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Men's Cross Country

The University of Dubuque cross country team is a comprehensive fun-filled endurance experience! As a member of the team, student-athletes will learn about energy system development and education, injury pre-habilitation, strength training, nutrition education, and more.

Highlights of cross country include: training runs along the picturesque Heritage Trail (one of Iowa's most scenic trails winds through 26 miles of high bluffs, many river overlooks, and rugged woodlands) and Mines of Spain (this recreation area, is a National Historic Landmark, located on 1380 acres of beautiful wooded and prairie land just south of Dubuque). UD has won two men’s Iowa Conference Team Titles, including a perfect score (15) in 1959.


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Cross Country Repeats as All-Academic Team

The University of Dubuque Men’s and Women's Cross Country teams earned the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team Award. The UD men earned the award for the second straight year. The Dubuque women tied for the 18th best Grade Point Average in Division-III at 3.63. A team must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.1 to earn the award.

Men's Cross Country at NCAA Division III Regionals

The University of Dubuque Men's Cross Country team finished in 25th place of 26 teams at the NCAA Division III Central Regional Championships, hosted by St. Olaf College. The Spartans top finisher on the 8,000 meter course was Payton Nevills in 62nd place overall at 26:43.32. A total of 181 runners competed on Saturday morning at the St. Olaf Course through campus.

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Men's and Women's Cross Country Team

Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
Jonathan Berland Freshman Lime Springs, Iowa
Blair Burdt Sophomore Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Dakota DeFreece Freshman Kansas City, Mo.
Luke Elsbernd Senior Calmar, Iowa
Mitchell Federspiel Freshman DeWitt, Iowa
Emanuel Huerta-Gutierrez Freshman Walworth, Wis.
Ryan Mattingly Senior Janesville, Iowa
Devante Miller Senior Markham, Ill.
Jordan Murray Sophomore DeWitt, Iowa
Payton Nevills Sophomore Savanna, Ill.
Jake Perry Freshman Portland, Ore.
Tyler Peugh Sophomore Sterling, Ill.
David Ploenzke Sophomore Prophetstown, Ill.
Javier Rodriguez Sophomore Waukegan, Ill.
Matthew Zittritsch Sophomore Humboldt, Iowa


Date Opponent Location   Time/Result  
August 29, 2014 at Mt. Mercy University: Mustang Gallop Cedar Rapids, Iowa  6:30 p.m.
September 6, 2014 at Central College: Dutch Invite Pella, Iowa 10:15 a.m.
September 13, 2014       at Grinnell College: Les Duke Invite      Grinnell, Iowa  11:15 a.m. 
September 26, 2014  at Augustana College: Brissman-Lundeen Invite   Rock Island, Ill. 5:45 p.m.
October 4, 2014 at Wisconsin Lutheran College: Warrior Invite Milwaukee, Wis.       12:00 p.m.
October 17, 2014 at Loras College: Dr. Tucker Invite Dubuque, Iowa 5:15 p.m.
November 1, 2014 at Iowa Conference Championships (Hosted by Simpson College)      Indianola, Iowa 12:00 p.m.
November 15, 2014 at NCAA Division-III Central Regionals (Hosted by Central College) Pella, Iowa 12:00 p.m.

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University of Dubuque Cross Country Coaches Profile
Chad Gunnelson
Chad Gunnelson
Head Track and Field Coach;Head Cross Country Coach

BS, Health, Wellness, & Recreation, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: (563) 589-3860
Fax: (563) 589-3425
Office Location: 214 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to close

Chad Gunnelson is entering his third year leading the track & field and cross country programs. The 2013 IIAC Men’s Outdoor Conference Co-Coach of the Year and 2013 University of Dubuque Staff of the Year award winner has made an immediate impact in his short time as head coach.

In track & field, both the men’s and women’s teams competed to their best finishes in school history at the 2013 IIAC Indoor Conference Championships. In just two seasons, Gunnelson has coached 4 national qualifiers earning 2 All-American honors, 10 Conference Champions, 42 All-Conference Performers, and the Spartans have broken 20 school records. Off the track, the women’s team was named All-Academic by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for the first time in 6 years in 2013, boasting a team GPA of 3.34 and placing 8 women on the Academic All-IIAC team that same year. The men’s team placed 5 on the Academic All-IIAC team in 2013 along with 2 earning Capital One Academic All-District honors and 1 athlete named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic team.

In cross country, the UD women had their highest finish in school history at the 2012 IIAC Conference Championships, cutting over 3 minutes off of their 6k time from 2011. The men’s team was much improved as well, cutting almost 5 minutes off their 8K time from 2011 to 2012 with the top 12 runners being freshman. Six women have run Top 20 times on UD’s all-time list and 3 men have put up times in the Top 25. Off the course, the women’s team showcased a 3.39 GPA and their 5th straight USTFCCCA All-Academic honor in 2012. Also in 2012, the men’s team made their mark off the course with their first USTFCCCA All-Academic award ever.

Gunnelson has opened other doors for the track & field and cross country programs hosting high school meets, implementing the UD Track & Field Academy (a multi-day camp series), and the first ever UD Track & Field Coach’s Clinic attended by high school coaches from Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Gunnelson also created the Final Lap Club, an alumni booster club that promotes alumni involvement and provides newsletters and other opportunities to the numerous UD track and cross country alums all over the country.

