Track Guy
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Fueled by Passion

Track Guy is committed to bringing cross country and track and field experiences to Iowa’s youth.

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Track Guy: About

It was the last full week of April 1975 when Mike was invited as an alternate of the CCHS track team to attend his first ever Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. Mike, a sophomore with more heart than talent, carried with him a like for the sport, but little did he know that that weekend at Drake Stadium was going to change his life forever.

 

Track Guy is not just Mike Jay; however, Track Guy is the passion for cross country and track and field, and its athletes that Mike Jay delivers in every call, every message, every conversation. Staying true to his roots, Track Guy is an avenue to give back to the youth; to the sophomores in the stands of Drake Stadium experiencing their first Relays.

 

Whether it is cross country, track and field, the arts, or space travel – find your Relays!

 
 

PA Announcing: The Man Behind the Voice, Behind the Passion

No way could he have envisioned it in 1975 while attending his first Drake Relays, but in 2003 Mike attended his 28th consecutive Drake Relays, but this time from the press box. In 2005 Mike Jay became the lead announcer for the coed IAHSSA/IGHSAU state meets – becoming the esteemed Voice of the Drake Relays in 2006. Throughout his announcing career Mike has called numerous races at all levels of competition (NCAA Division I Indoor/Outdoor Track and Field Championships, several NCAA Division I Regional Cross Country meets). The hard work and dedication that Mike pours into his PA announcing was recognized in 2014 when he was honored as the Nation’s Top Track and Field Announcer by Track and Field Writers of America (TAFWA).

 

The exact catalyst for Mike’s love of cross country and track and field PA announcing cannot be pinpointed to one item, but many thanks can go to Ken Purdy, the great Jim Duncan, Larry Wieczorek, the student-athletes, the parents and fans of the sports. Announcing has allowed Mike to travel the world – impacting the lives of thousands of athletes and spectators and sharing his passion all along the way.