Track and Field

The University of Dubuque men’s track and field athletes have a long history of success in the Iowa Conference as well as on the national stage. The Spartan men’s success includes 472 All-IIAC honors, 43 All-America honors, and 5 National Championships; Basil Steele (2003, 2004, 2005, 55m Hurdles), Phillip Jones (2011, 55m Dash), and Rick Valcin (2014, Pole Vault). As a team the Spartans have hoisted the IIAC Conference Championship trophy 12 times and finished runner-up another 12. 

With the addition of a new coaching staff in 2011, including 2013 IIAC Coach of the Year, Chad Gunnelson, the Spartan men have re-written the record books and look to continue the momentum into the this season. 

UD Hall of Famer, Solomon Butler ruled the broad jump from 1912-1923. He won both the 100-yard dash and broad jump at the Penn Relays. Entering military service as a soldier in World War I he represented the U.S. Army in the Inter-Allied Games in Paris. He was knighted by the King of Montenegro after winning gold medal at 1919 in the broad jump with a winning leap at Paris, 24-9 1/2, which was only two inches from the Olympic record at the time.

Competing in the 1920 Olympics, on his first jump in the preliminaries, he pulled a tendon and was forced to withdraw. That injury-hampered effort was a shade under 21-8 and he finished seventh. He won the National Amateur Athletic Union championship that same year by broad jumping 24-8. By the time he retired from track and field, Butler had won 186 medals, 25 championship cups, eight gold shields, and four gold watches. He won five events at the Conference of Iowa College Championships in 1918, scoring 25 team points himself. 

The National Scholastic Athletics Foundation (NSAF), a non-profit organization created to support and promote high school-age track and field, announced the inaugural class of the new National High School Track and Field Hall of Fame on March 8, 2018 at the New York Athletic Club. Featuring the sport’s immortal legends like Solomon Butler, Jesse Owens and Jim Ryun, to all-time greats like Steve Prefontaine and Mary Decker Slaney, to current Olympic superstar Allyson Felix -- the inaugural class will feature 30 athletes, coaches and contributors spanning 11 decades of excellence in high school track and field.

“Our goal in creating a hall of fame for high school track and field is to honor the greatest athletes, coaches, innovators and contributors in high school track and field history,” said James Spier, Executive Director of the NSAF. “The inaugural class of athletes, coaches, and contributors includes icons of the sport and each of these individuals has made a lasting impact on high school track and field. Generations of athletes have been inspired by and have benefited from their historic accomplishments.”

 

Track and Field News

Murfin Named Division III Men's Field Athlete of the Year

May 31, 2018

After a historic season, Blaze Murfin was named NCAA Division III 2018 Outdoor Track and Field Men's Field Student-Athlete of the Year by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association on Thursday afternoon.

Two More All-Americans on Championship's Final Day

May 29, 2018

The University of Dubuque track and field teams wrapped up the 2018 season on Saturday with Tanasha Atwater and Rebecca Burmahl earning All-American honors in the hammer throw.

