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Undergraduate Admissions E-Newsletter - Summer 2009

 
Welcome to the Aquinas College E-Newsletter - your source for the latest news and events happening at AQ! Read on to find out what amazing things AQ faculty, staff, students and alumni are up to as well as what exciting projects are going on at Aquinas.
 
AQ Junior to be Featured in National Adidas Campaign
Aquinas College Hosts Multiple Events for Earth Day Celebration
AQ Students Selected for Summer Research Grants
Aquinas College Offers "Fostering Success" Scholarship
U.S. Senator Speaks to AQ Class
Grammy-Winning Composer Maria Schneider Visits Aquinas
Aquinas Enjoys a Grand Rapids Griffins Game
The Chicago Experience: A Semester in the Windy City
Winter/Spring Sports Review
 
Aquinas College Junior to be Featured in National Adidas Campaign
Katie Genther 20-year-old Aquinas College junior Katie Genther of Grandville, Michigan (pictured at left) was selected as one of three inspirational women chosen by Adidas from a nationwide contestant pool for the company's "Me, Myself" campaign. A former gymnastics coach and an avid gymnast herself, Genther’s words and likeness is being used in the brand’s summer advertising campaign online and with key retail partners.

Genther flew to Los Angeles in early May to take part in a photo shoot with Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) MVP Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks. For the shoot, she and the other two winners from North Dakota and California were suited up from head-to-toe in exclusive outfits from the Adidas women's training collections.
 
The new Adidas ‘Me, Myself’ campaign celebrates women’s individuality, confidence and motivation in fitness. Genther is one of three winners to be selected from hundreds of entrants in the competition. She discovered the contest opportunity while searching online for shoes this past winter. Following the contest guidelines, Genther submitted ten photos and a one-hundred-character description of her athletics-related inspiration: “Sharing my passion for gymnastics with kids inspires me to never stop believing."
 
When Genther received the congratulatory email in mid-April, she says she read it six times before realizing it was authentic and breaking into tears. She says that she is “beyond excited” about the opportunity. Studying abroad in Spain this past fall and other responsibilities have prevented her from teaching this year, but Genther remains personally involved in gymnastics.
 
Genther received $500 visa card in addition to her all-expenses paid, three-day trip to Los Angeles and the opportunity to meet Candace Parker. "I am so honored to be included this campaign. Candace Parker is a huge inspiration to me both as a young woman and an athlete, " Genther said in a quote from an Adidas press release.
Genther's parents, David and Christine (Bartz), are both 1980 Aquinas graduates.
 
Adidas is a global designer, developer and marketer of athletic footwear, apparel and accessories with the mission to be the leading sports brand in the world.
 
Aquinas College Hosts Multiple Events for Earth Day Celebration
SIFE Farmer's Market Aquinas College was a hotbed of activity as part of the nationwide Earth Day celebration on Wednesday, April 22 2009.

On Tuesday, April 21, Aquinas hosted a presentation on global warming. Sr. Sharon Zayac, a Dominican nun from Springfield, Illinois who authored "Climate Change: A Faith Perspective," spoke at Aquinas in the Wege Student Center Ballroom.

The College collected used blue jeans/denims through the end of the academic year. Working in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, the College set-up collection barrels throughout campus to acquire any used denims which will be recycled for use as home insulation.
 
The denim collection barrels will were in the College residence halls as well as the Wege Student Center, Academic Building, Mailroom and Library, among others.
 
The denim collection was part of a larger, collaborative nationwide effort led by a Chandler, Arizona-based firm, Bonded Logic. The company is partnering with Cotton Inc., National Geographic Kids and the Guinness Book of World Records to gather a record quantity of denim that will then be recycled into UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation. The insulation will then be donated to Habitat for Humanity projects throughout the U.S.
 
The AQ Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) planned two major events. The SIFE Team hosted a Farmer's Market on the mall in front of the Wege Student Center. The market offered an opportunity for urban dwellers to connect with local food producers as they have for the past eighty years at the Farmer's Market located near Fuller and Fulton.
 
The AQ SIFE team also unveiled its Nature Trails Project, which is designed to promote health awareness and allow community members to discover the ecological beauty of the Aquinas campus. The College's Nature Trails are available to the public for walking, running and bicycling.
 
