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Men's Track and Field

UD to Host 2013 Track & Field Coaches Clinic

Oct 10, 2013
The University of Dubuque is proud to announce that registration is open for the 2013 Track & Field Coaches Clinic. The one day clinic will take place on Sunday, November 10, 2013 with registration beginning at 9:00 am. The first of the days four clinics begins at 9:45 am. Top college and high school coaches from throughout the midwest will speak throughout the day.

UD Track & Field Academy

Oct 10, 2013
Join the University of Dubuque Track & Field coaching staff, along with other area college and high school coaches for event specific training and development. The three week academy is designed to provide the participant with a great experience, and prepare you for a successful track and field season. The academy begins on January 12th.

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.