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Men's Track and Field

Spartans Track Starts Strong at Wartburg Relays

Jan 10, 2014
The University of Dubuque Men's Track and Field team opened the 2014 season at the Wartburg Relays on Friday night. The Spartans took Second Place (of 5 teams) with a total of 110 points. UD won five events with Rick Valcin setting a school record in the Pole Vault at 4.70m/15' 4". The Dubuque women finished in Second Place with 94 points.

Zurbuchen Wins 55m Hurdles at Sol Butler Classic

Jan 18, 2014
The University of Dubuque Men's Track and Field team put together a strong performance in the field events with 43 total points coming in the six field events. Senior Evan Zurbuchen won the 55m Hurdles for the lone UD men's victory. The Dubuque men finished in fourth place of six teams with 85 points.

Valcin Vaults to Top of Division III

Jan 25, 2014
The University of Dubuque Track & Field team was busy competing in two meets over the weekend. The Spartans began the weekend with a Friday night meet at the Prairie Wolf Invitational at Nebraska Wesleyan, home of the 2014 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships. UD then competed in the Monmouth Midwest Invitational on Saturday. Rick Valcin vaulted his way to the top of the D-III performance list on Friday night with a final clearance heigth of 4.95m (16' 2.75") in the pole vault.

Valcin Chosen IIAC Performer of the Week

Jan 27, 2014
University of Dubuque pole vaulter Rick Valcin was named IIAC Men's Indoor Track & Field (Field) Performer of the Week. Valcin vaulted himself into the number one spot on the Division-III performance list in the pole vault by clearing 4.95m (16' 2.75") at the Prairie Wolf Indoor Invitational at Nebraska Wesleyan. The junior vaulter broke his own school record by 9.75" at Nebraska Wesleyan, home of the 2014 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.

Men's Track Finishes Second at Cornell

Feb 1, 2014
The University of Dubuque Men's Track & Field team won two events on Saturday at the Hilltop Invitational on the campus of Cornell College. Included in the wins was Rick Valcin's performance in Pole Vault, which places him atop the NCAA Division-III performance list. Kebba Bojang earned the victory in the Triple Jump as UD finished 1-2-4 in the event. UD finished in second place as a team.

Valcin Wins Pole Vault for 4th Time

Feb 8, 2014
The University of Dubuque Men's Track & Field team won three events at the Grinnell College Invitational on Saturday. UD won the pole vault, high jump, and 4x200m Relay. Rick Valcin won the pole vault for the fourth time in five meets this season. The Spartans finished in second place as a team with 87 points.

Valcin Does it Again

Feb 15, 2014
The University of Dubuque Men's Track & Field team made the short trip across the Dubuque-Wisconsin Bridge for the 2014 UW-Platteville Invitational on Saturday. The Spartans Rick Valcin won the pole vault for the fifth team in six tries this season. There were no team scores.

Spartans Finish Second at Home Meet

Feb 21, 2014
The University of Dubuque Men's Track team hosted the 2014 UD Spartan Invite in the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center on Friday night. The Spartans won five events and were runner up in four more. UD also set two school records and tied a facility record. Dubuque took second as a team with 155 points.

Spartans Place 11 on All-IIAC Team

Mar 1, 2014
The University of Dubuque Men's Track & Field team finished in fourth place with 98.5 team points at the 2014 Iowa Conference Indoor Championships. The Spartans had a school record 11 individuals earn All-IIAC while also winning two events. UD dominated the pole vault on Friday afternoon with Rick Valcin winning and Nicholas Kazmierczak finishing second. The Dubuque 4x800m Relay team set a new school record.

Valcin Increases Division-III Best Pole Vault Height

Mar 7, 2014
The University of Dubuque Men's Track & Field team competed at the UW-Platteville Final Qualifying Meet on Friday night in hopes in securing a spot in the up coming Division-III NCAA Indoor Championships. The Spartans won one event and set one school record. No team scores were recorded.

Valcin Qualifies for NCAA Division-III Indoor Track Championships

Mar 10, 2014
University of Dubuque junior Rick Valcin was announced as 1 of 15 individuals who will complete in the Men's Pole Vault at the upcoming NCAA Division-III Indoor Track & Field Championships. Valcin enters the championships ranked first with a mark of 5.10m (16' - 8.75"), 5.5" ahead of second place. The pole vault will take place on Friday, March 14th beginning at 11:00 am.

Spartans Lockington Honored by USTFCCCA

Mar 12, 2014
University of Dubuque Track & Field Graduate Assistant Coach Patrick Lockington was named United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division-III Central Region Men's Assistant Coach of the Year. A first year assistant, Lockington made an immediate impact for UD as the pole vault and high jump coach. Award winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCCA members.

Valcin Earns All-American Honors

Mar 14, 2014
University of Dubuque Spartan junior Rick Valcin earned All-American honors in the Pole Vault at the 2014 NCAA Division-III Indoor Track & Field Championships. Valcin finished in second place due to tiebreaker rules after Valcin, Michael Bennett of the Univ. of Chicago, and Rob Rohe of UW-La Crosse all failed to clear 4.95m. As a result of all three competitors missing, the winner was decided by misses. Bennett earned the title of national champion having not missed before the final round. Valcin took second with one miss and Rohe came in third with two failed attempts. Valcin's height of 4.90m (16' - 0.75") was his fourth highest final jump of the year.