The Sustainability Committee of the AQ Staff Assembly made a presentation about The Rapid! Using public transportation is a great way to save gas money and green personal transportation habits. The campus community was invited to learn how The Rapid! can work for them.
 
To cap off its week of Earth Day-related activities, Aquinas hosted the 13th Annual Wege Speaker Series on Friday, April 24. This year's lecturer was Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, an innovative, accomplished conservation biologist and past president of the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment. His presentation, Climate Change: Prospects for Nature.
 
Aquinas Students Selected for Summer Research Grants
Kristin Borek (left) with AQ Faculty Mentor Summer Silvieus
Junior Kristin Borek (left) with AQ Faculty Mentor Dr. Summer Silvieus
Three Aquinas students, Joanne Vander Hyde of Grand Rapids, Mich., Alyssa Fleser of Haslett, Mich., and Kirsten Borek of Comstock Park, Mich., spent part of their summer conducting science research near Hastings. The three are part of a larger contingent of area college students who received grants to do research at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, a Biological Field Station located south of Hastings. This year, the Institute awarded 17 grants for 11 research projects as part of the Undergraduate Research Grants for the Environment (URGE) program.

The URGE program provides a $3,500 stipend for students conducting summer research at the Institute, along with up to a $3,500 faculty mentor stipend that can be used for equipment purchases, general expenses, travel, or training needed for conducting the research project. Additionally, each grant award allows for up to $4,000 in room and board expenses for the student and faculty mentor.
 
Junior Joanne Vander Hyde and senior Alyssa Fleser are biology majors who worked on a research project with Dr. Rob Bajema, associate professor of biology, to identify macro-invertebrates and micro-organisms. Junior Kirsten Borek, a biology major, conducted a project with Dr. Summer Silvieus, assistant professor of biology, to examine the genetic sequences of hybrid oak trees.
 
The Institute’s Biological Field Station is one of the few independently operated Biological Field Stations in the country. It is made up of a consortium of thirteen Michigan and Indiana colleges and universities that includes: Albion College, Alma College, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Central Michigan University, Cornerstone University, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Olivet College, Valparaiso University, and Western Michigan University. An advisory board made up of two representatives from each school oversees the consortium. This arrangement allows students research opportunities they may not have at their school, especially for the smaller schools that do not have their own research field station.
 
The Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is financed by a foundation created by Bill and Jessie Pierce in 1988. This is the fifth year of the URGE program, which has so far awarded over 75 research grants.
 
Aquinas College Offers "Fostering Success" Scholarship
In an effort to assist young adults leaving the Michigan Foster Care System, Aquinas College is offering the "Fostering Success" Scholarship Initiative. This initiative ensures that two prospective students per academic year will receive scholarships and grants covering tuition, room, board and book costs.
 
Currently, there are more than 18,000 children in the Michigan foster care system, 100 of which will be "aging out" in the next twelve months. Studies show that this population is at a higher risk for homelessness, unemployment, early parenting and substance abuse. Barriers to a postsecondary education are a primary factor contributing to these social and economic conditions. Because a college education has proven to reduce these risk factors, Aquinas College, through this initiative, is helping foster care youth achieve success and lead meaningful lives.
 
Aquinas College will award two "Fostering Success" scholarships per academic year. Recipients must be Michigan residents and must be in the Michigan foster care system at the time of high school graduation or be in foster care when they turn 18 years of age. The scholarship is renewable each year as long as the student maintains full-time status and demonstrates satisfactory academic progress.
 
Incoming freshman are interested in this scholarship will need to complete an application for admission and submit high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores. Recipients must also file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and complete an Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Application with the State of Michigan.
 
>>View the full list of scholarship requirements and parameters
 
U.S. Senator Speaks to AQ Class
Senator Carl Levin speaks to AQ political science class

Senator Carl Levin (D), Michigan’s senior U.S. Senator, took time to visit Aquinas political science class The World in Crisis. As chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Levin talked about the current U.S. policies in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. He offered insights into these problems from Washington and a perspective that text cannot. Levin answered student questions, but declined discussing his race for re-election. Levin was first elected to the Senate in 1978 and successfully won a sixth term last November. As chair of the committee, Levin is the chief legislative watchdog over the Pentagon.

