labor of love, and I’m proud to have played a role in the magnificent history of the Relays. The decision to accept this new opportunity came after much prayer with my family, and I believe it provides a new avenue for me to make a positive impact on the lives of others.”

Natasha Kaiser-Brown, a Des Moines native and Olympic silver medalist, has guided the Bulldog track and field program since 2000, and has helped the team set 40 school records while consistently producing Missouri Valley Conference champions and NCAA qualifiers. Under her leadership, the program has blossomed academically as the women’s team recorded the 12th highest grade point average in the nation in 2015 while both the men’s and women’s teams have been named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Associates All-Academic teams each of the last five years. Kaiser-Brown came to Drake from Missouri after seven years as an assistant coach at her alma mater.

Natasha Kaiser-Brown has developed a strong team on the track by recruiting local talent and helping them develop. Photo by David Mable.

Natasha Kaiser-Brown has developed a strong team on the track by recruiting local talent and helping them develop. Photo by David Mable.

“It is very difficult to leave a place after so many wonderful years,” Natasha Kaiser-Brown said. “I cannot thank the administration, staff, and faculty enough for all that they have done to support, shape, educate, and challenge me. I will forever be appreciative of the opportunity to be a part of the Drake family and will greatly miss working alongside my colleagues and the amazing and talented men and women of the cross country and track and field programs.”

Drake will begin immediate national searches to fill both positions.

“It is a testimony to how special Brian and Natasha are as people that Missouri would shape positions specifically to attract the couple. Each of them in their own right has left big shoes to fill. However, both have advanced the University in ways that make it possible to attract world class talent to lead Drake into our next level of success,” Hatfield Clubb added. “We wish both of them and their family the absolute best as they begin this next chapter of their life.”

Erik Jones Returns to Winning Ways at Iowa Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series rookie Erik Jones collects third win of 2016.

NASCAR XFINITY Series rookie Erik Jones collects third win of 2016.

NEWTON, Iowa (July 30, 2016) – During Saturday’s qualifying session, Daniel Suárez held off Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Erik Jones and Dakoda Armstrong to earn the Sukup “First in the Field” award for the U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because it was the 10th time in 19 races this season a JGR car has sat atop the pole. But it’s only the second time championship points leader Suárez earned a pole this year. However, when the checkered flag waved at Iowa Speedway it was Jones who drove into Casey’s General Stores Victory Lane.

Jones showed once again why he’s comfortable racing at Iowa Speedway. Jones led 154 of 250 laps in Saturday night’s NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250 and passed Ty Dillon with 15 laps to go to capture his third victory and 12th top-10 finish of 2016.

“Once the sun went down, I felt like our car was really good,” Jones, a two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner (2014, 2015) at Iowa Speedway said. “It was cool to do it at Iowa. It’s by far one of my favorite tracks and places to get to come to during the year.”

Dillon, driver of the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet, led 83 laps and looked poised to win before Jones passed him and didn’t look back. Dillon’s second-place finish was his fifth top-10 in six races at “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet.”

JR Motorsports’ Elliott Sadler came home third and recorded his 12th top-10 finish in all 12 starts at Iowa Speedway.

The win for Jones was his first since his father passed away.

“I know he’s riding along with us and it’s hard not to think that this one was for him,” Jones said.

Dillon also finished second in the NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen on June 19. Dillon said because he felt like he had an opportunity to win, the second-place finish hurt.

“I’m just going to let it hurt until I drive out of this place, and then we’re going to move on to Watkins Glen,” Dillon said. “Proud of our guys. Felt like we were second place car and had a chance to win.”

Next up for the NASCAR XFINITY Series is Watkins Glen International on Saturday, August 6 (1:00 p.m. CT, CNBC).

NOTES FROM IOWA SPEEDWAY:

Iowa Speedweeks

For the second time in consecutive years, Iowa Speedway and Knoxville Raceway have joined forces on a racing endeavor. The two tracks have designated the time around tonight’s NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250 and Knoxville Raceway’s 56th Annual 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores on August 10-13 as Iowa Speedweeks.

Last year, Iowa Speedway and Knoxville Raceway teamed up to offer an unprecedented ticket package for race fans. The unique “Combo Platter” ticket package was the first such partnership between “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet” and the “Sprint Car Capital of the World.”

