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Men's Cross Country

Men's Cross Country
 
 
 
Head Coach: Mike Wojciakowski (17th year)
Assistant Coach: Paige Boldt (2nd year)
Graduate Assistant: Nick Thelen (1st year)
 
 
Schedule & Results | Team Roster | Coach Profiles
Season Outlook | Top 10 Team Times
 

2014 Schedule

DATE EVENT/SITE TIME/PLACE
Sat., Sept.13

Knight Invitational/Grand Rapids, Mich.

10:45 a.m.

Fri., Sept. 19

National Catholic Invitational/South Bend, Ind.

5 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 3 Lansing Community College Invitational/Lansing, Mich. 2 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 10 Bethel College Invitational/Mishawaka, Ind.

5:45 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 11 NAIA National Preview/Lawrence, Kan. TBA
Sat., Oct. 25

NAIA Great Lakes Challenge/Grand Rapids, Mich.

Meet Information

11 a.m.
Sat., Nov. 8 WHAC Championship/Grand Rapids, Mich. 11 a.m.
Sat., Nov. 22

NAIA National Championships/Lawrence, Kan.

TBA
 
 

Roster

Photos Name Yr. Hometown/High School (College)
Geoff Albaugh Geoff Albaugh Sr. Middleville, Mich./Catholic Central
Jesus Alvarado Jesus Alvarado Sr. Grand Rapids, Mich./Creston
Jimmy Birney Jimmy Birney Fr. Brighton, Mich./Brighton
Jeff Cherry Jeff Cherry Jr. Hesperia, Mich./Hesperia
Adam Cichon Adam Cichon Fr. Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
Eric Cichon Eric Cichon Fr. Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
Grant Cook Grant Cook So. Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern
Adam Gizowski Adam Gizowski Fr. St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair
Stephen Glinski Stephen Glinski Sr. Warren, Mich./Warren De La Salle
Steven Griffith Steven Griffith Fr. Sturgis, Mich./Sturgis
Grant Gunneson Grant Gunneson Sr. Rockford, Mich./Rockford
Luke Hawley Luke Hawley So. East Jordan, Mich./East Jordan
Devon Joslin Devon Joslin Jr. Muskegon, Mich./Reeths-Puffer/Muskegon Community College
Troy Kauffman Troy Kauffman Fr. Pontiac, Mich./Notre Dame Prep
Gabe Lundgren Gabe Lundgren So. Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores
Cal Morgan Cal Morgan Fr. Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern
Shay Ostyn Shay Ostyn So. Grant, Mich./Grant
Brad Perschbacher Brad Perschbacher Jr. Grand Rapids, Mich./GR Catholic Central
Stephen Pfahler Stephen Pfahler Fr. St. Joseph, Mich./St. Joseph
Josh Risner Josh Risner Fr. Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia
Photo Not Available Michael Robbins Fr. Niles, Mich./Niles-Brandywine
Tristan Rudolph Tristan Rudolph Fr. Charlevoix, Mich./Charlevoix
Kyle Sousley Kyle Sousley Fr. Allegan, Mich./Allegan
Nicholas Tarsa Nicholas Tarsa Fr. Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City Central
Caleb Teachout Caleb Teachout Jr. Grand Rapids, Mich./West Catholic
Jacob Towne Jacob Towne Jr. Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern
Nick Whise Nick Whise So. St. Joseph, Mich./St. Joseph
Tom Willet Tom Willet So. Sparta, Mich./Sparta
 

Coaches

Coach Wojciakowski

Mike Wojciakowski - Head Coach

wojcimic@aquinas.edu

616-632-2482 (office)

 

A 1997 Aquinas College graduate, Mike Wojciakowski is in his 17th 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 15 WHAC Championships, six Region VIII championships and ten "Top 10" 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 15-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 two daughters, Cecelia (4) & Julia (1), reside on the northwest side of Grand Rapids.

 
Paige Boldt Paige Boldt - Assistant Coach -- Paige Boldt enters her second 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 Women’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 5K’s. Paige and her husband, Dan, reside in Grand Rapids.
   
