Saints Host Ernie Mousseau Classic

posted Apr 28, 2015, 8:53 PM by Nicholas Whise

04/25/2015 – Aquinas College claimed 13 first place finishes at the annual Ernie Mousseau Classic contested at Houseman Field. The Saints saw automatic qualifier improvement from Erika Heston and the women's 4x100 meter relay. Heston crossed the line in 14.43, while the quartet of Heston, Dana Kolnitys, Marissa Ingersoll, and Courtney Truss broke the tape in 47.44. Their time placed them fifth on the Aquinas All-Time List.

First Place Finishes:
Marissa Ingersoll (100m, 200, 400m Relay and 1600m Relay)
Erika Heston (400m Relay)
Dana Kolnitys (400m Relay)
Courtney Truss (400m Relay)
Tori DeSira (100m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles and 1600m Relay)
Kaitlyn Henniger (1600m Relay)
Meghan Dassance (1600m Relay)
Ayanna Stancle (Discus)
Sam Freeman (100m and 200m)
Ray Bordeaux (400m and 1600m Relay)
Octavian Condet (400m Hurdles)
Michael Shearon (High Jump)
Tyler Johnson (1600m Relay)
Joe Slomski (1600m Relay)
Dionte Williams (1600m Relay)

The Saints women's 4x800 meter hit the automatic qualifier at the Hillsdale Relays. The foursome of Sydney Anderson, Crysta Paganelli, Molly Peregrine and Adri Sigafoose won the event in a time of 9:22.90. The time currently ranks them 10th in the country. In fact the Saints are ranked in the top ten of all three relay events on the women's side. The women's track and field team has qualified 15 student-athletes for the National Championships at the end of May.

Saints Compete at Al Owens Classic

posted Apr 28, 2015, 8:51 PM by Nicholas Whise

04/19/2015 – The track & field teams continued their season with a Saturday stop in Allendale to compete at the annual Al Owens Classic hosted by GVSU.

The meet was highlighted by the first place finishes of Marissa Ingersoll and Ayanna Stancle. Stancle would claim first place in the discus with a toss of 163-9. Ayanna is currently seeded first in the NAIA and her throw from Saturday ranks her third on the Saints All-Time List. Ingersoll was a very busy Saint as she collected a gold, silver, and bronze on the day. Marissa won the 200 meters in a personal best time of 24.97. The time hit the "B" standard for Nationals and moves her to #2 on the All-Time List. She also hit the "B" mark in the 100 meters as she crossed the line in 12.16. Also a personal best, Marissa is now tied for third fastest women ever in Aquinas history in one of track & field's marquee events. Ingersoll also found time to team up with Courtney Truss, Dana Kolnitys, and Micaila Rice to place second in the 4x100 meter relay in a time of 47.86.

The women's hurdlers also performed well as Tori DeSira (14.05) and Erika Heston (14.44) placed second and fourth in 100 meter hurdles. Heston's personal best improved her #4 performance on the Saints All-Time List. DeSira also grabbed a second in the 400 meter hurdles in a time of 63.49. Tori's time automatically qualified her for Nationals and now ranks her second on the Saints All-Time List.

Also achieving top five all-time performances were Taylor Pitts (Triple Jump - #3 - 35-2) and Megan Skinner (3k Steeplechase - #5 - 12:22.44).

On the men's side, Curtis Bell established a new standard as he cleared 15-2.25 to place sixth overall. Bell's mark lands him at #3 on Aquinas' All-Time List. The men's squad also received solid performances from: Ray Bordeaux (200 meters - 22.37 - 4th), Tanin Eckhoff (Long Jump - 21-1 - 4th), Grant Gunneson (800 Meters - 1:55.28 - 6th), Adam Cichon (1500 Meters - 3:59.59 - 6th), and Jason Tran (110 Meter Hurdles - 15.40 - 10th).

The Saints also received an automatic qualifying mark in the half marathon as Catie Rietsema's 1:28:40 won the Martian 1/2 Marathon in Dearborn on Saturday morning.

Women's Track & Field Nationally Ranked

posted Apr 28, 2015, 8:49 PM by Nicholas Whise

04/15/2015 – The women's outdoor track & field team finds themselves in the top 10 of this week's USTFCCCA NAIA national rankings. The women checked in at the #10 spot this week, a 23-team jump from the previous ranking.

