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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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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