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Track and Field

The University of Dubuque men’s track and field team won six outdoor Iowa Conference team titles, placed first in 234 events in IIAC Championships, three IIAC Most Valuable Performer Awards, and one IIAC Coach of the Year honor. The Spartans compete regionally and have qualified individuals and relay teams for the Drake Relays and the NCAA Division-III Championships.

A new coaching staff began in 2010-11 and bring a motivated, high-energy training regimen to the program. Student-athletes will work hard and look to peak at the IIAC Championships and the NCAA Division III National Championships. The Spartans sprinters have won the men's 55M/60M sprints at IIAC Indoor Championships in eight out of the past nine years. UD student-athletes have claimed six individual NCAA National Championships.

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.

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Valcin Wins Second Straight IIAC Track Performer of the Week Honors

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".

Iowa Conference Honors Valcin as Performer of the Week

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.

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Roster

Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
Zach Ahrens High Jump Junior LeClaire, Iowa
Donovan Ball Sprints Freshman Tokyo, Japan
John Bamberg Throws Sophomore Shorewood, Wis.
Jonathan Berland Distance Freshman Lime Springs, Iowa
Kebba Bojang Jumps Sophomore Madison, Wis.
Ron Brown Throws Freshman Milwaukee, Wis.
Daniel Casanova Sprints Freshman Lake Tapps, Wash.
Cameron Dahlgren Sprints Freshman Mauston, Wis.
Tyler Dobratz Multis Junior Edgerton, Wis.
Alexander Eckes Sprints Sophomore Oconomowoc, Wis.
Mitchell Federspiel Distance Freshman DeWitt, Iowa
Collin Frazier Throws Freshman Dubuque, Iowa
DuVaun Goodlow Sprints Freshman Joliet, Ill.
Tyler Heinrich Hurdles Freshman Altoona, Iowa
Josh Henaman Throws Freshman West Des Moines, Iowa
Gabriel Hess Sprints Freshman Roanoke, Ind.
Conner Hirt Throws Junior Hainesville, Ill.
Austin Houzenga Hurdles Freshman Clinton, Iowa
Emanuel Huerta-Gutierrez Distance Freshman Walworth, Wis.
Nicholas Kazmierczak Pole Vault Freshman Lodi, Wis.
Mitchell Kimbrough Hurdles Freshman Ramstein, Germany
Benjamin Kroll Sprints Freshman Platteville, Wis.
Jeremy Lawson Jumps Freshman Lake Isabella, Calif.
Ryan Mattingly Sprints Senior Janesville, Iowa
Jamie Medina Sprints Freshman Waterloo, Iowa
Remington Meggers Mid-Distance Freshman DeWitt, Iowa
Josue Melendez Throws Sophomore Los Angeles, Calif.
DeVante Miller Mid-Distance Senior Markham, Ill.
Derek Moorman Sprints Sophomore Elgin, Ill.
Gordon Musel Sprints Sophomore Tama, Iowa
Payton Nevills Distance Sophomore Savanna, Ill.
Wyatt Nuss Throws Freshman Pardeeville, Wis.
Ethan Oleson Throws Freshman Preophetstown, Ill.
Mario-John Otchere Throws Sophomore Rutland, Mass.
Shannon Parker Sprints Freshman Racine, Wis.
Tyler Peugh Sprints Sophomore Sterling, Ill.
David Ploenzke Distance Sophomore Preophetstown, Ill.
Alex Schlueter Pole Vault Freshman Platteville, Wis.
Kameron Sconiers Jumps Freshman Oak Lawn, Ill.
Andy Sierra Sprints Sophomore Fruitland, Iowa
James Stewart Sprints Freshman Sun Prairie, Wis.
Rick Valcin Pole Vault/Sprints Junior Catries, St. Lucia
Brant Wade Jumps Sophomore Ossian, Iowa
Marcus Weathers Sprints Freshman Sun Prairie, Wis.
Devonte Williams Sprints Freshman Rockford, Ill.
Kyle Williams Sprints Junior Chicago Heights, Ill.
Evan Zurbuchen Hurdles Senior Hollandale, Wis.

Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time/Result
January 10, 2014 Wartburg Relays Waverly, Iowa 2nd of 5 teams
January 18, 2014 Sol Butler Classic Dubuque, Iowa 4th of 6 teams
January 24, 2014 Nebraska Wesleyan University Invitational Lincoln, Neb. .........
January 25, 2014 Monmouth Midwest Invitational Monmouth, Ill. 6th of 8 teams
February 1, 2014 Hilltop Invitational at Cornell College Mt. Vernon, Iowa 2nd of 12 teams
February 8, 2014 Grinnell College Invitational Grinnell, Iowa 2nd of 12 teams
February 15, 2014 UW-Platteville Invitational Platteville, Wis. ..........
February 21, 2014 UD Spartan Invite Dubuque, Iowa 2nd of 5 teams
February 28, 2014 Iowa Conference Indoor Championships (Hosted by Luther) Decorah, Iowa  .........
March 1, 2014 Iowa Conference Indoor Championships (Hosted by Luther) Decorah, Iowa  4th of 8 teams
March 8, 2014 UW-Platteville Final Qualifying Meet Platteville, Wis. ..........
March 8, 2014 UW-Stevens Point National Qualifier Stevens Point, Wis. ..........
March 14-15, 2014 NCAA DIII Championships (Hosted by Nebraska Wesleyan) Lincoln, Neb.  
  Outdoor Season    
April 5, 2014 Wartburg: Outdoor Select Meet Waverly, Iowa 6th of 9 teams
April 12, 2014 UW-Platteville Invitational Platteville, Wis. ..........
April 18, 2014 University of Dubuque Open Dubuque, Iowa 1st of 10 teams
  Home Meet Info    
April 18, 2014 Augustana: Meet of Champions Rock Island, Ill. 5:00 pm
April 24-26, 2014 Drake Relays Des Moines, Iowa  
April 26, 2014 Loras Open Dubuque, Iowa 10:00 am
May 3, 2014 Monmouth College Fighting Scots Invitational Cedar Falls, Iowa 10:30 am
May 8, 2014 Iowa Conference Outdoor Championships (Hosted by Luther) Decorah, Iowa  
May 9, 2014 Iowa Conference Outdoor Championships (Hosted by Luther) Decorah, Iowa  
May 10, 2014 Iowa Conference Outdoor Championships (Hosted by Luther) Decorah, Iowa  
May 15, 2014 UW-La Crosse: Last Chance Meet La Crosse, Wis. 3:00 pm
May 16, 2014 North Cental College: Last Chance Meet Naperville, Ill. 3:00 pm
May 16, 2014 Augustana College: Last Chance Meet Rock Island, Ill. 3:00 pm
May 22-24, 2013 NCAA DIII Outdoor Championships (Hosted by Ohio Wesleyan) Delaware, Ohio  

Season Statistics

Coaches

University of Dubuque Track and Field Coaches Profile
Chad Gunnelson
Chad Gunnelson
Head Track and Field Coach;Head Cross Country Coach

BS, Health, Wellness, & Recreation, University of Dubuque



Email: cgunnelson@dbq.edu 
Office Phone: (563) 589-3860
Fax: (563) 589-3425
Office Location: 214 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to close

Chad Gunnelson is entering his third year leading the track & field and cross country programs. The 2013 IIAC Men’s Outdoor Conference Co-Coach of the Year and 2013 University of Dubuque Staff of the Year award winner has made an immediate impact in his short time as head coach.

In track & field, both the men’s and women’s teams competed to their best finishes in school history at the 2013 IIAC Indoor Conference Championships. In just two seasons, Gunnelson has coached 4 national qualifiers earning 2 All-American honors, 10 Conference Champions, 42 All-Conference Performers, and the Spartans have broken 20 school records. Off the track, the women’s team was named All-Academic by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for the first time in 6 years in 2013, boasting a team GPA of 3.34 and placing 8 women on the Academic All-IIAC team that same year. The men’s team placed 5 on the Academic All-IIAC team in 2013 along with 2 earning Capital One Academic All-District honors and 1 athlete named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic team.

In cross country, the UD women had their highest finish in school history at the 2012 IIAC Conference Championships, cutting over 3 minutes off of their 6k time from 2011. The men’s team was much improved as well, cutting almost 5 minutes off their 8K time from 2011 to 2012 with the top 12 runners being freshman. Six women have run Top 20 times on UD’s all-time list and 3 men have put up times in the Top 25. Off the course, the women’s team showcased a 3.39 GPA and their 5th straight USTFCCCA All-Academic honor in 2012. Also in 2012, the men’s team made their mark off the course with their first USTFCCCA All-Academic award ever.

Gunnelson has opened other doors for the track & field and cross country programs hosting high school meets, implementing the UD Track & Field Academy (a multi-day camp series), and the first ever UD Track & Field Coach’s Clinic attended by high school coaches from Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Gunnelson also created the Final Lap Club, an alumni booster club that promotes alumni involvement and provides newsletters and other opportunities to the numerous UD track and cross country alums all over the country.

