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Men's XC Wins Fourth Straight WHAC Title

posted Nov 10, 2014, 3:45 PM by Nicholas Whise

11/08/2014 – The men's cross team has now won the last four and eleven of the last thirteen WHAC Championships after capturing the 2014 title today. The Saints bested a field of ten schools at the annual championships contested at Riverside Park. By way of their victory the Saints earned an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships in Lawrence, Kansas in two weeks.

The Saints were led by a quartet of All-WHAC First Team performers. Jacob Towne, who finished in 25:36, led the Aquinas pack with a second place finish. Stephen Glinski (25:47), Jeff Cherry (25:54) and Grant Gunneson (25:56) placed 4th, 5th and 6th respectively to secure the title for the Saints. Cal Morgan (26:23) and Tom Willet (26:24) both earned spots on the All-WHAC Honorable Mention squad based off their 13th and 14th place finishes. Brad Perschbacher (26:51) rounded out the scoring for the Saints with a 17th place finish in the 89 person field.

Towne, Perschbacher, Grant Cook and Nick Whise were also honored by the league as Academic All-WHAC recipients. Nicholas Tarsa was named Aquinas' representative on the WHAC's Champion of Character squad. Head Coach Mike Wojciakowski was named the WHAC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year and the league's Coach of Character.

Team Scores

1. Aquinas 30
2. Indiana Tech 43
3. Cornerstone 95
4. Davenport 133
5. Madonna 145
6. Lawrence Tech 158
7. Siena Heights 169
8. Michigan Dearborn 229
9. Concordia 234
10. Lourdes 290

Women's XC Wins WHAC Championship

posted Nov 10, 2014, 3:44 PM by Nicholas Whise

11/08/2014 – The women's cross country team placed first out of ten schools at the WHAC Championships. The meet was contested at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids. The Saints received an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships based off their first place finish at today's meet. The Saints, who ran the fourth fastest team time in school histoy, were led by the efforts of Carley Woolcott, Molly Peregrine, Catie Rietsema and Crysta Paganelli. All four were named to the All-WHAC First Team and will travel to Lawrence, Kansas in two weeks to compete at the NAIA National Championships.

Woolcott placed third overall with a personal time of 18:31, while Peregrine (18:34) and Rietsema (18:37) finished forth and fifth place respectively. Peregrine received the WHAC Newcomer of the Year Award based off her finish against other first year participants in the conference. Paganelli earned the last All-WHAC First Team spot by finishing 7th in a time of 19:01. Clare Naughton and Kathy Middaugh, who both covered the 5k in 19:15, earned a spot on the Honorable Mention All-WHAC team by way of their 9th and 11th place finishes. Sydney Anderson (15th - 19:23) rounded out the scoring for the Saints.

Krystin Dreyer was chosen as Aquinas' representative on the conference's Champions of Character team, as well as earning a spot on the WHAC's All-Academic team. The Saints were also represented by Jessica Dippel, Rachael Steil, Megan Skinner, Taylor Pyrde, Emily Hazelbach and Paganelli on the All-Academic team. Head Coach Mike Wojciakowski was named WHAC Women's Coach of the Year.


Final Scores

1. Aquinas 28
2. Indiana Tech 62
3. Cornerstone 76
4. Siena Heights 86
5. Concordia 156
6. Madonna 168
7. Davenport 187
8. Michigan Dearborn 241
9. Lawrence Tech 268
10. Lourdes 279

Saints Race to Runner-Up Finish at Great Lakes

posted Nov 10, 2014, 3:41 PM by Nicholas Whise



10/27/2014 – The women's cross country team placed second at the 7th annual NAIA Great Lakes Challenge meet contested at Gracewil Golf Course in Grand Rapids. The field of 41 schools featured eleven schools that were ranked or receiving votes in the latest NAIA Coaches poll. The Saints, who were ranked #11 in the latest ranking, were matched up against #4 Taylor, #12 St. Francis, #15 Shawnee State, #17 Olivet Nazarene and #19 Indiana Wesleyan, just to name a few.

The women, who finished with 131 points, were led by the quartet of Catie Rietsema, Molly Peregrine, Carley Woolcott and Crysta Paganelli. The foursome all crossed the finished line within :21 of each other. Rietsema (16th - 19:02) led the pack, followed by Peregrine (17th - 19:06), Woolcott (21st - 19:12) and Paganelli (31st - 19:23) to help lead to the upset of 4th ranked Taylor University. The second place finish was keyed by Aquinas' fifth runner, Adri Sigafoose. The freshman from McBain recorded an all-time personal best to place 46th in a time of 19:35 to secure the runner-up finish. After not factoring into any of the scoring in the Saints previous races, the middle-distance specialist stepped up at just the right moment for the Saints.



