Track and Field

The University of Dubuque men’s track and field athletes have a long history of success in the Iowa Conference as well as on the national stage. The Spartan men’s success includes 457 All-IIAC honors, 43 All-America honors, and 5 National Championships; Basil Steele (2003, 2004, 2005, 55m Hurdles), Phillip Jones (2011, 55m Dash), and Rick Valcin (2014, Pole Vault). As a team the Spartans have hoisted the IIAC Conference Championship trophy 11 times and finished runner-up another 12. 

With the addition of a new coaching staff in 2011, including 2013 IIAC Coach of the Year, Chad Gunnelson, the Spartan men have re-written the record books and look to continue the momentum into the 2016-17 season. The Spartans return two of five 2016 IIAC Conference Champions in Blaze Murfin (Shot Put, Hammer), Alex Link (Discuss). Murfin competed at both the 2016 NCAA DIII Indoor and Outdoor National Championships and Link competed at the 2016 NCAA DIII Outdoor Championships. Link went on to earn All-America Honors in the Discuss (7th) establishing him as the University’s 30th Men’s Track and Field All-American. 

UD Hall of Famer, Solomon Butler ruled the broad jump from 1912-1923. He won both the 100-yard dash and broad jump at the Penn Relays. Entering military service as a soldier in World War I he represented the U.S. Army in the Inter-Allied Games in Paris. He was knighted by the King of Montenegro after winning gold medal at 1919 in the broad jump with a winning leap at Paris, 24-9 1/2, which was only two inches from the Olympic record at the time. Competing in the 1920 Olympics, on his first jump in the preliminaries, he pulled a tendon and was forced to withdraw. That injury-hampered effort was a shade under 21-8 and he finished seventh. He won the National Amateur Athletic Union championship that same year by broad jumping 24-8. By the time he retired from track and field, Butler had won 186 medals, 25 championship cups, eight gold shields, and four gold watches. He won five events at the Conference of Iowa College Championships in 1918, scoring 25 team points himself.

Track and Field News

Spartans Show Success at Univ. of Iowa Musco Twilight

Apr 22, 2017

A select group of University of Dubuque track and field competitors competed at the University of Iowa Musco Twilight on Saturday.

Spartans Sweep UD Track and Field Invitational

Apr 21, 2017

The University of Dubuque hosted the 2017 UD Invite on Friday, April 21, 2017 on the Douglas J. Miller Track. The Spartans swept both women's and men's titles. UD won the women's title with 216 points and the men's team finished with 240 points for the victory.

