Cross Country

With two Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) Team Titles, including a perfect score (15) in 1959, the University of Dubuque Men’s Cross Country Team looks to build upon past success. The Spartans garnered their first All-American in 2016, Alec Bass.

The Spartan Men not only enjoy success on the course, but in the classroom as well with a multitude of student-athletes being recognized as Academic All-Conference Student Athletes. On the national level, the Spartans have been awarded USTFCCCA Division III All-Academic Honors for four consecutive seasons.

Spartan Coach Geoff Gundlach places an emphasis on energy system development and education, injury pre-habilitation, strength training, and nutrition. Heritage Trail and Mines of Spain are just two of the incredible training resources that the Spartans utilize within Dubuque’s running community.

Cross Country News

Bass Takes 2nd at IIAC Championships

Oct 29, 2016

The University of Dubuque Men’s Cross Country finished seventh out of nine teams in the Iowa Conference Championship. Alec Bass paced the Spartans and finished second individually out of 178 total runners.

Bass Leads Spartans with 12th Place Finish

Oct 15, 2016

Men’s cross country finished 28th out of 37 teams Saturday in the UW-Oshkosh Kollege Town Sports Cross Country Invitational

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Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
Joel Avila 5-9 Junior Belvidere, Ill.
Alec Bass 5-6 Junior Spring Green, Wis.
Jonathan Berland 5-11 Senior Lime Springs, Iowa
Nicholas Dolan 5-9 Junior West Des Moines, Iowa
Jack Erickson 6-2 Freshman Slayton, Minn.
Jake Heitter 6-5 Freshman Byron, Ill.
Ames Helzer 5-11 Junior Decorah, Iowa
Hunter Klose 5-11 Sophomore St. Charles, Ill.
Atticus Lee 5-9 Freshman Gahanna, Ohio
Tyler Miller 6-2 Junior Manchester, Iowa
Dalton Moore 6-2 Freshman Rushville, Ill.
Aaron Ofosu 5-10 Junior Worcester, Mass.
Hunter Reifschneider 5-10 Sophomore Marion, Iowa
Tavian Rumple 6-1 Freshman Mesa, Ariz.
Brandon Sindt 5-9 Freshman Dubuque, Iowa
Benjiman Smith 6-2 Freshman Elburn, Ill.
Joesph Tobin 5-11 Freshman Durant, Iowa
Matthew Zittritsch 6-0 Senior Humboldt, Iowa

Fall 2017 Schedule 

For complete team results for University of Dubuque women's cross country click here

For complete team results for University of Dubuque men's cross country click here


Sept. 1

at Mt Mercy College

Cedar Rapids, IA

6:00 p.m.

Sept. 9

at Les Duke Invite

Grinnell, IA

10:00 a.m.

Sept. 22

at Augustana Invite

Rock Island, IL

5:00 p.m.

Sept. 30

at Warrior Invite

West Allis, WI

11:00 a.m.

Oct. 14

at Oshkosh Invite

Winneconne, WI

11:00 a.m.

Oct. 28

at IIAC Championships

Waverly, IA

11:00 a.m.

Nov. 11

at NCAA Regional




Hosted by Carleton College

Northfield, MN

11:00 a.m.

Nov. 18

at NCAA Division III National Championships




Hosted by Principia College

Elsah, IL

11:00 a.m.







2016 Results

Sept. 1

at Mt. Mercy 23rd Annual Mustang Gallop




Seminole Valley Park

Cedar Rapids, IA

4th/8 teams

Sept. 10

at Grinnell 55th Annual Les Duke Invite




Grinnell Country Club

Grinnell, IA

11th/17 teams

Sept. 23

at Augustana Brissman-Lundeen Invite




Saukie Golf Course

Rock Island, IL

14th/31 teams

Oct. 1

at Wisconsin Lutheran Warrior Invite




Greenfield Park

West Allis, WI

5th/19 teams

Oct. 15

at UW-Oshkosh Invite




Lake Breeze Golf Club

Winneconne, WI

28th/37 teams

Oct. 29

at IIAC Championships




Lake Creek Country Club

Storm Lake, IA


Nov. 12

at NCAA Division III Regionals




Hosted by Carlton College

Northfield, MN.

