Sat., Sept. 8
Knight Invitational/Grand Rapids, Mich.
4th out of 22
Fri., Sept. 14
National Catholic Invitational/South Bend, Ind.
13th out of 34 5th out of 21 (Non- D1)
Fri., Oct. 5
Michigan Intercollegiate Championships/Grand Rapids, Mich.
Fri., Oct. 12
Bethel College Invitational/Mishawaka, Ind.
Sat., Oct. 20
NAIA Great Lakes Invitational/Riverside Park Meet Information
Sat., Nov. 3
WHAC Championship/Grand Rapids, Mich.
Sat., Nov. 17
NAIA National Championships/Fort Vancouver, Wash.
AFFILIATION: NAIA Division II CONFERENCE: Wolverine-Hoosier (WHAC) 2011 WHAC FINISH: First in WHAC/22nd at the NAIA National Meet
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
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 :
SAINTS SOCCER HEAD COACH: Mike Wojciakowski (15th year) ALMA MATER: Aquinas College COORDINATOR: Dave Wood (18th year)
2012 Women’s Cross Country Schedule
Table of Contents/AQ at a glance
Grand Rapids, MI
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC)
Meet the Team
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.
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.
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 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
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
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
Siena Heights University
36600 Schoolcraft Rd. Livonia, MI 48150
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
University of Northwestern Ohio
4901 Evergreen Dearborn, MI 48128
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)
Grand Rapids, Mich./West Catholic
Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
Glen Arbor, Mich./Glen Arbor
Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City West
Grand Rapids, Mich./Northview
Grand Rapids, Mich./Northview
Grand Rapids, Mich./Northview
Swartz Creek, Mich./Swartz Creek
New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln Way Central
Huron, Mich./New Boston
After a long hot summer of training completed, the women's cross country team looks poised to make another run at a WHAC title. The Saints, who have won the last three WHAC Championships, will once again put their best foot forward as they kickoff their season on September 8th at the Knight Invitational hosted by Calvin College. The Saints will boast some up front strength with the likes of Alina Dhaseleer, Carly Plank, Rachael Steil and Catie Rietsema leading the charge. The quartet has earned All-WHAC honors a total of six times and both
correctly and consistently."
Plank and Steil have been named the "WHAC Runners
Following the meet at Calvin, the Saints will travel to
of the Year". Rachel Reyna and Jackie Katt add
South Bend to compete at the National Catholic
experience to the pack as both competed for the Saints
Championships hosted by Notre Dame. While early
at last year's National Championships. Other veterans
October meets will bring the Saints competition at the
on the squad include Lesley Albert, Kelsey Carpenter,
Michigan Intercollegiate and the Bethel Invitational.
Jessica Dippel, Jamie Sansone and Krystin Dreyer.
The championship portion of the schedule begins with
The Saints have also added eleven first year runners
the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge hosted by Aquinas
who will look to supply big dividends in their first
College followed by the WHAC Championships which
season of competition. The combination of youth and
once again will be contested at Riverside Park. The
experience has the Saints hungry to toe the starting
season concludes with a trip to the Great Northwest to
line this fall. Coach Wojciakowski states, "We can be
as good as we want to be this year. We really need to
focus on staying healthy and doing all the little things
MIKE WOJCIAKOWSKI Men's Head Coach -- A 1997 Aquinas
MIKE WOJCIAKOWSKI Women's Head Coach
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
DAVE WOOD Cross Country Coordinator
his 18th 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 and a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships during his tenure as Ferris State's coach.