Wolves Trio Cracks Top 25 at TC 10 km

Seven Wolves athletes contested the 2015 TC 10 km in Victoria

Seven Wolves athletes contested the 2015 TC 10 km in Victoria

Eight GP athletes were in Victoria, B.C.  on Sunday to contest the 2015 Times Colonist Road Race.

Mirelle Martens recorded the top local performance, placing 7th among all women runners.  Martens stopped the clock at 36:39 for the rolling 10 km course.

Teammates Jackie Benning (20th-39:37) and Amanda Patteson (24th-39:57) also both posted huge personal best times.

Other Wolves finishers included Brandon Wladyko (38:17) and Emily Whalen (52:10).  High schooler Brittany Duvall ran 46:17, 15 seconds better than Wolves coach Bill Corcoran.

In the half-marathon event, GP’s Andrea Snider placed third among the women in a time of 1:29:46.

With nearly 10,ooo finishers, the TC road races is one of Canada’s largest running events.

Full results are posted at Race Day Timing

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Peace Country Classic/ GP Kid’s Track Meet Slated for May 9

Bezanson Girls 15/16 relay team prepares for Heat 1 of the 4 x 100 relay

The 4 x 100m relay is always a highlight at the Peace Country Classic Track Meet.  This year’s event goes May 9 at Legion Field.

The annual Peace Country Classic all comers track meet goes May 9 at the Legion Field.  With a number of changes to the program, this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever.  Athletes of all ages and abilities will take part.

The most significant change in 2015 is the establishment of the first Grande Prairie Kids Track Meet.  After a 30+ year run, the Northern American Hershey Track Program came to an end last year, so the GP Kids Meet fills the gap caused by the Hershey Meet’s demise.  Athletes from Grades 1 to 3 can compete in up to 3 events (60m, 400m, and standing long jump), while athletes in Grades 4 to 6 have the choice of 4 events (60m, 800m, standing long jump, and shot put.)

At the other end of the age spectrum, the Peace Country Classic is proud to be hosting the NW Zone Trials for the 2015 Alberta 55+ Games, which will be held in Strathmore in July.

The main part of the meet features a full menu of track and field events with categories for Junior High, Senior High, and Open athletes.  A 5000m race has been added to timetable for 2015.

Full details about the meet are linked on the Wolves Athletics Club website (www.wolvesac.com).  The registration deadline is Wednesday, May 6.

 

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XC Runners Garner Major Awards at Festival of Gold

 

Wolves XC 2015 Academic Team of the Year at GPRC

Wolves XC 2015 Academic Team of the Year at GPRC

The GPRC XC Running and Indoor Track Team captured a number of major awards at the 45th Annual Festival of Gold Athletics Awards Banquet on Thursday evening.

With a combined GPA north of 3.5, the team was named GPRC’s Academic Team of the Year for 2014-15.

Graduating athlete Amanda Patteson was named a CCAA Academic All Canadian

Graduating athlete Amanda Patteson was named a CCAA Academic All Canadian

Two individuals runners were also singled out for major awards.  Amanda Patteson was named one of only two Academic All Canadians from GPRC in 2014/15.  Patteson achieved the award by achieving All Conference honours in XC running plus maintaining an honour’s standing with a full course load in the Nursing program.

Mirelle Martens was named GPRC’s Female Athlete of the Year for 2014/2015.  Martens went undefeated against ACAC/CCAA competition in both x-country and track this year, and also represented Canada in the U20 races at both the Pan American and IAAF World Cross Country Championships.  The ACAC also announced on Thursday, that Martens has been named 2014-15 ACAC Female Athlete of the Year for All Sports.

The 2014-15 Wolves XC/Indoor Track Team Award Winners were also recognized:

Roland Esposito “Team Guy” Award         Kirstin Manz

Penny Thompson Outstanding XC Runners   Brandon Wladyko and Mirelle Martens

Indoor Track Award    Jamie Wigmore

Gurevitch and Burnham Scholarship      Jamie Wigmore

 

 

 

 

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Tough Day for Local Runners at IAAF World Cross Country Running Champs

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Fiona Benson (Canada) at the start of the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Running Championships

A pair of local runners were in tough Saturday at the 41st IAAF World Cross Country Running Championships in Guiyang, China. Grande Prairie’s Mirelle Martens and Toms Lake’s Fiona Benson both toed the line representing Team Canada at “the toughest race on the planet.”

Martens started strong, running in the top 50 at the end of the first of three 2 km laps, but she faded badly on the final circuit, eventually placing 94th in the Junior Women’s 6 km race.

