03/08/2014 – The men's track & field team scored seven more All Americans to finish the championships with 29 points to secure a top ten finish. The men's placing was the second highest in school history, while the women finished in 37th place with three points.
Alvaro Romero followed up his eighth place performance in the long jump with a matching eighth place finish in the triple jump. Romero seized the last All American spot on his last attempt as he leaped 47-2.5. The Saints also received an All-American performance out of pole vaulter Adam Lohner. The East Grand Rapids native broke his own school record with a vault of 16-6.75. The vault placed Lohner as the national runner-up as he bested his previous indoor best by almost a foot.
The Saints continued to rack up points on the track as middle distance specialist, Caleb Teachout received All-American honors in the 600 meters. Teachout placed second in a time of 1:18.97. Teachout has now placed fifth, third and second in his three appearances at the championships in the 600.
In the final event on the track the men's 4x400 meter relay became the first quartet to ever record All American honors for Aquinas in one of track's signature events. Ray Bordeaux, Tyler Johnson, Dionte Willams and Caleb Teachout completed the 1600 meters in a time of 3:17.66 to capture sixth place overall. Johnson and Williams netted All-American honors for the first time, while Bordeaux stood on the podium for the second time in his Aquinas career. Teachout earned his third All American honor of the championships and now has a total of seven All American honors to make him the most decorated middle distance runner in school history.
Also competing on Saturday for the Saints was Clay Weidenhamer who placed 21st in the shot put with a throw of 45-10.
Aquinas will now switch their attention to the outdoor season which will begin with their next competition in three weeks.
03/07/14 – A near national championship and six All-Americans highlight day two of competition at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships.
A pair of Saints kick started the competition for Aquinas in the women's 60 meter hurdles. Erika Heston placed 12th in a time of 8.95, while her teammate, Alex King, recorded a personal best of 9.14 to finish 17th overall. King, who was competing in her first national championship, recorded the fifth fastest time in school history.
On the track middle distance specialist, Caleb Teachout, advanced to tomorrow's final in the 600 meter by posting the fastest time (1:18.94) in the preliminary round. Teachout finished 5th in the 600 in 2012 and 3rd at last years championships. The junior from West Catholic will toe the line at 1:10 p.m. tomorrow in search of his sixth All-American honor.
The duo of Kyra Hull and Alicia Dorko both provided fantastic efforts in their respective field events. Hull's throw of 55-6.5 was a personal best and placed her ninth in the weight throw competition. Kyra only trails Saints legendary thrower Emily Smith on the top five list. Meanwhile Dorko is now a three-time All-American, as the senior from Schoolcraft vaulted 11-9 to finish in sixth place. Dorko backed up her 6th place performance in 2012 and her 5th place effort at the 2013 championship with another great showing.
Alvaro Romero, a student from Lima, Peru, collected his fifth All-American honor in a Saints uniform. Romero's jump of 23-0.5 placed him eighth overall in the men's long jump competition. Alvaro will conclude his Aquinas career in the men's triple jump tomorrow afternoon.
The night concluded with a heart-stopping ending to the men's 4x800 meter relay. The quartet of Tommy Willet, Grant Gunneson, Luke Hawley and Caleb Teachout looked to carry on the tradition of the Aquinas College middle distance relays.
The first three in the order executed to near perfection and left the Saints in great position entering the final leg. Seven teams entered the final 400 meters with less than one second separation. A quickening paced forced all the anchor legs to dig deep over the events final lap. Teachout, who was already in his fourth race of the championships, was within striking distance at this point. The standout from Grand Rapids made one final determined push over the last 150 meters to bring the Saints within .31 of a National Championship. Teachout crossed the line at 7:37.82 to earn the Saints a second place finish in the hotly contested relay. Gunneson earned his sixth All-American honor in track, while Teachout claimed his fifth All-American accolade. Willet and Hawley recorded their first All-American efforts in their Aquinas careers.
Action will conclude tomorrow with the first events starting at 1 p.m.
03/06/14 – The opening day of competition is in the books at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio.
