Martens Captures Provincial 3000m Title

Mirelle Martens (5) and Nicole Kitt (4) in the late stages of the Junior 3000m at 2014 AA Outdoor Championships

Mirelle Martens (5) and Nicole Kitt (4) in the late stages of the Junior 3000m at 2014 AA Outdoor Championships

Wolves Athletics Club runner Mirelle Martens finished off her track season in style on Sunday, winning the Junior Women’s 3000m title at the 2014 Athletics Alberta Provincial Outdoor Championships in Sherwood Park.

In a replay of last month’s ASAA Provincial High School 3000m Senior Womens race, Martens and St Paul’s Nicole Kitt separated themselves early from the filed and ran stride-for-stride for 2800m.  Martens superior kick was again the difference as she stopped the clock in 10:31, 3 seconds better than Kitt.  Martens time was a new personal best and meet record.

Also on Sunday, she contested the Junior Women’s 800m, finishing 6th in a personal best time of 2:24.

Martens has committed to GPRC for this fall where she’ll do double duty as both a x-country runner and mid-fielder for the Wolves Women’s Soccer team.

A number of other local athlete’s had podium finishes including:

Alexi Watson            Midget Women          Triple Jump      Silver      Long Jump        Bronze

Dylan Zambonelli    Junior Men               110m Hurdles   Bronze    400m Hurdles  Bronze

Xavier Crosby           Midget Men               Shot Put             Silver

Bill Corcoran            M50-59 Men              Shot Put             Bronze

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Cianna Forseille had a trio of 4th place finishes in the Youth SP, DT, and Jav at the 2014 AA Outdoor Championships

While the track and field season is over for local junior and senior athletes,  youth and midget athletes are 1.5 weeks away from the Alberta Summer Games in Airdrie, July 24 to 27.

 

 

 

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Hollowell continues to Roll

Here's a classic Sanchez shot from 2 years ago when he was 10 seconds slower over 1500m.  Nice hat!

Here’s a classic Sanchez shot from 2 years ago when he was 10 seconds slower over 1500m. Nice hat!

Wolves runner Hayden Hollowell’s best times continue to grind lower.  At the Edmonton International Track Classic last weekend, he chalked up his 4th and 5th PRs in a row, stopping the clock at 4:06 for the 1500m and 16:02 for the 5000m.

Hollowell and a few of his Wolves team mates will wrap up the season this coming weekend with the Athletics Alberta Provincial Outdoor Championships  in Sherwood Park.

 

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Provincial Shot Put Record Falls at WAC Mini Meet

Zone 8 ASG Track Team Members Ainsley Wolstenholme (left) and Erin Kozyra are looking forward to next month's Airdrie Games

Zone 8 ASG Track Team Members Ainsley Wolstenholme (left) and Erin Kozyra are looking forward to next month’s Airdrie Games

Grimshaw’s Angie Banack took down an 18 year old provincial record in the W45-49 shot put at the Wolves Athletics Club Mini Meet on Saturday at Legion Field.

Banack heaved the 4 kg shot 9.73m on her final throw breaking Liz McBlain’s 1996 mark of 9.44m.  Banack also had a 27.98m throw to win the Women’s Discus.

Although the Mini Meet attracted athletes of all ages from across the Peace, it was organized primarily as a tune up for the Zone 8 Alberta Summer Games Track & Field team. The Games take place in Airdrie from July 24 to July 27.

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Three PRs for Hollowell at Caltaf Meet

Hayden Hollowell placed 4th in the B Heat the the Men's 800m at the 2014 Caltaf Classic

Hayden Hollowell placed 4th in the B Heat the the Men’s 800m at the 2014 Caltaf Classic

Wolves runner Hayden Hollowell had a great meet last weekend, stringing together 3 personal best performances in three days at the 2014 Caltaf Classic in Calgary.