The Saints made a serious move in the current rankings due in large part to their fine performances at the Hillsdale College Invitational.

Spear heading the attack for the women was Ayanna Stancle, Tori DeSira, Rachel Spreng and Adri Sigafoose. Currently Stancle has the best discus throw in the nation, DeSira is ranked second in the 100 meter hurdles, Spreng is fourth in the pole vault and Sigafoose checks in at #16 in the 800 meters.

The Saints also boast national qualifying performances from Erika Heston (100 meter hurdles - ranked 7th), Micaila Rice (100 meters - ranked 16th), and Erin Drouillard (pole vault - ranked 10th). Aquinas has also hit the "A" standard in both the 4x100 meter relay (ranked 7th) and the 4x400 meter relay (ranked 8th).

The Saints are one of four WHAC institutions ranked in the top 15. Indiana Tech is ranked second, Cornerstone is ninth, and Siena Heights checks in at #15.

Aquinas will travel to Grand Valley State on Saturday for the Al Owens Invitational.

Saints Impressive in Outdoor Debut

posted Apr 28, 2015, 8:48 PM by Nicholas Whise

04/12/2015 – The men's and women's track & field teams had to wait an extra two weeks, but today final got an opportunity to put their training to the test. The squads traveled to Hillsdale College to compete against Cornerstone, Davenport, Ferris State, Grand Valley State, Northern Michigan and the host Chargers of Hillsdale.

The meet was highlighted by the school record performance of Rachel Spreng in the pole vault. The freshman from Lansing cleared 12-2 to establish the new standard and to automatically qualify for the NAIA Outdoor Championships. Fellow freshman vaulter, Amy Grace Shoop, achieved the fifth highest vault in school history with her leap of 10-4.25.

The dynamic duo in the hurdles continued to impress as Tori DeSira and Erika Heston both punched their tickets to Gulf Shores. DeSira placed second in a time of 14.05, while Heston clocked in at 14.53. DeSira's time puts her at #2 on the All-Time list for the Saints. Speaking of DeSira, see teamed up with Kaitlyn Henniger, Marissa Ingersoll and Adri Sigafoose to hit the "A" standard for the 4x400 meter relay. The quartet covered the distance in 3:52.97 to achieve the third fastest time in school history. Sigafoose would also win the 800 meter dash with a time of 2:14.50 to hit the automatic qualifier for Nationals. Her time missed Cari Blind's school record by .20.

The women's 4x100 meter relay also hit the "A" standard as the team of Heston, Ingersoll, Dana Kolnitys and Micaila Rice crossed the line in a time of 47.73. Rice also hit the provisional qualifier in the 100 meter with a scorching time of 12.16. Rice's performance in the 100 meter is the 4th fastest time in Aquinas history. Marissa Ingersoll also captured a 4th fastest All-Time performance in the 200 meter dash as she sprinted to a 25.17.

In the field events, Ayanna Stancle's toss of 160-11 in the discus checks in at #1 on the NAIA performance list. Stancle's throw qualifies her for the National Championships and ranks her as the #3 performer in Aquinas history. Taylor Pitts also moved up to #3 on the All-Time list in the triple jump. The sophomore cleared 34-9.5 to enter the record books.

The men's team saw Curtis Bell clear 15-1.5 in the pole vault to stake claim to the fourth best performance in school history, while Adam Cichon won the 800 meters in a personal best time of 1:54.75.

The Saints will return to action at the Al Owens Invitational next Saturday. The meet will be contested at Grand Valley State University.

Saints Return Home with Nine All Americans

posted Mar 27, 2015, 8:22 AM by Nicholas Whise

03/07/2015 – The track and field team concluded their indoor season by scoring in five events at the NAIA Indoor National Championships. The competition was set at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Adam Cichon, who prepped at East Kentwood High School, claimed his first All American honor of the day as he placed 7th in the mile. Cichon become the first Saint to earn All American status in the men's mile with his 4:15.76 performance. Adam now ranks as the fourth fastest miler in Aquinas history.

The success continued in the women's 60 meter hurdles. The duo of Tori DeSira and Erika Heston both were crowned All Americans. DeSira placed fourth in a personal best time of 8.64. Tori broke the school record in the process as she eclipsed the previous mark of 8.66. Heston's time of 8.73 placed her fifth overall and allowed the Saints to score nine points in the hurdle event.

