My name is Tanner Iske and I’ve always loved to run. I first ran competitively in Junior High in the 100M, 200M and relays – I was hooked. I grew up in the Chicago area in a large school district and in 8th grade moved to West Liberty, Iowa – a much smaller school. This gave me the opportunity to compete in multiple sports; football, basketball, baseball and track. I’ve learned the value of teamwork, commitment, sacrifice and leadership throughout my high school career. Our weight room, with my teammates, is a valuable part of my training program. In addition, I was fortunate to have found a speed and performance coach, Ethan Holmes, that I work with outside of my normal track practices.
A special note about Ethan - he is a 2014 graduate from the University of Iowa with impressive track credentials. Coached by Joey Woody, he is a multiple time All-American in the 4x100, 4x400, 110m High Hurdles, and the 400m Hurdles, a Big Ten champion in the 4x100, 4x400, and 400m Hurdles, multiple times a runner up in the 110m High Hurdles, 400m Hurdles. His coaching has been invaluable to me, his support immeasurable and his friendship a highlight in my life. This additional time spent on the track has improved my starts and leg work throughout my races and it helped me achieve several goals and accomplishments throughout this past year.
I qualified for the Drake Relays (combined Class 1A-4A) as a sophomore in the 100M and 4x100. In addition, that same year, I qualified for the Iowa State meet in the 2A 100M, 4x100 and 4x200 taking 7th place in the 100 and was named to the 1st team All-Area team. This past year as a junior, I again qualified for the Drake Relays in the 100M and anchored our 4x100 relay team. Our team took a large contingent of athletes to the 2017 Iowa state meet in May. This year we competed in Class 3A. I took 2nd in the 100M, and I qualified with my 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams. I was named to the 1st team All-State and Elite Team through the IATC in 2017 and the All-Area 1st team. For the second summer, I am running track through the Iowa Speed Track Club in Iowa City and competing in the AAU and USATF Junior Olympic series. This summer I have achieved new PRs in both my 100M and 200M and am excited with the possibility of advancing to the Junior Olympics. My highlights to date have been taking 2nd in the Class 3A 100M at State and plan to take 1st next year. Additional highlights have been reaching new PRs during my summer track meets.
I'm looking for a college program that will be a good fit for me athletically as well as academically. I not only have the talent to compete for a college team, but the character, work-ethic, and leadership skills to make an immediate impact on your program. I look forward to moving my college track dreams to reality.