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Upcoming Events

Outdoor Track and Field

Apr 27, 2017 | 12:00 PM — 8:00 PM | Indianola, Iowa

Kip Janvrin Open hosted by Simpson College

Outdoor Track and Field

Apr 28, 2017 | 9:00 AM — 8:00 PM | Des Moines, Iowa

108th Annual Drake Relays

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Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
Joel Avila Distance Junior Belvidere, Ill.
Blaze Barista Jumps Jumps Freshman Wheaton, Ill.
Alec Bass Distance Junior Spring Green, Wis.
Ron Brown Throws Sophomore Milwaukee, Wis.
Aidan Carr Throws Freshman Hampton, Iowa
Easton Cook Sprints Freshman Guttenburg, Iowa
Maurice Cushion-Lewis Jumps Freshman Social Cirlce, Ga.
Nicholas Dolan Distance Distance Junior Des Moines, Iowa
Dylan Draeger Throws Junior Waterloo, Iowa
Isaiah Ellis Sprints Sophomore Rock Island, Ill.
Jack Erickson Distance Distance Freshman Slayton, Minn.
Austin Feyen Throws Freshman Fond du Lac, Wis.
Tyler Fowler Hurdles Freshman Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Clayton Gray Hurdles Junior Manchester, Iowa
John Gregory Throws Sophomore Lawrence, Kan.
Tyler Heinrich Throws Senior Altoona, Iowa
Jacob Heitter Jumps Freshman Byron, Ill.
Trey Jennings Jumps Freshman Riverside, Calif.
David Johnson Jumps Freshman Cazenovia, Wis
Mohamed Kamara Jumps Freshman Grand Forks, N.D.
Nicholas Kazmierczak Jumps Jumps Senior Lodi, Wis.
Ryan Kind Sprints Sophomore Janesville, Wis.
Hunter Klose Distance Sophomore St. Charles, Ill.
Alexander Link Throws Junior Dubuque, Iowa
Troy Litwiller Sprints Freshman Milledgeville, Ill.
Joel Lopez Sprints Freshman La Salle, Ill.
Chad Manternach Hurdles Freshman Dubuque, Iowa
Josh Mathis Throws Freshman Geneseo, Ill.
Jacob Mentzer Sprints Junior Pewaukee, Wis.
Tyler Miller Distance Junior Manchester, Iowa
Dalton Moore Distance Freshman Virginia, Ill.
Blaze Murfin Throws Sophomore Dallas City, Ill.
Aaron Ofosu Mid-Distance Junior Worcester, Mass.
Temitipoe Oshinbanjo Sprints Freshman Northlake, Ill.
Kortez Pickett Jumps Sophomore Milwaukee, Wis.
Colfay Pointer Sprints Freshman Rochelle, Ill.
Jacob Rentz Jumps Jumps Sophomore Bellevue, Iowa
Tavian Rumple Distance Freshman Mesa, Ariz.
Philip Senn Pole Vault Junior Wonder Lake, Ill.
Brandon Sindt Sprints Freshman Chesterton, Ind.
Benjiman Smith Distance Freshman Elburn, Ill.
Norman Stapleton Sprints Freshman Broadview, Ill.
Scott Taylor Throws Junior Manchester, Iowa
Joseph Tobin Distance Freshman Durant, Iowa
Neal Valant Vault Vault Freshman Bellevue, Iowa
Marcus Weathers Sprints Sprints Senior Sun Prairie, Wis.
Kevin Wissing Sprints Freshman Chesterton, Ind.

2016-17 Indoor Schedule

For complete men's collegiate University of Dubuque meet results click here for Track & Field Results Reporting System

For complete women's collegiate University of Dubuque meet results click here for Track & Field Results Reporting System

 

Dec. 2

Battle of the Bluff (vs. Loras/Clarke)

Dubuque, IA

4:00 p.m.

Jan. 14

Sol Butler Classic 

Dubuque, IA

10:30 a.m.

Jan. 21

at Monmouth Invitational

Monmouth, IL

10:30 a.m.

Jan. 27/28

Jack Johnson Inivte

Cedar Falls, IA

 

All Day

Feb. 4

at Grinnell College

Grinnell, IA 10:30 a.m.

Feb. 11

at UW-Platteville Invitational

Platteville, IA

10:30 a.m.

Feb. 17

Spartan Invite

Dubuque, IA

2:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Feb. 24

Iowa Conference Championships Indoor Championships

 

 

 

Hosted by University of Dubuque

Dubuque, IA

 

Feb. 25

Iowa Conference Championships Indoor Championships

 

 

 

Hosted by University of Dubuque

Dubuque, IA

 

Mar. 3

at UW-Platteville Last Chance

Platteville, WI

4:00 p.m.

Mar. 4

at UW-Stevens Point Last Chance

Stevens Point, WI

10:30 a.m.

Mar. 4 

Wartburg Last Chance 

Waverly, IA 

 

Mar. 10

at NCAA Division III Indoor Championships

Naperville, IL

 

 

(Hosted by North Central College)

   

Mar. 11

at NCAA Division III Indoor Championships

Naperville, IL

 

 

(Hosted by North Central College)

   

 2017 Outdoor Schedule

Apr. 1

at Birmingham-Southern Hilltop Classic

Birminham, AL

11:00 a.m.

Apr. 8

at Luther College Norse Relays

Decorah, IA

11:00 a.m.

