DUBUQUE, IOWA – The University of Dubuque placed three Track & Field student-athletes on the Capital One Academic All-District (District #8) First Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for their performance in the classroom and on the track. To be selected the student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher and be a sophomore or above. Spartans selected were Ashley Barwick (Appleton, Wis./Xavier), Tyler Dobratz (Edgerton, Wis./Edgerton), and Evan Zurbuchen (Hollandale, Wis./Madison West).
Barwick, a three-sport standout, is an Accounting/Business Administration double major with a 4.00 grade point average. The senior mid-distance runner was a member of the Women’s 4x800m Relay team that broke the previous school record by 10.5 seconds. She was also named First Team Captial One/CoSIDA Academic All-America in Women’s Soccer this season. Barwick has made the Dean’s List all eight semesters at UD while also being the Editor of the School newspaper and a Wendt Scholar. She was also the winner of the 2013 Spartans Female Academic Athlete Excellence Award.
A dual sport athlete in Track and Football, Dobratz is a Health, Wellness, & Recreation major with a 3.83 GPA. During the 2013 Track season he set new school records in both the Heptathlon (Indoors) and Decathlon (Outdoors). He finished second in the Decathlon at the 2013 Iowa Conference (IIAC) Outdoor Championships with a school record 5,910 points to earn All-IIAC honors. He was also third in the Heptathlon with 4,443 points to earn all-conference indoors.
An Aviation Management major, Zurbuchen owns a cumulative GPA of 3.57. He was named All-Iowa Conference in the 110m Hurdles with a third place finish at the 2013 IIAC Outdoor Track Championships. In 2012, he was a member of the 4x100m Relay team that took second at the IIAC Outdoor Championships. He currently sits third on the UD All-Time Performance list in both the 55/60m Hurdles Indoors and 110m Hurdles Outdoors. His 4,218 points in the Heptathlon is the second most points scored Indoors by a Spartan. Zurbuchen is a three-year letter winner.
First Team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot. First, Second, and Third Team All-America honorees will be announced on June 25th.