Both tracks enjoy time-honored partnerships with Iowa Corn and Casey’s General Stores fortified by the enormous crossover between pavement and dirt fans at both iconic Iowa venues. Separated by just 30 miles, Knoxville Raceway and Iowa Speedway share many of the same characteristics that make central Iowa home to some of the best racing in the world.

Fans are encouraged to attend various events during Iowa Speedweeks, which include a drive-in movie at Valle Theater in Newton, Iowa on July 31, the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation / Kick-It Go-Kart Spectacular at Slideways Karting Center in Knoxville on August 11, and the Tony Stewart Kick-It Cup Kickball Game at Youngs Park in Knoxville on August 12.

Avid and casual fans are encouraged to use #IowaSpeedweeks on social media to show support of the two full weeks of racing that will take place in central Iowa.

To learn more and stay up to date on Iowa Speedweeks, follow Iowa Speedway and Knoxville Raceway on social media.

2017 SCHEDULE

While the U.S. Cellular 250 closes out the 2016 season of racing at Iowa Speedway, the NASCAR XFINITY Series heads to Watkins Glen next Saturday. However, plans are already underway for the 2017 race season in central Iowa.

Season Tickets will be available for renewal online or through the Iowa Speedway Box Office starting August 2 and continuing through March 3, 2017 – the Friday after the 59th running of the Daytona 500. Fans looking to become first-time Season Ticket Holders will also be able to purchase tickets beginning August 2.

Season Ticket Holders will continue to receive Fans With Benefits upgrades including garage passes, pace car rides, photographs in Casey’s General Stores Victory Lane, Newton Club passes, premium parking, signature food vouchers, suite upgrades and driver meet ‘n greets. Additional benefits to being a Season Ticket Holder include the same reserved seat for each race day, Season Ticket Holder rewards card, access to Casey’s General Stores Fan Walk, flexible payment plans and zero service fees. Prices will remain the same for all 2017 products.

Single Event and Weekend Packages will go on sale to the general public on November 25, just in time for the holidays. Head to www.IowaSpeedway.com to get our exciting slate of racing on your 2017 calendar!

The 2017 Iowa Speedway schedule includes:

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Iowa 200 – Friday, June 23

(FS1, MRN / SiriusXM – 7:30 p.m. CT)

NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol 250 presented by Enogen – Saturday, June 24

(FS1, MRN / SiriusXM – 7:30 p.m. CT)

ARCA Racing Series Iowa 150 – Saturday, July 8

Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 – Sunday, July 9

NASCAR K&N Pro Series Iowa 150 presented by Vatterott College – Friday, July 28

NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250 – Saturday, July 29

(NBC, MRN / SiriusXM – 2:30 p.m. CT)

About Iowa Speedway

Iowa Speedway, “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet”, is a state-of-the-art 7/8-mile asphalt paved tri-oval race track and motorsports facility located in Newton, Iowa. For tickets, call 1-866-787-8946. To learn more, visit www.IowaSpeedway.com, “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @IowaSpeedway.

Iowa Irish Fest planned for August 5-7 in Waterloo

Iowa Irish Fest 5k Walk & Run LogoIOWA IRISH FEST SEEKS ATHLETES AND FANS FOR FEST SPORTING EVENTS

WATERLOO, Iowa—The 2016 Iowa Irish Fest kicks off on Aug. 5 with traditional Highland Games, followed by the sixth annual ShamRock N Run 5k and the second annual rugby tournament on Saturday, Aug. 6.

Second Annual Iowa Irish Fest Rugby Invitational
The second annual Iowa Irish Fest Rugby Invitational will take place at the Riverfront Stadium, on Saturday, Aug. 6, starting at 8 a.m. The championship game will begin at 5 p.m. Free shuttle services will carry fans to and from the site, only one mile away from the festival grounds.

“Last year’s rugby tournament was such a success that we had to bring it back for a second year,” said Casey Hensen, Iowa Irish Fest rugby chair. “The tournament is a great way to celebrate Irish culture, and really speaks to the Irish Fest Committee’s commitment to building on the successes of previous years and making each year’s Fest a great experience for all attendees.”