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Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
Joel Avila Distance Senior Belvidere, Ill.
Alec Bass Distance Distance Senior Spring Green, Wis.
Nicholas Beatty Sprints Freshman Naperville, Ill.
Sirrus Bier Jumps Freshman Sparta, Wis.
Dante Burchfield Sophomore Zion, Ill.
Ian Christ Hurdles/Jumps Freshman Dubuque, Iowa
Maurice Cushion-Lewis Jumps Jumps Sophomore Social Cirlce, Ga.
Isaiah Ellis Sprints Sprints Sophomore Rock Island, Ill.
Austin Feyen Throws Throws Sophomore Fond du Lac, Wis.
Tyler Fowler Hurdles Hurdles Sophomore Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Anthony Gatlin Sprints Freshman Middleton, Wis.
Clayton Gray Hurdles Hurdles Junior Manchester, Iowa
John Gregory Throws Thorws Junior Lawrence, Kan.
Jackosn Harkness Throws Freshman Elmwood, Ill.
Tyler Heinrich Throws Throws Senior Altoona, Iowa
Jacob Heitter Jumps Jumps Sophomore Byron, Ill.
Lucas Hofer Sprints Freshman Geneseo, Ill.
David Johnson Jumps Jumps Freshman Cazenovia, Wis
Kelshawn Johnson Hurdles Freshman Milwaukee, Wis.
Nicholas Kazmierczak Jumps Jumps Senior Lodi, Wis.
Ryan Kind Sprints Sprints Junior Janesville, Wis.
Hunter Klose Distance Distance Junior St. Charles, Ill.
Chad Manternach Hurdles Hurdles Senior Dubuque, Iowa
Alexander Maras Sprints Freshman Wonder Lake, Ill.
Josh Mathis Throws Throws Sophomore Geneseo, Ill.
Jacob Mentzer Sprints Sprints Junior Pewaukee, Wis.
Dalton Moore Distance Distance Sophomore Virginia, Ill.
Darrion Morgan Sprints/Jumps Freshman Madison, Wis.
Blaze Murfin Throws Throws Junior Dallas City, Ill.
Zachary Naatz Throws Freshman Watertown, Wis.
Colfay Pointer Sprints Sprints Sophomore Rochelle, Ill.
Jacob Rentz Jumps Jumps Sophomore Bellevue, Iowa
Nathan Ross Sprints Freshman Stillman Valley, Ill.
Tavian Rumple Distance Distance Sophomore Mesa, Ariz.
Zachary Seaver Distance Freshman Rushville, Ill.
Philip Senn Pole Vault Pole Vault Senior Wonder Lake, Ill.
Brandon Sindt Sprints Sprints Sophomore Chesterton, Ind.
Benjiman Smith Distance Sophomore Elburn, Ill.
Jeremiah Steed Sprints Freshman Las Vegas, Nev.
Corbin Stillmunkes Throws Sophomore Bellevue, Iowa
Emanuel Tash Sprints Freshman Madison, Wis.
Scott Taylor Throws Throws Senior Manchester, Iowa
Kyle Thomas Sprints Freshman Spring Green, Wis.
Joseph Tobin Distance Distance Sophomore Durant, Iowa
Malcolm Turner Freshman Milwaukee, Wis.
Neal Valant Vault Vault Sophomore Bellevue, Iowa
Kevin Wissing Sprints Sprints Junior Chesterton, Ind.
Colton Youngren Throws Freshman Princeton, Ill.

 

For complete men's collegiate University of Dubuque meet results click here for Track & Field Results Reporting System

For complete women's collegiate University of Dubuque meet results click here for Track & Field Results Reporting System

 

2018-19 Indoor Schedule

Dec. 1

UD’s Battle of the Bluff

Dubuque, IA

4 p.m.

Jan. 19

UD’s Solomon Butler Classic

Dubuque, IA

10:30 a.m.

Jan. 26

Minnesota State Univ. Open

Mankato, MN

 

Jan. 26

UW-Platteville Select

Platteville, WI

10:30 a.m.

Feb. 2

Wartburg College Select

Waverly, IA

10:30 a.m.

Feb. 9

UW-Platteville Invitational

Platteville, WI

10:30 a.m.

Feb. 15

Spartan Invite

Dubuque, IA

3 p.m.

Feb. 22-23

IIAC Indoor Championships

Waverly, IA

All Day

Mar. 1

UW-Platteville Last Chance

Platteville, WI

4 p.m.

Mar. 2

Wartburg College Last Chance

Waverly, IA

10:30 a.m.

Mar. 8-9

NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships

 

 

 

Reggie Lewis Center

Boston, MA

 All Day

Chad Gunnelson
Chad Gunnelson
Director of Track and Field | Cross Country
Adjunct Faculty

BS, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3860
E-mail: CGunnelson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 214 Mercer-Birmingham
Fax: 563.589.3425
Biography - Click to Open

Chad Gunnelson, the 2017 and 2018 IIAC Men's Indoor Track Coach of the Year and USTFCCCA Central Region Men's Coach of the Year, embarks on his seventh season leading the track & field and cross country programs at UD. The Spartans have seen unparalleled success since his arrival in 2011 and continue to improve. Along with his recent honors, Gunnelson was also recognized in 2013 as both IIAC Men's Outdoor Track Coach of the Year and UD Staff Member of the Year.