 
Grammy-Winning Composer Maria Schneider Visits Aquinas
Maria Schneider (right) directs the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra The Aquinas College Jane Hibbard Idema Women’s Studies Center welcomed internationally renowned jazz composer Maria Schneider to campus for lecture entitled “How does a Woman Make Her Place in the Jazz World?” and an evening concert that also included the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra directed by Dr. Paul Brewer, associate professor of music at Aquinas.

At the noontime lecture, Schneider talked with humor and emotion about the hurdles she had to jump in order to pursue a career in jazz. It was almost unheard of for a woman to be interested in jazz composing. Her passion for jazz kept her moving forward, putting her in contact with many of the jazz greats.
 
Brewer, also a jazz composer, said, “Marie Schneider is, at the very least, one of the top three jazz composers and arrangers in the world. At forty seven years of age – young for a composer of her stature, Maria is already astonishingly prolific in her compositional output. And her creativity shows no signs of diminished growth. Indeed, she just gets better and better as the years go by. And as a result, the jazz world remains in a state of constant anticipatory delight, wondering what on earth she’ll give to us next.”
 
In addition to her Grammy Awards, including her most recent 2008 win for Best Instrumental Composition, Schneider was named Composer of the Year and Arranger of the Year in 2004 by the Jazz Journalists Association and the DOWNBEAT Critics Poll. Her most recent album, "Sky Blue," was named Jazz Album of the Year by The Village Voice Critics Poll.
 
Aquinas Enjoys A Grand Rapids Griffins Game
Riding the Zamboni Oh, What a Night! Those few words from a Four Seasons song best describe the evening of January 24 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. More than 700 people from the Aquinas community, as well as friends and prospective students, turned out for a memorable evening of fun. For the first time off campus, Aquinas sponsored a major event that brought hundreds together for Red Wings Night at the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL) hockey game. Celebrities, including Detroit Red Wings singer Karen Newman and player Darren McCarty stopped by for photographs and to sign autographs. Members of the AQ community played the on-ice Human Hockey Puck game, and one lucky person enjoyed a ride atop the Zamboni.
 
The Chicago Experience: A Semester in the Windy City

By Stephen Kokx, Senior

Students in The Chicago Experience Program It was my junior year, and as is customary at Aquinas, most of my friends were leaving to study abroad; Some to Ireland, some to Costa Rica, and some to France, but not me. I decided to stay in Grand Rapids and plan out my future.

I was going to graduate in May 2009, move to some large city, live the life of an early twenty-something making the big bucks and what most call “living the dream” with a plush office job. But God has a funny way of intervening sometimes.

Around the beginning of my senior year, I began to think about where my life was headed. I had one last semester before the real world was here. Like a kid riding his bike with no training wheels for the first time, I felt scared of what was to come. But with the urging and financial assistance from my parents, I enrolled in the Chicago Semester program. It was perfect; I could live in the city and get a real job.
 
I decided on the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) because the internship was focused in my major (accounting) and within several miles from my apartment. I had other offers, but the hour and a half commute would have been too much. At the RIC, which was located just north of the Loop, I encountered very friendly people, who understood where I was in my career and thus, helped me grow to understand the accounting field more so than before.
 
But God always has a plan for us, and I came to learn that I had no clue what my future held. I had always dreamed of making it in the big city, driving a fast car and having a nice apartment, but the Chicago Semester experience, where I met students from Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and even Calvin College, changed my priorities. I began to get involved in neighborhood meetings, community organizing and, most importantly, sustainable and environmental initiatives. I began to value things like friendships, art, the environment, music and God even more so than before.
 
Since returning to Grand Rapids, I haven’t been the same. I added a minor in sustainable business. I recently began contemplating graduate school for environmental policy and have been applying for sustainable business jobs around the country.
 
Even though some people may see me as changed, I think it was God just opening my eyes to what truly mattered in my life: family, friendship, prayer and making a difference. I would recommend the CS experience to anyone even remotely thinking about going. It has changed my life!
 
