Bass Secures First Career All-IIAC Honor
DUBUQUE, Iowa - Sophomore Alec Bass placed 10th (27:10) at the Iowa Conference Championships in his first All-IIAC peformance and led the youthful Spartans to a 6th-place finish.
The Hazel Green, Wis. native also set the second fastest time in UD history (26:16) in a fifth-place finish at Grinnell's Les Duke Invitational on September 12 and finished the season with four, Top-5 finishes. Bass led a Spartan squad that will see just two seniors graduate in Payton Nevills and Jordan Murray. Nevills snagged a pair of back-to-back Top-5 showings at the Wisconsin Lutheran Warrior Invitational followed by the Loras College Invitational. Murray clocked a season best 28:38 in the final meet of the year at the Central Regionals.
UD secured its best finish of the season after placing fourth at the Wisconsin Lutheran Warrior Invitational on October 3. The Spartans were led by Nevills' third-place finish and Bass' sixth-place showing.
A bevy of underclassmen including freshmen Riley Holst, sophomore Jack Lindsay, junior Jon Berland, and freshman Hunter Reifschneider contributed to the Spartan varsity throughout the season.
Most Spartan harriers will be back in action during the indoor track season coming up this winter.
Academic All-Iowa Conference
2014 Cross Country Team
Front Row: Grace Voelliger, Samantha Holen, Skylar Brooks, Kristin Kinateder, Melissa Todman, Kristin Mackenburg, Fabiola Ortiz, and Katie Oliver.
Second Row: Bobbi Jo Helgemoe, Rachael Busjahn, Brittany Burns, Kiersten Wenthold, Sybbie Sears, and Madison Montgomery.
Third Row: Erik DeMaegd, Alex Bass, Jordan Murray, Jonathan Berland, Matt Zittrisch, Jack Lindsay, Ames Helzer, and Payton Nevills.
Fourth Row: Serigne Sarr, Joel Avila, Nick Dolan, David Ploenzke, Tyler Peugh, and Aaron Ofosu.
Back Row: Isaac Hernandez, Remington Meggers, Donovan Ball, Asst. Coach Geoff Gundlach, Head Coach Chad Gunnelson.
The Spartans took fifth place at the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships to match their best team finish since 1983. Junior Payton Nevills led the charge after setting a personal record of 26:18 and the third fastest time in UD history. Nevills and freshman Alec Bass formed the Spartans 1-2 punch as Bass also put his name in the record books after a 26:17 performance (second fastest all-time) at the Augustana (Ill.) Brissman-Lundeen Invitational.
The Spartans tasted victory after winning the 16-team Wisconsin Lutheran Invitational on October 5. Nevills managed to out lean Bass at the line for the individual title by 0.6 seconds. Assistant coach Geoff Gundlach confirmed it was the team’s first win in over 51 years.
Arguably their best performance took place in the last meet of the year at the NCAA Division III Central Regional meet hosted by Central College. The Spartan harriers improved five spots from a year ago (20th place in 2014, 25th in 2013) as five Varsity runners set either a course personal record and/or an overall personal record. Every runner besides one ran at least 49 seconds faster than their previous race at Central College's A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex cross country course.
The Spartans had zero graduating seniors on the roster and return every runner from this year’s squad.
"We feel like we took a lot of steps in a positive direction for our program this year," says Assistant Coach Geoff Gundlach. "I think we have a more consistent and passionate work ethic, and we are hungrier as a result. Our men did a nice job of having fun by committing themselves more, and we saw many positive things because of that commitment. Our freshmen stepped up well for us, and that was great to see, young men who aren't scared to be successful and compete at a higher level. It was really a great experience to be a part of, and we are looking for more next year without a doubt."
All-Iowa Conference Academic Honorees
Jonathan Berland, Remington Meggers, Tyler Peugh, David Ploenzke
2013 Cross Country Team
Front Row: Head Coach Chad Gunnelson, Kiersten Wenthold, Melissa Todman, Fabiola Ortiz, Madison Montgomery, Brenda Breimon, Nickolette McKenzie, Samantha Holen, Brittany Burns, Brenda Nava, Chantel Christiansen, and Asst. Coach Geoff Gundlach.