In 2018, the Spartans men's track and field team claimed their second straight Iowa Conference Indoor Championship. It was the school's 13th league title in track and field. The Spartan women also posted their best point total at the IIAC Outdoor Championships. At the national level, both the men's and women's teams achieved their highest ever NCAA ranking in 2017, the men ranked 18th and women were 22nd.  

Under the direction of Coach Gunnelson, the Spartans track & field team has had 37 NCAA qualifiers, earning 18 All-American honors and 2 National Champions (Rick Valcin, Outdoor Pole Vault, 2014 and Tanasha Atwater, Outdoor Shot Put, 2017). The Spartans have also had 76 IIAC Champions and 251 All-IIAC Performers in addition to breaking 63 school records. Off the track, the women’s team was named USTFCCCA All-Academic for the fifth straight year.

The cross-country program has had similar academic success with the men and women being named USTFCCCA All-Academic for the fifth and ninth consecutive years. On the course, they have placed 18 names to the UD Top-25 cross country performers list under Gunnelson including NCAA All-American Alec Bass (30th, 2016) and national qualifier Fabiola Ortiz (45th, 2016). 

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. 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 meet, including a state champion.

Along with coaching, Gunnelson was the owner and CEO of Athletic Republic, a sports performance training facility, from 2007 to 2011 where he built Athletic Republic into the largest training facility in the Madison area and trained youth, high school, college, and professional athletes along with Olympians. 

Coach Gunnelson is actively involved in the sport beyond coaching. He serves as the central region representative on the USTFCCCA Division III track & field committee and as the IIAC coaches' chairperson. Gunnelson has spoken at high school clinichs and the USTFCCCA National Convention. He currently holds the USTFCCCA Jumps Specialist Certification, Endurance Specialist Certification, Strength & Conditioning Certification, Track & Field Technical Certification, and Program Management Certification. He is also a Level 1 certified coach with USATF, a certified performance coach with USA Weightlifting, and is certified in the Functional Movement Screen.

Coach Gunnelson resides in Potosi, Wis. with his wife Melissa, their son Dash, and his step-children Taylor and Evan.

Track and Field Coaching Record at the University of Dubuque

IIAC Finishes            Men            Women
Season Indoor   Outdoor Indoor   Outdoor
2012 4th 6th 7th 8th
2013 3rd 4th 6th 6th
2014 4th 4th 3rd 5th
2015 3rd 4th 3rd 5th
2016 5th 4th 4th 3rd
2017 1st 4th  4th 4th 
2018 1st 4th

Jake Malm
Jake Malm
Assistant Track and Field Coach
Recruiting Coordinator

MA, University of Dubuque; Communication
BS, University of Minnesota; Kinesiology

Office Phone: 563.589.3714
E-mail: MMalm@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 215 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to Open

Jake Malm enters his fifth year coaching the throwers for the Spartans, a group that has quickly become the most successful in school history and was the #1 ranked NCAA Division III throws program in the nation in 2017. Malm was named the USTFCCCA Central Region Men's and Women's Track & Field Assistant Coach of the Year in 2017.

Under Coach Malm’s direction, the UD throws group has dominated the Iowa Conference. Both men's and women's throws groups have set new program records for points scored at the IIAC Indoor and Outdoor Championships. This past season also showcased the UD throws group on a national level. The Spartans finished the 2017 season qualifying nine to the NCAA Division III Indoor and Outdoor National Championships, earning eight All-American honors, including the 2017 NCAA Division III Women's Shot Put national champion. UD throws also had the nation's top-ranked indoor weight thrower and the nation's top freshman discus thrower in 2017.

Success in the throws has been shared among a deep group. Over the past four seasons, 37 different throwers have placed a total of 77 new marks on UD’s top-10 all-time performance lists, in addition to 11 of 12 school records being broken.