Top 10 Teams (out of 35 team finishers)

1. Shawnee State 122
2. Aquinas 131
3. Indiana Wesleyan 135
4. Taylor 136
5. St. Francis 185
6. Texas Wesleyan 207
7. Indiana Tech 219
8. Olivet Nazarene 222
9. Huntington 237
10. Cornerstone 238

The Saints will now prepare for the WHAC Championships in two weeks. The meet is hosted by Aquinas College and will be contested at Riverside Park.

Aquinas Places 4th at Great Lakes

posted Nov 10, 2014, 3:40 PM by Nicholas Whise



10/20/2014 – The men's cross country team placed fourth at the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge meet contested at Gracewil Golf Course in Grand Rapids. The field of 39 schools featured nine schools that were ranked in the top 26 in the latest NAIA Coaches poll. The Saints, who were ranked #6 in the latest ranking, were matched up against #3 Olivet Nazarene, #5 St. Francis, and #11 Indiana Wesleyan just to name a few.

The men, who finished with 107 points, were led by the senior Steve Glinski. Glinski crossed the line in 9th place in a time of 25:59. The next two Saints raced well and finished within nine seconds of each other. Jacob Towne (14th-26:11), and Grant Gunneson (17th-26:20) provided a formidable two-three punch for the Saints. Rounding out the scoring for Aquinas was Jeff Cherry who placed 30th with a time of 26:37 and Tom Willet, who finished the 8k course in 26:46 to finish 37th.




Top 10 Teams (out of 35 team finishers)

1. Olivet Nazarene 77
2. Indiana Weselyan 84
3. St. Francis 93
4. Aquinas 107
5. Marian 177
6. Taylor 193
7. Goshen 239
8. Indiana Tech 249
9. Shawnee State 251
10. Spring Atbor

The Saints will now prepare for the WHAC Championships in two weeks. The meet is hosted by Aquinas College and will be contested at Riverside Park.

Saints Set to Host NAIA Great Lakes Challenge

posted Nov 10, 2014, 3:39 PM by Nicholas Whise

10/23/2014 – Aquinas College will host the 7th annual NAIA Great Lakes Cross Country Challenge Saturday, October 25 at Gracewil Golf Course. The competition, the biggest NAIA cross country meet in the country, will attract forty-one schools, including some of the top NAIA teams in the nation.

The women’s race will feature eleven of the top 37 teams in the country including #4 Taylor, #11 Aquinas and #12 St. Francis. Top individuals in the women’s race include, Anna Bos of Trinity Christian, Julia Oosterhouse of Cornerstone, Alex Berends of Taylor, Sarah Ray of Olivet Nazarene and Molly Peregrine of Aquinas.

The men’s race looks equally competitive as nine of the top 26 teams in the country will be present. Squads in search of the team title include #3 Olivet Nazarene, #5 St. Francis, #6 Aquinas and #11 Indiana Wesleyan. The individual race should be exciting as Robert Morris’s Michael Carrera, Issac Lalang of Texas Wesleyan, Nino Bellinotti of Indiana Wesleyan and Louis Falland of Cornerstone will all be competing for the individual title.

The men’s race will start at 11:00 a.m., with the women’s race to follow at Noon.

Men's XC Runner's Up at Pre-National Meet

posted Nov 10, 2014, 3:37 PM by Nicholas Whise

10/12/2014 – The men's cross country team claimed second place at the NAIA Pre-National meet contested at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kansas. The field of 31 schools featured eleven schools that were ranked or receiving votes in the latest poll. The Saints, who were ranked #7 in the latest ranking, were matched up against #3 Olivet Nazarene, #12 Indiana Wesleyan and #13 Shawnee State just to name a few. The Saints defeated all competitors except the Tigers from Olivet Nazarene. The third-ranked team in the country bested the Saints by a mere one point.

The men, who finished with 85 points, were led by the top five finish of Steve Glinski. Glinski crossed the line in fifth place (25:42), while Jacob Towne ran a time of 25:56 to finish 11th in the 300 man field. The depth of the squad proved vital as four more Saints crossed the finish line within :20 seconds of each other. Jeff Cherry (20th-26:24), Tom Willet (23rd-26:30), Grant Gunneson (29th - 26:40 and Cal Morgan (33rd-26:44) rounded out the 4-6 spots for the Saints. While Brad Perschbacher acted as the final displacer as he finished in 51st place in a time of 27:02.

Top Ten Teams

1. #3 Olivet Nazarene 84
2. #7 Aquinas 85
3. #12 Indiana Wesleyan 93
4. #22 Taylor 162
5. #16 St. Marys 189
6. #13 Shawnee State 245
7. Marian 251
8. RV Oklahoma Baptist 257
9. RV Dordt 268
10.Concordia (Neb.) 317

The Saints will return to action in two weeks when they host the annual NAIA Great Lakes Challenge. The meet this year will be contested at Gracwil Golf Course in Grand Rapids.