The first Irish rugby football club was founded in 1854 at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. In fact, Ireland is the third oldest rugby nation, following England and Scotland.

So far, competing teams include the Bremer County Bucks Rugby Club, Cedar Rapids Headhunters, Des Moines Rugby Club, Iowa Falls Rugby Club, Iowa State University Women’s Alumni Rugby and UNI men’s and women’s Alumni Rugby. All players receive a weekend pass to the fest and discounted passes for their cheering fans, friends and families. The winning team will receive a team trophy, jerseys, stage recognition and, most importantly, bragging rights.

Sixth Annual ShamRock N Run 5k
The sixth annual ShamRock N Run 5k will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the corner of Park and Mulberry. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Entrants will receive a t-shirt, one free beer or beverage token and a free weekend pass to Iowa Irish Fest. Well over 500 runners and walkers are expected to compete on the 3.1 mile course winding through downtown Waterloo before looping back to end on the corner of Park and Mulberry.

For single entrants, the race will be chip-timed with medals awarded for first, second and third place finishers in each age category. All participants will be eligible to win door prizes, and the participant with the best Irish costume will be awarded a prize as well.

Online registration is available at a discounted price, $25, until midnight on July 17 at https://runsignup.com/Race/IA/Waterloo/ShamRockNRun5k. After July 17, participants can register the morning of the race at full price, $30. Packet pickup will be open on Friday, Aug. 5, from 4–7:30 p.m. at the main gate entrance on the corner of Park and Mulberry. Packets can also be picked up the morning of the race.

Highland Games
The Highland Games will be held in Lincoln Park from 5–8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, and 10 a.m.–8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6. This year’s games include the Caber Toss, Sheaf Toss, Stone Put, Scottish Hammer Throw, Weight Throw and Weight Over Bar.

“I think it’s really important to keep traditions like the Highland Games going,” said Jennifer Cain, Iowa Irish Fest Highland Games committee chair. “These ancient traditions were so close to being lost, so it’s great to see these events garnering so much support, not just at Iowa Irish Fest and in Iowa, but across the nation.”

Contestants must wear a kilt to compete, and event winners will each receive a trophy.

The annual Iowa Irish Fest is organized by the Cedar Valley Irish Cultural Association, an organization intended to foster and develop Irish fellowship and outreach into the community with Irish cultural events and programs. Iowa Irish Fest 2016 will run from Aug. 5–7. Admission at the gate is $20 for all three days, and children 12 and under are free. For more information, discounted admission or to volunteer, visit www.IowaIrishFest.com.

Iowa distance runners representing the U.S. in Rio Olympic Games

Jenny Simpson qualifies for her third Olympic team. Photo by Todd Steinberg.

Jenny Simpson qualifies for her third Olympic team. Photo by Todd Steinberg.

Iowa runners fill out the distance team on the track.

Jenny Simpson, a Webster City native, topped Shannon Rowbury in the women’s 1500-meter final at the U.S. Track and Field Trials on Sunday night to secure her spot on Team USA in Rio. Simpson, a 2011 World Champion in the event, finished in 4:04.74 to best Rowbury’s 4:05.39.

The United States has never won an Olympic medal in the women’s 1500, and although both Simpson and Rowbury have a chance to do so in Rio, Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba will head to Brazil as the favorite after breaking the world record (3:50.07) on her way to a world title in 2015.

Shelby Houlihan joins the U.S. Olympic Team by finishing second in the 5,000. Photo by Todd Steinberg.

Shelby Houlihan joins the U.S. Olympic Team by finishing second in the 5,000. Photo by Todd Steinberg.

Shelby Houlihan, a Sioux City native, got help from an Oregon Track Club teammate as she sped past the pack to finish second in the women’s 5,000-meter race on a wet day at Hayward Field. It’s the first Olympic bid for Houlihan who finished second in 15 minutes, 6.14 seconds behind 2012 Olympian Molly Huddle’s time of 15 minutes, 5.01 seconds.

“It feels like a dream right now, it hasn’t really sunk in yet,” said Houlihan after her run. “I’m just so happy right now. I moved into second in the last lap and I was not going to give up that spot no matter what. It didn’t matter if I had to run a 29-second lap, I was just going to get there.”

