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Track and Field

The University of Dubuque women’s track and field team provides opportunities to compete in a variety of meets for the Spartans. The Spartans have enjoyed successes on the track and in field events with both meet and conference champions along with being national qualifiers, All-Americans or Academic All-Americans.

The Spartans have nearly re-written the record book in the past 10 years. A new coaching staff began in 2011-12 and offer a motivated, high energy training regimen to the program. Student-athletes will work hard and look to peak at the IIAC Championships and the NCAA Division III National Championships. 

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Track and Field's Higgins Leads Four Spartans at Nationals

Alexis Higgins proudly represented the University of Dubuque women's track and field team and placed 10th in the women's high jump to lead three other Spartan qualifiers at the NCAA Division III National Championships on Saturday afternoon, the final day of competition.

Four Spartans Qualify for NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships

The NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee announced on Sunday the participants in the 2015 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The University of Dubuque qualified four individuals into the championships.

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Roster

Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
Tanasha Atwater Throws Freshman Davenport, Iowa
Jasmine Bethea Sprints Sprints Sophomore Schaumberg, Ill.
Skylar Brooks Mid-Distance Freshman Donahue, Iowa
Brittany Burns Sprints Sophomore Beloit, Wis.
Rachael Busjahn Sprints Senior Sobieski, Wis.
Chantel Christiansen Sprints Sprints Junior Anamosa, Iowa
Lauren Egnarski Throws Freshman Pulaski, Wis.
Nicole Forson Throws Throws Junior Chicago, Ill.
Erica Frazier Throws Freshman Fountain, Colo.
Jordyn Gargus Jumps Jumps Junior Silvis, Ill.
Bobbi Jo Helgemoe Hurdles/Multi Freshman Rubicon, Wis.
Katelyn Herbig Throws Senior Aurora, Ill.
Alexis Higgins Jumps Jumps Junior Cedar Falls, Iowa
Samantha Holen Distance Senior Rockford, Ill.
Kayla Kinateder Mid-Distance Freshman Burlington, Wis.
Trellini Lunsford Throws Throws Sophomore Osan, South Korea
Allyson Machala Throws Throws Senior Traer, Iowa
Kristin Mackenburg Distance Freshman Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Nickolette McKenzie Jumps Senior Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Madison Montgomery Distance Sophomore Monona, Iowa
Brenda Nava Distance Senior Chicago, Ill.
Katie Oliver Distance Freshman Park Ridge, Ill.
Fabiola Ortiz Mid-Distance Sophomore Elgin, Ill.
Katrina Pagel Jumps Freshman Wausau, Wis.
Julie Petkoff Walworth, Wis.
Katie Popanz Sprints Freshman Beloit, Wis.
MichelleAnn Sanchez Hurdles Freshman Moline, Ill.
Sydney Sears Hurdles/Multi Freshman Elkhart, Iowa
Amanda Sinkler Pole Vault Freshman Mukwonago, Wis.
Lydia Snyder Hurdles/Multi Freshman Manitowoc
Melissa Todman Mid-Distance Sophomore Ramstein, Germany
Amy Tranel Javelin Senior Hazel Green, Wis.
Grace Voelliger Distance Freshman Davenport, Iowa
Kiersten Wenthold Distance Sophomore Fort Atkinson, Iowa
Abigai Willis Throws Freshman Dewitt, Iowa
Amanda Zbilski Pole Vault Pole Vault/Sprints Sophomore Lake in the Hills, Ill.

Schedule

Indoor Track & Field

 

 

 

 

Dec. 05

UD Spartan-Duhawk Dual

Dubuque, Iowa

No Team Scores

Jan. 16

at Wartburg Relays

Waverly, Iowa

--

Jan. 17

Solomon W. Butler Classic

Dubuque, Iowa

7th/9

Jan. 24

at Monmouth Invitational

Monmouth, Ill.

No Team Scores

Jan. 31

at Cornell Hilltop Invite

Mt. Vernon, Iowa

1st/5

Feb. 07

at Grinnell Invite

Grinnell College

5th/11

Feb. 14

at UW-P Invitational

Platteville, Wis.

No Team Scores

Feb. 20

UD Spartan Invite

Dubuque, Iowa

5th/8

Feb. 27-28

at IIAC Championships

Waverly, Iowa

3rd/8

Mar. 06

at UW-Platteville Last Chance

Platteville, Wis.

No Team Scores

Mar. 07

at Pointer Qualifier

Stevens Point, Wis.

