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Saints Return With Six All Americans

posted May 25, 2014, 8:59 PM by Nicholas Whise


04/25/14 – The men's and women's track field teams returned from Gulf Shores, Alabama with six newly crowned NAIA All Americans.

The quartet of Ryan Makinen, Ryan Parminter, Ray Bordeaux and Sam Freeman combined forces to secure a fifth place finish in the 4x100 meter relay final. The Saints recorded the fifth fastest time in school history (41.26) en route to the All American accolade. For Bordeaux it was his third All American honor, while Parminter collected his second All American award. Makinen and Freeman were honored for the first time by the NAIA.

Dan Foley, a recently graduated senior from Flint Powers High School, concluded his career with a fifth place finish in the men's marathon. Foley's All American performance was the highest finish ever in the marathon by an Aquinas Saint. Dan ran a time of 2:37:14 to record the fifth fastest time in school histoy.

Lindsey Karpowicz became a two-time All American in the women's discus based off her sixth place performance in yesterdays final. Karpowicz, competing in her last championships, recorded a toss of 145-11 to secure a spot on the podium. Karpowicz also placed tenth in the Hammer with a personal best throw of 165-9 to land her at #3 on the Saints All-Time List.

Also competing for the Saints:

Megan Pendelton - Discus - 9th place (143-11)
Steve Glinski - 5000 Meter - 10th place (15:16)
Aaron Hodges - Pole Vault - 11th place (15-1)
Caleb Teachout - 800 Meter - 12th place (1:52.89)
Men's 4x800 Meter Relay - 13th place (7:42.61)
Women's 4x100 Meter Relay - 14th place (47.67)
Alex King - 100 Meter Hurdles - 17th place (14.94)
Erika Heston - 100 Meter Hurdles - 19th place (15.02)
Kyra Hull - Hammer - 19th place (151-10)
Women's 4x800 Meter Relay - 20th place (9:30.18)
Brendan Molony - Marathon - DNF


Overall the women finished in 42nd place with three points, while the men finished in 28th place with eight points.

Track and Field Nationals Preview

posted May 25, 2014, 8:55 PM by Nicholas Whise

05/21/14 – The men's & women's track & field teams will be competing at the NAIA Outdoor National Championship this weekend in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Coach Wood leads a contingent of 31 student-athletes to the championships looking for personal and season best performances.









Representing Aquinas College will be:

Aaron Hodges - Pole Vault
Caleb Teachout - 4x800 Meter Relay and 800 Meter
Luke Hawley - 4x800 Meter Relay
Tom Willet - 4x800 Meter Relay
Gabe Lundgren - 4x800 Meter Relay
Adam Cichon 4x800 Meter Relay
Ray Bordeaux - 4x100 Meter Relay
Ryan Makinen - 4x00 Meter Relay
Ryan Parminter - 4x100 Meter Relay
Sam Freeman - 4x100 Meter Relay
Chris Eggenbarger - 4x100 Meter Relay
Steve Glinski - 5000 Meter
Dan Foley - Marathon
Brendan Molony - Marathon

Erika Heston - 100 Meter Hurdles
Alex King - 100 Meter Hurdles
Alicia Dorko - Pole Vault
Kyra Hull - Hammer Throw
Lindsey Karpowicz - Discus & Hammer Throw
Megan Pendleton - Discus
Sydney Anderson - 4x800 Meter Relay
Catie Rietsema - 4x800 Meter Relay
Cara Minto - 4x800 Meter Relay
Crysta Paganelli - 4x800 Meter Relay
Kayleigh Kramer - 4x800 Meter Relay
Marissa Ingersoll - 4x100 Meter Relay
Courtney Klawieter - 4x100 Meter Relay
Allison Phillips - 4x100 Meter Relay
Micaila Rice - 4x100 Meter Relay
Dana Kolnitys - 4x100 Meter Relay
Taylor Pitts - Long Jump




You can catch the Saints in action with LIVE VIDEO STREAMING from the Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Women's 4x8 Hits 'A' at Twilight

posted May 8, 2014, 9:12 PM by Nicholas Whise

05/08/2014 – The women's 4x800 meter relay highlighted the festivities at the annual Aquinas College Twilight Meet held at Houseman Field.

The quartet of Sydney Anderson, Crysta Paganelli, Kayleigh Kramer and Catie Rietsema teamed up to hit the automatic qualifier for the upcoming NAIA National Championships. The Saints crossed the line in 9:27.18 to record the 18th fastest time in the country this season.

The duo of Erika Heston and Alex King continue to impress in the 100 meter hurdles as both hit personal bests on their home track. Erika is now ranked 13th nationally with a 14.52, while King checks in at #21 with a 14.75. Both athletes will represent Aquinas College at the Championships in two weeks.

Taylor Pitts improved her provisional mark in the long jump as the freshman soared to an 18-3.25. Pitts is now an inch away from moving into the #3 spot on Aquinas' All-Time list.

Also starring for the Saints was the men's 4x100 meter relay that also improved their provisional qualifying time. Ryan Makinen, Ryan Parminter, Ray Bordeaux and Sam Freeman moved up to 16th on the national performance list with a time of 41.66.

The Saints will return to action on Friday when they compete at the GVSU Second to Last Chance Meet.

Karpowicz, Dorko Lead Saints at Championships

posted May 6, 2014, 9:38 AM by Nicholas Whise

05/06/2014 – Seniors, Lindsey Karpowicz and Alicia Dorko, were both crowned conference champions for their efforts at the WHAC Track & Field Championships this past weekend. Both the men and the women placed fourth in the seven team field.