Watch Houlihan interview

Iowa State alumni Hiliary Bor ran onto the U.S. Olympic Team by finishing second in the steeplechase. Photo by Todd Steinberg.

Iowa State alumni Hiliary Bor ran onto the U.S. Olympic Team by finishing second in the steeplechase. Photo by Todd Steinberg.

Iowa State graduate Hiliary Bor earned his spot on the team by finishing second in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. Kenyan born Bor earned his citizenship in the United States when he joined the U.S. Army. He earned a bronze medal in the 2010 NCAA Championships while at Iowa State. Bor ran an 8:24.10, about two seconds behind winner Evan Jager.

Josef Newgarden powers his way to Iowa Corn Victory

Bridesmaid No More: Josef Newgarden Powers His Way to Iowa Corn 300 Victory Despite Injury.

Bridesmaid No More: Josef Newgarden Powers His Way to Iowa Corn 300 Victory Despite Injury.

Win in Iowa the most dominant in INDYCAR history.

NEWTON, Iowa (July 10, 2016) – After finishing second the past two years at Iowa Speedway, Josef Newgarden dominated the field in the Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 to record his first career win on an oval.

At Lap 100 of 300, Newgarden had lapped up to second place with two-thirds of the race remaining. Fortunately for the competition, the first caution of the race flew just a few laps later, putting more cars back up on the lead lap, but nobody had enough to overpower the still-recovering Newgarden.

He led 282 of the 300 laps, breaking the record for most laps ever led in an IndyCar race. The previous record was Ryan Hunter-Reay’s 250-lap mark at Milwaukee.

“Man, it’s hard to not get emotional after these things! I have a great team with Ed Carpenter Racing,” said Newgarden. “This is so cool. Thanks to everyone in Iowa. I love this place.

“Love coming to Iowa. Love the fans here. Love running Indy cars around this place. I hope we come back here for many, many years.”

The last time the 25-year-old driver of the Ed Carpenter Racing No. 21 Chevrolet was on an oval course, he was being dragged upside down against the asphalt of Texas Motor Speedway after a scary crash with Conor Daly. But on Sunday, Newgarden raced through his injuries at “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet” to take his first checkered flag since Toronto last year.

Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud was the Sukup “The First in the Field” driver and led the field to the green flag but Newgarden pulled around him on the outside of Turns 1 and 2 to take the lead before the end of the first lap.

The only thing that could slow him from then on was the caution flag, which flew just three times. The first two was for engine detonations for Ryan Hunter-Reay and Juan Pablo Montoya, while the last one came out when Max Chilton spun on the backstretch.

CnC0RVBUsAA8VrXSome drivers such as 2010 Iowa winner Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves, who had been running up front, were hurt by the caution flags, having visited Pit Road under green flag conditions shortly before the yellow flag waved.

Scott Dixon made a late charge in the final quarter of the race, but didn’t have enough for Newgarden. In fact, Dixon and Newgarden both found themselves pushed back by Will Power in the closing laps, who finished second ahead of Dixon.

After getting out of his car, Newgarden sang the praises of his team and machine, admitting that “my right hand was killing me,” but emphasizing that it didn’t matter when he’d had a car as good as the one under him. The win moved him up from fifth to second in the points standings.

Two-time reigning Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 champion Hunter-Reay was not meant for a fourth win in this weekend at Iowa Speedway. After struggling with handling issues, the No. 28 suffered an engine failure on Lap 105, ending the day early for the Andretti Autosport DHL team.

“It [the engine] just popped without warning but that was the least of our problems today,” said Hunter-Reay. “My big problem was I could not get around a car at all. If I got around a car it felt like I lost two thousand pounds of downforce.”

Next up for Iowa Speedway is NASCAR K&N Pro Series Casey’s General Stores 150 presented by Vatterott College and NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250 on July 29-30.

Notes from Iowa Speedway:

– Felix Serralles Wins the Indy Lights Iowa Challenge presented by Cooper Tires

– Iowa Speedway and INDYCAR Extend Partnership

SERRALLES SWEEPS TO VICTORY

Carlin driver Felix Serralles overtook Zach Veach with two laps to go to win the Indy Lights Iowa Challenge presented by Cooper Tires on Sunday afternoon at Iowa Speedway.