Another school record fell in the women's 800 meters. Adri Sigafoose bested her previous record by finishing in 2:11.81 to place fourth overall. The freshman from McBain concluded her first national experience with All American honors.

The men's pole vault was highlighted by the All American performance of Aaron Hodges. The sophomore cleared 15-5 to place 7th in the vault. Aaron's teammate, Curtis Bell, also competed, but failed to clear the opening height.

The festivities concluded with the Saints taking eighth place in the men's distance medley relay. The quartet of Tommy Willet, Joe Slomski, Caleb Teachout and Cichon finished in 10:11.54 to cap off a successful nationals for the Saints.

Overall the women finished in 21st place with 14 points, while the men placed 41st with 4.5 points.

Four Advance to Saturday's Final

posted Mar 27, 2015, 8:20 AM by Nicholas Whise

03/06/2015 – The men's & women's track and field teams enjoyed a successful day two at the Indoor National Championships in Geneva, Ohio.

Adam Cichon lifted the lid on the second day of competition for the Saints. The sophomore from Kentwood, who already anchored the DMR to a finals qualifying performance, took the track today in the men's mile. Cichon's time of 4:16.29 placed him eighth in the preliminaries and advanced him to tomorrow's final. Adam's time is the now the fifth fastest on the Saints All-Time List.

Following the mile, the women took to the track in the 60 meter hurdles. The Saints were stunning as both Tori DeSira and Erika Heston recorded personal bests. DeSira's time of 8.66 matches the school record, while Heston's 8.71 moves her to fourth on the All-Time List. Both Tori and Erika advanced to Saturday's final ranked third and fifth respectively.

After a busy Thursday, Adri Sigafoose returned to the track to sparkle in the 800 meters. The freshman from McBain won her heat and advanced to tomorrow's final. Sigafoose's 2:13.45 narrowly missed her school record performance (2:13.40) from earlier this season. Adri recorded the fourth fastest time in today's action.

The women's team also had a strong showing in the 200 meter dash as both Marissa Ingersoll and Micaila Rice competed for the Saints. Ingersoll posted a personal best of 25.33 to place 16th, while Rice crossed the line in 25.90 to place 23rd. Ingersoll's time moved her up to third on the All-Time List.

Caleb Teachout placed 16th in the men's 600 meter dash in a time of 1:21.58.

The women's pole vault took center stage today as both Erin Drouillard and Rachel Spreng both placed in the top 15. Drouillard notch a new personal best (11-9) to place 11th, while Spreng cleared 11-5 to place 15th. Erin's vault moved her into a second place tie on the All-Time List for Aquinas.

Also competing for Aquinas was Michael Shearon in the high jump. Shearon cleared 6-5 to finish in a tie for 17th place.

Action at the Spire Institute will resume tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Saints competing for All-American honors on Saturday:

Adam Cichon - Mile
Tori DeSira & Erika Heston - 60 Meter Hurdles
Adri Sigafoose - 800 Meters
Men's Distance Medley Relay
Clay Weidenhamer - Shot Put
Aaron Hodges & Curtis Bell - Pole Vault

NAIA Track & Field Championships - Day 1

posted Mar 27, 2015, 8:19 AM by Nicholas Whise

03/05/2015 – The opening day of competition is in the books at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio.

The 5000 meter preliminaries kick started the day for the Saints. Clare Naughton played the starring role as she covered the 5000 meters in 18:17.35 to record a new personal best. Naughton placed 17th overall and places her 4th on Aquinas' All-Time List. Carley Woolcott (27th - 18:42.85) and Catie Rietsema (30th - 18:51.00) also competed in the 5k for the Saints. On the men's side, Jacob Towne placed 22nd in a time of 15:39.30.

The women's 4x800 meter took the stage next in an attempt to improve on their 17th place finish from last year's Indoor Championships. The quartet of Sydney Anderson, Mary Bogardus Crysta Paganelli and Adri Sigafoose placed 11th overall, narrowly missing the finals. Their time of 9:24.19 is the fifth fastest time recorded in Aquinas history.

The women's and men's 4x400 meter relay took to the track next looking to advance to Saturday's final. The foursome of Kaitlyn Henniger, Courtney Klawaiter, Marissa Ingersoll and Sigafoose placed 11th with a time of 3:55.02. The performance was a season's best and ranks as the third fastest time on the Saints All-Time List. The men's squad comprised of Ray Bordeaux, Tyler Johnson, Dionte Williams and Caleb Teachout was disqualified during the preliminary round.

