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Women's Cross Country

Women'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 Ten Times
 

2014 Schedule

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

Knight Invitational/Grand Rapids, Mich.

10 a.m.

Fri., Sept. 19

National Catholic Invitational/South Bend, Ind.

4:15 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 3 Lansing Community College Invitational/Lansing, Mich.

1:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 10 Bethel College Invitational/Mishawaka, Ind. 5 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 11 NAIA National Preview/Lawrence, Kan. TBA
Sat., Oct. 25

NAIA Great Lakes Invitational/Grand Rapids, Mich.

Noon
Sat., Nov. 8 WHAC Championship/Grand Rapids, Mich. Noon
Sat., Nov. 22

NAIA National Championships/Lawrence, Kan.

TBA
 

Roster

Photos Name Yr. Hometown/High School (College)
Sydney Anderson Sydney Anderson So. Livonia, Mich./Livonia Churchill
Photo Not Available Alyssa Blain Fr. Grant, Mich./Grant
Mary Bogardus Mary Bogardus So. Grandville, Mich./Grandville
Photo Not Available Hannah Busch Fr. East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing
Jessica Dippel Jessica Dippel Sr. Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
Krystin Dreyer Krystin Dreyer Sr. Gaylord, Mich./Gaylord
Kelsey Grigg Kelsey Grigg So. Glen Lake, Mich./Glen Lake
Ellen Hackett Ellen Hackett So. Grand Rapids, Mich./West Catholic
Emily Hazelbach Emily Hazelbach Sr. Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia
Abby Heiler Abby Heiler So. St. Charles, Mich./St. Charles
Photo Not Available Megan Huettner Fr. Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores
Tori Killian Tori Killian So. Charlotte, Mich./Seton Home Study School
Kayleigh Kramer Kayleigh Kramer Sr. Grand Rapids, Mich./Northview
Photo Not Available Lauren Marsh Fr. Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City Central
Photo Not Available Morgan Martin Fr. Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston
Photo Not Available Angela Maurer Fr. Williamston, Mich./Williamston
Photo Not Available Kayelin Mazur Fr. Flint, Mich./Flint Powers Catholic
Photo Not Available LeAnne McWain Fr. Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central
Kathy Middaugh Kathy Middaugh So. Newyago, Mich./Newyago
Cara Minto Cara Minto So. Plainwell, Mich./Plainwell
Clare Naughton Clare Naughton Jr. Northville, Mich./Northville
Hayley Owczarak Hayley Owczarak Fr. Essexville, Mich./Garber
Crysta Paganelli Crysta Paganelli Jr. Grand Rapids, Mich./Northview
Photo Not Available Molly Peregrine Fr. Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City Central
Taylor Pyrde Taylor Pyrde Jr. Hartland, Mich./Hartland
Catie Rietsema Catie Rietsema Sr. Rockford, Mich./Rockford
Photo Not Available Lindsay Ross Fr. Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland West
Photo Not Available Ashlee Santiago Fr. Newyago, Mich./Newyago
Photo Not Available Adri Sigafoose Fr. McBain, Mich./Northern Michigan Christian
Megan Skinner Megan Skinner Jr. Hartland, Mich./Hartland
Aileen Smith Aileen Smith So. Shelby Twp. Mich./Cardinal Mooney Catholic
Rachael Steil Rachael Steil Sr. Grandville, Mich./Grandville
Carley Woolcott Carley Woolcott Jr. Huron, Mich./New Boston
 

Coaches

Coach Wojciakowski

Mike Wojciakowski -- Head Coach -- 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 daughters, Cecelia (4) and 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.
   
Photo Not Available Nick Thelen - Graduate Assistant --
 

Season Outlook

After a solid summer of training, the women's cross country team is anxiously awaiting the start of the 2013 season.  The Saints, who are coming off their best national finish (seventh place) in school history, look forward to another successful fall with their sights on regaining the WHAC crown.  Aquinas returns everyone from their national squad with the exception of graduated senior, Alina Dhaseleer.

A trio of All-WHAC performers from the 2012 season will look to spearhead the Saints attack in 2013.  Rachael Steil, Britta Patterson and Carley Woolcott will provide a formidable group up front for the Saints.  Catie Rietsema and Emily Hazelbach, both of whom are coming off successful outdoor track seasons, will be counted on to solidify the Saints top five.  Jackie Katt and Kelsey Carpenter, the lone seniors on the squad, have both put together solid summers of training and will look to "go out with a bang."  Freshman Sydney Anderson and Kathy Middaugh both have the ability and the desire to jump into a scoring spot right away.  Coach Woj comments, "We have a lot of pieces to the puzzle.  The key will be to see if  we can find a way to get all the pieces to fit properly.  It's an exciting time be around this group knowing what they are capable of.  I look forward to the next few months and feel fortunate to able to work with such a fine group of SAINTS."

The team will kickoff their competitive season at the Knight Invitational 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 Ten Times

1. 93:15, Riverside Park, 11/6/10 Rachael Steil 18:07, Katy Cramer 18:31, Samantha Rinkus 18:47, Alina Dhaseleer 18:50, Alicia Boynton 19:00

2. 93:17, Riverside Park, 10/23/10 Rachael Steil 17:37, Katy Cramer 18:26, Alina Dhaseleer 18:44, Samantha Rinkus 19:11, Alicia Boynton 19:22
3. 93:55, St. Patricks Park 10/12/12 Alina Dhaseleer 18:28, Rachael Steil 18:32, Britta Patterson 18:33, Carley Woolcott 19:06, Catie Rietsema 19:15
4. 94:02, Riverside Park, 11/03/12 Rachael Steil 18:26, Alina Dhaseleer 18:34, Britta Patterson 18:43, Carley Woolcott 18:53, Jamie Sansone 19:25
5. 94:14, Bush Park, Salem, OR , 9/29/07 Amanda Strouse 17:56; Kelsey Webb 18:47; Katy Cramer 19:05; Jesse Lord-Wilder 19:10; Samantha Rinkus 19:16
6. 94:18. Calvin College, 9/8/12 Alina Dhaseleer 18:15, Rachael Steil 18:32, Carley Woolcott 18:55, Britta Patterson 18:56, Catie Rietsema 19:39
7. 95:16, Grand Woods Park, 10/7/00 Val Kunde 18:39; Nichole Gummere 18:55; Christine Gow 19:12; Audrey Remsberg 19:12; Kristy Debski 19:18
8. 95:16, Calvin College, 9/15/07 Amanda Strouse 18:04; Jesse Lord-Wilder 19:07; Katy Cramer 19:11; Kelsey Webb 19:21; Kaitlyn Meernik 19:33
9. 95:23, Riverside Park, 10/26/13 Carley Woolcott 18:40, Catie Rietsema 19:04, Rachael Steil 19:05, Kelsey Carpenter, 19:11, Emily Hazelbach 19:21
10. 95:27, Riverside Park, 11/5/11 Catie Rietsema 18:43, Alina Dhaseleer 18:59, Carly Plank 19:10, Emily Sandula 19:16, Megan Byrne 19:16