Western Dubuque standout Audrey Biermann signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Iowa during a ceremony attended by family, friends and coaches at the High School, Nov. 15.
An impressive performance during last spring’s state track and field meet, at Drake Stadium, put Biermann on the radar of numerous collegiate programs, and her commitment to the Hawkeyes is somewhat of a dream come true.
“I went to Iowa on an official visit. I always wanted to go to Iowa — it was my dream school you might say — and then when I went on a visit there, I knew when I left I could see myself there,” Biermann said.
“I heard from other schools, but I kind of wanted to stay in Iowa. I didn’t want to go far away from my friends and family. Iowa State reached out and I was going to do a visit there, but I had been to Iowa first and just knew I wanted to go there. I visited UNI too. Minnesota contacted me, but I knew I didn’t want to go that far.”
Biermann won four golds in Des Moines in 2021, sweeping the sprints and anchoring the Bobcats’ winning sprint medley relay team. She won the 100 in 12.53, the 200 in 25.17, the 400 in 56.94, and along with Ella Schindler, Sammy Recker and Brynn Walters, raced to a win in the medley in 1:47.58.
Biermann was a member of Western Dubuque’s state-qualifying cross country team this fall, and was an all-tournament team selection as the Bobcats claimed a state softball title last season.
“I have good coaches and teammates at Western Dubuque. They have helped me make the decision to keep doing track at the collegiate level. I just love the sport,” Biermann said. “I know they have had a lot of success in their program at Iowa and the coaches are very good. I hung out with the girls on the team and they were very welcoming. I think that helped with my decision.”
Biermann isn’t resting on her laurels and plans to grab more gold next spring.
“I want to reclaim my titles. I think it would be cool to go back-to-back,” she said. “I’m just going to work hard and do everything I can to be successful. If I work hard and do those things, the success will come again.”
Biermann is excited to join the Iowa program and experience college life at a Big Ten university.
“I think they said I would be running right away, but I also have to prove myself. There’s a lot of talent on the Iowa team, obviously, but if I just work hard and run like I know how to run, I’ll be fine and get to where I want to be,” Biermann said. “I am undecided on what I want to study, but I hope I’ll figure that out soon.”