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Nick Thelen - Graduate Assistant - Former Aquinas College Cross Country and Track and Field athlete Nicholas Thelen returns to the Saints as a graduate assistant for the 2014-2015 season. During his tenure at Aquinas, Nick was a member of a Saints squad which rewrote nearly every indoor and outdoor school record for the middle distance events. Thelen ran the lead off leg on Aquinas' 4x800m Relay which captured the 2012 NAIA Outdoor National Championship and school record, along with the 800m leg of the school record holding Distance Medley Relay. In addition to numerous All-American, Academic All-American, and All-WHAC accolades, Nick was awarded the Matt Hewson Captain's award in 2011 and the Joseph Baker Award for most outstanding senior student athlete in 2012. Graduating in 2012 with a B.S. in Mathematics, Thelen is pursuing a Master's degree in Educational Technology. Currently residing in Grand Rapids, Nick continues to engage in competitive running as a member of the Playmakers / New Balance club team based in East Lansing, MI and helps run the Grand Ledge Summer Track and Field Recreation Program.

Season Outlook

After back-to-back top five finishes at the NAIA National Championships, Aquinas will enter the 2014 campaign with high expectations. The Saints, who have won ten of the last twelve WHAC Championships, will return five runners from last year's national championship squad. Aquinas enters the year with the longest active top-25 streak in the nation. The Saints have been ranked with the nation's elite for 134 consecutive polls dating back to August of 2000.

 

Coach Wojciakowski will bring 30 Saints to the line this fall with eight of them dawning the maroon and white for the first time. Although the likes of Foley, Molony and Mahar have graduated, the Saints return five First Team All-WHAC performers from a year ago. Grant Gunneson, Steve Glinski, Jake Towne, Jeff Cherry and Zach Stephanovich all have the experience, the intelligence and work ethics to keep the Saints vying for a podium spot come November. Coach Woj states, "I like what we bring to the table this year. We have a group of guys that understand the system and are diligent about maintaining the tradition of Aquinas Men's Cross Country. The pack up front speaks for itself and I will enjoy watching them lead us in 2014, but i am really excited to see who steps up to solidify the varsity squad. We have many student-athletes who have had great summers and are on the verge of some big things in the coming months."

 

The coaching staff remains intact from last season plus one. Coach Wojciakowski will look to Paige Boldt and Nick Thelen to assistant the two squads in 2014. Coach Woj states, "Boldt was the perfect choice when I brought her aboard last fall. She adds a dimension and wisdom to the staff that has been long overdue. If they had an award for "Assistant Coach of the Year" in the conference; she would have won hands down." Wojciakowski also comments, "The addition of Nick Thelen (NT) as a graduate assistant is also going to help the program immensely. Nick, an Aquinas College alum, knows the system and understands the tradition we are trying to uphold. I picture Nick playing a key role in practice management and recruiting."

 

The team will kickoff their competitive season at the Knight Classic on September 13th 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.

 

Top 10 Team Times

1. 126:16, Bush Park, Salem, OR, 9/29/07 Chris Robertz 24:43, Scott Assenmacher 25:00, Seth Bjorle 25:24, Nate Straathof 25:29, Victor Ramirez 25:40
2. 126:26, Norte Dame Golf Course, 10/13/72 Phil Hinck 24:33, Jerry Gumblton 25:06, Joe Caruso 25:09, Dan Black 25:33, John Carr 26:05
3. 126:30, Spring Arbor, 11/4/72 Phil Hinck 24:45; Joe Caruso 24:57; John Carr 25:26; Dan Black 25:33; Ramero Garcia 25:49
4. 126:42, Riverside Park, 10/23/10 Dustin Heiler 24:52, Mike Gravelyn 25:00, Devin Lea 25:17, Nate Poirier 25:41, Kolin Stickney 25:49
5. 127:14, Rim Rock Farm, 11/23/13 Grant Gunneson 25:17, Zach Stepanovich 25:22, Steve Glinski 25:25, Jeff Cherry 25:30, Dan Foley 25:37
6. 127:19, UW Oshkosh, 10/14/06 Scott Assenmacher 24:47, Brian Keilen 25:18, James Jones 25:39, Chris Leikert 25:43, Zac Blough-Orr 25:52
7. 1:27:24, Riverside Park, 10/22/05 Josh Miller 25:23, Chris Robertz 25:23, Brian Keilen 25:23, Jeff Luehm 25:24, Pat Earl 25:51
8. 1:27:30, Riverside Park, 11/6/10 Dustin Heiler 24:56, Devin Lea 25:17, Mike Gravelyn 25:25, Jim Janisse 25:55, Dan Foley 25:57
9. 1:27:41, Tom Sawyer State Park, 10/1/11 Dustin Heiler 24:59, Devin Lea 25:27, Nick Thelen 25:37, Mike Gravelyn 25:41, Dan Foley 25:54
10. 1:27:42 Fort Vancouver, WA, 11/19/11 Devin Lea 24:47, Dustin Heiler 24:57, Kolin Stickney 25:50, Dan Foley 25:53, Mike Gravelyn 26:17