Atheltic Wrap-Up, Spring 2009
Women's Outdoor Track Men's Lacrosse
 
Baseball Season Review
The season had a number of team and individual highlights.  The Saints posted a 6-13 record in March, but improved the rest of the year and closed strong to finish with a successful overall record of 27-22.  The Saints posted a 12-6 non-conference schedule up north that included wins over Olivet, Rochester, and Calvin College.  The Saints split a doubleheader with Hope College in their annual game at Fifth Third Park, and ended their season with a loss to the Chippewa's at Central Michigan University.
 
Several Saints garnished post season honors.  WHAC first teamer's included catcher Corey Gross, outfielder Jon Morse, and pitcher Marc Sobota.  Earl Clover, Adam Farrell, Mike Kaiser, and Kennen Less earned honorable mention status.  By a vote of the team, the Dennis Molnar Memorial Award for most valuable player was awarded to Corey Gross, Jon Morse, and Marc Sobota.  The Val Bocian Best Teammate Award was voted to Dan Salvati. >>More on AQ Baseball
 
Softball Season Review
The Saints softball team excelled in all key elements of the game this past season to finish with a record of 39-14, and a second place (22-6) regular season finish in the WHAC.  The strong statistics from and honors received by numerous players reflects their success on the field.
 
Sophomore pitcher Whitney Hudson was voted second team All WHAC.  Hudson earned 20 wins, combining with Junior Alyssa Fleser (19 wins) for a 3.06 ERA.  A number of players earned recognition as All WHAC performers:  Cirina Jones, Courtney Miles, Ashley Aspinall, and Jacki Plough.  Plough, a senior, led the team in home runs with 11 for the season.  Aspinall, a senior, finished second in home runs (8) and a .455 batting average.  Aspinall, Junior Sam Kendall, and Senior Kristi Labinski were all voted to the WHAC All Academic team.  Labinski also achieved the honor of an NAIA Academic All-American.
 
Additional standouts include Senior Careena Demull who was third in home runs (7), RBI (35), and doubles (13), and Freshman Logan Marsh who was first in triples (5) and stolen bases (11). 
 
2009 was a year of warm weather and hot bats for the Saints softball team.  Only being shut out one time for an entire season is a testament to how hard the ladies played and the skill level the entire team possesses. A season of highs and lows resulted with the team posting a 39-14 (.730) record and a second place (22-6) regular season finish in the WHAC.  After starting the season 10-6 the girls had work to do in order to keep up the respectable records of years past.  The heart of the season is where the Saints did the most damage, winning 23 of 25 games with many conference games included. Pitching, defense, and offense are three key elements in being successful on the diamond and these ladies certainly excelled at all three. 
 
Junior Alyssa Fleser and sophomore Whitney Hudson toed the rubber for Aquinas and performed at a level imperative to be at for the team to have the success they had.  The two stars combined for a 3.06 ERA while recording 39 wins, Fleser with 19 and Hudson with 20.  With experience under their belt as both started as freshman, the two knew when to step up their game when it was most needed. An astonishing 2.33 conference ERA and 5 shutouts helped the Saints to a respectable second place finish in WHAC conference. 
 
Leadership and power fueled the Saints offense with the seniors hitting 29 of the teams 38 homeruns with an amazing .372 batting average for the group.  Senior Ashley Aspinall led the way with a .455 batting average and second on the team in homeruns (8) behind senior Jacki Plough with 11.  The two were voted to the NAIA All American second team.  Senior Careena Demull was third on the team in HR (7), RBI (35), and Doubles (13).  Freshman speedster Logan Marsh led the way for the Saints in triples (5) as well as stolen bases (11). 
 
Aspinall, Plough, Cirina Jones, and Courtney Miles were all recognized as All WHAC performers while Aspinall was voted player of the year.  Pitcher Whitney Hudson was voted second team All WHAC.  Aspinall and Junior Sam Kendall, were voted to the WHAC All Academic team.  Senior Kristi Labinski was also voted to the WHAC All Academic team as well as being an NAIA Academic All American.
>>More on AQ Softball
 
Men's Basketball Season Review
The 2008-2009 season marked the first time in school history that the Aquinas Saints (24-10 overall, 12-2 WHAC) won both the regular season and WHAC tournament championship.  This past season was the Saints fourth consecutive trip to the Division II NAIA National Championships in Point Lookout, Missouri.  Highlighting the regular season was the Saints tournament championship in the Hall of Fame Classic at Hope College, the championship was the Saints second HOFC in a row. The Saints also defeated both Calvin College and Hope College twice apiece this year, marking only the second time ever this had occurred.
 
