Wigmore 12th at CCAA X-C Running Nationals

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After getting stepped on, Joren Manz ran most of the 8 km race with a badly torn shoe

As she’s done all year, rookie Wolves runner Jamie Wigmore was the top GPRC athlete at the CCAA Cross Country Running Championships in Montreal on Saturday.  The 19 year old Commerce student placed 12th in a time of 19:42 for the lightening fast 5 km course.  For her efforts, Wigmore was named as a second team 2012 CCAA Championships Tournament All Star.

In the team competition, the Wolves women placed 8th, two spots lower than their pre-championship national ranking.  Individually, in addition to Wigmore, Amanda Patteson placed 44th, Kayla Hardy was 87th, Chassity Mohan was 88th, Stephanie Marcotte finished 98th and Calla Scott ran to a 115th place finish.

MacEwan University, the ACAC Champion, took home the gold medal ahead of St. Foy (silver) and Humber College (bronze.).

Overall, Wolves co-coach Bill Corcoran was pleased with the Wolves women’s performances.  “On the womens side, we didn’t run our best race.  Amanda was battling a bit of a cold and Kayla’s back flared up, but Jamie, Chas, and Calla really stepped up.  We still ended up second out of the ACAC schools.”

In the mens 8 km race, the previously nationally unranked Wolves ended up in 13th place.  Hayden Hollowell led the way with a 33rd place run in a personal best time of 27:36 for 8 kms.  Other Wolves participants included Eric Martinek. (43rd), Joren Manz (73rd), Riley Wallace (83rd), Vaughan Marillier (116th), and Cody Kranz (133rd).

Also, on Saturday, former CCAA Champion and Wolves runner Fiona Benson, now representing Trinity Western Univeristy, placed 5th at the Canadian universities CIS National Cross Country Championships in London, Ontario.

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