Back Row: Emanuel Huerta-Gutierrez, Jonathan Berland, David Ploenzke, Devante Miller, Mitchell Federspiel, Ryan Mattingly, Tyler Peugh, Blair Burdt, Payton Nevills, and Jordan Murray.
The University of Dubuque men’s cross country team placed eighth at the Iowa Conference Championships hosted by Central College. Sophomore Payton Nevills anchored the Spartans with a 26th place finish in an 8k time of 26:56 at the rolling A.N. Kuyper course. Nevills would best his IIAC time with a 26:43 (Top-10 all-time in UD history) and a 62nd place showing at the NCAA Division III Central Region Championships.
Backing up Nevills at the IIAC Championships was Matt Zittrisch (79th, 28:46), Jordan Murray (92, 29:26), David Ploenzke (100, 29:58), Blair Burdt (116, 30:48), Javier Rodriguez (120, 31:02), Devante Miller (122, 31:11), who rounded out the Spartan Varsity.
The same Spartan Five ran to a 25th place finish at Regionals with Jonathan Berland and Luke Elsbernd holding down the six and seven spot of the varsity squad.
Out of the primary Spartan varsity runners, only one senior, Elsbernd, graduates.
Academic All-Iowa Conference Honorees (*Senior)
Tyler Peugh, David Ploenzke, Ryan Mattingly*
2012 Cross Country Team
Front Row: Beth Michaelis, Tiesha Starks, Ranita Anderson, Samantha Holen, Kassie Wallner, Megan Bloedow, Victoria Adriano, Brenda Nava, and Asst. Coach Isaiah Jenzen.
Second Row: Head Coach Chad Gunnelson, Nickolette McKenzie, Kelley Hauber, Abby Green, Rachael Busjahn, Kayla Starnes, Kelly Lesniak, Ashley Sadewasser, Leigha Hodge, and Asst. Coach Tracy Demerath.
Third Row: Asst. Coach Geoff Gundlach, Magnus Yancy, Payton Nevils, Jordan Murray, Blair Burdt, Eric Jones, and Javier Rodriguez.
Fourth Row: David Ploenzke, Matthew Zittritsch, Jeremiah Camp, Tyler Andreae, Luke Elsbernd, and Jake Robertson.
Back Row: Darin Bohl, Benjamin Hempfling, Brandon Barry, David Martin, and Austin George.
The University of Dubuque Men's Cross Country team finished in eighth place at the 2012 Iowa Conference Championships. Freshman Jordan Murray led the Spartans in five of eight races. Freshman Payton Nevills led UD in the other three races. Murray posted the fastest 8k time of the year at 27:23.6 at the Brissman/Lundeen XC Invitational. The Spartans ran seven freshman at the 2012 IIAC Championships. UD finished 1-2 at the Spartan Igniter to start the year with Nevills winning and Murray taking second.
The Spartans earned the USTFCCCA Academic Team Award.
2011 Cross Country Team
Front Row: Brenda Nava, Angelina Edwards, Kaylee Carter, Rachael Busjahn, Ashley Sadewasser, Beth Michaelis, Megan Bloedow, and Sydney Vasquez.
Middle Row: Brandon Barry, Jeremiah Ziebert, John Easley, John Aber, Jed Omernick, Luke Elsbernd, and Eric Jones.
Back Row: Asst. Coach Isaiah Janzen, Head Coach Chad Gunnelson, Asst. Coach Geoff Gundlach.
The University of Dubuque Men's Cross Country team finished in ninth place at the 2011 Iowa Conference Championships. Sophomore Luke Elsbernd led the Spartans in five of six races. Elsbernd posted the top 8k time of the year of 30:12.9 at the IIAC Championships.
2010 Cross Country Team Roster
Women: Megan Bloedow, Kaylee Carter, Melissa Englert, Courtney Frederick, Beth Michaelis, Megan Michaelis, Jennifer Oster, and Aysa Sellers.