An exhausted Mirelle Martens at the end of the Junior Women's race at the 2015 World Cross Country Running Championships

An exhausted Mirelle Martens at the end of the Junior Women’s race at the 2015 World Cross Country Running Championships

Benson’s race in the Senior Women’s 8 km event followed a similar pattern. However, she fared slightly better than Martens, finishing 68th overall.  Both runners were fifth amongst the Canadian runners in their respective races.

Runners from Ethiopia and Kenya dominated the championships sweeping all of the individual and team gold and silver medals.

2015 IAAF World Cross Country Running Championships Results

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Indoor Track Season Wraps Up – WAC Athletes and Alums Excel

Jamie Wigmore (left) placed 3rd and Jackie Benning finished 6th in the 2015 Isaak's Eight in Edmonton

Jamie Wigmore (left) placed 3rd and Jackie Benning finished 6th in the 2015 Isaak’s Eight in Edmonton

The 2015 indoor track season wrapped up this weekend, and WAC athletes and alums posted some notable performances.

In Edmonton, Jamie Wigmore and Jackie Benning both established personal best times in the Isaak’s Eight at the Running Room Indoor Games in Edmonton.  Wigmore established a new GPRC school record in the 800m, clocking a time of 2:15.13, good for third place in the invitational field.   Benning clocked 2:22 and finished 6th.

Fiona Benson leading the 1500m at the 2015 CIS Indoor Track and Field Championships

Fiona Benson leading the 1500m at the 2015 CIS Indoor Track and Field Championships

In Windsor, Ontario, former Wolves standout Fiona Benson, running for Trinity Western University, capped off a stellar university career with four podium finishes at the CIS Indoor Track and Field Championships.  Benson struck gold in the 1500m (4:18) and silver in the 3000m (9:16), both personal best times.  She also ran legs on Trinity Western’s bronze medal winning 4 x 400m and 4 x 800m teams.

Another Wolves alum, Joren Manz, had a fourth place finish, running a leg on the University of Alberta’s 4 x 800m relay team.

Results  –  2015 Running Room Indoor Games

Results – 2015 CIS Indoor Track and Field Championships

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Hollowell Captures Silver at Athletics Alberta Age Group Indoor Provincials

Hayden Hollowell (leading) placed second in the 3000m at the 2015 AA Age Group Indoor Provincials

Hayden Hollowell (leading) placed second in the 3000m at the 2015 AA Age Group Indoor Provincials

Hayden Hollowell established personal best times in two races at the Athletics Alberta Age Group Indoor Provincials in Edmonton on the weekend.

The 20 year old Wolves Athletics Club runner clocked a time of 8:53 in the 3000m, finishing second in the senior men’s race.  Hollowell also placed 4th in the 1500m in 4:05.

Youth runner Brittany Duvall and Bantam competitor Mairen Lawson also took part.  Duvall’s best effort was a 7th place finish in the 3000m (11:51) while Lawson clocked 3:03 for the 800m, good for 20th place.

Results

 

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WAC Athletes Honored at 2015 NW Alberta Sports Awards

 

2014 ACAC and CCAA Champions - Wolves Women's XC Running
2014 ACAC and CCAA Champions – Wolves Women’s XC Running

 

Wolves Athletics Club athletes and coaches picked up three major awards Saturday night at the 2015 NW Alberta Sports Excellence Awards at the Stonebridge Hotel.

The GPRC Women’s XC Running Team was named Female Team of the Year.  The team dominated college xc running in Canada last fall going undefeated all season and winning the 2014 CCAA XC Running Championship with record scores for winning point total and largest margin of victory.

Mirelle Martens was named Female Athlete of the Year.  The 19 year old GPRC runner won multiple provincial track and xc running titles in 2014 and captured the individual gold medal at the 2014 CCAA XC Running Championships, winning the 5 km race by 31 seconds.

In late November, Martens placed third in the Junior Women’s race at the 2014 Athletics Canada National XC Running Championships and qualified for Team Canada.  She made her international debut two weeks ago in Colombia at the 2015 Pan American Cross Country Cup, and she’ll contest the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Running Championships in China later on this month.

Wolves coach Bill Corcoran was honored as High Performance Coach of the Year.  In 24 seasons with the Wolves,  Corcoran and co-coach Rick Scott’s athletes have won numerous provincial and national medals including two CCAA National Team titles and three individual CCAA National gold medals.

Former Wolves runner Jeff Frattini was selected as the Developmental Coach of the Year for his work with local volleyball teams.

