Track and Field

The University of Dubuque men’s track and field athletes have a long history of success in the Iowa Conference (now American Rivers Conference) as well as on the national stage. The Spartan men’s success includes nearly 500 All-Conference honors, 43 All-America honors, and 6 National Championships; Basil Steele (2003, 2004, 2005, 55m Hurdles), Phillip Jones (2011, 55m Dash), Rick Valcin (2014, Pole Vault), and Blaze Murfin (2018-Shot Put). As a team the Spartans have hoisted the IIAC Conference Championship trophy 12 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 this season. 

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. 

The National Scholastic Athletics Foundation (NSAF), a non-profit organization created to support and promote high school-age track and field, announced the inaugural class of the new National High School Track and Field Hall of Fame on March 8, 2018 at the New York Athletic Club. Featuring the sport’s immortal legends like Solomon Butler, Jesse Owens and Jim Ryun, to all-time greats like Steve Prefontaine and Mary Decker Slaney, to current Olympic superstar Allyson Felix -- the inaugural class will feature 30 athletes, coaches and contributors spanning 11 decades of excellence in high school track and field.

“Our goal in creating a hall of fame for high school track and field is to honor the greatest athletes, coaches, innovators and contributors in high school track and field history,” said James Spier, Executive Director of the NSAF. “The inaugural class of athletes, coaches, and contributors includes icons of the sport and each of these individuals has made a lasting impact on high school track and field. Generations of athletes have been inspired by and have benefited from their historic accomplishments.”


Track and Field News

Burmahl and Malm Grab USTFCCCA Central Region Awards

May 21, 2019

The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced their Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2019 Outdoor Track and Field Season on Tuesday, where UD’s Rebecca Burmahl was named Women Central Region Field Athlete of the Year and Jake Malm was named Women’s Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year.

National Championships Ahead For Track and Field

May 20, 2019

The University of Dubuque track and field teams head to the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend with eight individuals and two relays competing. Action at the championships run from Thursday, May 23rd through Saturday May, 25th.

View All Track and Field News

Upcoming Events

Outdoor Track and Field

May 24, 2019 | 9:00 AM — 8:00 PM | Geneva, Ohio

NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships Hosted The Spire Institute Geneva, Ohio

Outdoor Track and Field

May 25, 2019 | 9:00 AM — 8:00 PM | Geneva, Ohio

NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships Hosted The Spire Institute Geneva, Ohio

View All Track and Field Events

Become a Spartan!

If you're interested in track and field at the University of Dubuque, complete the prospect form, and a coach will be in touch.

Twitter Logo (205x205 px)‌  Facebook Logo (205x205 px)‌  Instagram Logo (205x205 px)

Track XC Summer Visit Day (450x300 px)

Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
Alec Bass Distance Senior Spring Green, Wis.
Nicholas Beatty Sprints Sophomore Naperville, Ill.
Mark Biechler Distance Freshman Apple Valley, Minn.
Kameron Blosch Sprints Freshman Darlington, Wis.
Jacob Bodeen Sprints Freshman Colona, Ill.
Riley Boyce Distance Senior Madison, Wis.
Jaelen Boysen Jumps Sprints Freshman Clinton, Iowa
Dante Burchfield Hurdles/Sprints/Jumps Junior Zion, Ill.
Aidan Carr Throws Sophomore Hampton, Iowa
Joshua Cash Sprints Freshman Wauwatosa, Wis.
Tyler Cernohous Distance Freshman River Falls, Wis.
Ty Chrisman Sprints Freshman Lena, Ill.
Maurice Cushion-Lewis Jumps Junior Social Cirlce, Ga.
Dylan Draeger Throws Senior Waterloo, Iowa
Isaiah Ellis Sprints Senior Rock Island, Ill.
Austin Feyen Throws Junior Fond du Lac, Wis.
Tyler Fowler Hurdles Junior Cedar Rapids, Iowa
John Gregory Throws Senior Lawrence, Kan.
Clayton Hahn Throws Freshman Clinton, Wis.
Jacob Heitter Jumps Junior Byron, Ill.
Deshawn Hopkins Sprints Freshman Chicago, Ill.
Jordan Jesse Sprints Freshman Wilmot, Wis.
Ryan Kind Sprints Senior Janesville, Wis.
Hunter Klose Distance Senior St. Charles, Ill.
Dylan Kutsch Sprints Freshman Sherrill, Iowa
Alexander Maras Sprints Sophomore Wonder Lake, Ill.
Darrion Morgan Sprints/Jumps Sophomore Madison, Wis.
Blaze Murfin Throws Senior Dallas City, Ill.
Zachary Naatz Throws Sophomore Watertown, Wis.
Michael Orcutt Distance Sophomore Spring Green, Wis.
Jayden Oshirak Distance Freshman Ankeny, Iowa
Kortez Pickett Sprints/Jumps Senior Milwaukee, Wis.
Colfay Pointer Sprints Junior Rochelle, Ill.
Tavian Rumple Distance Junior Mesa, Ariz.
Phillip Senn Jumps Senior Wonder Lake, Ill.
Benjiman Smith Distance Junior Elburn, Ill.
Jeremiah Steed Sprints Sophomore Las Vegas, Nev.
Corbin Stillmunkes Throws Sophomore Bellevue, Iowa
Joseph Tobin Distance Junior Durant, Iowa
Kevin Wissing Sprints Senior Chesterton, Ind.
Colton Youngren Throws Sophomore Princeton, Ill.