Jacob Towne opened the action for the Saints with a 14th place finish (14:59.21) in the 5000 meter. Towne narrowly missed qualifying for the finals and lowered his career best by 19 seconds. The performance was also the fourth fastest indoor 5000 meter in school history.
The women's 4x800 meter took the stage next in an attempt to improve on their 25th place preliminary seed (9:48.65). The quartet of Sydney Anderson, Catie Rietsema, Cara Minto and Crysta Paganelli crushed their previous best en route to a 17th place overall finish in a time of 9:31.50. The men's 4x800 followed the women's with the foursome of Tom Willet, Grant Gunneson, Luke Hawley and Caleb Teachout advancing to Friday's final. The Saints recorded the second fastest time in the prelims (7:36.20) and achieved a new school record in the process.
The men's 4x400 meter relay (Ray Bordeaux, Tyler Johnson, Dionte Williams and Caleb Teachout) also advanced to Saturday's final by posting a time of 3:17.05 which was good enough for #2 All-Time in Aquinas history.
The Saints night concluded with the men running the Distance Medley Relay. The quartet of Adam Cichon, Joe Slomski, Gabe Lundgren and Nick Whise placed 12th with a time of 10:10.87.
Competition at the SPIRE Institute resumes tomorrow at 1 p.m.
03/05/14 – The men's & women's track teams will be competing at the NAIA Indoor National Championship this weekend in Geneva, Ohio. Coach Wood leads a contingent of 24 student-athletes to the championships looking for personal best performances.
Representing Aquinas College will be:
Clay Weidenhamer - Weight Throw
Adam Lohner - Pole Vault
Alvaro Romero - Long Jump & Triple Jump
Caleb Teachout - 4x400 Meter Relay, 4x800 Meter Relay and 600
Tyler Johnson - 4x400 Meter Relay
Ray Bordeaux - 4x400 Meter Relay
Jason Parnell - 4x400 Meter Relay
Dionte Williams - 4x400 Meter Relay
Grant Gunneson - 4x800 Meter Relay
Luke Hawley - 4x800 Meter Relay
Tommy Willet - 4x800 Meter Relay
Gabe Lundgren - Distance Medley Relay
Joe Slomski - Distance Medley Relay
Nick Whise - Distance Medley Relay
Adam Cichon - Distance Medley Relay
Jacob Towne - 5000 Meter
Erika Heston - 60 Meter Hurdles
Alex King - 60 Meter Hurdles
Alicia Dorko - Pole Vault
Kyra Hull - Weight Throw
Sydney Anderson - 4x800 Meter Relay
Catie Rietsema - 4x800 Meter Relay
Cara Minto - 4x800 Meter Relay
Crysta Paganelli - 4x800 Meter Relay
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02/23/2014 – The men's and women's indoor track & field teams placed 3rd and 5th respectively at the WHAC Indoor Championships contested at Trine University. Indiana Tech won the league championships on the women's side with 222 points, while the Warriors also captured the men's portion with a 205 point total.
The Saints captured conference championships in two events. Earning All-Conference accolades for Aquinas were: Caleb Teachout (600 meter - 1:19.39) and the men's 4x800 meter relay (Tommy Willet, Grant Gunneson, Luke Hawley and Teachout - 7:49.48). Both performances were also WHAC records for the indoor championships.
Erika Heston, who has already qualified for the indoor national championships, set a personal best in the 60 meter hurdles (8.94) to record the third best performance in Aquinas history. Also in the hurdles Alex King ran a personal best of 9.18 to improve her provisional qualifier in the 60 meter hurdles. The Saints also received strong efforts by Adam Cichon and Tommy Willet in the 1000 meters to place second and fourth respectively. Both athletes eclipsed the provisional qualifying mark, while Cichon (2:32.16) recorded the fifth fastest time in school history.
Earning Second Team All-WHAC: Alicia Dorko (Pole Vault), Adam Cichon (1000 meter), Alvaro Romero (Long Jump), Grant Gunneson (800 meter), Jacob Towne (5000 meter) and the men's 4x400 meter relay (Ray Bordeaux, Tyler Johnson, Dionte Williams and Caleb Teachout).