Dorko (Pole Vault - 11-9.75) and Karpowicz (Discus - 144-1) were both named All-WHAC 1st Team for their efforts in their specialty events.

Erika Heston, who has already qualified for the outdoor national championships, set a personal best in the 100 meter hurdles (14.73) to record the third best performance in Aquinas history. Also in the hurdles Alex King ran a personal best of (14.77) to hit the automatic qualifier and place her fourth on the Saints All-Time List. The Saints also received strong efforts from the men's 4x800 meter relay. The quartet of Tom Willet, Luke Hawley, Gabe Lundgren and Caleb Teachout ran the third fastest time in Aquinas history (7:39.97). The second place effort also automatically qualified the relay for the Outdoor National Championships. Teachout (1:53.19 - 800 meters) and the men's 4x100 meter relay (Ryan Makinen, Ryan Parminter, Ray Bordeaux and Sam Freeman - 41.84) also improved their provisional qualifying marks.

Other Saints to record Top-Five performances included: Dana Kolnitys (100m - 12.27 - #4 All-Time), Catie Rietsema (5000m - 17:59.3 - #4 All-Time), Ellen Hackett (3000m Steeplechase - 12:23.55 - #5 All-Time) and Clay McNamara (400m Hurdles - 56.13 - #5 All-Time).

Earning Second Team All-WHAC: Caleb Teachout (800 Meter), Steve Glinski (5000 meter), men's 4x800 meter relay, Aaron Hodges (pole vault), Catie Rietsema (5000 meter), Emily Hazelbach (10,000 meter) and the women's 4x100 meter relay (Courtney Klawieter, Dana Kolnitys, Marissa Ingersoll and Micaila Rice).

Earning All-WHAC Honorable-Mention: Clare Naughton (10,000 meter), Dan Foley (10,000 meter), Brad Persbacher (3000 meter steeplechase), men's 4x100 meter relay and the men's 4x400 meter relay.

The Saints Champion of Character representatives were Steve Glinski and Dana Kolnitys.

Earning All-WHAC Academic: Jesus Alvarado, Dan Foley, 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:

Men
1. Indiana Tech 252
2. Siena Heights 134
3. Cornerstone 94
4. Aquinas 88
5. Davenport 61
6. Concordia 20
7. Marygrove 0

Women
1. Indiana Tech 249
2. Siena Heights 157
3. Cornerstone 119
4. Aquinas 84
5. Davenport 38
6. Concordia 3
7. Marygrove 0

The Saints will return to action on Wednesday as Aquinas hosts their annual twilight meet at Housemen Field.

Outdoor Season Opens at Bellarmine

posted Apr 10, 2014, 3:30 PM by Nicholas Whise

04/06/2014 – The track & field teams traveled to Louisville, Kentucky to take part in a two-day meet on the campus of Bellarmine University.

Highlighting the weekend was the work by the Saints in the women's field events. Lindsay Karpowicz hit the automatic qualifier for Nationals in her first action of the season. The senior from Grandville recorded a discus throw of 149-2, which ranks her fifth nationally. Fellow thrower, Megan Pendelton, also had a big day as she hit the "B" standard (139-6) in the discus and also won the Saturday section of the hammer throw with a toss of 143-3. Senior pole vault specialist, Alicia Dorko, claimed top prize in the women's vault with a provisional qualifying mark of 11-5.75.

Other field event performances of note included Tanin Eckhoff in the long jump and Clay Weidenhamer in the shot put. Eckhoof placed fifth with a jump of 20-11.75, while Weidenhamer placed second with a toss of 47-00.75.

On the track, seven-time All-American Caleb Teachout, bested a field of 36 competitors to win the 400 meter dash (49.01). Both the men's and women's 4x100 meter relays had nice starts to their outdoor seasons as they placed third and fourth respectively. The quartet of Courtney Klawieter, Dana Kolnitys, Mairssa Ingersoll and Micaila Rice recorded a 48.97, while Ryan Makinen, Ryan Parminter, Chris Eggenberger and Sam Freeman crossed the line in 42.35.

The distance crew's efforts were highlighted by the personal best performances of Catie Rietsema and Steve Glinski. Rietsema placed 8th in a time of 18:17, while Glinski completed the 5000 meters in a time of 15:08, which earned him a fifth place finish.

The Saints next competition will be on Saturday on the campus of Siena Heights starting at 10 a.m.

Saints Finish 10th at Nationals

posted Mar 10, 2014, 3:06 PM by Nicholas Whise   [ updated Mar 10, 2014, 3:08 PM ]



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.

Six Saints Earn All-American Honors

posted Mar 7, 2014, 8:53 PM by Nicholas Whise

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.

A Great Start for the Saints

posted Mar 6, 2014, 8:58 PM by Nicholas Whise



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.

Saints Ready for Nationals

posted Mar 5, 2014, 8:19 AM by Nicholas Whise

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

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-3rd, Women-5th at Indoor Championships

posted Feb 23, 2014, 12:22 PM by Nicholas Whise   [ updated Feb 23, 2014, 12:26 PM ]

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:

Men
1. Indiana Tech 205
2. Siena Heights 164
3. Aquinas 96
4. Cornerstone 65
5. Davenport 25
6. Concordia 3
7. Marygrove 0

Women
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.

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