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.


Ortiz Finishes 2nd at IIAC Championships

Oct 29, 2016

The University of Dubuque Women’s Cross Country finished sixth in the Iowa Conference Championships out of nine teams. Fabiola Ortiz finished second individually out of 135 total runners.

Ortiz Finishes 13th Out of 528 to Pace Spartans

Oct 15, 2016

Women’s cross country finished 24th out of 36 teams Saturday in the UW-Oshkosh Kollege Town Sports Cross Country Invitational.

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Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
Taylor Blair 5-5 Freshman Warrenville, Ill.
Megan Ely 5-5 Freshman Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Bobbi Jo Helgemoe 5-9 Junior Rubicon, Wis.
Mackenzie Helgemoe 5-7 Freshman Rubicon, Wis.
Kayla Kinateder 5-4 Junior Burlington, Wis.
Kristin Mackenburg 5-5 Junior Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Isabella Mazzanti 5-2 Freshman Woodstock, Ill.
Fabiola Ortiz 5-4 Senior Elgin, Ill.
Abigail Ray 5-6 Sophomore Rockford, Ill.
Jaclyn Roeder 5-5 Junior Manchester, Iowa
Melissa Todman 5-6 Junior Ramstein, Germany
Kiersten Wenthold 5-9 Senior Fort Atkinson, Iowa

Fall 2016 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 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 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
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



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
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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