Coaching changes aren't uncommon in track and field! But what's really uncommon is an entire staff leaving! The University of North Dakota finds itself in a precarious spot with less than a week until athletes arrive on campus. Cam & Ryan dig into what's happening at "the school up north."
Cam & Ryan assembled the biggest cast of track nerds we could find into this very entertaining episode. Devin Monson (Director of Track & Field at Hamline), Macie Weber (former University of Iowa cross country & track athlete), Lexi Zeis (pro runner for Roots Running Project in Boulder, Colorado), and Kara Neustrom (former University of Iowa cross country & track athlete) state bold predictions, offer hot takes, and choose who will be making Team USA in several marquee events at the Olympic Trials!
Thought Season 2 was over? You've been mistaken! Ryan sits down with 5 athletes who will be competing in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. Listen to Alex Talley, Benji Phillips, Kari Wolfe, Payton Otterdahl, and Maddy Nilles share their experiences leading into the trials, what they hope to accomplish, and what representing their country would mean to them. Also find out what pizza they're ordering at the famous TrackTown Pizza in Eugene, Oregon!
We hope you listen to the entire episode, but listed below are the timestamp of each athlete's interview:
Alex Talley: 3:47 - 15:08
Benji Phillips: 15:35 - 29:18
Kari Wolfe: 29:45 - 39:43
Payton Otterdahl: 40:12 - 54:36
Maddy Nilles: 55:05 - 1:07:50
It shouldn't be a surprise that Cam & Ryan are friends in real life. When friends don't talk for a while, they need a good chance to catch up. On Episode 23, Ryan tells Cam all about his decathlon last weekend in Azusa, California, followed by a quick conference recap and a look towards the See Dick Run Mile Extravaganza!
"Your state record holder in the triple jump is Mike Backes of Red River set back in 1998." If you've attended a state track meet in recent years, we're sure you've heard this announcement. So who is Mike Backes? Cam & Ryan sit down with Mike, the former state record holder and All-American, and listen to stories of overcoming injuries, training through the devastating 1997 flood, and never giving up on your dreams.
Our first vaulter! Mike Herauf, a former Dickinson High standout, currently competes at the University of Minnesota. On this episode, Mike shares stories of his early progressions in the vault, his role in fighting to save the Gopher's men's track and field program, and what it means becoming the highest-vaulting North Dakota native EVER. Plus an impromptu appearance by another North Dakota legend. All this on Episode 21.
If you've ever driven on North Dakota's "Enchanted Highway," you've probably been pretty close to the town of Mott. Besides being the Pheasant Capital of North Dakota, it's home to javelin thrower Alyssa Olin. From two-time state runner-up to two-time All-American, join Cam & Ryan in this interview filled with great conversation, fun memories, and hilarious stories.