Prior to his arrival at UD, Gunnelson spent six years as the Head Track & Field Coach at Madison East High School in Madison, Wis. 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 (Gabe Heck – 3200m run) and 2011 (Travis Turnquist - 400m dash). Gunnelson resurrected track and field at Madison East by increasing team size from 38 athletes in 2006 to 90 in 2011. In Gunnelson’s final year, the Purgolders earned a 3.24 GPA, had 4 sectional champions, and placed all 4 state qualifiers on the podium at the WIAA state track meet including a state champion.

While coaching at East, Gunnelson was the Owner and CEO of Athletic Republic, a sports performance training facility near Madison, Wis. from 2007 to 2011. He built Athletic Republic into the largest training facility in the Madison area where over 600 youth, high school, college, professional, and Olympic athletes trained and improved their athletic ability each year.

"I'm very excited for the opportunity to coach at the University of Dubuque”, says Gunnelson, "It is clear that the University invests so much in the academic and athletic success of each student-athlete, and to be part of that is an honor. I'm looking forward to recruiting quality athletes and quality young people from the tri-state area and having them join the talent and experience we have returning in both Cross Country and Track and Field."

"We are thrilled to have Coach Gunnelson join the Spartans," commented Dan Runkle, Director of Athletics. "Chad has proven himself as an excellent coach. He has a strong commitment to developing excellence both on the field and in the classroom. His recruiting ability will be instrumental toward the success of the program."

A native of Madison, WI, Coach Gunnelson is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), USTFCCCA (United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association), and USATF (United States Track and Field Association). He currently holds the USTFCCCA Jumps Specialist Certification, USTFCCCA Technical Certification, USTFCCCA Program Management Certification, USATF - Level 1 Coaching Certification, and is CPR/AED/First Aid certified by the American Red Cross.


Geoff Gundlach
Geoff Gundlach
Assistant Cross Country Coach; Assistant Track and Field Coach

BS, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh



Email: ggundlach@dbq.edu 
Office Phone: (563) 589-3714
Fax: (563) 589-3425
Office Location: 215 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to close

Geoff Gundlach begins his third year as an Assistant Coach for both the cross country and track & field programs in 2013.

UD saw an immediate impact in the endurance events after Coach Gundlach’s arrival. He was instrumental his first year in 2011-12, helping two Spartan women cross country runners to Top 10 performances in school history. During his first track season, he helped the men's track team to its highest finish in seven years at the IIAC Indoor Meet and their highest finish in six years at the IIAC Outdoor Championships. Gundlach was also responsible for coaching the women's outdoor 4x800m team to a new school record that same season.

His guidance during the 2012-2013 season became much more evident as he coached the UD women to their highest conference finish in the school’s history at the IIAC Conference Cross Country Meet. The Men’s team also placed three runners in the school’s Top 25 times in school history and cut almost 5 minutes off their 8k time from 2011 to 2012. Gundlach’s middle distance runners shined in 2013 breaking the men’s and women’s 4x800m relay records both indoor and outdoor, with the men’s outdoor record being over 50 years old. The UD women also broke the indoor school record in the Distance Medley Relay making that 5 total school records broken for 2012-13. Coach Gundlach also helped guide the first pair of UD women’s distance runners in placing at Outdoor Conference in the same event, the 10,000m run.

A native of Madison, WI, Gundlach competed for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in both cross country and track & field. While a member of the UW-O cross country team from 2004-07, he earned four letters and competed at DIII Nationals in 2006, where UW-O finished 9th overall. As a member of the UW-O track & field team from 2005-2009 Gundlach placed in the mile, 5000m, and distance medley relays at the Indoor and Outdoor WIAC Championships. He was also a member of the 2009 UW-Oshkosh National Championship teams, both Indoor and Outdoor.

Gundlach received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2009 and will finish his Master’s in Communication at the University of Dubuque this fall.

He currently holds a USATF - Level 1 Coaching Certification and is CPR/AED/First Aid certified by the American Red Cross.


Joel Janecek
Joel Janecek
Assistant Track and Field - Jumps; Academic Coordinator

BA, Public Relations and Marketing, University of Nebraska at Kearney
MS, Journalism and Mass Communications, Iowa State



Email: JJanecek@dbq.edu 
Office Phone: (563) 589-3714
Office Location: 215 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to close

Joel Janecek begins his third year as an assistant track & field coach at the University of Dubuque. He primarily works with the hurdlers and horizontal jumpers. Off the track, he serves as the academic coordinator for both the track and cross country programs, serves as a member of the Career Services staff and also works as an adjunct professor.

In his first two years at UD, Janecek coached 23 student-athletes to top 8 finishes in their respective events at the Indoor and Outdoor IIAC Championships which includes 4 place-winners in the men’s triple jump at the 2013 Indoor IIAC Championships. Those jumpers placed 1st, 4th, 5th and 8th respectively, helping the Spartans to their best IIAC Indoor finish in school history.