Veach, in the Belardi Auto Racing No. 5, appeared poised to cruise to his second win of the season but was slowed while negotiating lapped traffic and Serralles swept into the lead to claim his third career win.

Veach finished second. Championship points leader Ed Jones came home third despite leading a race-high 56 laps.

Indy Lights has produced some of INDYCAR’S biggest names, including current stars Marco Andretti, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan. Spencer Pigot is the most recent Indy Lights champion to advance to the Verizon IndyCar Series.

The Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires will again return to “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet” with INDYCAR next July. Next year’s Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 is scheduled for Sunday, July 9, 2017.

The stars and cars of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will again share the lineup with the Verizon Indy Car Series, giving race fans a full slate of stock car and open wheel racing on July 8-9.

INDYCAR RE-COMMITS TO IOWA SPEEDWAY

INDYCAR and Iowa Speedway announced a two-year extension that will see the Verizon IndyCar Series return to “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet” through the 2018 season.

Next year’s Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 is scheduled for Sunday, July 9, 2017. This early schedule announcement, along with the one NASCAR made in May, locks down three high-octane weekends of racing at the “Fastest Short Track on the Planet” next season.

2017 Iowa Speedway Schedule is as follows:

Friday, June 23 – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Iowa 200

Saturday, June 24 – NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol 250 presented by Enogen

Saturday, July 8 – ARCA Racing Series Iowa 150

Sunday, July 9 – Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300

Saturday, July 24 – NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250

About Iowa Speedway

Iowa Speedway, “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet”, is a state-of-the-art 7/8-mile asphalt paved tri-oval race track and motorsports facility located in Newton, Iowa. Our 2016 schedule includes three exciting race weekends: June 18-19 (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Speediatrics 200 and NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen), July 9-10 (ARCA Racing Series ABC Supply Co. 150 presented by Casey’s General Stores and Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300) and July 29-30 (NASCAR K&N Pro Series Casey’s General Stores 150 presented by Vatterott College and NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250). For tickets, call 1-866-787-8946. To learn more, visit www.IowaSpeedway.com, “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @IowaSpeedway.

Menace whomp the Quad City Eagles

Hat-trick hero Whitney Sharpe (left) and Danielle Puddefoot (right) combined to score five goals in this 8-1 win over in-state foe QC. Photo credit: Antonio Rodriguez

Hat-trick hero Whitney Sharpe (left) and Danielle Puddefoot (right) combined to score five goals in this 8-1 win over in-state foe QC. Photo credit: Antonio Rodriguez

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, July 9, 2016 – Soccer is noticeably easier when the other team is playing with fewer people on the field.

The Quad City Eagles showed up with 10 players on Saturday, and the Des Moines Menace had its way in an 8-1 Women’s Premier Soccer League victory at Valley Stadium.

Final minute goal saves loss for Menace men.

Whitney Sharpe’s hat trick and Danielle Puddefoot’s brace highlighted a dominant win that improves the Menace’s mark to 4-1-0 with a 20-4 scoring advantage in league matches.

Haley Helverson set the tone in the fifth minute, scoring on a rocket that splashed the net just below the cross-bar. The unrelenting Menace scored four more times before halftime, with Puddefoot and Sarah Brandt building the lead before Sharpe struck with back-to-back goals in the 35th and 36th minutes.

“We knew that once we got the first one, the goals would keep coming,” said Sharpe. “Our mindset was, ‘How many can we get to put is in a good position in the standings?’”

Second-half goals by Chelsea Cline and Puddefoot sandwiched Sharpe’s third goal of the day.

CISN commentator Kristen Boyer interviews Whitney Sharpe after the game. Photo Peter Tarpey.

CISN commentator Kristen Boyer interviews Whitney Sharpe after the game. Photo Peter Tarpey.

In the 87th minute, the Eagles broke the shutout with a goal by Thalya Dwyer, who put away a rebound after Helverson hustled behind Menace goalkeeper Haley Morris to block Dwyer’s first shot.

Morris made a heroic save in the 15th minute. Quad City captain Tori Novak appeared to have an open net for an equalizer, but the Menace defense recovered, and Morris scrambled back to grab Novak’s low shot inches in front of the goal line.