On Friday, Hollowell took 16 seconds of his best 3000m Steeplechase time, recording a mark of 10:02, good for 4th place overall.  Saturday saw another PR, this time in the 1500m when he stopped the clock at 4:07, the 8th best time in the event.  Hollowell competed in the 800m on Sunday and again ended up with a life time best time of 2:01, good for 14th place.

Full results are posted here.

 

 

 

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Iconic Beard ends Multi-Decade run

28 year old whiskers start hitting the floor

28 year old whiskers start hitting the floor

Twenty-eight plus years ago, a young grad student gave up shaving for Lent. But after 40 days and 40 nights, Rick Scott figured he was on a roll and continued his “sacrifice.” On Saturday June 14, however, the razor made its triumphant return, shearing off perhaps the Peace Country’s most iconic beard.

Scott’s date with the shaver was precipitated by a pledge he made to his daughter six years ago. When asked, “When will you shave off your beard?” he replied, “When you graduate from law school.” Oldest daughter The Lovely Sara Scott convocated from the University of Ottawa on Sunday.

Speculation that Rick Scott did not have a chin was put to rest on Saturday

Speculation that Rick Scott does not have a chin was put to rest on Saturday

While Scott was unavailable for comment, rumor has it, Beard 2.0 is already in progress.

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Martens Repeats at High School Track Provincials

Left to right Skye Russell (Strathcona Edm), Mirelle Martens, and Nicole Kitt - Senior Womens 3000 podium at the 2014 ASAA Provincial Track and Field Championship

Left to right Skye Russell (Strathcona Edm), Mirelle Martens, and Nicole Kitt – Senior Womens 3000 podium at the 2014 ASAA Provincial Track and Field Championship

Grade 12 St Joe’s student Mirelle Martens defended her provincial title in the Senior Women’s 3000m at the ASAA Provincial High School Track and Field Championship in Calgary on Friday.

Martens and St Paul’s Nicole Kitt set a blistering early pace separating themselves from the 16 women field.  With 400m to go, Grande Prairie athlete made a bold move, and Kitt was unable to respond.  Martens stopped the clock in a personal best time of 10:32 for a 17 second victory.

2014 NW Zone Women's 4 x 400m team

2014 NW Zone Women’s 4 x 400m team

On Saturday, Martens and Kitt faced off again in the Senior Women’s 1500m and employed similar front-running tactics.  This time Calgary’s Alyssa Teed hung on to the leading duo for 1200m before accelerating to the front.  Martens gave chase but fell off in the final 100m.  Teed broke the tape in 4:47 for a 2 second victory over Martens.  Kitt placed third.

Marten’s gold and silver were the only two podium performances by local athletes, but two other young women had top 8 placings:  The Comp’s Kelsey Bishop (6th Junior Women’s 100m) and Eaglesham’s Brittany Duvall (7th Junior Women’s 1500 and 7th Junior Women’s 3000m).  The NW Zone 4 x 400m Women’s Relay team consisting of Martens, Bishop, Duvall, and Beaverlodge’s Kailey Bratland also placed 7th.

Peace River’s Glenmary High was the top NW Zone school in the team standings, placing third among 2A schools.

Full results are posted on the ASAA Championship website.

 

 

 

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Martens Sisters Shine at Zones

St Joe's student Mirelle Martens won 3 races and ran a leg on the winning 4 x 400m team at the 2014 ASAA NW Zone Meet

St Joe’s student Mirelle Martens won 3 races and ran a leg on the winning 4 x 400m team at the 2014 ASAA NW Zone Meet

St Joes’s sisters Mirelle and Janai Martens combined to win 6 gold medals and set 2 Zone records at the 2014 ASAA Northwest Zone Track and Field Meet in Peace River on Friday and Saturday.

Grade 12 student Mirelle triumphed in the Senior Women’s 800, 1500, and 3000m.  She also teamed up with the Comp’s Kelsey Bishop, Beaverlodge’s Kailey Bratland, and Eaglesham’s Brittany Duval for a win in the 4 x 400m relay.  The quartet smashed the existing 4 x 400m zone record by 11 seconds, stopping the clock at 4:37.96.

