Podium for Wolves’ Martens at National Junior XC Running Champs

 

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Mirelle Martens leading Claire Smith and Branna MacDougall (obscured) midway through the Junior Women’s 6 km race at the 2014 AC National XC Running Champs in Vancouver

Wolves runner Mirelle Martens capped off her 2014 cross-country running season in style on Saturday capturing 3rd place in the Junior Women’s (19U) 6 km race at the Athletics Canada National Cross Country Running Championships in Vancouver.

Martens got out to a quick start and ran in the lead pack of four runners for the first two laps  of the three lap race. In the final lap, winner Hannah Woodhouse of Ontario separated herself from the field, and silver medalist Jennie Baragar-Petrash from Winnipeg rallied from 8th place.  Martens dug deep in the final 400m to hold off four other runners in the battle for the bronze medal.

Martens and five other runners earned spots on the 2015 Junior National Cross Country running team.  They will represent Canada in the Pan Am Cross Country Running Championships in Columbia in February and the IAAF World Cross Country Running Championships in China in March.

In the Junior Women’s team competition, Marten’s run helped Team Alberta place second behind Team Ontario.

Four other Wolves Athletics Club runners also took part in the national meet.  Kailey Bratland and Brittany Duval ran in the Youth Women’s (17U) 4 km race finishing in 93rd and 95th places, respectively.  Jamie Wigmore was 44th in the Senior Women’s 8 km race while Hayden Hollowell was 58th in the Senior Men’s 10 km race.

Former Wolves runner Fiona Benson, now running for Trinity Western University, placed 7th in the Senior Women’s race.

Full results are posted here

 

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Record Setting Victory for Wolves Women’s XC Running at CCAA Nationals

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Wolves Co Coach Rick Scott relaxes with the 2014 CCAA Women’s XC Running Trophy

The GPRC Wolves Women’s Cross Country running team completed an undefeated season on Saturday with a convincing win at the 2014 CCAA National Cross Country Running Championships in Calgary.  Placing four runners in the top 11, the Wolves compiled the best women’s team score in the 13 year history of the event.

ACAC rival schools SAIT and Lethbridge College completed an Alberta sweep of the podium by placing  second and third respectively. Ontario champion Humber College was fourth.

Rookie sensation Mirelle Martens led the way for the Wolves as she has all season.  Martens took the lead from the gun and gradually pulled away from the entire field over the hilly 5 km course.  She crossed the finish line first in a time of 18:29, 31 seconds better than Victoriaville’s Jessy Lacourse, the reigning Quebec college champion.  Ontario college champion Lindsay Webster from Humber College placed third.

Close behind the leading three was Wolves runner Jamie Wigmore who ran a gutsy race finishing fourth.  Jackie Benning and Amanda Patteson kept Wigmore in sight for the entire race and were rewarded with 8th and 11th place finishes respectively.  Sisters Kristin (89th) and Karina Manz (105th) also represented the Wolves in the women’s race.

Based on their finishes, Martens and Wigmore were named First Team Tournament All Stars, while Benning and Patteson were named Second Team Tournament All Stars.

This was only the second time in history that a GPRC women’s team topped the standings at CCAA Nationals. The 2002 Wolves women were the best college team at the first CCAA meet.  Martens’ win represented the third national individual title won by a Wolves athlete in cross country running.  Kyle Reynolds took the gold in the men’s race in 2004, while Fiona Benson won the women’s event in 2010.

In the men’s 8 km race, the Wolves managed a 16th place finish.  Third year runner Riley Wallace had the best GPRC finish placing 56th, two spots better than team mate Brandon Wladyko Ian Keefe (83rd) and Josh Malmstem (104th) were the other Wolves finishers.

While CCAA Nationals marked the end of the cross country season for most of the Wolves runners, Martens and Wigmore still have some unfinished business. Both women will be in Vancouver at the end of the month contesting the Athletics Canada Cross Country Nationals and World Championship Team Trials.

Story and Full results are linked on the CCAA Website

And also on Saturday ….

Former Wolves standouts Fiona Benson and Hayden Hollowell were in St. John’s NL for the 2014 Canadian Interuniversity Sport Cross Country Running Nationals.  Benson placed 10th in the 6 km women’s race and was part of the silver medal winning team from Trinity Western University.  Hollowell, running for the University of Saskatchewan, placed 106th in the men’s 10 km race.

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Wolves Women XC Running Complete Perfect ACAC Season

Wolves Women put on a game face before the start of the 2014 ACAC XC Running Championships in Ft McMurray

Wolves Women put on a game face before the start of the 2014 ACAC XC Running Championships in Ft McMurray

Placing four runners in the top 7, the GPRC Wolves Women’s XC Running team dominated the ACAC Championships on Saturday in Fort McMurray. The win was the team’s third in a row against ACAC competition this season.

