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Spartans Among 148 Track & Field All-Academic Teams

Jul 23, 2013
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), announced Tuesday. the 2013 Division III All-Academic Track & Field teams. The University of Dubuque was one of 148 institutions earned the distinction as a result of earning a cumulative team GPA of 3.10 or higher.

Spartans Set to Host Solomon W. Butler Classic

Jan 17, 2014
The University of Dubuque Track and Field program is set to host the 2014 Sol Butler Classic on Saturday, January 18th inside the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center on the A.Y. McDonald Indoor Track. Teams scheduled to complete against the Spartans are: Augustana, Coe, Cornell, Loras, and Monmouth. Field events begin at 10:00 am with Track events starting at 11:00 am.

UD Hurdlers Named IIAC Performers of the Week

Jan 20, 2014
The University of Dubuque Track & Field program swept the Iowa Conference Track & Field (Track) Performer of the Week awards with Evan Zurbuchen and Taylor Cary earning the honor. Zurbuchen and Cary each won the 55m Hurdles at the Sol Butler Classic. Men's Basketball player Andre Norris was named IIAC Male Athlete of the Week/Men's Basketball Performer of the Week.

Spartans Set for Iowa Conference Indoor Championships

Feb 28, 2014
The University of Dubuque Track & Field teams are set to compete in the 2014 Iowa Conference Indoor Championships on the campus of Luther College. The championships are set to begin on Friday, February 28th with the Heptathlon and Pentathlon at 10:0 am. Field Events begin at 11:00 am with the Pole Vault. Track Events get started with the Women's 5,000m Run at 6:00 pm. Action continues on Saturday, March 1st at 9:00 am.

Spartans at Wartburg Select

Apr 5, 2014
The University of Dubuque Track and Field team set four school records in their first meet of the Outdoor Season at the Wartburg Select on Saturday. The UD men earned wins in a pair of field events with Rick Valcin winning the Pole Vault and Jeremy Lawson winning the Javelin. The UD women finished in eighth while the men took sixth.

Spartans Compete at USTFCCCA Meet of the Week

Apr 12, 2014
The University of Dubuque Track & Field teams made the short trip across the Dubuque-Wisconsin Bridge on Saturday morning for the UW-Platteville Invitational. The UW-P Invite was named the USTFCCCA Meet of the Week because of the high level of competition that was scheduled to participate. The women's team was pushed to their best, setting three school records. The UD men brought home two first place finishes.

Spartans Sweep Good Friday Open

Apr 18, 2014
The University of Dubuque track and field teams hosted the 2014 University of Dubuque Good Friday Open on April 18. The Spartans claimed both the women's and men's team titles in near ideal conditions on the Douglas J. Miller track in Dubuque. The women won the meet with 164 points while the men cruised to a first place showing by finishing with 185 points.

Spartans to Compete at Drake Relays

Apr 24, 2014
The University of Dubuque Track & Field program will be well represented at the 2014 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. The UD women's 4x100m and 4x200m Relays teams were selected while the men's 4x100m Relay team will also compete. Spartans pole vaulter Rick Valcin will also compete. Nearly 8,000 track and field athletes will be competing in 111 events over the course of five days of competition beginning on Wednesday, April 23rd and ending Sunday, April 29th.

School Records Set at Drake Relays

Apr 25, 2014
The University of Dubuque Track & Field program set one school record and tied another on Friday at the 2014 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. The Spartans Women's 4x200m Relay team broke the 2013 record also set at Drake by 1.82 seconds. Rick Valcin tied his own school record by clearing 16'-4.75".

UD Relays Excel at Dr. Tucker Open

Apr 26, 2014
The University of Dubuque Track & Field teams have been busy over the last two days competing in the Drake Relays on Friday and the Dr. Tucker Open on Saturday. UD women's relay teams brought home two first place finishes including a school record in the 4x400m. Evan Zurbuchen won the Men's 110m Hurdles.

Spartans Track & Field Continues to Improve at Monmouth

May 3, 2014
The University of Dubuque Track & Field teams continued their upward trend of success in the outdoor season with numerous personal best performances and three school records at the Monmouth College Fighting Scots Invitational. The Spartans Brenda Breimon, Katelyn Herbig, and Conner Hirt all broke their own school records on Saturday. The UD men finished third of 11 teams while the women took fifth of 11 teams.

2014 IIAC Track and Field Championships

May 7, 2014
The University of Dubuque track and field teams will compete in the 2014 Iowa Conference Championships this week, May 8-10. Luther College is this year's host school.

