The Baldwin Wallace University men's cross country program has a rich heritage of excellence and is one of the best in Ohio, the Ohio Athletic Conference and in NCAA Division III. Head Coach Bill Taraschke's long-term goal is to make his program for cross country and track and field the best in the nation for NCAA Division III schools.
The BW men's program continues to build momentum and in 2012 were lead by two-time CAPITAL ONE All-American, and 2011 Runner of the Year Ken Janosko'13 (Mentor). He is just the second Yellow Jacket to win that award (Tim Budic '01 did it in 2000-01).
This fall, the Yellow Jacket men will be represented by lone senior Greg Blevins (Mentor) as he lead the Brown & Gold a year ago. In addition, look for juniors Alex Fuhrmann (Painesville/Riverside) , Mike Miller (Strongsville) and sophomore Brian Brennan (Akron/Walsh Jesuit) to be team leaders for the Yellow Jackets this season.
More Than 50 Years of Men's Cross Country Excellence
The Baldwin Wallace University Yellow Jacket cross country program for men has a rich heritage of excellence. For many years, the program has been among the best in the Ohio Athletic Conference, the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Region and nationally in Division III.
The men's program originally began in the 1950s and reached prominence in the 1970s and early 1980s under the direction of legendary head coach Paul "Sparky" Adams. During that time, BW was one of the OAC's best teams, finishing high at both the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional and NCAA Division III National meets each year.
The Yellow Jacket men won a pair of OAC titles in the 70s (1973 and 1979) and captured three straight from 1981 through 1983. In both the 1970s and into the early-to-mid 1980s, BW placed almost annually in the Top-10 teams at the Division III national meet. Four times in the history of the program, a runner captured the OAC individual title with the last being John Finlay in 1993.
The Developmental Goals of the Program
The Baldwin Wallace University cross country program strives for excellence by stressing the development of each runner to his or her fullest potential. To achieve excellence, the BW cross country student-athlete is asked to be self-disciplined, unselfishly dedicated and to place the goals of the team ahead of personal recognition.
While many valuable lessons can be learned on the cross country course and at practice, the ultimate goal is to help each student-athlete grow and graduate at the end of his stay at Baldwin Wallace University.