Women Finish 4th at Rim Rock Farm

posted Nov 10, 2014, 3:37 PM by Nicholas Whise


10/12/2014 – The women's cross country team placed fourth out of 32 schools at the NAIA Preview Meet held in Lawrence, Kansas. The field consisted of 15 squads who were either ranked or receiving votes in the latest coaches poll. The Saints entered the meet as the sixth highest ranked team and raced up and down the hills of Rim Rock defeating the fifth-ranked Tigers of Olivet Nazarene and the eighth ranked Bears of Shawnee State.

The women, who finished with 195 points, were led by freshman Molly Peregrine, who recorded a 12th place finish in a time of 18:54. The trio of Carley Woolcott (36th - 19:26), Catie Rietsema (39th - 19:29) and Crysta Paganelli (42nd - 19:31) packed it up and solidified the 2-4 scoring spots for the Saints. Emily Hazelbach placed 71st with a time 20:04 to complete the scoring total for the Saints. Clare Naughton (83rd - 20:08) and Kayelin Mazar (85th - 20:12) rounded out the top seven for Aquinas.

Top 10 Teams

1. #3 Dordt 112
2. #7 Taylor 115
3. #9 Oklahoma Baptist 121
4. #14 Aquinas 195
5. #8 Shawnee State 202
6. #5 Olivet Nazarene 220
7. #18 Indiana Wesleyan 236
8. RV Benedictine 237
9. RV Wayland Baptist 257
10. RV Doane 295

The Saints will return to action in two weeks when they host the annual Great Lakes Challenge. The meet this year will be contested at Gracwil Golf Course in Grand Rapids.

Pack Attack pt.2

posted Nov 10, 2014, 3:35 PM by Nicholas Whise



10/10/2014 – The women's cross country team placed 5th out of 16 schools at the Bethel Invitational. The meet was contested at St. Patricks Park in Mishawaka, Indiana. Indiana Tech won the team title while Anna Bos from Trinity Christian ran to a 1st place finish with a time of 18:17 which was less than 1 second off the course record.

The women, who finished with a total of 168 points were led by Senior Rachael Steil who placed 24th with a time of 20:01. Aileen Smith (20:09), Ellen Hackett (20:19), Morgan Martin (20:31), Megan Huettner (20:32) and Kelsey Grigg (20:35) all finished in the top 50 while Mary Bogardus (20:56) finished just outside the top 50 to round out the scoring positions for the Saints. The success for the Lady Saint's did not stop there as the entire team posted numerous season, personal, and lifetime bests at the meet this evening.

The Saints will return to action tomorrow afternoon (Sat. Oct. 11) at the NAIA National Preview Meet in Lawrence, Kansas.

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Pack Attack pt.1

posted Nov 10, 2014, 3:34 PM by Nicholas Whise


10/10/2014 – The men's cross country team placed 5th out of 13 schools at the Bethel Invitational. The meet was contested at St. Patricks Park in Mishawaka, Indiana. Goshen College won the team title while their top runner Ryan Smith took home first place with a time of 25:40.

The men, who finished with a total of 169 points were paced by Senior Jesus Alvarado who placed 29th with a time of 27:06. His fellow teammates weren't far behind as the Saints placed all 7 runners in the top 50 and only had 17 positions between their 1st and 7th runners. Devon Joslin (27:15), Steve Griffith (27:19), Luke Hawley (27:20), Grant Cook (27:43), Jimmy Birney (27:45) and Adam Cichon (27:45) rounded out the scoring for the Saints!

The Saints will return to action tomorrow afternoon (Sat. Oct. 11) at the NAIA National Preview Meet in Lawrence, Kansas.

Saints Sixth at LCC

posted Nov 10, 2014, 3:32 PM by Nicholas Whise


10/05/2014 – The men's cross country team placed 6th out of 20 schools at the Lansing Community College Invitational. The meet was contested at Grand Woods Park in Lansing, Michigan. Grand Valley State won the team title, while Samuel Parlette of Siena Heights won the event in a time of 25:46.

The men, who finished with 179 points, were led by sophomore Shay Ostyn, who recorded a 21st place finish in a personal time of 26:44. The duo of Stephen Pfahler (27:06)and Nicholas Tarsa (27:24) both recorded top 50 performances for the Saints. Rounding out the scoring for Aquinas was Jesus Alvarado (54th - 27:36) and Grant Cook (57th - 27:43).

Aquinas will return to the course next week when they take part in the Bethel Invitational and the NAIA Preview Meet in Lawrence, Kansas.

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