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DATE

EVENT/SITE

TIME/PLACE

Sat., Sept. 8

Knight Invitational/Grand Rapids, Mich.

4th out of 19

3rd out of 34 Fri., Sept. 14

National Catholic Invitational/South Bend, Ind. 1st out of 21 (Non-D1)

Fri., Oct. 5

Michigan Intercollegiate Championships/Grand Rapids, Mich.

4 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 12

Bethel College Invitational/Mishawaka, Ind.

5:45 p.m.

NAIA Great Lakes Challenge/Riverside Park

11 a.m.

Sat., Oct. 20

Meet Information

Sat., Nov. 3

WHAC Championship/Grand Rapids, Mich.

TBA

Sat., Nov. 17

NAIA National Championships/Fort Vancouver, Wash.

2:45 p.m.

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AQUINAS COLLEGE GENERAL INFORMATION LOCATION: Grand Rapids, Michigan FOUNDED: 1886 NICKNAME: Saints COLORS: Maroon/Grey PRESIDENT: Dr. Juan Olivarez ENROLLMENT: 2,518 students STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO: 15:1

SAINTS SOCCER HEAD COACH: Mike Wojciakowski ALMA MATER: Aquinas College (15th year) COORDINATOR: Dave Wood (18th year)

AFFILIATION: NAIA Division II CONFERENCE: Wolverine-Hoosier (WHAC) 2010 WHAC FINISH: First in WHAC/12th at the NAIA National Meet

SPORTS INFORMATION AND ATHLETICS SPORTS INFO DIRECTOR: Mike Wojciakowski SID PHONE: 616-632-2482 WEB-SITES: www.aquinas.edu, www.whac.net MEDIA GUIDE: Linda Nash VARSITY SPORTS: 24 ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: Terry Bocian ATHLETIC PHONE: 616-632-2474 FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE: Gary Karasinski :

2012 Men’s Cross Country Schedule

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Table of Contents/AQ at a glance

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Aquinas College

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Grand Rapids, MI

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Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC)

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Roster

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Season Preview

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Coaching Staff

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Meet the Team

11-14

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Aquinas College, an inclusive educational community rooted in the Catholic Dominican tradition, 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. Aquinas College is rooted in the Dominican traditions of prayer, study, community and service, combined with a deep respect for truth, honesty and integrity. In this spirit, we strive to create an environment in which integrity is prized and practiced. We expect all community members to uphold these values through honesty, fairness, and respect for others.

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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. Aquinas’ campus creates a peaceful environment that is just moments away from the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. Residing on 109 wooded acres, the Aquinas College campus blends early twentiethcentury 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. Only 30 miles from beautiful Lake Michigan for a relaxing afternoon.

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Aquinas College

Cornerstone University

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

Concordia University

Davenport University

4090 Geddes Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48105

6191 Kraft Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Founded: 1963 President: 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/

Founded: 1866 President: 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

Lourdes College

1600 E. Washington Blvd.. Fort Wayne, IN 46803

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: www.indianatech.edu/ athletics

Founded: 1958 President: Janet Robinson (Interim) 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 6

Lawrence Tech

Marygrove College

21000 W 10 Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075

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://

Founded: 1927 President: Dr. David J. Fike Nickname: Mustangs Colors: Green & Gold Enrollment: 950 School Web Site: http://www.marygrove.edu Athletic Web Site: 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 Michigan—Dearborn

University of Northwestern Ohio

4901 Evergreen Dearborn, MI 48128 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

1441 N. Cable Road Lima, OH 45805 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/ 7

Name

Yr.

Hometown/High School (College)

Geoff Albaugh

So.

Middleville, Mich./Catholic Central

Jesus Alvarado

So.

Grand Rapids, Mich./Creston

Blake Bitner

So.

Grand Rapids, Mich./Kenowa Hills

Jeff Cherry

Fr.

Hesperia, Mich./Hesperia

Grant Cook

Fr.

Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern

Dan Foley

Jr..

Flint, Mich./Flint Powers Catholic

Stephen Glinski

So.

Warren, Mich./Warren De La Salle

Grant Gunneson

So.

Rockford, Mich./Rockford

Luke Hawley

Fr.

East Jordan, Mich./East Jordan

Stephen Huizing

So.

Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood

Charles Irmen

Sr.

Orchard Lake St. Marys/Oakland Community College

Jim Janisse

Sr.

Elk Rapids, Mich./Elk Rapids

Devon Joslin

So.

Muskegon, Mich./Reeths-Puffer/Muskegon Community College

Matt Kring

Jr.

Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall/Muskegon Community College

James Lanciaux

Sr.

Fremont, Mich./Fremont

Andrew Libs

Sr.

Ann Arbor, Mich./Gabrial Richard

Gabe Lundgren

Fr.

Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores

Kevin Mahar

Jr.

Hartland, Mich./Hartland

Alex Martinez

So.

Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Rogers

Brendan Moloney

Jr.

Kalamazoo, Mich./Kalamazoo Hackett

Matt Moss

Fr.

Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City Central

Shay Ostyn

Fr.

Grant, Mich./Grant

Brad Perschbacher

So.

Grand Rapids, Mich./GR Catholic Central

Zach Potgeter

Jr.

Muskegon, Mich./Muskegon Oakridge

Eddie Seymour

Sr.

Wayland, Mich./Wayland

Killian Smith

Sr.

Warren, Mich./Warren De La Salle

Zach Stepanovich

Fr.

Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern

Caleb Teachout

So.

Grand Rapids, Mich./West Catholic

Jacob Towne

Fr.

Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern

Andrew Vojtko

So.

St. Joseph, Mich./Lake Michigan Catholic

Russ Werra

Fr.

Grand Rapids, Mich./Kenowa Hills

Nick Whise

Fr.

St. Joseph, Mich./St. Joseph

Tom Willet

Fr.

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Sparta, Mich./Sparta

The men's cross country team will be celebrating their

Park and the NAIA Championships in Fort Vancouver,

50th anniversary in 2012 as the Saints will look to

Washington.

uphold the strong tradition that has been established throughout the years. Coach Wojciakowski states, "The 2012 version of AQXC will have a different look as new faces will be asked to lead the Saints, but I feel very confident in our guys and I look forward to seeing who emerges to keep the program at its current level." The Saints have the longest active streak of being ranked in the NAIA Top 25 (115 consecutive weeks) - the streak dates back to August 2000. The team will kickoff their competitive season at the Knight Classic on September 8th at the Gainey Complex in Grand Rapids. A deep and youthful 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 at the Michigan Intercollegiate's and the Bethel Invitational

Coach Wojciakowski will look to veteran leadership and a strong work ethic to keep the Saints at the top of the WHAC in 2012. The team will boast eleven new athletes who will be eager to make their imprint on the before heading home to host the NAIA Great Lakes

course this fall.

Challenge in late October. Aquinas will conclude their season with the WHAC Championships at Riverside

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MIKE WOJCIAKOWSKI Men's Head Coach -- A 1997 Aquinas

MIKE WOJCIAKOWSKI Men’s Head Coach

DAVE WOOD Cross Country Coordinator

College graduate, Mike Wojciakowski begins his 15th 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 13 WHAC Championships, six Region VIII championships and 15 top 20 finishes at the NAIA National Championships, including a second place finish in 2004 (the highest national finish for any team in Aquinas College history) and a third place finish in 2008. A 13 time WHAC Coach of the Year, Woj's success on the track has been just as spectacular. The Saints are fresh off 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 daughter, Cecelia (2), reside on the northwest side of Grand Rapids.

DAVE WOOD Cross Country Coordinator -- Dave Wood begins his 16th season as the Coordinator of the Cross Country Team and Head Track & Field Coach. Wood's tenure has been nothing short of phenomenal. Wood has directed the men's and women's programs from the basement in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) to the head of the pack. The Saints' dominated in 2003 as they completed a clean sweep of the men's and women's WHAC indoor titles and captured the WHAC women's outdoor title. Success under Wood's direction hasn't been limited to the conference level. Competing at the NAIA National Championships both indoors and outdoors, Saints' athletes earned All-American honors 81 times including four NAIA National Champions and four runner-up finishes during Wood's tenure. The Saints' success under Wood comes as no surprise. The 1972 Michigan Class A mile champion and a middle distance standout at Central Michigan University, Wood has been developing team and individual champions at the high school, junior college and collegiate level since his first coaching assignment at Grand Rapids Union High School, his alma mater, in 1976. A USATF Level II certified coach in the sprints and hurdles, Wood came to Aquinas after an outstanding twelve-year stint as Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach at Ferris State University. Wood was honored with a total of 10 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) "Coach of the Year" awards while guiding the Bulldogs to 11 GLIAC Championships in cross country and track & field. In addition to having his teams consistently ranked in the NCAA Division II top 20, Wood was recognized four times as NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region "Coach of the Year." His succes at the national level was highlighted by 35 All-Americans, three National Champions 10 and a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships during his tenure as Ferris State's coach.

Geoff Albaugh

Jesus Alvarado

Blake Bitner

Jeff Cherry

Grant Cook

Dan Foley

Stephen Glinski

Grant Gunneson

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Luke Hawley

Stephen Huizing

Charles Irmen

Devin Joslin

Matt Kring

Andrew Libs

Gabe Lundgen

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Jim Janisse

James Lancieux

Kevin Mahar

Alex Martinez

Brendan Moloney

Matt Moss

Shay Ostyn

Brad Perschbacher

Zach Potgeter

Eddie Seymour

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Killian Smith

Zach Stepanovich

Caleb Teachout

Russ Werra

Jacob Towne

Nick Whise

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Andrew Vojtko

Tom Willet


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