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Women's Track & Field

Women'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)

 
 
 
 
Prospective Athlete Questionnaire
 

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.

Sat., Jan. 31

SVSU Jets Pizza Invitationall/Saginaw, Mich.

11 a.m.
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/PLACE

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-May1

WHAC Championships/Grand Rapids, Mich.

4 p.m./3 p.m.

Wed., May 6

Aquinas Twilight/Grand Rapids, Mich.

4 p.m.
Fri., May 8 GVSU 2nd to Last Chance Meet/Allendale, Mich. TBA

Sat., May 9

GVSU Last Chance Meet/Allendale, Mich. TBA
Thu.-Sat., May 21-23 NAIA Outdoor Championships/Gulf Shores, Alabama

TBA

 

Roster

Photos Name Yr. Event Hometown/High School (College)
Sydney Anderson Sydney Anderson So. Middle Distance Livonia, Mich./Churchill
Mary Bogardus Mary Bogardus So. Middle Distance Grandville, Mich./Grandville
Photo Not Available Hannah Bucsh Fr. Distance East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing
Fiana Comer Fiana Comer Jr. Sprints Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
Photo Not Available Megan Dassance Fr. Sprints Eaton Rapids, Mich./Eaton Rapids
Tori DeSira Tori DeSira So. Hurdles Dewitt, Mich./Dewitt/GRCC
Jessica Dippel Jessica Dippel Sr. Distance Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
Photo Not Available Erin Drouillard Fr. Jumps Mecosta, Mich./Chippewa Hills
Kailey Flint Kailey Flint So. Sprints/Jumps Lake City, Mich./Lake City/Grand Valley State
Kelsey Grigg Kelsey Grigg So. Middle Distance Glen Lake, Mich./Glen Lake
Ellen Hackett Ellen Hackett So. Distance Grand Rapids, Mich./West Catholic
Photo Not Available Alikay Hamilton Fr. Sprints Beulah, Mich./Benzie Central
Emily Hazelbach Emily Hazelbach Jr. Distance Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia
Abby Heiler Abby Heiler So. Middle Distance St. Charles, Mich./St. Charles
Kaitlyn Henniger Kaitlyn Henniger Sr. Sprints St. Charles, Mich./St. Charles
Erika Heston Erika Heston Sr. Sprints/Hurdles Haslett, Mich./Haslett
Photo Not Available Megan Huettner Fr. Middle Distance Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores
Marissa Ingersoll Marissa Ingersoll Jr. Sprints Fife Lake, Mich./Forest Area High School
Amber Jefferson Amber Jefferson Jr. Sprints Muskegon, Mich./Reeths Puffer
Alex King Alex King Jr. Sprints/Hurdles/Jumps Lakeview, Mich./Lakeview
Courtney Klawieter Courtney Klawieter Jr. Sprints Rockford, Mich./Rockford
Dana Kolnitys Dana Kolnitys Sr. Sprints/Hurdles Tawas, Mich./Tawas
Photo Not Available Lauren Marsh Fr. Middle Distance Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City Central
Photo Not Available Morgan Martin Fr. Distance Clarkston, Mich,/Clarkston
Photo Not Available Angela Maurer Fr. Middle Distance Williamston, Mich./Williamston
Photo Not Available Kaylin Mazur Fr. Middle Distance Flint, Mich./Flint Powers
Photo Not Available Leanne McWain Fr. Distance Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Catholic Central
Kathy Middaugh Kathy Middaugh So. Distance Newyago, Mich./Newyago
Cara Minto Cara Minto So. Middle Distance Plainwell, Mich./Plainwell
Clare Naughton Clare Naughton Jr. Distance Northville, Mich./Northville
Melissa Nelson Melissa Nelson So. Throws Dearborn Heights, Mich./Allen Park Cabrini
Crysta Paganelli Crysta Paganelli Jr. Distance Grand Rapids, Mich./Northview
Photo Not Available Molly Peregrine Fr. Distance Traverse City, Mich/Traverse City Central
Photo Not Available Taylor Pitts So. Jumps St. Clair Shores, Mich./South Lake
Taylor Pryde Taylor Pryde Jr. Middle Distance Hartland, Mich./Hartland
Micaila Rice Micaila Rice Jr. Sprints Schoolcraft, Mich./Schoolcraft
Catie Rietsema Catie Rietsema Sr. Distance Rockford, Mich./Rockford
Photo Not Available Lindsay Ross Fr. Middle Distance Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland West
Johanna Samson Johanna Samson So. Sprints Rockford,Mich./GR Catholic Central
Photo Not Available Ashlee Santiago Fr. Middle Distance Newaygo, Mich./Newaygo
Photo Not Available AmyGrace Shoop Fr. Jumps Ludington, Mich./Ludington
Photo Not Available Adri Sigafoose Fr. Middle Distance McBain, Mich./Northern Michigan Christian
Megan Skinner Megan Skinner So. Distance Hartland, Mich./Hartland
Aileen Smith Aileen Smith So. Distance Shelby Township, Mich./Cardinal Mooney Catholic
Photo Not Available Rachel Spreng Fr. Jumps/Hurdles Lansing, Mich./Okemos
Photo Not Available Ayana Stancle Sr. Throws Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
Rachael Steil Rachael Steil Sr. Distance Grandville, Mich./Grandville
Photo Not Available Courtney Truss Fr. Sprints Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City Central
Carley Woolcott Carley Woolcott So. Distance Huron, Mich./New Boston
 

Coaches

Dave Wood

DAVE WOOD - Head Coach

wooddav@aquinas.edu

(616) 632-2876 (Office)

 

Dave Wood begins his 20th 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 Woj MIKE WOJCIAKOWSKI - Assistant Coach - Middle 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 - Throws

 

Neil Reilly begins his 15th 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 - Sprints/Hurdles

 

Starting his 11th 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.

   
Photo Not Available Jim Morrissey - Assistant Coach - Pole Vault
   
Photo Not Available Rick Pindar - Assistant Coach - Pole Vault
 

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