As she’s done all year, rookie Mirelle Martens led the way for the Wolves winning the hilly 5 km race in 19:02. Team mate Jamie Wigmore captured the silver medal.  Wolves veterans Jackie Benning and Amanda Patteson placed sixth and seventh respectively.  Based on their top seven placings, all four women were named to the 2014 ACAC all conference team.

Other Wolves finishers in the women’s 5 km included sisters Kristen (29th) and Karina Manz (41st), Tamica Campbell (47th), Cierra Verduzco (48th), and Emily Whalen (49th).

SAIT placed second among the women’s teams, while Lethbridge College was third.

This was the first team championship for the Wolves women since 2004 and only the third ever.  Martens individual women’s ACAC gold medal was only the second in GPRC history.  Tara Lee Stillwell took the top prize in the 1999 ACAC race.

In the men’s 8 km race, the Wolves Men were 6th behind the winning team from Concordia University. Brandon Wladyko and Riley Wallace had top 20 finishes, placing 15th and 18th respectively.  Ian Keefe (25th), Josh Malmstem (36th), Eric Derose (41st), Gaurav Rawat (51st), Julian Camsell (58th), and North Alton (59th) were the other GPRC finishers.

 Next up for the Wolves XC team is the CCAA  XC Running Championships in Calgary on November 8.

Next up for the Wolves XC team is the CCAA Championships in Calgary on November 8.

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Dominant Performance by X-Country Wolves Women at ACAC #4

Mirelle Martens (58) and Jamie Wigmore (45) at the start of ACAC #4

Mirelle Martens (58) and Jamie Wigmore (45) at the start of ACAC #4

The #2 nationally-ranked GPRC Wolves Women’s X-Country team won its second ACAC race of the season on Saturday in Calgary, ACAC #4- Pre-Nationals hosted by SAIT Polytechnic.  Placing its four scoring runners in the top ten, GPRC tallied 22 points, 13 better than second place Lethbridge CollegeUBCO, the CCAA’s top-ranked women’s team, was a distant third with 53 points.

Individually,  Mirelle Martens was first amongst the college runners for the third time this season.   She recorded a time of 19:51 over the hilly 5 km course. Teammates Jamie Wigmore (4th), Jackie Benning (7th), and Amanda Patteson (10th) were the next Wolves runners to finish.  Kirsten Manz (32nd) and Tamica Campbell (46th) also completed the race.

The Wolves Men placed sixth in the men’s 8 km race, behind the winning team from UBCO.  Riley Wallace had the best GPRC placing with an 11th place finish amongst the college runners.  Other Wolves finishers included Brandon Wladyko (25th), Ian Keefe (31st), Josh Malmstem (37th), Gaurav Rawat (47th), and North Alton (55th).

The Wolves’ next ACAC meet is the Conference Championships in Fort Mc Murray on October 25.

In other cross country action on Saturday, two former Wolves contested the Sled Dog Open in Saskatoon.  Eric Martinek was the second University of Alberta runner across the line, placing 19th in the men’s 8 km race.  Hayden Hollowell, running for the University of Saskatchewan, was 31st.

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Wolves Runners Dominate at ACAC #2

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Mirelle Martens (left) and Jamie Wigmore went 1-2 in the women’s 5 k at ACAC 2 in Ft Mc Murray

Led by the dynamic duo of Mirelle  Martens and Jamie  Wigmore, the GPRC Wolves women’s x-country running team topped the field at ACAC #2 hosted by Keyano College in  Ft. Mc Murray on Saturday.

Martens, for the second week in a row, led all college runners, posting a time of 18:32 on the hilly 5 km course.  Wigmore placed second in 18:58, her first sub 19 clocking. Concordia’s Mariya Jenkins, last year’s CCAA bronze medalist, placed third.

Jackie Benning and Amanda Patteson also had strong races, placing 5th and 8th respectively. Sisters Kirstin and Karina Manz recorded 12th and 20th place finishes. Wolves assistant coach Jessica Baraskewich was 3rd amongst the non college runners.

Collectively, the Wolves women scored 16 points, well ahead of second place NAIT which totalled 33.  Concordia placed third.

In the men’s race, the Wolves ended up a surprising second behind the winning team from the University of Alberta – Augustana.  Riley Wallace had the top GPRC finish: 5th place.  Other Wolves finishers included Ian Keefe (9th), Josh Malmstem (15th), and North Alton (21st.)

The XC Wolves next ACAC meet is ACAC #4 – Pre Nationals hosted by SAIT in Calgary on October 4.

