Sat., Sept. 14
Knight Invitational/Grand Rapids, Mich.
Fri., Sept. 20
National Catholic Invitational/South Bend, Ind.
Fri., Oct. 4
Lansing Community College Invitational/Lansing, Mich.
Fri., Oct. 11
Bethel College Invitational/Mishawaka, Ind.
Sat., Oct. 12
NAIA National Preview/Lawrence, Kan.
Sat., Oct. 26
NAIA Great Lakes Invitational/Grand Rapids, Mich.
Sat., Nov. 9
WHAC Championship/Grand Rapids, Mich.
Sat., Nov. 23
NAIA National Championships/Lawrence, Kan.
AQUINAS COLLEGE GENERAL INFORMATION
AFFILIATION: NAIA Division II CONFERENCE: Wolverine-Hoosier (WHAC) NAIA Nationals: 7th Place
LOCATION: Grand Rapids, Michigan FOUNDED: 1886 NICKNAME: Saints COLORS: Maroon/Grey PRESIDENT: Dr. Juan Olivarez ENROLLMENT: 2,518 students STUDENTFACULTY RATIO: 15:1
SPORTS INFORMATION AND ATHLETICS
SAINTS CROSS COUNTRY HEAD COACH: Mike Wojciakowski (16th Season) ASSISTANT COACH: Paige Boldt (1st Season)
SPORTS INFO DIRECTOR: Mike Wojciakowski SID PHONE: 616-632-2482 WEB-SITES: www.aquinas.edu, www.whac.net MEDIA GUIDE: Linda Nash VARSITY SPORTS: 22 ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: Terry Bocian ATHLETIC PHONE: 616-632-2474 FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE: Gary Karasinski
Table of Contents/Quick Facts
Grand Rapids, MI
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC)
Head Coach Mike Wojciakowski
Assistant Coach Paige Boldt
Meet the Team
Aquinas College, an inclusive educational community rooted in the Catholic and Dominican traditions, provides a liberal arts education with a global perspective, emphasizes career preparation focused on leadership and service to others, and fosters a commitment to lifelong learning dedicated to the pursuit of truth and the common good.
Located on the eastern edge of Grand Rapids, Aquinas' location allows students to reap the benefits of living in Michigan's second largest city. With over one million people in the greater metropolitan area, Grand Rapids plays host to numerous festivals, concerts and cultural events each year. Residing on 107 wooded acres, the Aquinas College campus blends early twentieth-century architecture with modern-day structures. The campus is home to over 107 species of trees and shrubs, winding woodland paths and inviting creeks and ponds. Aquinas' campus creates a peaceful environment that is just moments away from the heart of downtown Grand Rapids.
1607 Robinson Rd. Grand Rapids, MI 49506
1001 E. Beltline Rd. Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Founded: 1886 President: Dr. Juan Olivarez Nickname: Saints Colors: Maroon & White Enrollment: 2500 School Web Site: http://www.aquinas.edu Athletic Web Site: http://www.aquinas.edu/athletics/
Founded: 1941 President: Dr. Joseph Stowell Nickname: Golden Eagles Colors: Navy & Gold Enrollment: 1850 School Web Site: http://www.cornerstone.edu Athletic Web Site: http://www.cugoldeneagles.com
4090 Geddes Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48105
6191 Kraft Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Founded: 1963 President: Dr. Randall W. Luecke Nickname: Cardinals Colors: Red, White & Black Enrollment: 800 School Web Site: http://www.cuaa.edu Athletic Web Site: http://www.concordiacardinals.com/index.php
Founded: 1866 President: Dr. Richard Pappas Nickname: Panthers Colors: Red, Black & White Enrollment: 3500 School Web Site: http://www.davenport.edu Athletic Web Site: http://www.dupanthers.com
Indiana Tech 1600 E. Washington Blvd.. Fort Wayne, IN 46803
Lourdes College 6832 Convent Blvd. Sylvania, OH 43560
Founded: 1930 President: Dr. Arthur Snyder Nickname: Warriors Colors: Orange & Black Enrollment: 1471 School Web Site: http://www.indianatech.edu Athletic Web Site: http://www.indianatech.edu/athletics
Founded: 1958 President: Dr.David Livingston Nickname: Gray Wolves Colors: Orange & Gray Enrollment: 2600 School Web Site: http://www.lourdes.edu Athletic Web Site: http://www.lourdes.edu/ StudentLife/Athletics.aspx
Lawrence Tech 21000 W 10 Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075
Marygrove College 8425 W. McNichols, Detroit, MI 48221
Founded: 1932 President: Dr. Virinder K. Moudgil Nickname: Blue Devil Colors: Royal Blue & White Enrollment: 4000 School Web Site: http://www.ltu.edu Athletic Web Site: http://www.bluedevilathletics.com
Founded: 1927 President: Dr. David J. Fike Nickname: Mustangs Colors: Green & Gold Enrollment: 950 School Web Site: http://www.marygrove.edu Athletic Web Site: http://www.marygrovemustangs.com
Madonna University 36600 Schoolcraft Rd. Livonia, MI 48150
Siena Heights University 1247 E. Siena Heights Drive Adrian, MI 49221
Founded: 1937 President: Sister Rose Marie Kujawa Nickname: Crusaders Colors: Royal Blue, Gold & White Enrollment: 4291 School Web Site: http://www.madonna.edu Athletic Web Site: http://www.madonnacrusaders.com
Founded: 1919 President: Sister Peg Albert, OP, PHD Nickname: Saints Colors: Navy Blue & Gold Enrollment: 1200 School Web Site: http://www.sienaheights.edu/ Athletic Web Site: http://www.shusaints.com
University of Michiganâ€”Dearborn 4901 Evergreen Dearborn, MI 48128
University of Northwestern Ohio 1441 N. Cable Road Lima, OH 45805
Founded: 1959 President: Daniel Little Nickname: Wolves Colors: Maize & Blue Enrollment: 8950 School Web Site: http://www.umd.umich.edu/ Athletic Web Site: http://gowolves.net