Senior Pedja Lazic was honored with NAIA 1st Team All-American honors as well as WHAC Player of the Year.  Lazic averaged 16.9 points, 9.4 rebounds and shot 57% from the field for the Saints.  Pedja finished his career as the fifth most prolific scorer and ranks second on the all time rebound list for Aquinas.  Junior John Lierman was awarded Honorable Mention All American status and was a first team All-WHAC performer.  Lierman averaged 16.6 points and 6.1 rebounds. On the season Lierman made 71 three-pointers and moved up to #14 on the Aquinas College All-Time Scoring List.
 
Senior Jordan Torres was honored with 3rd team All-WHAC honors as well as a member of the All Conference Defensive Team. Junior Jason Fox was named an Academic All American and Coach Dave Hammer was honored with the WHAC Coach of the Year Award. >>More on AQ Men's Basketball
 
Women's Basketball Season Review
The Aquinas College women's basketball team capped off the season earning an at-large bid to the 32 team NAIA National tournament hosted in Sioux City, Iowa. This was the third time in four years that Saints competed at the top level with the leading teams in the nation. Unfortunately, the Saints tournament run ended in the first round at the hands of Kansas Wesleyan University. The Saints started our strong, but had a dismal day shooting the ball.
 
The Saints came up short this year on its' 5th consecutive 20+ wins in a season with a 19-11 record. The young team battled hard to secure a third place finish in the highly competitive Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC). Leading the way for the Saints was junior Josylyn Narber and senior Carrie Abdo who both garnered WHAC All-Conference honors and All-American recognition. Narber was a first team selection on the WHAC All-Conference team and earned third team All-American honors. This is her second year receiving All-American recognition. Abdo, a second team WHAC All-Conference performer topped her successful senior campaign with Honorable Mention All-American accolades. Narber lead the team in scoring with 17 ppg, assists (3.5 apg) and steals per game (2.1), while Abdo pulled down 7.9 rpg.
 
Other players earning recognition were freshman speedster Logan Marsh. Marsh made the WHAC All-Newcomer team and she was also a member of the WHAC All-Defensive team. The Saints were ranked as a team in 13 statistical categories and they were number two in the nation in free shooting with a team average of 77%. Joslyn Narber contributed to that statistic with a 87% free throw shooting average, third in the nation. The Saints are looking to build on this season and with the return of quality players and commitments from some very skilled players, the future looks bright. Coach Nash comments, "This summer will mean a lot for our team. We need to have a focused summer of training and come back as a team with a team work ethic unlike any we've seen in the past. That's what I'm looking for in evaluating the players for next year's team." >>More on AQ Women's Basketball
 
Men's Lacrosse Season Review
For the first time ever Aquinas College officially sponsored a men’s lacrosse team in official league play. Aquinas Head Coach Luke Griemsman had a freshman dominated team. The Saint Lacrosse team looked to six new college players for intensity and leadership.“We also have a few guys who are newer to the game,” says Griemsman. Aquinas relied on the leadership of co-captains Nick Avendt (Brighton) and Doug Seites (Kent City).“Nick is an incredible goalie,” said Griemsman. “He came to Aquinas from a great youth lacrosse background. He grew up playing in Brighton and then playing at Brother Rice, yet chose to focus on academics at Aquinas. This guy is smart and well respected in our game.  Nick is looking to continue his master’s education with the recent LSAT test out of his way.  Doug is more of the natural athlete with high school basketball and baseball in his background along with one year of college baseball under his belt. He has learned the game over the past three years and is at the point of becoming a complete midfielder. His leadership and athleticism carves out his role.  He will be returning next year for one more year.”  In addition to the captains leading the squad, the younger members of the team stepped up their intensity.
 