Earning All-WHAC Honorable-Mention: Emily Hazelbach (5000 meter), Luke Hawley (800 meter) and Alvaro Romero (Triple Jump).
The Saints Champion of Character representatives were Michael Shearon and Dana Kolnitys.
Earning All-WHAC Academic: Jesus Alvarado, Ray Bordeaux, Dan Foley, Adam Lohner, Kevin Mahar, Alex Martinez, Brad Perschbacher, Michael Shearon, Jessica Dippel, Alicia Dorko, Krystin Dreyer, Kaitlyn Henniger, Erika Heston, Dana Kolnitys and Rachael Steil.
Final Team Standings:
1. Indiana Tech 205
2. Siena Heights 164
3. Aquinas 96
4. Cornerstone 65
5. Davenport 25
6. Concordia 3
7. Marygrove 0
1. Indiana Tech 222
2. Cornerstone 146.5
3. Siena Heights 103.5
4. Davenport 47
5. Aquinas 35
6. Concordia 0
7. Marygrove 0
The Saints will return to action in two weeks at the NAIA Indoor National Championships in Geneva, Ohio.
02/16/2014 – The track and field teams received many outstanding performances in two meets this weekend at GVSU and at Calvin College.
The action started on Friday night when Caleb Teachout broke Dustin Heiler's record in the 800 meters at Grand Valley State's "Big Meet". The junior from Grand Rapids notched his seventh school record in a time of 1:51.89. The effort automatically qualified Caleb for the NAIA Indoor Championships and currently ranks him third nationally in the 800. Two hours later, Teachout teamed up with Ray Bordeaux, Tyler Johnson and Dionte Williams to hit an automatic qualifier in the men's 4x400 meter relay. The quartet completed the 1600 meters in a time of 3:17.81 to record the second fastest time in school history and the fifth fastest time in the NAIA.
Action resumed at GVSU on Saturday when the Saints continued to shine by hitting an automatic qualifier in the men's distance medley relay. Tom Willet, Joe Slomski, Luke Hawley and Nick Whise combined efforts to record a time of 10:09.68. The performance currently has the Saints ranked fourth in the national rankings. The men's track & field team is now of one of only two teams in the country to hit automatic qualifying efforts in all three relay events.
The rest of the Saints traveled across town to score ten first place efforts at the Calvin College Relays. The women's field events took center stage as both Kyra Hull and Alicia Dorko hit automatic qualifiers for the Indoor Championships. Hull's first place toss of 54-8.75 ranks her second on Aquinas all-time list, while Dorko's winning vault of 11-6 gets her back to the championships for the third straight year.
Grant Gunneson's time of 2:32.52 in the men's 1000 meter highlighted the track events for the Saints. Gunneson won the event and hit a provisional qualifying mark. Other first place performances were recorded by:
Clay Weidenhamer - Weight Throw (13.79m)
Michael Shearon - High Jump (1.90m)
Erika Heston - 60 Meter Hurdles (9.01)
Marissa Ingersoll - 60 Merer (7.94)
Micaila Rice - 200 Meter (26.12)
Ryan Parminter - 200 Meter (22.40)
Women's 4x800 Meter Relay (10:02.97)
The Saints will now look forward to the WHAC Indoor Championships that will be contested next Saturday at Trine University.
02/10/2014 – The indoor track and field teams continue to gain momentum as the Saints had a strong showing at the IWU Midwest Indoor Classic. The meet was contested on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. The meet drew competitors from both the WHAC and the Crossroads Conference as well as many unattached athletes. The Saints earned eleven firsts, seven national qualifying marks and three additions to their top five lists.