Iowa Conference Honors Valcin as Performer of the Week

Apr 7, 2014
University of Dubuque junior Rick Valcin (Catries, St. Lucia/Gros Islet) was named Men's Outdoor Track & Field (Field) Performer of the Week. Valcin won the pole vault at the Wartburg Outdoor Select Meet with a school record mark of 5.0m (16'-4.75"). After one week of competition he leads Division-III by 3.5 inches.

Valcin Wins Second Straight IIAC Track Performer of the Week Honors

Apr 14, 2014
University of Dubuque vaulter Rick Valcin earned his second straight Men's Outdoor Track & Field Performer of the Week award. Valcin won the pole vault at the UW-P Invite by clearing 16'-2.0" on his first attempt. He is undefeated during the outdoor season having won last week at the Wartburg Select where set posted a Division-III best height of 16'-4.75".

Dobratz and Zurbuchen Honored as All-Academic

Jul 23, 2014
The University of Dubuque men's track and field team was honored by the the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), today with Tyler Dobratz and Evan Zurbuchen being named by the association announced as All-Academic. A total of 276 men from 100 institutions earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for their combined academic and athletic accomplishments in 2013-14.

UD’s Rick Valcin, 2014 NCAA Pole Vault National Champion to Compete in Mexico

Nov 24, 2014
VERACRUZ, Mexico – University of Dubuque sophomore pole vaulter, Rick Valcin, will represent his native country of St. Lucia as he competes in the Central American and Caribbean Games (CACG) sponsored by the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organization (CACSO) this Friday, November 28th at 8:30 a.m. central time.

Winters Leads Men’s Track & Field at Solomon W. Butler Classic

Jan 17, 2015
Freshman Ernest Winters won the 200 meters with the 6th-best time in the nation and finished runner-up in the 55 meters in pacing the University of Dubuque men’s track & field team to a fourth-place finish at the Solomon W. Butler Classic on Saturday afternoon.

Spartan Men Claim Four Individual Victories at Monmouth

Jan 24, 2015
The University of Dubuque men’s track team got it done on the track and in the field after four wins earned by Tyler Dobratz, Sterling Jones, Deshond Robinson, and DuVaun Goodlow at the Monmouth Indoor Invitational on Saturday.

Men’s Track and Field Nabs Team Title Behind Flurry of Victories

Jan 31, 2015
Freshman Ernest Winters won two races on the track while weight thrower Mario-John Otchere and pole vaulter Nicholas Kazmierczak dominated their respective events to lead the University of Dubuque men’s track and field team to the Cornell Hilltop Invite team title on Saturday afternoon.

Winters Blazes to Seventh Fastest Time in Nation at Grinnell

Feb 7, 2015
Ernest Winters continues to light up the track after placing second in the 60-meters (6.94) to lead the Spartans to a third place finish at the Grinnell Indoor Invite on Saturday.

Winters Continues to Flourish After Setting School Record

Feb 14, 2015
Ernest Winters doesn’t take breaks. He just breaks records. For the second week in a row, Winters dipped below 7.0 seconds in the 60m, this time breaking a University of Dubuque men’s track school record with a 6.89 at the UW-Platteville Invitational on Saturday. Winters’ time of 6.89 is the third straight personal record for the freshman, sits third in the nation, and leads the Iowa Conference (IIAC) by a wide margin heading into the conference meet in two weeks.

Winters and the Underclassmen Impress at UD Spartan Invite

Feb 21, 2015
Freshman Ernest Winters won the 200 meters and posted the ninth-fastest 200 meters (22.22) in the country and fellow classmate Alec Bass broke the UD school record in the mile (4:24.72) to lead the University of Dubuque men’s track and field team to a third-place finish on Saturday.

Spartan Men Poised for Big Performances at the IIAC Indoor Championships

Feb 26, 2015
The University of Dubuque men’s track team looks to move up the Iowa Conference hierarchy this Friday-Saturday at the Iowa Conference Championships, hosted by Wartburg, after a fourth-place finish a year ago. Meet Information attached.

Goodlow Places Ninth, Winters 12th at NCAA Indoor National Championships

Mar 14, 2015
Sophomore DuVaun Goodlow finished ninth in the high jump with a leap of 6'8.25" and freshman Ernest Winters placed 12th in 60 meter dash (6.93) to represent the University of Dubuque men's track and field team at the NCAA Indoor National Track and Field Championships on March 13-14, 2015.

Winters Bolts to Fourth IIAC Performer of the Week Award

Apr 7, 2015
Freshman Ernest Winters set the nation's fastest time in the 100m dash (10.49) and finished runner up in the 4x100m relay (42.00) to capture his fourth Iowa Conference Track Performer of the Week Award and first of the outdoor season.

University of Dubuque Track and Field Outdoor Invitational

Apr 17, 2015
The University of Dubuque is hosting the 2015 Outdoor Invitational on Saturday, April 18 beginning at 10:00 a.m. (field events) on Douglas J. Miller Track. Schools schedules to compete include: Beloit College, Clarke University, Cornell College, Knox College, Loras College, North Iowa Area Community College, Rockford University and University of Dubuque. Due to a baseball game scheduled on campus, the women's and men's javelin throw will be held at Loras College in Dubuque.