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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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Men's Cross Country Runs to 20th Place Finish at Regionals

Peyton Nevills paced the Spartans with a 61st place finish as the University of Dubuque men's cross country team placed 20th at the 2014 Division III NCAA Central Regional meet.

2014 NCAA Division III Central Regional Cross Country

The University of Dubuque women's and men's cross country team will travel to Pella, Iowa to run in the 2014 NCAA Division III Central Regional on Saturday, Nov. 15. The women's team will complete on the 6,000m course while the men will face a challenging 8,000m course on the campus at Central College.

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Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
Joel Avila 5-9 Freshman Belvidere, Ill.
Alec Bass 5-6 Freshman Spring Green, Wis.
Jonathan Berland 5-11 Sophomore Lime Springs, Iowa
Ames Helzer 5-11 Freshman Decorah, Iowa
Isaac Hernandez 5-10 Junior St. Joseph, Mich.
Jack Lindsay 5-8 Freshman Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Remington Meggers 5-10 Sophomore Grand Mound, Iowa
Payton Nevills 5-6 Junior Savanna, Ill.
Aaron Ofosu 5-10 Sophomore Worcester, Mass.
Tyler Peugh 5-7 Junior Sterling, Ill.
David Ploenzke 5-9 Junior Prophetstown, Ill.




Sept. 1

at 22nd Annual Mustang Gallop

Mt. Mercy University



Seminole Valley Park

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

6:00 p.m.

Sept. 5

at Dutch Invite/Pre-Regional

Central College



Central Cross Country Course

Pella, Iowa

9:30 a.m.

Sept. 12

at 54th Annual Les Duke Invite

Grinnell College



Oakland Acres Golf Club

Grinnell, Iowa

10:00 a.m.

Sept. 25

at Brissman-Lundeen Invitational

Augustana College



Saukie Golf Course

Rock Island, Ill.

5:00 p.m.

Oct. 3

at Warrior Invite

Wisconsin Lutheran College



Greenfield Park

West Allis, Wis.

11:00 a.m.

Oct. 16

at Dr. Robert Tucker Invite

Loras College



Dubuque Soccer Complex

Dubuque, Iowa

4:30 p.m.

Oct. 31

at IIAC Championships

Simpson College



Pickard Park

Indianola, Iowa

11:00 a.m.

Nov. 14

at NCAA DIII Regionals

Central College



Central Cross Country Course

Pella, Iowa

11:00 a.m.

Nov. 21

at NCAA DIII Championships

Wilmington College



Wilmington Cross Country Course

Wilmington, Ohio

11:00 a.m.

Season Statistics


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

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

Office Phone: 563.589.3860
Fax: 563.589.3425
Office Location: 214 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to Read

Chad Gunnelson is in his fourth year leading the University of Dubuque Track & Field and Cross Country programs. The 2013 IIAC Men’s Outdoor Track Co-Coach of the Year and 2013 University of Dubuque Staff of the Year award winner has helped the Track and Cross Country programs make significant strides during his short time at UD.

Through his first three seasons as Head Track & Field Coach, Gunnelson led the Women’s team to their best Indoor and Outdoor Conference finishes in school history in 2014 and the Men to their best Indoor Conference finish in school history in 2013. As the Head Cross Country Coach, he coached the Women’s team to their best ever Conference finish in 2012.

Coach Gunnelson has been pivotal in the individual development of the Track & Field and Cross Country student-athletes at UD. He has coached eight individuals to the NCAA Championships, resulting in one National Champion and four All-American honors. Within the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC), he has coached 21 Conference Champions and 112 All-Conference Performers. Additionally, his athletes have broken 35 school records, placing 314 new marks on the school’s Top-10 All-Time lists for Track and Field and 11 marks on the school’s Top-25 All-Time lists for Cross Country.

Off the track, the Women’s Cross Country team was named All-Academic by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in 2011, 2012 and 2013 where the team boasted a GPA of 3.63, ranking them 18th in the nation. The Men’s Cross Country team has also added USTFCCCA honors both in 2012 and 2013. The Women’s Track and Field team was named All-Academic by the USTFCCCA in 2013 and 2014.  The Track and Field program has recognized 36 IIAC Academic All-Conference Honorees and the Cross Country program has seen 12 IIAC Academic All-Conference Honors awarded.  The Track & Field program was also honored with three Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District Awards, three USTFCCCA All-Academic Individuals, and one CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-American.

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 near Madison, WI, 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.

He is a frequent clinic speaker and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), USA Track and Field (USATF), and USA Weightlifting (USAW). He currently holds the USTFCCCA Jumps Specialist Certification, Endurance Specialist Certification, Strength & Conditioning Certification, Track & Field Technical Certification, and Program Management Certification. Gunnelson is a Level 1 certified coach with USATF, a certified performance coach with USA Weightlifting, Functional Movement Screen certified, and is certified in CPR/AED/First Aid.

Coach Gunnelson resides in Potosi, Wis. with his wife Melissa, their son Dash, and his step-children Taylor and Evan.

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 Read

Geoff Gundlach begins his fourth year as an assistant coach for both the Cross Country and Track & Field teams, and third season as director of operations.

The Spartans distance events continue to show significant improvement since Gundlach’s arrival in 2011. During his tenure, UD has seen 63 new Top 10 performances in school history in addition to six school records fall in events 800M and up. In Cross Country, Gundlach has coached 11 runners to Top 25 performances in school history and helped guide the women’s team to their best ever conference finish in school history in 2012. 

Off the track, the Women’s Cross Country team was named All-Academic by the USTFCCCA in 2011, 2012 and 2013, boasting a team GPA of 3.63 in 2013 which ranked them 18th in the nation. Men’s Cross Country qualified as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Team in 2012 and 2013. Overall, the Cross Country program has recognized 12 individual IIAC Academic All-Conference Honors. 

A native of Madison, Wis., 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 the Division-III 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 WIAC Indoor and Outdoor 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 and his Master’s in Communication from the University of Dubuque. He currently holds an Endurance Specialist Certification from the USTFCCCA, Level 1 Coaching Certification from USATF, and is CPR/AED/First Aid certified by the American Red Cross.


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