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

2018-19 Indoor Schedule

Dec. 7-8

UD’s Battle of the Bluff

Dubuque, IA


Jan. 19

UD’s Solomon Butler Classic

Dubuque, IA


Jan. 26

Minnesota State Univ. Open

Mankato, MN


Jan. 26

UW-Platteville Select

Platteville, WI


Feb. 2

Wartburg College Select

Waverly, IA


Feb. 9

UW-Platteville Invitational

Platteville, WI


Feb. 15

UD Spartan Invite

Dubuque, IA


Feb. 22

American Rivers Conference Indoor Championships




Hosted by Wartburg

Waverly, IA


Feb. 23

American Rivers Conference Indoor Championships




Hosted by Wartburg

Waverly, IA


Mar. 1

UW-Platteville Last Chance

Platteville, WI


Mar. 2

Wartburg College Last Chance

Waverly, IA


Mar. 8

NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships




Reggie Lewis Center

Boston, MA


Mar. 9

NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships




Reggie Lewis Center

Boston, MA


2019 Outdoor Schedule

Outdoor Track and Field

Apr. 6         Cornell Invite                             Mt. Vernon, IA             11a.m.

Apr.12        UW-P Invite                                Platteville, WI             10:30 a.m.

Apr.13        UW-P Invite                                Platteville, WI             10:30 a.m.

Apr. 19       UD Good Friday Open            Dubuque, IA                10 a.m.

Apr. 26       Grandview Viking Classic       Des Moines, IA                  11 a.m.

Apr. 26       110th Annual Drake Relays    Des Moines, IA                  All Day

Apr. 27       110th Annual Drake Relays    Des Moines, IA                  All Day

Apr. 28       110th Annual Drake Relays    Des Moines, IA                  All Day

May 3         Loras Twilight                            Dubuque, IA                4 p.m.

May 9         American Rivers Conference Championships            

                     Hosted by Coe College           Cedar Rapids, IA        

May 10       American Rivers Conference Championships            

                     Hosted by Coe College           Cedar Rapids, IA        

May 11       American Rivers Conference Championships            

                     Hosted by Coe College           Cedar Rapids, IA        

May 16       Augustana Last Chance              Rock Island, Ill.
                 UW-LaCrosse Last Chance          LaCrosse, Wis. 

May 23       NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships

                     Hosted by The Spire Institute Geneva, OH                  10 a.m.

May 24       NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships

                     Hosted by The Spire Institute Geneva, OH                  10 a.m.

May 25       NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships

                     Hosted by The Spire Institute Geneva, OH                  11 a.m.


2018 Dubuque Championships Schedule

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 is in his eighth season leading the track & field and cross country programs at UD. Recently, he was awarded the 2017 and 2018 IIAC Men's Indoor Track Coach of the Year and USTFCCCA Central Region Men's Coach of the Year. He has lead the Spartans to unparalleled success since his arrival in 2011.

In 2018, the Spartans men's track and field team claimed their second straight Iowa Conference Indoor Championship. It was the school's 13th league title in track and field. The Spartan women also posted their best point total at the IIAC Outdoor Championships, scoring 150.33 points for their best team finish in school history. At the national level, both the men's and women's teams achieved their highest ever NCAA team finish in 2018, the men 12th and women were 21st.

Under the direction of Coach Gunnelson, the Spartans track & field team has had 52 NCAA qualifiers, earning 23 All-American honors and 3 National Champions (Blaze Murfin, Outdoor Shot Put, 2018; Tanasha Atwater, Outdoor Shot Put, 2017; Rick Valcin, Outdoor Pole Vault, 2014). The Spartans have crowned 90 IIAC Champions and 300 All-IIAC Performers in addition to breaking 69 school records in seven seasons.