7th/9 teams

Nov. 19

at NCAA Division III National Championships




Spalding University

Louisville, KY.

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Chad Gunnelson
Chad Gunnelson
Director of Track and Field | Cross Country
Adjunct Faculty

BS, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3860
Office Location: 214 Mercer-Birmingham
Fax: 563.589.3425
Biography - Click to Open

Chad Gunnelson, the 2013 Iowa Conference Men’s Outdoor Track Co-Coach of the year and 2017 IIAC Men's Indoor Track Coach of the Year, is entering his sixth season leading the track & field and cross country programs. The Spartans have seen unparalleled success since his arrival in 2011 and continue to improve. Gunnelson was named USTFCCCA Central Region Men's Coach of the Year in 2017.

The University of Dubuque men's indoor track and field team claimed it's first Iowa Conference indoor title in 2017, winning the championship trophy. It was the school's 12th league title and first since 1961 in track and field. UD finished the two-day meet with 125 points. The women posted their best outdoor finish at the Iowa Conference Outdoor Championships in 2016.

Under the direction of Coach Gunnelson, the Spartans track & field team has had 22 NCAA qualifiers, earning 6 All-American honors and 1 National Champion (Rick Valcin, Outdoor Pole Vault, 2014). The Spartans have also had 46 IIAC Champions and 183 All-IIAC Performers in addition to breaking 57 school records. Off the track, the women’s team was named USTFCCCA All-Academic for the fourth straight year.

The cross-country program has had similar academic success with the men and women being named USTFCCCA All-Academic for the third and seventh consecutive years. On the course, they have placed 16 names to the UD Top-25 cross country performers list under Gunnelson. 

Prior to his arrival at UD, Gunnelson, a native of Madison, Wis., spent six years as the Head Track & Field Coach at Madison East High School for both the boy’s and girl’s teams. At Madison East, Gunnelson coached 22 school record holders and back-to-back state champions in 2010 and 2011. Gunnelson resurrected track and field at Madison East by tripling the team size during his time there. In his final year with the Purgolders, the team earned a 3.24 GPA, had four sectional champions, and placed all four state qualifiers on the podium at the WIAA state track meet, including a state champion.

Along with coaching, Gunnelson was the Owner and CEO of Athletic Republic, a sports performance training facility, from 2007 to 2011 where he built Athletic Republic into the largest training facility in the Madison area. Over 600 youth, high school, college, professional, and Olympic athletes trained and improved their athletic ability each year.

Coach Gunnelson currently holds the USTFCCCA Jumps Specialist Certification, Endurance Specialist Certification, Strength & Conditioning Certification, Track & Field Technical Certification, and Program Management Certification. He is also a Level 1 certified coach with USATF, a certified performance coach with USA Weightlifting, and is Functional Movement Screen certified.

Coach Gunnelson resides in Potosi, Wis. with his wife Melissa, their son Dash, and his step-children Taylor and Evan.

Track and Field Coaching Record at the University of Dubuque

IIAC Finishes            Men            Women
Season Indoor Outdoor Indoor Outdoor
2012 4th 6th 7th 8th
2013 3rd 4th 6th 6th
2014 4th 4th 3rd 5th
2015 3rd 4th 3rd 5th
2016 5th 4th  4th 3rd 

Ryan Bartell
Ryan Bartell
Graduate Assistant - Track and Field / Cross Country

BA, North Central College; GLS International Business

Office Phone: 563.589.3714
Office Location: 215 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to Open

Ryan Bartell is in his first season on staff, he will coach the jumps and coordinate the marketing efforts for the Spartans.

Coach Bartell comes to Dubuque following a year teaching and coaching both cross country and track & field in the West Aurora School District in Illinois. He also has four years of elite experience as a seven-time All-CCIW performer at North Central College. 

Bartell is a native of Aurora, IL. He currently holds the USATF Level 1 certification as he is also First Aid/CPR/AED certified. He resides in Dubuque and is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Past Seasons

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2016 Record Book