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.
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!
Hello, my name is Jason Woods. I was born and raised in Treynor, IA. I have spent the last 13 years as an Ankeny resident. While in Ankeny, I have coached for Ankeny Jr Football, I9 flag football and basketball, and USSSA baseball. I love working with young kids and getting them excited about sports. In high school, I was fortunate enough to win two state titles in the 110M High Hurdles and one in the 400M Low Hurdles. I then walked on and competed at Iowa State University from 1994-1999. While there, I won two Big 8 championships in the 4x100 and won the Big 12 55m hurdles and 400m hurdles. I was also a 6x Drake Relays Champion and 4x All-American.
Personal bests of:
13.54 110M High Hurdles
50.05 400M Low Hurdles
¡Hola! My name is Jim Robidoux, and I am excited to coach fall cross country with the Ankeny Track Club. I have coached and taught Spanish in Ankeny since 1996, and I enjoy helping our youth learn and get fit while having fun. I ran my first road race in 1979, and I set the school 3200m record at Hiawatha High School (Kansas) in 1982. I competed in cross country and track at Coe College from 1982-1986 where I broke the school records for the indoor 3000m and the outdoor steeplechase, 5000m, and 10,000m. My competitive personal bests are 9:27 3200m, 14:56 5K, and 30:27 10K. I have enjoyed coaching all levels and both genders in cross country from first-time first graders to high school state champions. I currently coach the youth spring Jaguar Running Club and the fall Jaguar boys 8th grade cross country team, and I organize the summer training program for grades 9-12 Jaguar boys cross country. I love riding bikes, and I still like to feel the burn on two wheels with friends or in races.