The cross-country program has had similar academic success with the men and women being named USTFCCCA All-Academic for the sixth and tenth consecutive years. On the course, they have placed 20 names to the UD Top-25 cross country performers list under Gunnelson including NCAA All-American Alec Bass (30th, 2016) and national qualifier Fabiola Ortiz (45th, 2016). 

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. 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 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 and trained youth, high school, college, and professional athletes along with Olympians.

Coach Gunnelson is actively involved in the sport beyond coaching. He serves as the central region representative on the USTFCCCA Division III track & field committee, the IIAC coaches' chairperson, and as the college coaches’ representative for the Iowa Association of Track Coaches. Gunnelson has spoken at high school clinics and the USTFCCCA National Convention. He 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 certified in the Functional Movement Screen.

Coach Gunnelson resides in Dubuque, Iowa 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
2017 1st 4th  4th 4th 
2018 1st 2nd 4th 3rd

Jake Malm
Jake Malm
Assistant Track and Field Coach
Recruiting Coordinator

MBA, University of Dubuque
BS, University of Minnesota

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

Jake Malm enters his sixth year coaching the Spartan throwers, a group that has quickly become the most successful in school history. His group finished both the 2017 and 2018 seasons as the #1 ranked throws program in NCAA Division III.

Under Coach Malm’s leadership, the UD throws group has dominated the Iowa Conference. Both men's and women's throws groups have set new program records for points scored at the IIAC Indoor and Outdoor Championships. The 2018 women’s throwers compiled an impressive 68 of UD’s 150.33 school record team points and the men 47 of 144 helping them to their best team finish in over 50 years. The 2018 season also showcased the UD throws group on a national level. The Spartans qualified six throwers to the NCAA Division III Indoor and Outdoor National Championships, earning eight total All-American honors, and crowned the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Shot Put national champion. Malm has been named USTFCCCA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year three times.

Success in the throws has been shared among a deep group. Over the past five seasons, 35 different throwers have placed a total of 88 new marks on UD’s top-10 all-time performance lists, in addition to 11 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.

He currently holds a USTFCCCA Specialist Certification in the Throwing Events and 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.

Malm is originally from Grand Forks, North Dakota, and now resides in Dubuque, Iowa.

Richard Maleniak
Richard Maleniak
Head Cross Country Coach / Assistant Track and Field Coach

MS, Illinois State University
BS, UW-Eau Claire

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

Rich Maleniak enters his second season with the Spartans, and his first season as the head cross country coach. As the assistant track & field coach, he leads the middle distance, distance, and 400 meter runners for the program.

In Coach Maleniak’s first year, six school records were broken in events 400 meters and up, and 26 marks in those events landed in UD's top-10 all-time list. The Spartan men won back-to-back Iowa Conference Championships in 2018 with 18 points coming from distance runner Alec Bass who won the 3000 meters and was runner-up in the 5000 meters. He mentored IIAC 400 Meter Champion Colfay Pointer to a new UD record in the 400 meters and an indoor and outdoor berth to the NCAA Championships.

Prior to UD, Maleniak, a four-time USTFCCCA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year lead the women’s middle distance and distance runners at the University of St. Thomas (UST) for five seasons. Throughout his tenure at UST, Maleniak helped runners gain conference, region, and national success in cross country and track and field covering events from 600 to 10,000 meters.

At UST, Maleniak coached 29 individuals and relays to MIAC conference titles and 57 all-conference finishes. On the national level, Maleniak coached athletes to 20 - NCAA All-American performances in individual or relay events including back-to-back national titles in the distance medley relay (2015 & 2016) and a national championship in the indoor mile (2016). He has coached four USTFCCCA Regional Athlete of the Year award winners.  

Maleniak helped lead the UST women's cross country team to the NCAA Championships for three consecutive seasons (2014-2016). He also coached three individuals to All-American performances at the NCAA DIII Cross Country National Championships, an 8th and 22nd place finish in 2012 and 13th place finish in 2014.

Before joining the St. Thomas staff in 2012, Maleniak spent the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant coach for the cross country and track and field teams at NCAA DI Illinois State University.  While at ISU, he was responsible for on and off campus recruiting and implementing workouts for the distance runners.  In 2011, women's cross country won their first Missouri Valley Conference title in program history. The Redbird distance crew also had six individual or relay Missouri Valley Conference champions in cross country and track and eight NCAA Regional Qualifiers. 