UD's Dobratz Wins Decathlon at Iowa Conference Outdoor Championships

May 9, 2014
University of Dubuque's Tyler Dobratz captured the men's decathlon title at the Iowa Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a school record 6,155 points on Friday afternoon at Carlson Stadium on the campus of Luther College. Dobratz won by 142 points behind first place finishes in the shot put and discus. Nickolette McKenzie earned All-IIAC honors with a runner-up finish in the long jump.

Spartans Claim Six Individual Titles, 18 All-IIAC Performances

May 10, 2014
The University of Dubuque Track & Field teams claimed six individual titles and earned 18 All-Iowa Conference performances at the 2014 IIAC Outdoor Track Championships at Luther College. In addition, the Spartans set six new school records. Rick Valcin won two events and earned All-IIAC in four events. Nickolette McKenzie won the women's triple jump and was all-conference in four events. The UD men finished in fourth place with 121 points while the women were fifth with 79 points.

Spartans Qualify Four for NCAA Outdoor Track Championships

May 22, 2014
The University of Dubuque Track and Field program qualified four student-athletes for the 2014 NCAA Division-III Outdoor Track & Field Championships. UD qualifiers are Kebba Bojang, Nickolette McKenzie, Rick Valcin, and Evan Zurbuchen. Valcin (Pole Vault) and Zurbuchen (400m Hurdles - Prelims) will compete on Thursday, May 22nd. Bojang and McKenzie will each compete in the triple jump on Saturday, May 24th.

Valcin Wins Pole Vault Championship

May 24, 2014
University of Dubuque student-athlete Rick Valcin won the schools first NCAA Division-III Outdoor Track & Field individual national championship by claiming first place in the pole vault on Thursday afternoon. Valcin cleared 5.15m (16'-10.75") in a jump off to win the title. The final two competitors were a rematch of the 2014 Indoor Track Championships where Michael Bennett of the University of Chicago won the matchup on misses. The Spartans junior upped his own school record by six inches in addition to claiming All-American honors.

Spartan-Duhawk Dual Track Meet Sparks ‘New Tradition’

Dec 6, 2014
The University of Dubuque men’s and women’s track teams host the rival Loras Duhawks at the A.Y. McDonald indoor track in their inaugural dual meet this Friday, December 5, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

Spartans to Host Track and Field Academy

Dec 12, 2014
The University of Dubuque will be hosting a Track and Field Academy for interested student-athletes looking to prepare for their upcoming track seasons. The University of Dubuque Track and Field Academy will be held on Sunday, January 18 and on Sunday, January 25, 2015. The cost is $110 per person with a group discount of $15 off when you sign up with two or more teammates.

Spartans Track and Field Host Annual Solomon W. Butler Classic

Jan 16, 2015
The University of Dubuque will host the annual Solomon W. Butler Classic Track and Field Meet on January 17 on A.Y. McDonald Indoor Track in the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center. Teams scheduled to compete are: the University of Dubuque, Augustana College, Carroll University, Clarke University, Coe College, Cornell College, Loras College, Monmouth College, North Iowa Area Community College, Southwestern Community College, and William Penn University.

2015 Solomon W. Butler Classic Final Results

Jan 17, 2015
The University of Dubuque hosted the 2015 Solomon W. Butler Classic on Saturday with 10 schools and 19 teams competing on A.Y. McDonald Indoor Track in Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center on Jan. 17

Busjahn, Higgins, and Sinkler Win at Grinnell Invite

Feb 7, 2015
Rachel Busjahn (400 meters), Alexis Higgins (High Jump), and Amanda Sinkler (Pole Vault) all picked up victories as the University of Dubuque women’s track team finished fifth place at the Grinnell Indoor Invitational on Saturday.

2015 UD Spartans Indoor Track and Field Invite

Feb 19, 2015
The University of Dubuque Spartans track and field teams will host the 2015 UD Spartan Invite on Friday, Feb. 20 at 4:00 p.m. Teams scheduled to compete are: University of Dubuque, Augustana College, Clarke University, Cornell College, Luther College, Viterbo University, Waldorf College, and the University of Wisconsin - Platteville. Meet will be held in the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center on the A.Y. McDonald Indoor Track.

Kazmierczak’s Pole Vault Championship Highlights Day One of IIAC Championships

Feb 27, 2015
Sophomore Nicholas Kazmierczak grabbed the University of Dubuque men’s track and field team’s second-straight Iowa Conference indoor pole vault championship at Wartburg on Friday with a vault of 14’4.75”. The fab freshman team Ernest Winters, Joseph Miggins, Hurshel Ross, and Deshond Robinson captured the Spartans second IIAC title with a school and facility record in the 4x200m relay (1:29.19).