Prior to coming to UD, Malm assisted in the throwing events at Hamline University during the 2013 season while finishing his degree in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota. While at Minnesota, Malm competed in the javelin and was a member of three Big Ten Conference championship teams.

Malm is originally from Grand Forks, North Dakota. He currently holds a USTFCCCA Specialist Certification in the Throwing Events and in Strength and Conditioning in addition to being a USATF Level 1 Coach. In 2016, Malm was invited to participate in the USATF Emerging Elite Coach’s Camp.


Richard Maleniak
Richard Maleniak
Assistant Head Cross Country Coach / Assistant Track and Field Coach

MS, Illinois State University; Sports Management
BS, UW-Eau Claire; Chemistry

Office Phone: 563.589.3714
E-mail: RMaleniak@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 215 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to Open

Rich Maleniak joins the Spartans as assistant head cross country coach and assistant track & field coach in 2017. Maleniak will lead the middle distance and distance runners for the program.

Prior to UD, Maleniak, a 4-time USTFCCCA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year lead the women’s middle distance and distance runners at the University of St. Thomas (UST) for five seasons. Throughout his tenure at UST, Maleniak helped runners gain conference, region, and national success in cross country and track and field covering events from 600 to 10,000 meters.

At UST, Maleniak coached 29 individuals and relays to MIAC conference titles and 57 all-conference finishes. On the national level, Maleniak coached athletes to 20 - NCAA All-American performances in individual or relay events including back-to-back national titles in the distance medley relay (2015 & 2016) and a national championship in the indoor mile (2016). He has coached four USTFCCCA Regional Athlete of the Year award winners.  

Maleniak helped lead the UST women's cross country team to the NCAA Championships for three consecutive seasons (2014-2016). He also coached three individuals to All-American performances at the NCAA DIII Cross Country National Championships, an 8th and 22nd place finish in 2012 and 13th place finish in 2014.

Before joining the St. Thomas staff in 2012, Maleniak spent the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant coach for the cross country and track and field teams at NCAA DI Illinois State University.  While at ISU, he was responsible for on and off campus recruiting and implementing workouts for the distance runners.  In 2011, women's cross country won their first Missouri Valley Conference title in program history. The Redbird distance crew also had six individual or relay Missouri Valley Conference champions in cross country and track and eight NCAA Regional Qualifiers. 

Maleniak began his college coaching career at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire as an assistant coach for the men's and women's track and field and cross country programs. Maleniak was in charge of developing workout plans for the 800 meter training group. He coached two NCAA All-Americans and his group set new school records in both men's and women's 800 meter run and men’s 4x800 meter relay.  He assisted with the women's cross country team as it improved from placing 12th  at the NCAA Championship meet in 2006, to 8th place in 2007, and 5th place in 2008.  

Maleniak earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in Chemistry with an emphasis in business in 2002, and earned a master’s degree in Sports Management from Illinois State University in 2011.  As a competitor himself, he competed in five national championship competitions and was a 2-time NCAA Division III Track All-American. Maleniak also served as a team captain and was named MVP of the track team after his senior season. He is the UW-Eau Claire school record holder in the indoor mile and outdoor 1500m. He also holds a U.S.A. Track and Field Level I certificate.


Matthew Dwyer
Matthew Dwyer
Volunteer Assistant Track and Field Coach

E-mail: MDwyer@dbq.edu 
Biography - Click to Open

Matt Dwyer is in his first season leading the Spartan pole vaulters after a stellar career as a vaulter himself.

Coach Dwyer comes to Dubuque following an All-American career at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. As a four-year letterwinner for the Pioneers, Dwyer was a four-time NCAA qualifiers, three-time WIAC conference champion in the pole vault, and two-time NCAA All-American. His personal best mark is 5.19m / 17’0.0".

Dwyer, a native of Palos Heights, Ill., is still an active and avid pole vaulter. He currently resides in Platteville, Wis. and is completing his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Coach Dwyer is First Aid/CPR/AED certified.


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