All of our coaches are unpaid volunteers.
My name is Alecia Rahn-Blakeslee, founder of Ankeny Track & Field Club. I’ve lived in Ankeny since 1998. I caught the running bug as a graduate student at the University of Oregon. My husband, Tim, and I have two sons, an 8th grader and a 6th grader. This will be our 6th grader’s fourth year running track. I will be coaching our youngest athletes and supporting middle distance, while also handling club and meet registration, parent communication, and all other inquiries. My coaching certifications include USATF Level I and USTFCCA Track and Field Technical 201. I look forward to seeing our athletes grow stronger and more confident in their abilities, meet challenges, and develop a lifelong joy of running. Thank you for running and jumping with us!
Hi, my name is Scott Jones. I am a lifelong resident of Ankeny, graduating from Ankeny High in 1989. After graduating high school, I attended ISU and received a degree in trans log. I have worked for Cummins Inc. for the last 17 years. My wife, Tammy, and I have 2 children, a daughter in 10th grade and a son in 8th grade. I have coached youth athletics the past 8 years in basketball, baseball, and soccer. I enjoy coaching kids and witnessing their growth, development, and love of sports. I have been running for approximately 20 years, participating in 10 marathons and too many shorter races to count. I have also participated in multiple triathlons and completed two 1/2 ironman events. Running is still a passion of mine, and I try to run 5-6 times a week. I look forward to working with our young athletes and fostering their love of running.
My name is Joey Brunkhorst. Originally from Iowa Falls, my family and I moved to Ankeny in 2016. In college, I competed in the high jump for the Iowa State University track team. While on the team, I helped coach the ISU track camp. My personal record in the high jump was 7'3 1/4", and I was fortunate enough to win the Drake Relays and the Big XII Outdoor Championships. I am excited to be involved with the Ankeny Track Club.
I am originally from Michigan but have lived in Ankeny for eight years. In track, I was a six-time NCAA All-American for LSU and University of Tennessee. I competed post-collegiately in the 800m (1:59.27) and was the US National Champion in 1997 and an alternate on the 1996 US Olympic team. I have competed for the US in World Championships (18th) and Pan American Games (8th). After “retiring” from Track and Field, I owned a sports performance training business for eight years. I coached Men’s and Women’s Sprints at Michigan State University. I have coached athletes at every age group. I love speed development and biomechanics and was fortunate to have been coached by three of the best speed development coaches of the past thirty years: Loren Seagrave, Randy Huntington and Henk Kraaijenhof. I can’t thank them enough for everything they taught me!
My name is Kate Novak and I am a sprints/relays coach and a native of DeWitt, IA. I was fortunate enough to be a part of 4 state championship relay teams in the 4 x 200 and 4 x 100 meter relays in high school, as well as a team championship. I went on to run for Coe College and the University of Sioux Falls. I moved to Ankeny in 2012 and have assisted with both boys and girls high school track teams in the past in Denver, IA, and Bondurant-Farrar before joining the Ankeny Track & Field Club last year.
Hello! I’m thrilled to be coaching with the Ankeny Track & Field Club. I grew up in Omaha, and spent every summer from age 9-18 at USATF track meets as a member of the Cornhusker Flyers Track Club. My parents remain active in the club still today and are USATF national referees. The summer track experience really shaped my entire athletic career, and taught me many life lessons. I was fortunate enough, because of strong coaches and mentors through the summer track program, to be a ten time national high jump champion during my youth career. As a high school athlete I was a four time state champion in the high jump (personal best 5’11 ¾) and three time state champion in the 100 meter high hurdles (personal best 14.83). I competed in track and field at Iowa State, and was an All Conference high jumper. In addition, I spent four years playing basketball for Iowa State under coach Bill Fennelly. I am excited to help the next generation excel in track and field, and to give back to the sport that gave me so many wonderful memories!
My name is Alex Kock, and I am from West Des Moines, IA. I attended Valley High School, where I was a member of the track and field team along with running cross country and playing soccer. While in high school, I competed in multiple state meets and Drake Relays. I went on to be a sprinter on the track team at Wartburg College, where I graduated in 2016. I returned to West Des Moines after graduation and will attend Des Moines University in the fall. I am very excited to be a part of the Ankeny Track & Field Club and to be working with the sprinters!