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Men's Track & Field

Men's Track & Field Team
 
 
 
Head Coach: Dave Wood (20th year)

Assistant Coaches: Mike Wojciakowski (17th year),

Neil Reilly (15th year), Jim Baker (11th year),

Jim Morrissey (1st year), Rick Pindar (1st year)

Graduate Assistants: Alvaro Romero (1st year),

Nick Thelen (1st year)

 
 
 
 
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2014-15 Schedule & Results

Indoor Track Schedule
DATE EVENT/SITE TIME/RESULTS
Fri., Dec.12

Maroon & White Inter-Squad Meet @ Alksnis Athletic & Rec. Building

Results
Sat., Jan. 10

AQ Odd Distance Open @ Alksnis Athletic & Rec. Building

Meet Information

11 a.m.

Fri., Jan. 16

Aquinas Quad-Meet #1 @ Alksnis Athletic & Rec. Building

Meet Information

5 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 23

Aquinas Quad-Meet #2 @ Alksnis Athletic & Rec. Building

Meet Information

5 p.m.

Fri. - Sat.,

Jan. 30-31

The Cardinal/Saginaw, Mich.

TBA
Fri., Feb. 6

Furniture City Challenge @ Alksnis Athletic & Rec. Building

Meet Information

5 p.m.

Fri. - Sat.,

Feb. 13-14

GVSU Big Meet/Allendale, Mich.

TBA

Sat., Feb. 14 Calvin College Invitational/Grand Rapids, Mich. TBA
Sat., Feb. 21

WHAC Championships @ Alksnis Athletic & Rec. Building

Noon

Thurs.- Sat.,

March 5-7

 

NAIA Indoor Championships/Geneva, Ohio

 

TBA

 
Outdoor Track Schedule
DATE EVENT/SITE TIME/RESULTS

Fri. - Sat.,

March 27-28

Grand Rapids Open/Grand Rapids, Mich.

 

4 p.m./1 p.m.

Fri. - Sat.,

April 3-4

Bellarmine Invitational/Louisville, Kentucky TBA
Sat., April 11 Don Kleinow Invitational/Adrian, Mich. TBA

Fri. - Sat.,

April 17-18

Al Owens Classic/Allendale, Mich.

TBA

Fri. - Sat.,

April 24-25

Ernie Mousseau Track & Field Classic/Grand Rapids, Mich.

4 p.m./1 p.m.

Fri. - Sat.,

April 24-25

Drake Relays/Des Moines, Iowa 9 a.m.

Thurs. - Fri.,

April 30-May 1

WHAC Championships/Grand Rapids, Mich.

 

4 p.m./3 p.m.
Wed., May 6

Aquinas Twilight/Grand Rapids, Mich.

4 p.m.
Fri., May8 GVSU 2nd to Last Chance/Allendale, Mich. TBA
Fri., May 9 GVSU Last Chance/Allendale, Mich. TBA

Thu. - Sat.,

May 21-23

NAIA Outdoor Championships/Gulf Shores, Alabama

TBA

 