The Saints night concluded with the men running the Distance Medley Relay. The quartet of Tom Willet, Joe Slomski, Luke Hawley and Adam Cichon placed eighth with a time of 10:13.17 to advance to Saturday's final. Cichon's anchor leg of 4:13.52 keyed the Saints finish.

Competition at the SPIRE Institute resumes tomorrow at 1 p.m.

Saints in action on Friday:

60 Meter Hurdles - Tori DeSira, Erika Heston
200 Meters - Marissa Ingersoll, Micaila Rice
600 Meters - Caleb Teachout
800 Meters - Adri Sigafoose
Mile - Adam Cichon
High Jump - Michael Shearon
Pole Vault - Rachel Spreng, Erin Drouillard

Indoor Track & Field National Roster

posted Mar 4, 2015, 6:49 PM by Nicholas Whise

03/03/2015 – The men's & women's track & field teams will be competing at the NAIA Indoor National Championship this weekend in Geneva, Ohio. Coach Wood leads a contingent of 28 student-athletes to the championships looking for personal best performances.

Representing Aquinas College will be:

Clay Weidenhamer - Shot Put
Curtis Bell - Pole Vault
Aaron Hodges - Pole Vault
Mike Shearon - High Jump
Caleb Teachout - 4x400 Meter Relay and 600 Meter
Tyler Johnson - 4x400 Meter Relay
Ray Bordeaux - 4x400 Meter Relay
Dionte Williams - 4x400 Meter Relay
Luke Hawley - Distance Medley Relay
Tom Willet - Distance Medley Relay
Joe Slomski - Distance Medley Relay
Adam Cichon - Distance Medley Relay & Mile
Jacob Towne - 5000 Meter

Erika Heston - 60 Meter Hurdles
Tori DeSira - 60 Meter Hurdles
Erin Drouillard - Pole Vault
Rachel Spreng - Pole Vault
Sydney Anderson - 4x800 Meter Relay
Mary Bogardus - 4x800 Meter Relay
Crysta Paganelli - 4x800 Meter Relay
Adri Sigafoose - 4x800 Meter Relay, 4x400 Meter Relay & 800 Meters
Kaitlyn Henniger - 4x400 Meter Relay
Courtney Klawieter - 4x400 Meter Relay
Marissa Ingersoll - 4x400 Meter Relay & 200 Meter
Micaila Rice - 200 Meter
Catie Rietsema - 5000 Meters
Carley Woolcott - 5000 Meters
Clare Naughton - 5000 Meters

Competition will begin on Thursday and conclude on Saturday night. Follow LIVE RESULTS at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships.

You also can catch the Saints with LIVE VIDEO STREAMING from the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Men, Women Place Third at WHAC Championships

posted Feb 22, 2015, 7:56 PM by Nicholas Whise

02/21/2015 – The men's and women's track & field teams both placed third at the WHAC Indoor Championships contested at the Alksnis Athletic & Recreation Building. Indiana Tech won the league championships on the men's side with 235 points, while the Warriors also captured the women's portion with a 202.5 point total.

The Saints captured conference championships in three events. Earning First Team All-Conference accolades for Aquinas were: Caleb Teachout (600 meter - 1:22.24), Jacob Towne (5000 meter - 15:31.92) and Clay Weidenhamer (Shot Put - 16.07 meters).

Earning Second Team All-WHAC (Placing second in their respective events): Aaron Hodges (Pole Vault - 4.75 meters - Automatic Qualfier - #2 All-Time), Sydney Anderson, Mary Bogardus, Crysta Paganelli & Adri Sigafoose (4x800 meter relay - 9:23.67 - #4 All-Time - Ranks 4th in the NAIA), Tom Willet, Luke Hawley, Jesus Alvarado, Gabe Lundgren (4x800 meter relay - 8:01.74), Catie Rietsema (3000 meters & 5000 meters - 10:45/18:34), Jeff Cherry (5000 meters - 15:36.15), Tori DeSira (60 meter hurldes - 8.66 - ties the school record - Ranks #3 in the NAIA), Adri Sigafoose (600 meters - 1:36.12 - #2 All-Time, 1000 meters - 3:04.36), Kaitlyn Henniger, Courtney Klawieter, Marissa Ingersoll & Adri Sigafoose (4x400 meter relay - 3:57.38 - #5 All-Time), Ray Bordeaux, Tyler Johnson, Dionte Williams, Caleb Teacout (4x400 meter relay - 3:23.12).