Apr. 14

at UW-Platteville Invitational

Platteville, WI

11:00 a.m.

Apr. 21

University of Dubuque Invitational

Dubuque, IA

3:00 p.m.

Apr. 22 

Univ. of Iowa Musco Twilight 

  10:30 a.m. 

Apr. 27

at Kip Janvrin Open

Indianola, IA

 

Apr. 28

at Kip Janvrin Open

Indianola, IA

 

Apr. 28

at Drake Relays

Des Moines, IA

 

Apr. 29

at Drake Relays

Des Moines, IA

 

May 5

at Loras College

Dubuque, IA

4:00 p.m.

May 11

Iowa Conference Outdoor Championships

 

 

 

Hosted by Buena Vista Univ.

Storm Lake, IA

 

May 12

Iowa Conference Outdoor Championships

 

 

 

Hosted by Buena Vista Univ.

Storm Lake, IA

 

May 13

Iowa Conference Outdoor Championships

 

 

 

Hosted by Buena Vista Univ.

Storm Lake, IA

  

May 18

at UW-La Crosse Last Chance

La Crosse, WI

 

May 18

at North Central College Last Chance

Naperville, IL

 

May 18

at Augustana College Last Chance

Rock Island, IL

 

May 25

at NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships

 

 

 

Hosted by University of Mount Union

Alliance, OH

 

May 26

at NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships

 

 

 

Hosted by University of Mount Union

Alliance, OH

 

May 27

at NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships

 

 

 

Hosted by University of Mount Union

Alliance, OH

 

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

BS, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3860
E-mail: cgunnelson@dbq.edu 
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 

Geoff Gundlach
Geoff Gundlach
Head Cross Country Coach
Assistant Track and Field Coach

MA, University of Dubuque; Communication
BS, Univ. of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Office Phone: 563.589.3714
E-mail: ggundlach@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 215 Mercer-Birmingham
Fax: 563.589.3425
Biography - Click to Open

Geoff Gundlach is in his second season as the head coach of the men's and women's cross country teams, after four seasons as an assistant coach. He also enters his sixth year as an assistant coach for the track and field teams.

In his first season as head cross country coach, Gundlach guided a pair of Spartans to All-Iowa Conference performances and an all-region finisher on the women’s side. Six Spartan women on the 2015 squad were named Academic All-IIAC selections.

The distance events continue to show significant improvement since Gundlach’s arrival in 2011, most notably with the women’s cross country program having their best Iowa Conference Championships finish in school history and the men posting their best finish in over 30 years. This was done through the development of individual student-athletes, where Coach Gundlach has placed 16 new men and women on the school’s top-25 performances lists. 

Distance athletes have also done very well on the track. UD distance runners and relay teams now hold 17 different school records for both Indoor and Outdoor Track in events ranging from the 800m to 5000m. He has coached an athlete to a top-10 performance in school history in every mid-distance and distance event.

Academically, the Spartan distance runners have done very well. The women’s cross country team was named All-Academic by the USTFCCCA for its 7th straight year (4th year under Coach Gundlach) boasting a team GPA of 3.63 in 2013.  Men’s Cross Country has qualified as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Team for the past three seasons.

A native of Madison, Wis., Gundlach competed for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in both cross country and track and field. He earned four letters in cross country and was a national qualifier in 2006. As a member of the UW-O track and field team from 2005-2009, Gundlach placed in the mile, 5000m, and distance medley relays at the WIAC Indoor and Outdoor Championships and was a member of the 2009 UW-Oshkosh Indoor and Outdoor National Championship teams.

Gundlach received his Bachelor’s degree from the UW-Oshkosh and his Master’s in Communication from the University of Dubuque. He currently holds a USTFCCCA Endurance Specialist Certification and is a USATF Level 1 Coach.