Prior to his arrival at UD, Gunnelson spent six years as the Head Track & Field Coach at Madison East High School in Madison, Wis. 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 (Gabe Heck – 3200m run) and 2011 (Travis Turnquist - 400m dash). Gunnelson resurrected track and field at Madison East by increasing team size from 38 athletes in 2006 to 90 in 2011. In Gunnelson’s final year, the Purgolders earned a 3.24 GPA, had 4 sectional champions, and placed all 4 state qualifiers on the podium at the WIAA state track meet including a state champion.

While coaching at East, Gunnelson was the Owner and CEO of Athletic Republic, a sports performance training facility near Madison, Wis. from 2007 to 2011. He built Athletic Republic into the largest training facility in the Madison area where over 600 youth, high school, college, professional, and Olympic athletes trained and improved their athletic ability each year.

"I'm very excited for the opportunity to coach at the University of Dubuque”, says Gunnelson, "It is clear that the University invests so much in the academic and athletic success of each student-athlete, and to be part of that is an honor. I'm looking forward to recruiting quality athletes and quality young people from the tri-state area and having them join the talent and experience we have returning in both Cross Country and Track and Field."

"We are thrilled to have Coach Gunnelson join the Spartans," commented Dan Runkle, Director of Athletics. "Chad has proven himself as an excellent coach. He has a strong commitment to developing excellence both on the field and in the classroom. His recruiting ability will be instrumental toward the success of the program."

A native of Madison, WI, Coach Gunnelson is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), USTFCCCA (United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association), and USATF (United States Track and Field Association). He currently holds the USTFCCCA Jumps Specialist Certification, USTFCCCA Technical Certification, USTFCCCA Program Management Certification, USATF - Level 1 Coaching Certification, and is CPR/AED/First Aid certified by the American Red Cross.

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

BS, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Office Phone: (563) 589-3714
Fax: (563) 589-3425
Office Location: 215 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to close

Geoff Gundlach begins his third year as an Assistant Coach for both the cross country and track & field programs in 2013.

UD saw an immediate impact in the endurance events after Coach Gundlach’s arrival. He was instrumental his first year in 2011-12, helping two Spartan women cross country runners to Top 10 performances in school history. During his first track season, he helped the men's track team to its highest finish in seven years at the IIAC Indoor Meet and their highest finish in six years at the IIAC Outdoor Championships. Gundlach was also responsible for coaching the women's outdoor 4x800m team to a new school record that same season.

His guidance during the 2012-2013 season became much more evident as he coached the UD women to their highest conference finish in the school’s history at the IIAC Conference Cross Country Meet. The Men’s team also placed three runners in the school’s Top 25 times in school history and cut almost 5 minutes off their 8k time from 2011 to 2012. Gundlach’s middle distance runners shined in 2013 breaking the men’s and women’s 4x800m relay records both indoor and outdoor, with the men’s outdoor record being over 50 years old. The UD women also broke the indoor school record in the Distance Medley Relay making that 5 total school records broken for 2012-13. Coach Gundlach also helped guide the first pair of UD women’s distance runners in placing at Outdoor Conference in the same event, the 10,000m run.

A native of Madison, WI, Gundlach competed for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in both cross country and track & field. While a member of the UW-O cross country team from 2004-07, he earned four letters and competed at DIII Nationals in 2006, where UW-O finished 9th overall. As a member of the UW-O track & field team from 2005-2009 Gundlach placed in the mile, 5000m, and distance medley relays at the Indoor and Outdoor WIAC Championships. He was also a member of the 2009 UW-Oshkosh National Championship teams, both Indoor and Outdoor.

Gundlach received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2009 and will finish his Master’s in Communication at the University of Dubuque this fall.

He currently holds a USATF - Level 1 Coaching Certification and is CPR/AED/First Aid certified by the American Red Cross.

Isaiah Janzen
Isaiah Janzen
Assistant Cross Country Coach; Assistant Track and Field Coach

BS, Aerospace Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
MS, Materials Science & Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

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Isaiah Janzen is in his third year as an assistant coach for both the cross country and track and field teams at the University of Dubuque. Since joining the staff, the distance runners have set dozens of personal records, achieved some of the best conference finishes in school history, and set several school records.

Prior to coaching at UD, he spent the 2009 cross country season as an assistant coach at his alma mater Worcester Polytechnic Institute and privately coached adult distance runners.

While at WPI, Janzen competed in both cross country and track and field with a career highlight of setting the 10,000 meter record at the NEWMAC outdoor track and field conference championships. In high school in Sabetha, Kansas his senior year of running was highlighted by a seventh place team finish at the Kansas state championships in cross country, the highest finish in team history. The 2013 season marks his 11th year involved as a runner or as a coach in cross country and 14th year involved in track and field as a runner or coach.

Janzen still competes on the roads and on the track setting personal records in the 800 meter, 1 mile, 5k and 10k in 2013 and the marathon (2:30:20) and half marathon in 2011. His next major competition is the 2013 Chicago Marathon. In 2010 he set the former unsupported fastest known time on the 93 mile long Wonderland Trail in Washington state at under 32 hours. In addition to his running he is an accomplished mountaineer having traveled to Pakistan in 2009 to attempt Broad Peak reaching 23,000 feet and in 2008 climbing the Diamond on Longs Peak.

Coach Janzen resides in Dubuque where he works as an engineer for John Deere. He holds a USATF - Level 1 Coaching Certification and is CPR/FA/AED certified by the American Red Cross.


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