Men: Adam Ahlden, Nick Burgmeier, Oscar Corona, Luke Elsbernd, Aaron Ewinger, Freddy Frick, Brad McGrath, and Joe Stevens
Head Coach Matt Hayes.
The University of Dubuque Men's Cross Country team finished in ninth place at the 2010 Iowa Conference Championships. Senior Aaron Ahlden led the Spartans in three of six races. Freshman Nick Burgmeier led in two races while fellow freshman Luke Elsbernd was the top finisher at the DIII Regionals. Ahlden posted the top 8k time of the year of 29:45.58 at the UW-Oshkosh Brooks Cross Country Invitational.
2009 Cross Country Team Roster
Women: Megan Bloedow, Kaylee Carter, Vanessa Cocom, Chelsea Kemp, Beth Michaelis, Megan Michaelis, Kelsey Rursch, and Katie Tipping.
Men: Adam Ahlden, Nick Barker, James Blacks, Oscar Corona, Aaron Ewinger, Freddy Frick, Cory Grandon, and Michael Wilhite.
Head Coach: Matt Hayes.
The University of Dubuque Men's Cross Country team finished in ninth place at the 2009 Iowa Conference Championships. Junior Adam Ahlden led the Spartans throughout the season finishing as the top Spartan runner in all seven races. Ahlden posted the top 8k time of the year of 29:07.4 at the NCAA DIII Regionals at Grinnell.
2008 Cross Country Team
Front Row: Sarah Schumacher, Katie Tipping, Jennelle Vega, Megan Michaelis, Maxie Blasini, Kelsey Rursch, and Anne Marx.
Middle Row: Head Coach Matt Hayes, Aaron Ewinger, Freddy Frick, Andrew Beneby, Adam Ahlden, Jon Erickson, and Asst. Coach David Thompson.
Back Row: Thomas Goad, ??, ??, and ??.
The University of Dubuque Men's Cross Country team finished in eighth place at the 2008 Iowa Conference Championships. Sophomore Aaron Ewinger and Adam Ahlden led the Spartans throughout the season with Ewinger finishing as the top Spartans runner in four races while Ahlden led UD in three races. Ahlden posted the top 8k time of the year of 26:19.81 at the IIAC Championships. Ewinger recorded the top finish of the season by finishing eighth at UW-Platteville.
2007 Cross Country Team
Front Row: ??, John Salwolke, Megan Michaelis, Caroline Zelent, Jon Erickson, and Aaron Ewinger.
Back Row: Head Coach Katie Meyer, Andres Verduzco, Matt Curoe, ??, Freddy Frick, Thomas Goad, Josh Feehan, and Justin Carlson.
The University of Dubuque Men's Cross Country team finished in ninth place at the 2007 Iowa Conference Championships. Freshman Aaron Ewinger was the top Spartan finisher in six of seven races and posted the top 8k time of the year for UD with a 29:18 at the Brissman-Lundeen Invite.
Cory Alsip, Jon Erickson, Thomas Goad, and John Salwolke earned Academic All-Iowa Conference. Erickson was named First Team ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA All-District and Second Team All-America for Cross Country/Track and Field.
2006 Cross Country Team
Men: Cory Alsip, Kyle Anderson, Jarrad Butz, Justin Carlson, Jon Erickson, Josh Feehan, Thomas Goad, Jason Groth, Jason Hintzke, Jake Matzen, David McAlexander, Ryan McAvoy, and Andres Verduzco.
Women: Elizabeth Delp, Allison George, Keisha Morgan, Tenisha Reeder, Brooke Russell, Martha Sherrahn, Kate Swift, Ashley Willyard, and Caroline Zelent.
Head Coach: Katie Meyer.
The University of Dubuque Men's Cross Country team finished in ninth place at the 2006 Iowa Conference Championships. Senior Justin Carlson was the top Spartans finisher in all eight races. Carlson recorded the fastest 8k time of the year for UD with a 26:44 at the IIAC Championships.
Kyle Anderson, Jonathan Erickson, Jason Groth, and Jake Matzen earned Academic All-Iowa Conference.