Coaching Record at the University of Dubuque

Year M/W   IIAC Finish  
  2015    Men 6th place

 Women  7th place

 

 


Jake Malm
Jake Malm
Assistant Track and Field Coach
Recruiting Coordinator

MA, University of Dubuque; Communication
BS, University of Minnesota; Kinesiology

Office Phone: 563.589.3714
E-mail: mmalm@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 215 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to Open

Jake Malm enters his fourth year coaching the throwers for the Spartans, a group that has quickly become the most successful in school history. Malm was named the USTFCCCA Central Region Men's and Women's Assistant Coach of the Year (Indoor) in 2017.

Under Coach Malm’s direction, the UD throws group has risen to the top of the Iowa Conference. The men’s and women’s throws groups have both set new program records for points scored at the IIAC Indoor and Outdoor Championships.

This past season also showcased the UD throws group on a national level. A pair of Spartans finished the 2016 outdoor season with All-American Honors placing 3rd and 7th respectively at the NCAA Division III National Championships. UD throws also had the nation’s top-ranked freshman hammer thrower in 2016.

Success in the throws has been shared among a deep group. Over the past three seasons, 30 different throwers have placed a total of 71 new marks on UD’s top-10 all-time performance lists, in addition to 9 of 12 school records being broken.

Prior to coming to UD, Malm assisted in the throwing events at Hamline University during the 2013 season while finishing his degree in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota. While at Minnesota, Malm competed in the javelin and was a member of three Big Ten Conference championship teams.

Malm is originally from Grand Forks, North Dakota. He currently holds a USTFCCCA Specialist Certification in the Throwing Events and in Strength and Conditioning in addition to being a USATF Level 1 Coach. In 2016, Malm was invited to participate in the USATF Emerging Elite Coach’s Camp.


Evan Zurbuchen
Evan Zurbuchen
Assistant Track and Field Coach

BS, University of Dubuque; Aviation Management

Office Phone: 563.589.3714
E-mail: ezurbuchen@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 215 Mercer-Birmingham
Fax: 563.589.3425
Biography - Click to Open

Evan Zurbuchen is starting his second season leading the Spartan 400 meter runners and hurdlers. 

In his first two seasons leading the long sprinters and hurdlers, Coach Zurbuchen’s group won a men's Iowa Conference individual title in the indoor 400m dash and a women's Iowa Conference individual title in the 400m hurdles, set school records in both the women’s indoor 400m and the women’s 400m hurdles, along with the 4x400m relay records for both the men and women indoors.  

As an athlete, Zurbuchen was a standout hurdler for the University of Dubuque’s track team for four years. He ran both the high and 400 hurdles along with running on sprint relays. Zurbuchen was All-IIAC in the high hurdles running top-10 all-time performances in UD history both indoors and outdoors. He capped of his career in 2014 as the IIAC champion and IIAC record holder in the 400 meter hurdles and qualified for the NCAA Championships in that event. In the classroom, he earned academic all-district honors and IIAC All-Academics team honors.

Outside of coaching, Zurbuchen has experience as an educator at Hillcrest Family Services in Dubuque and worked in financial services for Northwestern Mutual in Madison, Wis. where he’s from. He now resides in Dubuque and is working on publishing his first book.


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

BA, North Central College; GLS International Business

Office Phone: 563.589.3714
E-mail: rbartell@dbq.edu 
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 Camps

2016 UD Holiday Track Camp (600x185)
2016 Holiday Camp
-- December 4th --


Track & Field High School Academy (450x300)‌  Track & Field Academy Middle School (450x300)‌    
Dubuque Area High School Track Academy  |  Dubuque Area Middle School Track Academy
-- December 27th and 28th --


UD T&F Jump Camp (600x185px)
2016 Jump Camp
-- January 22nd --


UD T&F Run The Day Camp (600x185px)
2016 Run The Day Camp
-- January 22nd --


Upcoming Camps

UD T&F Spring/Hurdle Camp (600x185px)
2016 Sprint Hurdle Camp
-- February 5th --


UD T&F Throws Camp (600x185px)
2016 Throws Camp
-- February 5th --


Past Seasons

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