Cross Country


Baldwin Wallace Junior Ken Janosko Named CAPITAL ONE Academic All-American

Ken Janosko

BEREA, OHIO – Baldwin Wallace University junior cross country and track and field standout student-athlete Kenny Janosko (Mentor) has been named as a third-team CAPITAL ONE Academic All-American. It is his first appearance on the CAPITAL ONE Academic All-American team.

The program is sponsored in conjuction with CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) and CAPITAL ONE. Student-athletes are nominated and selected by the SIDs.  To qualify, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum 3.30 grade point average, be a starter or key reserve who has appeared in more than half of his/ her teams games/ events.

This fall, Janosko was named as the Ohio Athletic Conference’s Co-Runner of the Year in cross country after he placed 66th of 279 total runners at the 2011 NCAA Division III National Championship Meet, finished sixth of 279 runners at the Div. III Great Lakes Regional Meet, fourth of 147 runners at the annual All-Ohio Div. III Championship Meet and was the runner-up of 156 competitors at the OAC Championships.  He also was the individual champion at The College of Wooster Invitational.

Janosko, who was competing in his first national chanpionhship, covered the 8K course in a time of 25:02 , which was the top finisher of any other OAC runner.

This winter, Janosko, despite battling an injury, placed second at the 2012 OAC Indoor Championship Meet in the 5000-meter run and third in the 3000 meters. Due to the injury, he did not run this spring outdoors.

“This is a great, great honor for Kenny,” said veteran Yellow Jacket Head Coach Dr. Bill Taraschke. “He is an outstanding student and team leader and exemplifies the characteristics of what an Academic All-American should be. We are so proud of him.

“Kenny had an excellent cross country season and has improved so much in each of his season’s here,” continued Taraschke. “We look forward to his return this fall and have high hopes of him having a great senior year in both cross country and track and field.”

During the 2011-2012 academic year, BW had an all-time best six CAPITAL ONE Academic All-Americans, including five this spring. Since the program’s inception in 1970, a total of eighty-three Yellow Jackets have earned that distinction. That is the most of any OAC school and the second most in Division III in Ohio.

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