This decisive Interstate-80 Derby result comes a week after the Menace’s 4-0 setback at WPSL reigning champ Chicago, which sits atop the Heartland Region with a 6-0-0 record and a sterling 30-0 goal differential.

Justin Vorster’s Menace will get another shot at Chicago next Saturday in an anticipated home match. First, though, the second-place Menace plays at Kansas City Sunday in the team’s final road test of the season.

“We’re getting deeper,” Sharpe said. “It’s great to be surrounded by so many talented players, and it’s really exciting to see us moving in the right direction.”

FOOTNOTES
The Menace’s 20 goals are the most for Des Moines in a WPSL season; the previous record was held by the 2014 Menace that outscored foes 19-16 in a 7-3-0 season.
Fifth-year Menace veteran Jordan Bishop saw her first action as a newlywed, two weeks after marrying Kyle McMahon.
Marissa Hurt – a former Iowa Hawkeye who was part of the 2014 Menace – played against her former team; Hurt’s younger sister, Kasey, is on the current Menace roster.
A year after earning the Menace’s Golden Boot with four goals, Danielle Puddefoot leads the team with five scores this season. In the team’s last home action, Puddefoot bagged a hat trick in an exhibition win that doesn’t count in the season statistics.

WOMAN of the MATCH: Whitney Sharpe for her hat trick. Playing on the home turf of her former high-school team, the West Des Moines Valley graduate is a fan favorite.

UP NEXT: The Menace travels tomorrow for a 4 p.m. match with the Kansas City Courage on the campus of Rockhurst University. Next weekend, the Menace hosts Chicago (Saturday at Valley Stadium) and Minnesota (Sunday at Grimes Sports Complex).

Match: Quad City Eagles at Des Moines Menace

Date: Saturday, July 9, 2016
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 80s – bright, bright, sun-shiny day

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 5 3 8
QC 0 1 1
MENACE: Haley Helverson 5:00; Danielle Puddefoot 24:00; Sarah Brandt (Nicole Pearson) 33:00; Whitney Sharpe 35:00; Sharpe (Jordan Bishop) 36:00; Chelsea Cline 66:00; Sharpe 84:00; Puddefoot 86:00
QC – Thalya Dwyer 87:00

ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In its fifth season, the Menace women’s team is part of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). The Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL) and is in its 23rd season. With loyal support, the Menace men’s and women’s teams play their home games at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines to provide family fun entertainment. The Menace organization provides the growth of the game of soccer in Iowa with their youth soccer programs including Junior Menace (ages 3-9), Menace Youth Academy (ages six and older), camps, clinics and tournaments.

FOLLOW THE MENACE:
MenaceSoccer.com
Twitter.com/MenaceSoccer
Facebook.com/dmMenace
Instagram/DmMenace

Public invited to presentations on draft water trails plans

Manchester, Iowa converted old dams into a popular whitewater park. Photo by David Mable

Manchester, Iowa converted old dams into a popular whitewater park. Photo by David Mable

Residents are invited to join community and elected leaders for presentations on the recently released draft Greater Des Moines Water Trails and Greenways Plan.

The draft plan recommends an abundant network of water recreation for 150 miles of the region’s creeks and rivers, including places for tubing, birding, hiking, paddling, boating, fishing and more. The plan covers the Des Moines, Raccoon, South Skunk, North and Middle rivers, as well as Beaver, Fourmile, Mud and Walnut creeks.

The draft plan was developed by the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization on behalf of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Each presentation will highlight the recommendations specific to the rivers and creeks in that part of the region. Presentations include:

The Des Moines Rowing Club uses both Grey's Lake and the Des Moines River for practice.

The Des Moines Rowing Club uses both Grey’s Lake and the Des Moines River for practice.