Meet highlights included:
Marissa Ingersoll - 1st 60 meters (7.94)
Alex King - 1st 60 meter hurdles (9.21 - "B" qualifier)
Kyra Hull - 1st weight throw (53-6.5 - "B" qualifier - #2 AT)
Ryan Parminter - 1st 200 meters (22.59)
Caleb Teachout - 1st 400 meters (49.45 - "A" qualifier- #2 AT)
Grant Gunneson - 1st 800 meters (1:57.81)
Tom Willet - 1st 1000 meters (2:33.78 - "B" qualifier)
Nick Whise - 1st Mile (4.24.64)
Men's 4x2 - 1st (1:32.10)
Men's 4x4 - 1st (3:22.43)
Alvaro Romero - 1st (long jump - 23-4.75 - "A" qualifier)
Clay Weidenhamer (shot put - 50-6 - "B" qualifier - #3 AT)
Jake Towne (5000 meters - 15:18.86 - "B" qualifier)
The Saints will compete both at Grand Valley State and Calvin College this weekend.
02/02/2014 – The men's and women's track and field teams won eight events at the Don and Riley Zimmer Indoor Classic hosted by Trine University.
The women's team was led by the first place performances of Marissa Ingersoll (60 meters), Micaila Rice (200 meters) and Krya Hull (weight throw). Hull's toss in the weight throw (51-4.25) moved her into fourth on the Aquinas all-time list.
The men's meet was highlighted by the pair of victories for Alvaro Romero. Romero jumped seasonal bests in the long jump (23-1.25) and triple jump (46-9.5). Both marks have him ranked eleventh nationally in his specialty events. Caleb Teachout remained undefeated in individual event in 2014 as the junior won the 400 meter in 49.7. The time for Teachout was a provisional qualifier and the third fastest indoor 400 meter in Aquinas history. Other first place finishes were turned in by Ryan Parminter (60 meters) and the men's distance medley relay (Tom Willet, Dionte Williams, Devon Joslin and Nick Whise).
The Saints will now travel to Marion, Indiana on Saturday to compete in the Indiana Wesleyan Midwest Classic.
01/29/2014 – The men's indoor track & field team checks in at number nine in the inaugural USTFCCCA NAIA computer rankings.
The rankings are based on a formula that shows how many student-athletes teams have on the 2014 national descending order list for individual and relay events and how highly they are ranked. The highest-ranked individuals or relay teams for each event are assigned the most points, and the point values decrease further down the descending order list. Team scores are equal to the sum of all the point-earning student-athletes’ scores across all events for a given team.
The Saints early season success has been keyed by the national qualifying efforts of six individuals. Caleb Teachout has hit a standard in the 600, 800 and 3200 meter relay, while Luke Hawley and Tom Willet have qualified in the 800 meter and the 3200 meter relay. The fourth member of the national leading men's 4x8 is freshman Adam Cichon from East Kentwood High School. Aquinas also has seen prime performances from both Alvaro Romero in the triple jump and Adam Lohner in the pole vault.
The Saints will return to action with a meet at Trine University on Friday night.
01/27/2014 – A portion of the track and field team ventured to Findlay University this weekend to compete in the 2014 Findlay Classic. Only 28 members made the trip as the bus that was supposed to leave on Saturday morning never made it to Grand Rapids because of the weather.
The contingent who did get the opportunity to compete made the most of it and had some outstanding performances over the two day event. Highlighting the weekend was the efforts of the men's 4x800 meter relay. The quartet of Luke Hawley, Tom Willet, Adam Cichon and Caleb Teachout bested the field to claim a first place finish and a time of 7:53.03. The time is an automatic qualifier for the Indoor National Championships and currently is the fastest time in the NAIA in the 4x8. The women's 4x8 (Crysta Paganelli, Sydney Anderson, Catie Rietsema and Allison VanPatten) covered the 3200 meters in a time of 9:54.08 to hit the "B" standard for the Indoor Championships.
Competition resumed on Saturday with Teachout claimed first place in the men's 800 meter. Caleb led from wire to wire to record a provisional qualifying mark (1:56.79) in the event. The middle distance men continued to impress as Willet (2:34) and Hawlay (2:35) ran to second and third place finishes in the men's 1000 meter.
The men's distance crew claimed five of the top six spots in the 5k as Dan Foley led the attack claiming first place in a time of 15:30. The women's distance crew was paced by the impressive debuts of Kathy Middaugh in the 5k and Crysta Paganelli in the 3k. Middaugh placed third in the 5k with a time of 18:51, while Paganelli looked right at home in the 3000 placing third in a time of 10:45.