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2014 GPRC Wolves Cross Country Running Preview

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Mirelle Martens will be an impact runner for the 2014 XC Wolves

As the 2014 season dawns, the Wolves women’s and men’s x-country teams appear to be going in different directions.

Fresh off a bronze medal performance at the 2013 ACAC Championships, the women’s team looks strong as it returns three of its top five runners from last year.  2013 ACAC Silver medalist and 2013-14 GPRC Athlete of the Year Jamie Wigmore is back along with fourth year runners Kirstin Manz and Amanda Patteson.  In addition, Jackie Benning, who played a key role on the 2010 and 2011 XC Wolves, returns for another season.

The veteran women’s squad will be bolstered by the addition of Mirelle Martens, Alberta’s 2014 top high school distance running prospect..  Martens is the reigning Alberta High School champion in both xc running and the 3000m on the track.  She will be doing double duty this fall, playing for the soccer Wolves as well as running cross country.

The women’s team ended up ranked 6th in the CCAA last year and will definitely be looking to move up this year.

The Wolves men’s are in rebuilding mode.  They lose 2013-14 GPRC Athlete of the Year Hayden Hollowell, who has moved on to the University of Saskatchewan, along with three others from the 2013 starting six.   Riley Wallace, an ACAC All Conference runner from last season, will lead the team, as he splits his time between xc running and Wolves basketball.  Ian Keefe and Gaurav Rawat are the other key returners for the men.

 Josh Malmstem,,who ran 3 years at the GP Comp, is the top recruit on the men’s side.

In 2013, the Wolves men placed 4th in the ACAC.  The team ended up 14th at the CCCA championship.

As always, ACAC cross country should be highly competitive in 2014.  On the women’s side, the usually suspects, SAIT and Lethbridge, look to be strong.  Also, NAIT, Concordia, and the Wolves will contend.  The battle for the top 3 teams will be intense.

The men’s side should be more open.  Lethbridge is perennially strong, and Concordia should move up in the rankings in 2014.  It remains to be seen which other teams will vie for the final podium spot.

The Wolves open their ACAC season on September 13 by hosting the Steve Burgess Memorial at the Wapiti Nordic Trails.  A full team of Wolves also will take part in ACAC #2 in Ft. McMurray on September 20.  The team is also slated to run in ACAC #3 in Calgary on October 4.

When not on the road, the team will host and compete in a number of Wolves Cross Country Running Series events in Grande Prairie and other Peace Country venues.

On October 27, the Wolves will contest the 2014 ACAC Championships in Ft. McMurray. Two weeks later, the team will travel to Calgary to participate in this year’s CCAA National Championships.

After a highly successful first official season, ACAC Indoor track returns for Season 2 in 2014-15.   After November the Cross Country Wolves will transition to training for the shorter indoor distances.  The team will travel to two indoor meet meets in early 2015 and then contest the ACAC Indoor Championship in early March.  Triple ACAC indoor track gold medalist Jamie Wigmore (400, 800, 1500) will seek to defend her titles in 2015.

The coaching duo of Rick Scott and Bill Corcoran are back to guide the team.  2014 marks Corcoran’s 24th year with the Wolves, while Scott enters his 23rd year with the team.

 

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Local Athletes Shine at Alberta Summer Games

Brittany Duvall (far left), Kailey Bratland (second from the right), and Kelsey Bishop (far right) all represented Zone 8 at the 2014 Alberta Summer Games

Brittany Duvall (far left), Kailey Bratland (second from the right), and Kelsey Bishop (far right) all represented Zone 8 at the 2014 Alberta Summer Games

Wolves Athletics Club distance runners Brittany Duval and Kailey Bratland represented Zone 8 Peace Country at last week’s Alberta Summer Games in Airdrie.

Competing in her first AB Games and battling a knee injury, Duvall placed 6th in the 15000m in 5:18, less than a second off of her personal best time.  She also anchored the U17 Medley Relay team to a 6th place finishe.

Bratland, another ASG rookie, also ran in the 1500m, placing 8th in 5:24.  She also ran in the 800m (2:36) where she finished 10th, and the 400m (72 seconds), good for 13th place.

Peace Country athletes totaled 5 silver and 2 bronze in athletics at the Games.  Silver medal winners included Kelsey Wudkevich (U15 High Jump and U15 Pentathlon), Kelsey Bishop (U17 Heptathlon), Alexi Watson (U15 Triple Jump), and Cianna Forseille (U17 Javelin).  Bronze medals were won by Rylee Peters (U15 Pentathlon) and Kris Baird (U15 Discus).

Full Zone 8 Athletics Results can be found here https://apps.rampinteractive.com/albertagames/results.aspx

 

 

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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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