The 2009 schedule was full of challenges for this new, young squad. Aquinas opened the season coming out on top of two out of conference road games versus Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference (GRLC) teams. The Saints traveled first to Rock Island, IL to play the Vikings of Augustana College on March 20. Aquinas proceeded to make the short trip into Davenport, IA to take on Palmer College on March 21. The Saints returned home to lose to Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association (CCLA) divisional rivals Hope on March 26, yet get by Calvin on March 31. They made the short trip to Allendale to succumb to last year's Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) runner up Grand Valley on April 2. Aquinas returned home to control Saginaw Valley on April 4 before heading to a large loss at Davenport on April 16.  Aquinas then lost home and away versus division rivals Dearborn and Oakland, on April 18 & 19 respectively.  Aquinas closed the 2009 season with a tired finish versus Ferris State on April 22. “I made the schedule with 20 guys on the roster,” said Griemsman, “we finished ‘09 with a healthy core of 12 in our last four games.  We even lost “The Gazelle,” to a fracture in his hand for the last game. Talk about tough… he played the rest of the game and made it a worse spiral fracture! The games were tough to complete, but we learned so much. I am very proud of these guys.”
>>More on AQ Men's Lacrosse
 
Men's & Women's Tennis Season Review
The men's tennis team continued their pattern of success this 2009 season.  The season started out with the Saints picking up some early victories in Florida.  The Saints finished the season with a 16-6 record and just missed making the national championships, as Olivet Nazarene defeated the Saints 5-4 to get the automatic bid from the regional.  Aquinas was led by freshman Travis Wolf who posted a 17-3 record in singles and a 12-3 record in doubles play.  Sophomore Nick Ludwig also had a fine year for the Saints, posting a 22-7 overall record for 2009.
>>More on AQ Men's Tennis
 
The women’s team also began their season with the spring trip to Florida where the Saints dropped four out of five matches before heading back to Michigan.  The Saints battled the rest of the season and picked up exciting victories over Indiana Tech and Taylor, finishing 5-10 for the season.  Lauren Cherluck led the Saints with a 5-1 record in singles and 6-6 mark in doubles.  Freshman Samantha Buehler showed a lot of promise as she finished 15-12 overall in her first college season.  Both Lauren Cherluck and Kellie McGee were honored as NAIA Academic All-Americans.
>>More on AQ Women's Tennis
 
Men's & Women's Track Season Review
The Aquinas College Track & Field teams had another successful campaign this past winter and spring under the direction of head coach Dave Wood.  The women's team captured both the indoor and outdoor WHAC championship in convincing fashion as a true team effort proved too much for the rest of the WHAC. At the indoor championships, the Saints were led by All Conference performers Heather Becker, Nicole Parker, Emily Popma, Samantha Rinkus and Allison Strouse. When the competition switched to outdoors Heather Becker, Emily Popma and Joordan Hall recorded All-WHAC performances at the championships contested at Olivet College. At the Indoor National Championships Nicole Parker earned All-American honors with a 6th place finish in the 60m dash. At the outdoor championships Parker teamed up with Allison Strouse, Samantha DeStafano and Joordan Hall to place 5th in the 4x100m relay. New school records were delivered by Heather Becker (Weight Throw) 52-6.5, Joordan Hall (100M) 12.18, Allison Strouse (200M) 25.10 and women's 4x100m Relay (Hall, Strouse, Parker, DeStafano) 47.27.
>>More on AQ Women's Track & Field
 
On the men's side the Saints finished second to Siena Heights indoors and responded by winning the outdoor championships by 45 points over second place Cornerstone. At the Indoor WHAC Championships the Saints were led by 1st place finishes by Mike Gravelyn, Rumeal McKinney, Devin Tarrant and Rob Veldman. The Saints were represented well on the All-WHAC team during the outdoor season as Rumeal McKinney, Matt Hewson, Dustin Johnson, Blake Garvey, Devin Tarrant and Chris Leikert led the Saints to their second straight WHAC Outdoor Championship.  In Johnson City, Tennessee the men's 4x800 meter relay received All-American recognition as Chris Leikert, Victor Ramirez, Kolin Stickeny and Dustin Heiler placed 5th at the Indoor National Championships. Devin Tarrant threw a personal best by over seven feet to record a 7th place finish in the discus at the NAIA Outdoor Championships, which were contested on the SIU - Edwardsville campus.  Chris Leikert recorded a pair of school records during the indoor season in the 600m (1:22.98) and 800m (1:55:01). >>More on AQ Men's Track & Field
 
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