Founded: 1920 President: Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis Nickname: Racers Colors: Red, Black Enrollment: 4000 School Web Site: http://www.unoh.edu/ Athletic Web Site: http://www.unohracers.com/
Hometown/High School (College)
Livonia, Mich./Livonia Churchill
Grand Rapids, Mich./West Catholic
Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
Glen Lake, Mich./Glen Lake
Grand Rapids, Mich./West Catholic
St. Charles, Mich./St. Charles
Charlotte, Mich./Seton Home Study School
Grand Rapids, Mich./Northview
Grand Rapids, Mich./Northview
Shelby Twp. Mich./Cardinal Mooney Catholic
Huron, Mich./New Boston
After a solid summer of training, the women's cross country team is anxiously awaiting the start of the 2013 season. The Saints, who are coming off their best national finish (seventh place) in school history, look forward to another successful fall with their sights on regaining the WHAC crown. Aquinas returns everyone from their national squad with the exception of graduated senior, Alina Dhaseleer. A trio of All-WHAC performers from the 2012 season will look to spearhead the Saints attack in 2013. Rachael Steil, Britta Patterson and Carley Woolcott will provide a formidable group up front for the Saints. Catie Rietsema and Emily Hazelbach, both of whom are coming off successful outdoor track seasons, will be counted on to solidify the Saints top five. Jackie Katt and Kelsey Carpenter, the lone seniors on the squad, have both put together solid summers of training and will look to "go out with a bang." Freshman Sydney Anderson and Kathy Middaugh both have the ability and the desire to jump into a scoring spot right away. Coach Woj comments, "We have a lot of pieces to the puzzle. The key will be to see if we can find a way to get all the pieces to fit properly. It's an exciting time be around this group knowing what they are capable of. I look forward to the next few months and feel fortunate to able to work with such a fine group of SAINTS.â€?
Senior Kelsey Carpenter The team will kickoff their competitive season at the Knight Invitational on September 14th at the Gainey Complex in Grand Rapids. The squad will then travel to South Bend to compete in the National Catholic Invitational hosted by Notre Dame. The Saints will return to action in October with dates in Lansing and Mishawaka, Indiana before a taste of the national course in Kansas in mid-October. The Saints will then look for some home cooking as they host the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge in late October. Aquinas will conclude their season with the WHAC Championships at Riverside Park and the NAIA Championships in Lawrence, Kansas.
Senior Rachael Steil Sophomore Crysta Paganelli
MIKE WOJCIAKOWSKI Women's Head Coach A 1997 Aquinas College graduate, Mike Wojciakowski is in his 16th year as the Cross Country Coach and Assistant Track Coach at Aquinas College. "Woj's" success with the middle distance and distance runners has been exceptional. He has directed the men's and women's Cross Country teams to 14 WHAC Championships, six Region VIII championships and nine top ten finishes at the NAIA National Championships, including a second place finish in 2004 (the highest national finish for any team in
PAIGE BOLDT Women's Assistant Coach
Aquinas College history) and a third place finish in 2008. A 14-time WHAC Coach of the Year, Woj's success on the track has been just as spectacular. The Saints recently won a National Championship in the Men's 4x800 Relay at the 2012 NAIA Outdoor Championships under Woj's direction. He has sent numerous athletes to the indoor and outdoor national championships, 37 of them receiving All American recognition a total of 74 times. Mike has guided many runners to the Saints top five all time performance list as well. A USA Track and Field Level II certified coach in the distance events, Woj's knowledge, personal approach and work ethic has been responsible for developing the Saints distance program into one of the best small college programs in the nation. A four year varsity letter winner in both cross country and track for the Saints, Wojciakowski captained both teams during his senior year. An outstanding student as well as a runner, Wojciakowski earned Academic All American honors in cross country his senior year. Mike and his wife, Amorena, and their daughters, Cecelia (3) and Julia (6 months), reside on the northwest side of Grand Rapids.
Paige Boldt enters her first year with the Saints. Boldt (formerly Onweller) is a 2011 graduate of Ferris State University and a four year varsity letter winner in both cross country and track during her time as a Bulldog. Paige qualified and competed at the NCAA Division II National Cross Country Championships for three years in a row. During Boldt's senior year she helped the team to one of their highest finishes at nationals (8th). Boldt was selected to the USTFCCCA Division II Womenâ€™s Cross Country and Track All-Academic teams, as well as All-GLIAC Conference Team several seasons throughout her eligibility, excelling both in the classroom and on the track. Boldt is currently attending graduate school at Grand Valley State University in the Physician Assistant Studies Program. She is still an avid runner in the Grand Rapids community as a member of RunGR and competes in several local half marathons and 5Kâ€™s. Paige and her husband, Dan, reside in Grand Rapids.