Winters’ MVP Performance Leads Spartans to Third-Place at IIAC Championships

Feb 28, 2015
Freshman Ernest Winters won three events (60m, 200m, and the 4x200m relay) to earn most valuable performer honors at the Iowa Conference Indoor Championships and guide the University of Dubuque to a third-place finish.

McKenzie Defends Triple Jump Title as Spartans Take Third at IIAC Championships

Feb 28, 2015
Senior Nikki McKenzie won the triple jump for the second straight year with a leap of 36'2.75" and earned fifth place in the long jump amidst a plethora of runner-up performances by the University of Dubuque women’s track team. UD’s performances helped push the Spartans to a third-place finish at the Iowa Conference Indoor Championships (hosted by Wartburg).

Track and Field Improve Rankings

Mar 6, 2015
The penultimate computer rankings of the 2015 NCAA Division III indoor track & field season featured a familiar set of schools at the top, some minor reshuffling in the middle, and new faces at the bottom. The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released the rankings on Tuesday, March 3. The University of Dubuque men's and women's team moved up the rankings after strong performances in the 2015 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships. The Spartans ranked 33rd in last rankings, leapt to #19 in the nation for the men's program highest ranking in school history.

Winters and Goodlow Qualify, Others Fall Short in Championship Bids

Mar 10, 2015
A select number of Spartans on the University of Dubuque men’s and women’s track teams competed at the UW-Platteville and UW-Stevens Point Last Chance meets this past weekend in their attempt to qualify for the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championship meet on March 13-14.

Ernest Winters Leads the Nation in Men's Track and Field Outdoor Opener

Apr 3, 2015
The University of Dubuque men's track and field team featured a flurry of personal records and sophomore Ernest Winters, who set the nation's number one time after winning the 100m (10.49) at the Wartburg Outdoor Select Invite on Friday afternoon.

McKenzie Leaps to Victory to Open Up Women's Track and Field Outdoor Season

Apr 3, 2015
Senior Nikki McKenzie took home the women's long jump title with a leap of 4.99m/16'4.5" and sophomore Fabiola Ortiz finished runner up in the mile by a slim margin at the Wartburg Outdoor Select meet on Friday afternoon.

Ortiz Sets School Record and Valcin Competes at UW-Platteville Invitational

Apr 11, 2015
Fabiola Ortiz set her fifth school record after winning the 3000m steeplechase in 11:38.56 and Rick Valcin competed for the first time this season as the pair led the University of Dubuque track and field teams at the UW-Platteville Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

University of Dubuque Track and Field Outdoor Invitational

Apr 17, 2015
DUBUQUE, Iowa - 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.

Women's Track and Field Wins Home Invite by Two Points

Apr 18, 2015
The University of Dubuque women's track and field team won the UD Invitational by two points over rival Loras and the rest of the field on Senior Day thanks to senior Nikki McKenzie's triple jump victory and nine runner-up finishes.

Seven Wins Propel Men's Track and Field to Runner Up Finish

Apr 18, 2015
Ernest Winters (100m), Deshond Robinson (400m), and Rick Valcin (pole vault) each earned an individual win then combined for a victory in the 4x100m relay and thrower Alex Link wins the discus with a school record toss to lead the University of Dubuque men's track and field team to a runner-up performance at the UD Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

Dobratz’s Decathlon Mark Leads to First Career IIAC Honor

Apr 20, 2015
Tyler Dobratz, one of the best multi-purpose athletes in UD history, flew solo on Saturday as he placed second in the decathlon with 6071 points at the Augustana College Meet of Champions to capture his first Iowa Conference Track and Field Performer of the Week award.

Spartans Qualify for the 106th Annual Drake Relays

Apr 24, 2015
The 106th Annual Drake Relays is set to begin this week and the University of Dubuque men's and women's teams will be represented in one of the nations most prestigious track and field events. The Drake Relays begins on April 22 and will finish up on April 26 at Drake Stadium, ticket offices will open one hour prior to the start of each session. The women's team qualified two relays, the 4x100 and the 4x200, while UD's men's team qualified the returning NCAA National Division III Outdoor Champion, Rick Valcin, in the pole vault and Ernest Winters in the 100 meter dash, and the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams.

Track and Field Teams Compete at Dr. Tucker Invite

Apr 25, 2015
The University of Dubuque women's and men's track an field teams competed in the Loras College Dr. Tucker Invitational on Saturday and would be led by several top performances.