Earning Honorable Mention All-WHAC (Placing third in their respective events): Kathy Middaugh (5000 meters - 18:35.42), Adam Cichon (Mile - 4:21.98), Dionte Williams (600 meters - 1:22.78 - Provisional Qualifier - #5 All-Time), and Jacob Towne (3000 meters - 9:04.23).

Other meet highlights included: Rachel Spreng (Pole Vault - 11-9 - #2 All-Time - Automatic Qualifier), Michael Shearon - High Jump - 6-7 - Provisional Qualifier), Taylor Pitts (Triple Jump - 35-2 - #4 All-Time), Erika Heston (60 meter hurldes - 8.82 - #4 All-Time - Ranked 9th in the NAIA), Marissa Ingersoll (60 meters - 7.80 - #5 All-Time - Provisional Qualifier), Marissa Ingersoll (200 meters - 25.64 - Provisional Qualifier), and Micaila Rice (200 meters - 25.74 - Provisional Qualifier).

Earning "Newcomer of the Year" for the WHAC was Adri Sigafoose. The freshman from McBain collected four second place finishes to score 20 points for the Saints.

The Saints Champion of Character representatives were Ray Bordeaux and Marissa Ingersoll.

Earning All-WHAC Academic: Grant Cook, Chris Ford, Ryan Parminter, Brad Perschbacher, Michael Shearon, Jacob Towne, Clay Weidenhamer, Nick Whise Jessica Dippel, Emily Hazelbach, Kaitlyn Henniger, Erika Heston, Marissa Ingersoll, Courtney Klawaiter, Dana Kolnitys, Crysta Paganelli, Taylor Pryde & Megan Skinner.

Men's Final Rankings

1. Indiana Tech 235
2. Siena Heights 114
3. Aquinas 106
4. Davenport 64
5. Cornerstone 27
6. Concordia 9

Women's Final Rankings

1. Indiana Tech 202.5
2. Cornerstone 142.5
3. Aquinas 94
4. Siena Heights 87
5. Davenport 24
6. Concordia 8

Weidenhamer, Relays Highlight "Big" Weekend

posted Feb 18, 2015, 8:19 PM by Nicholas Whise

02/16/2015 – Clay Weidenhamer rewrote the shot put record, while four Aquinas relays hit or improved their national qualifying marks. The Saints competed at the GVSU "Big Meet" and the Calvin College Relays this past weekend.

Clay's toss of 52-10 at Calvin College on Saturday eclipsed the previous record held by T.J. Shimek (52-0.5 - 2004). Weidenhamer's throw hit the automatic qualifier for Nationals and ranks him 8th on the NAIA leaderboard.

The 4x400 meter relays had successful runs on Friday night at GVSU. The women's team (Kaitlyn Henniger, Tori DeSira, Cortney Klawaiter and Adri Sigafoose) ran the third fastest time in school history (3:55.75) and is ranked 7th nationally. Not to be out done, the men hit the automatic qualifier and recorded the 4th fastest time ever at AQ (3:17.78). The quartet of Ray Bordeaux, Tyler Johnson, Dionte Williams and Caleb Teachout are also 7th on the NAIA national list. DeSira also lowered her 60 meter hurdle time to 8.72 at the GVSU "Big Meet". Tori is now .07 from breaking the school record.

Highlights from Saturday included the women's 4x800 meter relay hitting the "A" standard at Calvin College. Sydney Anderson, Mary Bogardus, Crysta Paganelli and Sigafoose ran a 9:30.89 to punch their tickets to Nationals. Their time has them seeded 8th in the nation. Marissa Ingersoll won the 200 meter and hit the provisional mark in the one lap event. Marissa's time of 25.72 has her seeded 22nd in the country. Also on Saturday the men's Distance Medley Relay hit the automatic qualifier at GVSU. The foursome of Tom Willet, Joe Slomski, Luke Hawley and Adam Cichon recorded a time of 10:19.63.

The Saints will host the WHAC Championships on Saturday at the Alksnis Athletic and Recreation Building. The field events will start at 11 a.m., while the running events will begin at 1 p.m.

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