Janecek’s work off the track as academic coordinator has helped both the men’s and women’s cross country teams to United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic honors, the women for their fifth year in a row and the men for the first time ever. Also, the women’s track team earned their first USTFCCCA All-Academic award in 6 years under his direction in 2013.

Prior to Dubuque, he served as a private performance trainer and AAU track coach while working at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) as an academic advisor and career counselor.

A native of Gering, Nebraska, Janecek holds the 110m high hurdle record at Gering High School. After declining several Division I scholarship offers, he attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) on a full academic and partial track scholarship. As a "Loper", he was a member of four conference championship teams. On the track, he held the school record in the 110m high hurdles at UNK from 2001-2012, and still holds numerous records as part of relays. He was a four-time DII All-American in the 110m High Hurdles at UNK.

Janecek earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in Public Relations and Marketing and his Master's degree from Iowa State University in Journalism and Mass Communications.

Coach Janecek, his wife Torri, and their daughter Atley live in Dubuque and are active members of the Dubuque community and feel blessed to call Dubuque home. 

He currently holds a USATF - Level 1 Coaching Certification, USATF Level 2 certification in Sprints/Hurdles, and is CPR/AED/First Aid certified by the American Red Cross.


Isaiah Janzen
Isaiah Janzen
Assistant Cross Country Coach; Assistant Track and Field Coach

BS, Aerospace Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
MS, Materials Science & Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute 



Biography - Click to close

Isaiah Janzen is in his third year as an assistant coach for both the cross country and track and field teams at the University of Dubuque. Since joining the staff, the distance runners have set dozens of personal records, achieved some of the best conference finishes in school history, and set several school records.

Prior to coaching at UD, he spent the 2009 cross country season as an assistant coach at his alma mater Worcester Polytechnic Institute and privately coached adult distance runners.

While at WPI, Janzen competed in both cross country and track and field with a career highlight of setting the 10,000 meter record at the NEWMAC outdoor track and field conference championships. In high school in Sabetha, Kansas his senior year of running was highlighted by a seventh place team finish at the Kansas state championships in cross country, the highest finish in team history. The 2013 season marks his 11th year involved as a runner or as a coach in cross country and 14th year involved in track and field as a runner or coach.

Janzen still competes on the roads and on the track setting personal records in the 800 meter, 1 mile, 5k and 10k in 2013 and the marathon (2:30:20) and half marathon in 2011. His next major competition is the 2013 Chicago Marathon. In 2010 he set the former unsupported fastest known time on the 93 mile long Wonderland Trail in Washington state at under 32 hours. In addition to his running he is an accomplished mountaineer having traveled to Pakistan in 2009 to attempt Broad Peak reaching 23,000 feet and in 2008 climbing the Diamond on Longs Peak.

Coach Janzen resides in Dubuque where he works as an engineer for John Deere. He holds a USATF - Level 1 Coaching Certification and is CPR/FA/AED certified by the American Red Cross.


Patrick Lockington
Patrick Lockington
Assistant Track and Field Coach

BS, Finance, UW-Whitewater

Email: plockington@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 223 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to close

Patrick Lockington is in his first year as assistant coach in charge of pole vault and high jump for the University of Dubuque.

Before becoming a Spartan, Coach Lockington competed as a decathlete at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He was both a conference champion and national qualifier in the decathlon in 2010.

Lockington specialized in the pole vault placing as high as 5th at the competitive WIAC Championships. Throughout his career he earned several honors from the track program. He also served with Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for four years, spending two of those years on the board as their treasurer. Coach Lockington graduated from UW-Whitewater in May of 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and will be pursuing his Master’s in Business Administration at UD.

Lockington is originally from Two Rivers, Wisconsin. He currently resides in Dubuque, IA and is CPR/First Aid/AED certified by the American Red Cross.


Jake Malm
Jake Malm
Assistant Track and Field Coach

BS, Kinesiology, University of Minnesoata



Email: mmalm@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 223 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to close

Jake Malm is in his first year as an assistant coach in charge of the throwing events for the University of Dubuque track & field program.

Prior to coming to UD, Malm was an assistant at Hamline University (St. Paul, MN) for the 2013 season.

As an athlete, Malm competed in the javelin throw at the University of Minnesota and was a member of three Big Ten Conference championship teams. Off the track, he was a two-time recipient of the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award and a three-time member of the Big Ten Conference All-Academic Team. He graduated from the University of Minnesota 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Communication at the University of Dubuque.

Malm is originally from Grand Forks, North Dakota. He currently holds a USATF Level 1 Coaching Certification and is CPR/AED/First Aid certified by the American Red Cross.


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