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Wolves Women Run Away with ACAC Indoor Track Title

2015 ACAC Indoor 4 x 400m Women's Champs (left to right) Jackie Benning, Amanda Patteson, Kirsten Manz, Jamie Wigmore (photobomber) Emily Whalen

2015 ACAC Indoor 4 x 400m Women’s Champs (left to right) Jackie Benning, Amanda Patteson, Kirsten Manz, Jamie Wigmore (photobomber) Emily Whalen

Capturing five of six races, the GPRC Wolves Women’s Indoor Track Team delivered a dominating performance at the ACAC Indoor Track Championships at CFB Edmonton on Saturday.

The Wolves recorded a team score of 83 points, 27 better than second place Macewan UniversityLethbridge College won the bronze.

Jamie Wigmore had 2 individual gold medals, 1 bronze, and she anchored the winning 4 x 400m team

Jamie Wigmore had 2 individual gold medals, 1 bronze, and she anchored the winning 4 x 400m team

Leading the way individually was third year athlete Jamie Wigmore.  For the second year in a row, Wigmore was honored as the ACAC Indoor Track Female Athlete of the Year.  She won both the 1000m (3:03) and 600m (1:38.3), and placed third in the 300m (44.7). In addition, she anchored the victorious Wolves women’s 4 x 400m team with a spectacular leg, running down the leading Lethbridge College team with 100m to go.

Mirelle Martens and Jackie Benning were also recognized as top six overall female athletes.  Martens won both the 3000m (10:22) and 1500m (4:50). Her 3000m time was a new ACAC Championship record.  Benning has a pair of individual silver medals, 1000m (3:08) and 1500m (4:58) and team gold for the 4 x 400m.

Other Wolves women recording top 8 finishes included Amanda Patteson (4 x 400m – gold, 3000m – 5th, 600m – 6th ,) and Kirsten Manz (300m – 5th,  4 x 400 – gold).

In the men’s competition, the Wolves placed 6th, scoring 5 points.  Josh Malmstem (1000m – 8th) and Jon Fernandez (1500m – 8th) recorded individual scoring performances, while the men’s 4 x 400m team consisting of Malmstem, Fernadez, Ian Keefe, and Brandon Wladyko, finished 6th.

Lethbridge College won the men’s team title and the combined men’s/women’s title.  GPRC placed second in the combined standings.

Full results 2015 ACAC Indoor Track Championship

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Canadian Jr. Women Golden at Pan Am XC Cup; Martens 24th

Mirelle Martens (2nd from the left) and her Team Canada teammates captured the gold medal at the PanAmerican Cup XC Running Champs on Feb. 22.  (Photo from Athletics Canada)

Mirelle Martens (2nd Canadian from the left) and her Team Canada teammates captured the Jr Women’s team gold medal at the PanAmerican Cup XC Running Champs on Feb. 22. (Photo from Athletics Canada)

Wolves runner Mirelle Martens is a Pan Am gold medalist.

Martens and her Team Canada Junior Women’s  teammates won a close three-way battle with the United States and Peru on Sunday at the Pan American Cup Cross Country Running Championships in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Individually, Martens placed 24th in the flat 5 km race, recording a time of 18:00.  The top Canadians were Hannah Woodhouse (2nd) and Branna MacDougall (3rd).

In the Senior Women’s 6 km race, former Wolves runner Fiona Benson placed 13th.  Canada’s Senior Women’s team finished second behind the United States.

In the men’s races, the Canadian Juniors placed second, while the Senior Men were fourth.

Martens and Team Canada will contest the IAAF World Cross Country Running Championships in China next month.

Full Results – 2015 Pan American Cross Country Cup

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Patteson Upset Winner of the Athlete of the Meet at ADH Invitational

Amanda Patteson (middle) celebrates her historic AOM win in the 2015 Amanda D Hippy Invitational

In a astonishingly poor and arbitrary decision, Amanda Patteson was named the Athlete of the Meet at the 3rd annual Amanda D Hippy Invitational at the Eastlink Centre on Saturday.

Patteson, a 4th year runner from the GPRC Wolves, overcame a number of obstacles (most which were self-inflicted) to record a second place finish in the 1000m (3:14) and a fourth place finish in the 300m (51.8).  She also ran a leg on the victorious GPRC Women’s 4 x 200m relay team which lowered the school record by 1.5 seconds.

Other notable performances were turned in by Jamie Wigmore, who lowered her own Wolves school record in 400m  to 63.0, and Josh Malmstem, who upset team mate Brandon Wladyko in the 1000m.

Full results 2015 Amanda D Hippy Invitational

But first, let's all take a selfie

But first, let’s all take a selfie

 

 

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