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Women's Cross Country

Women's Cross Country
Head Coach: Mike Wojciakowski (17th year)
Graduate Assistant: Nick Thelen (1st year)
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2014 Schedule

Sat., Sept. 13

Knight Invitational/Grand Rapids, Mich.

3rd out of 25

Fri., Sept. 19

National Catholic Invitational/South Bend, Ind.

4th out of 25
Fri., Oct. 3 Lansing Community College Invitational/Lansing, Mich.

5th out of 19

Fri., Oct. 10 Bethel College Invitational/Mishawaka, Ind.

5th out of 16

Indivdual Results

Sat., Oct. 11 NAIA National Preview/Lawrence, Kan. 4th out of 32
Sat., Oct. 25

NAIA Great Lakes Invitational/Grand Rapids, Mich.

Meet Information

2nd out of 35
Sat., Nov. 8 WHAC Championship/Grand Rapids, Mich. 1st out of 10
Sat., Nov. 22

NAIA National Championships/Lawrence, Kan.

9th out of 38


Photos Name Yr. Hometown/High School (College)
Sydney Anderson Sydney Anderson So. Livonia, Mich./Livonia Churchill
Mary Bogardus Mary Bogardus So. Grandville, Mich./Grandville
Hannah Busch 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
Megan Huettner Megan Huettner Fr. Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores
Lauren Marsh Lauren Marsh Fr. Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City Central
Morgan Martin Morgan Martin Fr. Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston
Angela Maurer Angela Maurer Fr. Williamston, Mich./Williamston
Kayelin Mazur Kayelin Mazur Fr. Flint, Mich./Flint Powers Catholic
LeAnne McWain 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
Crysta Paganelli Crysta Paganelli Jr. Grand Rapids, Mich./Northview
Molly Peregrine Molly Peregrine Fr. Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City Central
Taylor Pyrde Taylor Pryde Jr. Hartland, Mich./Hartland
Catie Rietsema Catie Rietsema Sr. Rockford, Mich./Rockford
Lindsay Ross Lindsay Ross Fr. Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland West
Ashlee Santiago Ashlee Santiago Fr. Newyago, Mich./Newyago
Adri Sigafoose 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


Coach Wojciakowski

Mike Wojciakowski - Head Coach


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 17 WHAC Championships, six Region VIII championships and twelve "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 daughters, Cecelia (4) and Julia (1), reside on the northwest side of Grand Rapids.

Nick Thelen

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's 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 a solid summer of training, the women's cross country team is anxiously awaiting the start of the 2014 season. The Saints, who are coming off a third place finish in the WHAC, seemed poised and determined and have their sights set on regaining the WHAC crown and returning to the NAIA National Championships as a team. Aquinas returns everyone from last year's team with the exception of graduated seniors, Kelsey Carpenter and Jackie Katt. A total of 33 student-athletes will make up the roster with a dozen being first time members of the Cross Country team.

A pair of All-WHAC performers from the 2013 season will look to spearhead the Saints attack in 2014. Catie Rietsema and Carley Woolcott will look to provide a one-two punch up front for the Saints. Emily Hazelbach, who was named Honorable Mention All-WHAC in 2013, will look to solidify the top five during her senior season. A quartet of upperclassman with varsity experience will look to add depth and push the top group and provide stability for the Saints in 2014. Sydney Anderson, Kathy Middaugh, Crysta Pagenelli and Rachael Steil will add experience, leadership and a competitiveness that will be essential for this team to maximize its efforts. The addition of twelve new team members makes this women's squad the largest in school history. A combination of talent, grit and personality define this group of "new Saints" with many having the ability to be contributors from day one. Coach Woj said, "We have the potential to be a very good team this year. I believe the set back of not qualifying for nationals as a team last year has motivated this group. The work ethic is there and I believe we have not only the biggest, but also the most talented team we have ever had. I am excited to see how things come together for the ladies this fall."


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 Invitational 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 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. 94:00, Riverside Park, 11/8/14 Carley Woolcott 18:31, Molly Peregrine 18:34, Catie Rietsema 18:37, Crysta Paganelli 19:01, Clare Naughton 19:15
5. 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
6. 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
7. 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
8. 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
9. 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
10. 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