Roster

Photos Name Year Event Hometown/High School (College)
Jesus Alvarado Jesus Alvarado Sr. Middle Distance Grand Rapids, Mich./Creston
Photo Not Available Curtis Bell Fr. Jumps Coleman, Mich./Coleman
Jimmy Birney Jimmy Birney So. Distance Brighton, Mich./Brighton
Ray Bordeaux Ray Bordeaux Sr. Sprints Belding, Mich./Belding
Jeff Cherry Jeff Cherry Jr. Distance Hesperia, Mich./Hesperia
Adam Cichon Adam Cichon So. Middle Distance Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
Photo Not Available Eric Cichon Fr. Middle Distance Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
Photo Not Available Octavian Condet Fr. Sprints/Hurdles Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
Grant Cook Grant Cook Jr. Distance Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern
Photo Not Available Alex Cookenmaster So. Hurdles Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc
Tanin Eckhoff Tanin Eckhoff So. Jumps/Hurdles Middleville, Mich./Thornapple-Kellog
Chris Eggenberger Chris Eggenberger Jr. Sprints Rockford, Mich./Rockford
Chris Ford Chris Ford Jr. Jumps Grand Rapids, Mich./West Catholic
Sam Freeman Sam Freeman So. Sprints Grand Rapids, Mich./Creston
Photo Not Available Paul Gass Fr. Sprints Dearborn, Mich./Allen Park Cabrini
Photo Not Available Adam Gizowski Fr. Distance St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair
Steven Griffith Steven Griffith So. Distance Sturgis, Mich./Sturgis
Grant Gunneson Grant Gunneson Sr. Middle Distance Rockford, Mich./Rockford
Luke Hawley Luke Hawley Jr. Middle Distance East Jordan, Mich./East Jordan
Aaron Hodges Aaron Hodges So. Vault Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac
Andy Houser Andy Houser So. Hurdles Pittsford, Mich./Pittsford
Tyler Johnson Tyler Johnson So. Sprints Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City West
Devon Joslin Devon Joslin Jr. Middle Distance Muskegon,. Mich./Reeths-Puffer/Muskegon CC
Troy Kauffman Troy Kauffman So. Distance Pontiac, Mich./Notre Dame Prep
Gabe Lundgren Gabe Lundgren Jr. Middle Distance Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores
Ryan Makinen Ryan Makinen Jr. Sprints Dewitt, Mich./Dewitt
Clayton McNamara Clayton McNamara So. Hurdles
Photo Not Available Cal Morgan Fr. Distance Grand Rapids. Mich./Forest Hills Northern
Shay Ostyn Shay Ostyn Jr. Distance Grant, Mich./Grant
Ryan Parminter Ryan Parminter Sr. Sprints Newaygo, Mich./Newaygo
Jason Parnell Jason Parnell Sr. Sprints Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center
Brad Perschbacher Brad Perschbacher Sr. Distance Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central
Photo Not Available Stephen Pfahler Fr. Middle Distance St. Joseph, Mich./St. Joseph
Photo Not Available Ryan Ramey Fr. Sprints Manistique, Mich./Manistique
Photo Not Available Josh Risner Fr. Distance Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia
Eric Reed Eric Reed Jr. Sprints Reed City, Mich./Reed City
Photo Not Available Michael Robbins Fr. Middle Distance Niles, Mich./Niles-Brandywine
Photo Not Available Tristan Rudolph Fr. Middle Distance Charlevoix, Mich./Charlevoix
Michael Shearon Michael Shearon Sr. Jumps Brighton, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central
Joe Slomski Joe Slomski Sr. Sprints Grand Rapids, Mich./West Catholic
Photo Not Available Kyle Sousley Fr. Distance Allegan, Mich./Allegan
Nicholas Tarsa Nicholas Tarsa So. Distance Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City Central
Caleb Teachout Caleb Teachout Sr. Middle Distance Grand Rapids, Mich./West Catholic
Jacob Towne Jacob Towne Jr. Distance Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern
Photo Not Available Jason Tran Fr. Hurdles Holland, Mich./Zeeland West
Clay Weidenhamer Clay Weidenhamer Jr. Throws Sparta, Mich./Sparta
Nick Whise Nick Whise Jr. Middle Distance St. Joseph, Mich./St. Joseph
Tom Willet Tom Willet Jr. Middle Distance Sparta, Mich./Sparta
Dionte Williams Dionte Williams So. Sprints Kentwood, Mich./Kellogsville
Photo Not Available Assad Wilson Fr. Jumps South Haven, Mich./South Haven
Cody Wininger Cody Wininger Jr. Throws Hopkins, Mich./Hopkins
 

Coaches

Dave Wood

DAVE WOOD - Head Coach

wooddav@aquinas.edu

(616) 632-2876 (Office)

 

 

Dave Wood begins his 18th season as the Head Track & Field Coach. Wood's tenure has been nothing short of phenomenal. He 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' have won twenty WHAC indoor and outdoor team titles since 1998. 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 75 times including four NAIA National Champions and four runners-up finishes during Wood's tenure. Those accomplishments have earned Wood seven NAIA Regional Coach of the Year awards. The Saints' success under Wood's direction 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 II top 20, Wood was recognized four times as NCAA II Great Lakes Region "Coach of the Year". His success at the national level was highlighted by 35 All-Americans, three National Champions and a seventh place finish at the NCAA II Outdoor Track & Field Championships during his tenure as Ferris State's coach.

 
Coach Wojciakowski MIKE WOJCIAKOWSKI - Assistant Coach - Mid-Distance/Distance

 

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 17 WHAC Championships, six Region VIII championships and 12 "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 17-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.

 
Coach Reilly

NEIL REILLY - Assistant Coach

 

Neil Reilly begins his 13th year on the Saints' coaching staff. A 1988 Aquinas College graduate, this is Reilly's second stint with the Saints as he was as an assistant coach from 1989-90 following his graduation from Aquinas.

 
An All-State discus thrower for Traverse City St. Francis in 1984, Reilly's contribution has been significant. Under his direction the throwing events have produced 18 individual WHAC Champions, 30 national qualifiers and eight All-Americans. In addition, Reilly's athletes have rewritten the record books in the throwing events.
 
A four year letter-winner for the Saints' from 1985-88, Reilly enjoyed a stellar career as a "thrower" at Aquinas. A three-time national qualifier in the 35 lb. Weight, Reilly was recognized twice as a NAIA Academic All-American. The former school record holder in the 35 lb. Weight, Reilly is listed in the top-five performance list in every throwing event for the Saints.
 
Coach Baker

JIM BAKER - Assistant Coach

 

Starting his ninth year on the Saints' coaching staff, Jim Baker brings a wealth of experience and abilities as both a coach and athlete. A graduate of Central Michigan University, Baker earned four letters in both cross country and track & field while running in a CMU singlet. In addition Baker won a Mid-American Conference title at 800 meters and has run a personal best of 1:48.0 for that distance. Baker enjoyed notable success as a high school coach at Rockford High School for the past 17 years. During his tenure as Head Coach Baker directed the team to four conference championships, three regional titles, two MITCA team state titles and two MHSAA Track & Field Finals runner-up finishes. In addition he has had numerous athletes earn All-State and All-Conference honors. While a middle distance runner by trade, Baker has significant experience coaching all the running events. A USATF Level I Coach, Baker will use that expertise to assist with the Saints' sprint and hurdle squads.

 
   
 

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