5:30 p.m. Monday, July 11, City of Clive Parks and Recreation, 1900 NW 114th Street, Clive
6 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, Polk County Conservation Board, Easter Lake Park, Des Moines
6 p.m. Thursday, July 14, City of Pleasant Hill Parks and Recreation, 5160 Maple Dr. Suite A, Pleasant Hill
6 p.m. Monday, July 18, Windsor Heights City Council, 6900 School Street, Windsor Heights
7 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, City of Johnston Parks and Recreation, 6300 Pioneer Parkway, Johnston
7 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, City of Van Meter Parks and Recreation, 310 Mill Street, Van Meter
5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21, City of West Des Moines Parks and Recreation, 4200 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines
6 p.m. Monday, July 25, West Des Moines City Council, 4200 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines
5 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation, 1551 E. Martin Luther King, Jr Parkway, Des Moines
9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, Polk County Board of Supervisors, 111 Court Avenue #300, Des Moines
6 p.m. Thursday, July 28, Bondurant Planning and Zoning Board, 200 2nd Street NE, Bondurant
5:30 p.m. Monday, August 1, Ankeny City Council, 410 West 1st Street, Ankeny
6:30 p.m. Monday, August 8, Carlisle City Council, 195 North 1st Street, Carlisle
6 p.m. Wednesday, August 10, Warren County Conservation, 15565 118th Avenue, Indianola
6 p.m. Thursday, August 11, Clive City Council, 1900 NW 114th Street, Clive
6 p.m. Monday, August 15, Bondurant City Council, 200 2nd Street NE, Bondurant
5:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 16, Pleasant Hill City Council, 5160 Maple Drive Suite A, Pleasant Hill
7 p.m. Thursday, August 18, Van Meter City Council, 910 Main Street, Van Meter
7:30 a.m. Monday, August 22, Des Moines City Council, 1551 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway, Des Moines
7 p.m. Tuesday, August 30, Urbandale City Council, 3600 86th Street, Urbandale

Quality fishing is also a part of the overall water trails plan.

Quality fishing is also a part of the overall water trails plan.

The draft plan was developed over the past year with research of existing conditions and input from people and organizations with a wide range of interests in the waterways, notably recreation, quality of life, economic development, tourism and environmental conservation. Over the coming summer, these recommendations will be vetted by the public, and the plan will be refined as needed before being finalized this fall by vote of the MPO Policy Committee.

The plan is available online at www.dmampo.org/water-trails/, where the public can also take a three-question survey indicating their level of interest in water trails. For more information, call 515-334-0075 or email info@dmampo.org.

Olympic dreams still live for Iowa athletes on the track

13071955_10153723455902815_5821169395037516685_oTwo Iowa runners recently kept alive their dreams of representing the United States at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Stanley Kebenei placed third in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase Monday at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. The former Iowa Central Community College runner’s time of 8:24.84 advances him to the final round Friday, July 8. Also advancing is former Iowa State runner Hillary Bor, who finished ninth with a time of 8:34.48.

Erik Sowinski, a former Iowa Hawkeye runner and seven-time All-American, was less than a second away from qualifying for the Olympics.

A finalist in the 800 meters, he posted a time of 1:46.44 and placed fifth, missing out on the top three spots needed to quality for the Games.

Two other Iowans also competed Monday. Former Northern Iowa standout Alex Wilson placed 19th and did not advance in the women’s 3,000 steeplechase, and former Iowa Central Community College runner Abbabiya Simbassa also placed 19th and did not advance in the men’s 5,000.

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Jenny Simpson is a regular on the blue oval at Drake Stadium.

The 1,500 field includes former world champion Jenny Simpson, who comes in with the second-best qualifying mark of 3:57.30. The New Balance runner was born in Webster City and lived briefly in Fort Dodge and Ames as well. Former Sioux City East prep Shelby Houlihan, a former NCAA champion at Arizona State, enters with the fifth-best time of 4:03.39. Houlihan is a Nike Bowerman Track Club runner.

On the men’s side, former Northern Iowa runner Dorian Ulrey qualified with a 3:38.34 time. Ulrey is a Brooks Beast Track Club athlete. Both 1,500s begin Thursday.

The 5,000 includes two athletes from Sioux City. Houlihan also has qualified and declared in the 5,000 meters. Houlihan ran a qualifying time of 15:06.22, fifth-best in the field, indoors at the New York Armory in February. The first round of the 5,000 is Thursday.

Tonight (Wednesday), A.G. Kruger will compete in the Hammer Throw. Kruger was born in Sheldon, Iowa and attended Morningside College. Kruger is hoping to throw his way onto his fourth Olympic Team, having competed in 2004, 2008 and 2012 on the U.S. Olympic Team.

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Photos by David Mable