Cross Country

As a member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the University of Dubuque Women’s Cross Country team has established itself as a competitor and podium threat. The Spartans look to carry momentum into future seasons following a record-breaking 2014, 2015, and 2016. The Spartans Fabiola Ortiz All-Central Region runner and 2016 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships qualifier continue to reach new heights under the direction of Head Coach Geoff Gundlach.

The Spartan Women not only enjoy success on the course, but in the classroom showcased in the All-Iowa Conference Academic Team Members. On the national level, the Spartans have been awarded USTFCCCA Division III All-Academic Honors for seven consecutive seasons (2009-2015) as well as achieving the highest team GPA in the nation in 2015.

Heritage Trail and Mines of Spain are just two of the incredible training resources the Spartans utilize within the city of Dubuque’s running community.


Cross Country Women Place 20th, Men 24th at NCAA Central Regional

Nov 11, 2017

The University of Dubuque cross country teams ran in blustery November weather on Saturday and the women's team placed 20th and the men's team finished 24th overall in the NCAA Division III Central Regional hosted by Carleton College. The women's race 6K race fielded 215 runners and the men's 8K race had 200 competitors

Cross Country Set for NCAA Central Region Qualifier

Nov 9, 2017

On Saturday, the University of Dubuque cross country teams head to the 2017 NCAA Division III Central Region Qualifier in Northfield, Minnesota at Carleton College Course.

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TF-XC Preview Day 2017-18

Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
Taylor Blair 5-5 Senior Warrenville, Ill.
Natalie Donath Freshman Dubuque, Iowa
Megan Ely 5-5 Sophomore Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Edith Flores Freshman Delavan, Wis.
Bobbi Jo Helgemoe 5-9 Senior Rubicon, Wis.
Mackenzie Helgemoe 5-7 Sophomore Rubicon, Wis.
Isabella Mazzanti 5-2 Sophomore Woodstock, Ill.
Heather Muntz Freshman Dubuque, Iowa
Katria Pagel Junior Wausaw, Wis.
Abigail Ray 5-6 Junior Rockford, Ill.
Jaclyn Roeder 5-5 Senior Manchester, Iowa
Jade Romagna Sophomore Dubuque, 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

3rd/7 teams

Sept. 10

at Grinnell 55th Annual Les Duke Invite




Grinnell Country Club

Grinnell, IA

7th/17 teams

Sept. 23

at Augustana Brissman-Lundeen Invite




Saukie Golf Course

Rock Island, IL

15th/24 teams

Oct. 1

at Wisconsin Lutheran Warrior Invite




Greenfield Park

West Allis, WI

3rd/16 teams

Oct. 15

at UW-Oshkosh Invite




Lake Breeze Golf Club

Winneconne, WI

24th/36 team

Oct. 29

at IIAC Championships




Lake Creek Country Club

Storm Lake, IA

6th/9 teams

Nov. 12

at NCAA Division III Regionals




Hosted by Carlton College

Northfield, MN.

11:00 a.m.

Nov. 19

at NCAA Division III National Championships




Spalding University

Louisville, KY.

11:00 a.m.

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 2017 IIAC Men's Indoor Track Coach of the Year and USTFCCCA Central Region Men's Coach of the Year, embarks on his seventh season leading the track & field and cross country programs here at UD. The Spartans have seen unparalleled success since his arrival in 2011 and continue to improve. Along with his 2017 honors, Gunnelson was also recognized in 2013 as both IIAC Men's Outdoor Track Coach of the Year and UD Staff Member of the Year.

In 2017, the Spartans men's track and field team claimed their first Iowa Conference Indoor Championship and the first track title in over 50 years. It was the school's 12th league title and first since 1961 in track and field. The Spartan women also posted their best point total at the IIAC Outdoor Championships. At the national level, both the men's and women's teams achieved their highest ever NCAA ranking in 2017, the men ranked 18th and women were 22nd.  

Under the direction of Coach Gunnelson, the Spartans track & field team has had 32 NCAA qualifiers, earning 16 All-American honors and 2 National Champion (Rick Valcin, Outdoor Pole Vault, 2014 and Tanasha Atwater, Outdoor Shot Put, 2017). The Spartans have also had 68 IIAC Champions and 233 All-IIAC Performers in addition to breaking 63 school records. Off the track, the women’s team was named USTFCCCA All-Academic for the fifth straight year.

The cross-country program has had similar academic success with the men and women being named USTFCCCA All-Academic for the fourth and eighth consecutive years. On the course, they have placed 16 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 and as the IIAC coaches' chairperson. Gunnelson has spoken at high school clinichs 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 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 
2017 1st 4th  4th 4th 

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

MS, Illinois State University; Sports Management
BS, UW-Eau Claire; Chemistry

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

Rich Maleniak joins the Spartans as assistant head cross country coach and assistant track & field coach in 2017. Maleniak will lead the middle distance and distance runners for the program.

Prior to UD, Maleniak, a 4-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 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 1500m. He also holds a U.S.A. Track and Field Level I certificate.

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 second season with the Spartans, leading the high jumpers and assisting with the cross country program and 400m, mid-distance and distance runners. He also serves as Media Coordinator and Meet Director.

In his first season with the Spartans, Bartell mentored the high jumpers and long jumpers including sophomore Kortez Pickett who achieved new personal best in men’s high jump of 2.03M and a top 8 finish in the Iowa Conference Indoor Championships along with Maurice Cushion-Lewis in the long jump who leaped 7.05M and a scoring spot at the IIAC Outdoor Championships.

Bartell’s impact with the program is also felt beyond the track and jumping pits as he helps coordinate the media outlets that include photos, videos and graphics showcasing the Spartan’s success throughout the season. His contribution helped the Spartan’s achieve the best year in University history with a first-ever Men’s IIAC Indoor Championship, two NCAA cross country qualifiers, 9 NCAA track & field all-Americans, and UD’s first ever women’s national champion in track and field – Tanasha Atwater in the shot put.

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 is also First Aid/CPR/AED certified. He resides in Dubuque and is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

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2016 Record Book