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Men's Cross Country

Men's Cross Country
 
 
 
Head Coach: Mike Wojciakowski (16th Year)
Assistant Coach: Paige Boldt (1st year)
 
 
 
Schedule & Results | Team Roster | Coach Profiles
Season Outlook | Top 10 Team Times
 

2013 Schedule

DATE EVENT/SITE TIME/PLACE
Sat., Sept.14

Knight Invitational/Grand Rapids, Mich.

Meet Information

2nd out of 27

Fri., Sept. 20

National Catholic Invitational/South Bend, Ind.

Meet Information

1st out of 22

Individual Results

Fri., Oct. 4 Lansing Community College Invitational/Lansing, Mich.

4th out of 24

Fri., Oct. 11 Bethel College Invitational/Mishawaka, Ind.

4th out of 14

Individual Results

Sat., Oct. 12 NAIA National Preview/Lawrence, Kan. 1st out of 30
Sat., Oct. 26 NAIA Great Lakes Challenge/Grand Rapids, Mich.
Meet Information
3rd out of 37

 

Sat., Nov. 9 WHAC Championship/Grand Rapids, Mich. 1st out of 10
Sat., Nov. 23

NAIA National Championships/Lawrence, Kan.

5th out of 32
 
 

Roster

Photos Name Yr. Hometown/High School (College)
Geoff Albaugh Geoff Albaugh Jr. Middleville, Mich./Catholic Central
Jesus Alvarado Jesus Alvarado Jr. Grand Rapids, Mich./Creston
Jimmy Birney Jimmy Birney Fr. Brighton, Mich./Brighton
Blake Bitner Blake Bitner Jr.. Grand Rapids, Mich./Kenowa Hills
Jeff Cherry Jeff Cherry So. Hesperia, Mich./Hesperia
Adam Cichon Adam Cichon Fr. Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
Grant Cook Grant Cook Fr. Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern
Dan Foley Dan Foley Sr. Flint, Mich./Flint Powers Catholic
Stephen Glinski Stephen Glinski Jr. Warren, Mich./Warren De La Salle
Steven Griffith Steven Griffith Fr. Sturgis, Mich./Sturgis
Grant Gunneson Grant Gunneson Jr. Rockford, Mich./Rockford
Luke Hawley Luke Hawley Fr. East Jordan, Mich./East Jordan
Stephen Huizing Stephen Huizing Jr. Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
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 Fr. Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores
Kevin Mahar Kevin Mahar Sr. Hartland, Mich./Hartland
Alex Martinez Alex Martinez Jr. Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Rogers
Brendan Molony Brendan Molony Sr. Kalamazoo, Mich./Kalamazoo Hackett
Shay Ostyn Shay Ostyn Fr. Grant, Mich./Grant
Brad Perschbacher Brad Perschbacher Jr. Grand Rapids, Mich./GR Catholic Central
Zach Potgeter Zach Potgeter Sr. Muskegon, Mich./Muskegon Oakridge
Zach Stepanovich Zach Stepanovich So. Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern
Nicholas Tarsa Nicholas Tarsa Fr. Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City Central
Caleb Teachout Caleb Teachout So. Grand Rapids, Mich./West Catholic
Jacob Towne Jacob Towne So. Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern
Andrew Vojtko Andrew Vojtko Jr. St. Joseph, Mich./Lake Michigan Catholic
Nick Whise Nick Whise Fr. St. Joseph, Mich./St. Joseph
Tom Willet Tom Willet Fr. Sparta, Mich./Sparta
 

Coaches

Coach Wojciakowski Mike Wojciakowski - 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 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 (3) & Julia (10 months), reside on the northwest side of Grand Rapids.
 
Paige Boldt Paige Boldt - Assistant Coach -- 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 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.

Season Outlook

The men's cross country team will return to the grass and the mud with high expectations for the 2013 season. The Saints, who have won nine of the last eleven WHAC Championships, will return its entire national squad (5th place in 2012) for the upcoming slate of competitions. 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 125 consecutive polls dating back to August of 2000.

 

Coach Wojciakowski will bring 29 Saints to the line this fall with five of them dawning the maroon and white for the first time. Grant Gunneson, reigning WHAC Runner of the Year and NAIA All-American, will lead the Saints pack in 2013. Gunneson will be joined with fellow First Team All-WHAC performers - Stephen Glinski, Jacob Towne and Dan Foley. Adding to the team's depth will be Brendan Molony, Jeff Cherry and Kevin Mahar, all of whom were named to the All-WHAC Second Team a year ago. Coach Woj states, "We show great depth and have the ability and work ethic to be very good this year. We show all the attributes of a championship contender and I look forward to working with this great group of student-athletes."

 

The team will kickoff their competitive season at the Knight Classic 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.

 

 

 

 

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