Maleniak began his college coaching career at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire as an assistant coach for the men's and women's track and field and cross country programs. Maleniak was in charge of developing workout plans for the 800 meter training group. He coached two NCAA All-Americans and his group set new school records in both the men's and women's 800 meter run and men’s 4x800 meter relay.  He assisted with the women's cross country team as it improved from placing 12th  at the NCAA Championship meet in 2006, to 8th place in 2007, and 5th place in 2008. 

Maleniak earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in Chemistry with an emphasis in business in 2002, and earned a master’s degree in Sports Management from Illinois State University in 2011.  As a competitor himself, he competed in five national championship competitions and was a 2-time NCAA Division III Track All-American. Maleniak also served as a team captain and was named MVP of the track team after his senior season. He is the UW-Eau Claire school record holder in the indoor mile and outdoor 1500 meter run. He also holds a U.S.A. Track and Field Level I certificate.

Coach Maleniak resides in Dubuque, Iowa.

Clayton Gray
Clayton Gray
Graduate Assistant - Track and Field

BS, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.7450
Office Location: 302 Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center
Biography - Click to Open

Clayton Gray enters his first season leading the Spartan sprinters in 2018-2019 after competing as a Spartan himself.

As an athlete, Coach Gray was a team captain and an NCAA qualifier in the men’s 4x100m relay team in 2018. He was a member of the Iowa Conference championship 4x100m relay team and a multiple-time All-IIAC performer and Drake Relays qualifier. He is ranked in the top-5 in UD history in the 55m hurdles, 60m hurdles, 110m hurdles, 4x100m relay and is a member of the school record shuttle hurdle relay team.

Gray is a native of Manchester, Iowa and currently resides in Dubuque. He is currently completing his master's degree in communication. Coach Gray is First Aid/CPR/AED certified.

Jordan Pingel
Jordan Pingel
Graduate Assistant - Track and Field | Cross Country

BA, University of Northern Iowa

Office Phone: 563.589.7450
Office Location: 302 Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center
Biography - Click to Open

Jordan Pingel begins his first season leading the Spartan jumpers, specifically the horizontal jumps for the men’s and women’s teams.

Prior to UD, Coach Pingel competed at the University of Northern Iowa where he was an All-MVC performer and a contributor to the Panthers MVC Championship in 2018. Pingel earned his degree in Kinesiology at UNI and was also honored as a scholar-athlete for the Panthers.

Pingel, a native of Pella, Iowa, now resides in Dubuque where he is completing his master's degree in sports management. Coach Pingel is First Aid/CPR/AED certified.

Matthew Dwyer
Matthew Dwyer
Volunteer Assistant Track and Field Coach

Biography - Click to Open

Matt Dwyer is in his second season leading the Spartan pole vaulters in 2018-2019.

During his first season at UD, Dwyer mentored the IIAC Indoor Conference Champion in the pole vault, Ian Christ (native of Dubuque, Iowa), who began pole vaulting for the first time that season. During the 2017-2018 campaign, six All-time Top-10 marks were set in the pole vault under Dwyer’s leadership.

Prior to UD, Dwyer had an All-American career at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He was a four-year letter winner, four-time NCAA qualifier, three-time WIAC conference champion, and two-time NCAA All-American for the Pioneers. He currently holds the UD facility record and his personal best mark is 5.19m / 17’0.0".

Dwyer, a native of Palos Heights, Ill., is still an active and avid pole vaulter. He currently resides in Dubuque, Iowa and works as an engineer at Rite-Hite. Coach Dwyer is USATF Level 1 and First Aid/CPR/AED certified.

Ben Hildebrandt
Ben Hildebrandt
Student Assistant - Track and Field

Biography - Click to Open

Ben Hildebrand begins his second season with the Spartan sprinters in 2018-19.

In 2018, UD qualified both the men’s and women’s 4x100m relay teams for the NCAA Championships. The women’s relay set a new school record and came home with the Iowa Conference title in the event. The Spartans also crowned the 2018 women’s IIAC 100 meter dash champion. Also in 2018, the Spartan men were ranked 2nd in the nation over 200 meters, and 8th over 100 meters. In his first year, Spartan sprinters set 18 new top 10 all-time marks in the history books in races 200 meters or less.

Coach Hildebrandt joined the UDTFXC staff with experience in the high performance sector as a performance trainer for elite, college, high school and youth athletes at Building Better Athletes where he still works today. His strong passion for athlete development and a love for track & field is seen each day at practice.

Hildebrandt is a native of Sabula, IA is completing his teaching certification in the education program at the University of Dubuque. He is certified in First Aid/CPR/AED.

Past Seasons

Select a season for historical information and statistics

2018 Record Book