Grade 10 student Janai won the Junior Women’s Long Jump and Triple Jump.  Her Triple Jump mark of 10.28m also established a new Zone record.

Another notable local performances came from Alexander Forbes student Alexi Watson who won the Senior Girls 100m, 200m, and long jump.

Hillside Valleyview continued their winning streak in the team competition, capturing both the Jr High and Sr High aggregates.  The top local high school was Beaverlodge Regional which finished 6th.   Harry Balfour was the best local junior high school finishing in 3rd place overall.

The top 2 finishers in each Senior High event qualified for the ASAA High School Provincials in Calgary this Friday and Saturday.

Full results can be found on the NW Zone Track and Field page.

 

 

 

 

 

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2014 NW Zone 8 ASG Track Team Named

Athletes from across the Peace were at the Legion Track on Saturday contesting the 2014 NW Zone 8 Alberta Summer Games (ASG)Track and Field Trials. After an intense day of competition, a Zone team consisting of 20 boys and 20 girls was named for the Games which take place in Airdrie in late July.

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Brittany Duval (leading) and Kailey Bratland (following) will represent the Peace in distance running at the 2014 ASG in Airdrie. (Also pictured, Assistant Coach Jamie Wigmore)

A number of notable performances were posted at the meet.  Valleyview’s Tristin Werklund won four events (100, 200, 400, and Triple Jump) in the Youth Men’s division, while 15 year old Alexander Forbes student Kris Baird captured the Shot Put, Discus, and Javelin titles in the Midget Men’s division.

St Joe’s Cianna Forseille, a 4th place finisher in javelin at the 2012 ASG, won a trio of events in the Youth Women’s category (Shot Put, Discus, and Javelin), while Allie Walters was a quadruple winner (Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, and Triple Jump) in the Midget Women’s events.

2014 NW Zone 8 Alberta Summer Games Athletics Team

 

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Hollowell Repeats as DHT Press Run Champion

Wolves Athletics Club runner Hayden Hollowell defended his DHT Press Run 10 km title on Saturday.  Hollowell bolted out to an early lead and never looked back, stopping the clock in 35:05, 12 seconds better than his winning time in 2013. Peace River’s Ken Wurst placed second, 4.5+ plus minutes behind.

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Mirelle Martens and Hayden Hollowell, 2014 DHT 10 km Press Run Champions

Mirelle Martens also topped the podium in her first-ever road race.  The 18 year old St Joe’s student won the women’s 10 km event, and placed 4th overall, in a time of 41:11.  Wolves team mate Kirsten Manz placed third among the 10 km women.

In the women’s half marathon event, it was a Wolves Alumni sweep as Heather Tangen (2005), Kayla Hardy (2011-13), and Stephanie Murphy (2012) went 1-2-3.  Grande Prairie’s Darin Hunter won the men’s half marathon.

Full results are posted here

 

 

 

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Wolves Women Win at 2014 Brian Harms Road Race

Past, present, and future Wolves women runners dominated the 2014 Brian Harms Road Race at South Bear Creek Park on Sunday.

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Jackie Benning and Josh Malmstem lead out the 5 km race at the 2014 Brian Harms Memorial

Wolves alum Jackie Benning won the 5 km event outright in a time 21:19.  Maddy Clough, another alum, placed second amongst the women in 22:59.

The women’s 8 km event winner was current Wolves runner Jamie Wigmore, who covered the course in 32:06.  Sixteen year old Kailey Bratland, a Wolves Athletics Club runner, was second in 36:06.

Another member of the 2014 Wolves, Kayla Hardy, placed first among the women in the 16 km event (75:24), thirty seconds better than Wolves alum, Jessica Elliot.

The overall winner of the 16 km race was Grande Prairie’s Landon Dunbar.  Robert Seitz was first across the line in the 8 km event.

Full results are posted on the Results Canada website.

 

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