No Team Scores

Mar. 13

at NCAA Indoor Championships 

 

 

 

Hosted by JDL Fasttrack and Roanoke College

Salem, N.C. No Team Score 

Mar. 14

at NCAA Indoor Championships

 

 

 

Hosted by JDL Fasttrack and Roanoke College

Salem, N.C. No Team Score

 

Outdoor Track & Field

Apr. 2-3

at Wartburg Select

Waverly, Iowa

4th/7

Apr. 11

at UW-Platteville Invitational

Platteville, Wis.

No Team Scores

Apr. 18

UD Invite

Dubuque, Iowa

1st/9

Apr. 24

at Drake Relays

Des Moines, Iowa

--

Apr. 25

at Drake Relays

Des Moines, Iowa

--

Apr. 25

at Loras Open

Dubuque, Iowa (LOR)

No Team Scores

May 01

UD Spartan Twilight

Dubuque, Iowa

No Team Scores

May 7-9

IIAC Outdoor Championships

 

 

 

Hosted by Simpson College

Indianola, Iowa

5th/8

May 15

at North Central (Ill.)

Naperville, Ill.

TBA

May 15

at Augustana Invite

Rock Island, Ill.

TBA

May 21

at NCAA Division III National Championships

 

 

 

Hosted by St. Lawrence University

Canton, N.Y.

TBA

May 22

at NCAA Division III National Championships

 

 

 

Hosted by St. Lawrence University

Canton, N.Y.

TBA

May 23

at NCAA Division III National Championships

 

 

 

Hosted by St. Lawrence University

Canton, N.Y.

TBA

Season Statistics

Coaches

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

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



E-mail: cgunnelson@dbq.edu 
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



E-mail: ggundlach@dbq.edu 
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.


Patrick Lockington
Patrick Lockington
Assistant Track and Field Coach

BS, Finance, UW-Whitewater



E-mail: plockington@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 223 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to Read

Patrick Lockington returns for his second year as assistant coach in charge of pole vault and high jump for the University of Dubuque.

During his first season as vertical jumps coach at UD, Lockington guided the Spartans to exceptional performances, earning the 2014 Indoor USTFCCCA Central Region Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year award. The vertical jumpers achieved 20 top-10 all-time performances, earned five All-Iowa Conference (IIAC) awards, broke two school records, and won two Iowa Conference titles. UD pole vaulters brought home two All-American trophies and a NCAA Outdoor Individual Championship. Lockington also manages all equipment and apparel for the Spartans track & field and cross country programs.

Before becoming a Spartan, Coach Lockington competed as a decathlete at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he was both a conference champion and national qualifier. He specialized in the pole vault and earned several honors from the track program. He also served on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for four years, spending two of those years on the board as their treasurer. Coach Lockington graduated from UW-Whitewater in May of 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and is pursuing his Master’s in Business Administration at UD.

Lockington is originally from Two Rivers, Wisconsin. He holds a Jumps Specialist Certification from the USTFCCCA and is CPR/First Aid/AED certified by the American Red Cross.


Jake Malm
Jake Malm
Assistant Track and Field Coach

BS, Kinesiology, University of Minnesoata



E-mail: mmalm@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 223 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to Read

Jake Malm enters his second year as the throws coach for the Spartans after an impressive debut in 2014.

Malm coached the throwers to 37 top-10 all-time performances in UD history while the throwers set five school records, and claimed two All-Iowa Conference honors. Malm has also accepted the role of Recruiting Coordinator in 2014-15 and will lead the charge in continuing to grow a program that has tripled in size over the previous three seasons. His guidance of the throwers in 2014 helped lead the women’s team to their best team finishes in school history at both the indoor and outdoor conference championships.

Prior to coming to UD, Malm was an assistant at Hamline University in 2013.

As a student-athlete, Malm competed as a thrower for the University of Minnesota and was a member of three Big Ten Conference championship teams. Off the track, he was a two-time recipient of the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award and a three-time member of the Big Ten Conference All-Academic Team. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Communication at the University of Dubuque.

Along with coaching, Malm also works in the Dubuque community as a sports performance professional, training youth and high school athletes to become better at their respective sports and reduce their risk of injury.

Malm is originally from Grand Forks, North Dakota. He currently holds a Throws Specialist Certification from the USTFCCCA, a USATF Level 1 Coaching Certification and is CPR/AED/First Aid certified by the American Red Cross.


History

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