Runners Named GPRC Athletes of the Year

2014 FOG XC Running Award Winners - You can dress them up nice, but ...

2014 FOG XC Running Award Winners – You can dress them up nice, but …

The accolades continued on Thursday night for Wolves top two runners. At the 44th Annual Festival of Gold at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre, Hayden Hollowell was honoured as the 2013-14 GPRC Male Athlete of the Year. Jamie Wigmore, along with volleyball player Tonya Dueck, was named co-winner of the GPRC Female Athlete of the Year.

This is only the second time that two x-country runners in the same year have been named as the year’s best Wolves athletes. ACAC gold medalist Fred Setterington and basketball/xc standout Steph Ruch received AOY honours in 1999.

In addition to the winning the top prize, Hollowell, Wigmore and a number of other Wolves runners received awards:

XC Running Team Awards

Penny Thompson Memorial MVP X-C Running – Hollowell and Wigmore

Indoor Track and Field MVP – Hollowell and Wigmore

Roland Esposito “Team Guy” Award – Emily Whalen

Gurevitch and Burnham Scholarship – Hollowell

Wolves Academic Awards

Highest GPA – Tournanment Sport – Calla Scott and Wigmore

ACAC Awards

All Conference X-C Running – Riley Wallace, Hollowell, Wigmore

Individual X-C Running Silver Medal – Wigmore

Team X-C Running Bronze – Women’s XC Team (Wigmore, Amanda Patteson, Kayla Hardy, Christie Shepherd, Kirstin Manz, Tori Furstenwerth)

Indoor Track Races Gold – Wigmore (3),  Hollowell

Indoor Track Races Bronze – Hollowell, Womens 4 x 4 Relay (Wigmore, Whalen, Hardy, Patteson)

CCAA Awards

All Canadian – Wigmore

CCAA Nationals Tournament 1st Team All Star – Wigmore

CCAA All Academic – Wallace and Wigmore

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Triple Gold for Martens at Arctic Winter Games


Mirelle Martens traded the spikes for snowshoes and scooped three gold medals at the 2014 Arctic Winter Games in Fairbanks, AK

Wolves Athletics Club runner and multi sport athlete Mirelle Martens dominated the Junior Women’s snowshoe events at the 2014 Arctic Winter Games in Fairbanks, Alaska last week.

The 18 year old St Joes student won the 5 km, 7.5 km and Short Distance Combined events.  Martens also ran a leg on Team Alberta North’s mixed 4 x 400m relay which finished in fourth place finish.

2014 AWG Snowshoe Results

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Wigmore 4th in Invitational 800m


Wolves runner Jamie Wigmore concluded her indoor season on Saturday with a 4th place finish in the Isaak Kornelson Invitational 800m in Edmonton on Saturday. Her time of 2:18.38 was a personal best and Wolves school record.

The race was won by the University of Victoria’s Nicole Soderberg in 2:14. Brad Bickley from the University of Calgary won the men’s section.

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Wigmore Dominates ACAC Indoor Track Champs

Jamie Wigmore - 3 golds and a bronze at ACAC Indoors

Jamie Wigmore – 3 golds and a bronze at ACAC Indoors

Wolves runner Jamie Wigmore literally ran over the competition at the inaugural ACAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in Edmonton. The second-year athlete amassed three gold medals and a bronze in the two-day meet.

On Friday, Wigmore used a strong kick to pull off a pair of come-from-behind victories in the 1500m (4:47) and 400m (63.81). Both times were personal best and Wolves school records. On Saturday, she won the 800m in convincing fashion, posting a time of 2:21, 4 seconds better than runner up and reigning CCAA xcountry champion Lesley Koopman from Mac Ewan. Later on, Wigmore also combined with Wolves teammates Amanda Patteson, Kayla Hardy, and Emily Whalen to win the bronze in the 4 x 400m relay (4:40, new Wolves school record.)

Wigmore finished the indoor season unbeaten against ACAC competition winning a total of 5 individual races in three different meets. For her efforts, she was named the winner of the ACAC Indoor Track Grand Prix.

Collectively the Wolves women placed third in the ACAC Championship team standings behind MacEwan University and Lethbridge College.

Wigmore wasn’t the only Wolves runner to record a victory at the ACAC meet. Hayden Hollowell upset pre-race favourite Solomon Ngetich from Lethbridge College in the men’s 1500m. Hollowell pulled away in the final 300m to record a time of 4:13, 3 seconds clear of Ngetich. In the 3000m, Ngetich and teammate Edwin Kaitney, turned the tables on Hollowell, placing 1 and 2. Hollowell claimed the bronze in a time of 9:13.

The Wolves men placed 4th in the team standings behind Lethbridge College, SAIT, and Concordia University College respectively.

Elsewhere on the weekend, Wolves alum Fiona Benson, now running for Trinity Western University, scored the biggest victory of her career, capturing the 1000m at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Championships hosted at the University of Alberta. Benson also placed 10th in the 1500m and ran a leg on TWU’s 5th place 4 x 800 team.

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Three golds for Wolves Tracksters at Indoor Provs

Hayden Hollowell won the 1500m in a personal best time of 4:08

Hayden Hollowell won the 1500m in a personal best time of 4:08

Wins by Hayden Hollowell, Brittany Duvall, and Nicole VanDerKaaden highlighted a number of podium performances by Wolves Athletics Club athletes at the Athletics Alberta Provincial Indoor Track and Field Championships in Edmonton on the weekend.

Hollowell accelerated away from the rest of the field in the final 100m to win the Senior Men’s 1500m in a personal best time of 4:08. Duvall also recorded a personal best time (11:35) in winning the gold medal in the Youth Girls 3000m. VabDerKaaden, competing in her first meet as a Masters competitor, won the Women’s 35-49 High Jump.

Silver medal performances were registered by Jamie Wigmore (Senior Women’s 1500m – 4:52), Mirelle Martens (Junior Women’s 3000m – 10:51), and Greg Student (Midget Boys Triple Jump).

Wigmore recorded the lone bronze medal for WAC athletes, finishing 3rd in the Senior Women’s 800m in a time of 2:20.

Hollowell, Wigmore, and the rest of the GPRC Wolves Varsity track team will wrap up the indoor track and filed season next weekend when they contest the ACAC Indoor Championships at the Edmonton Garrison.

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Big Win for Wigmore at Nike Indoor Challenge

Hayden Hollowell (2790) in the early laps of the men's 3000m

Hayden Hollowell (2790) in the early laps of the men’s 3000m

Jamie Wigmore won the women’s 800m at the Nike Indoor Challenge in Edmonton on Saturday, recording a personal best indoor time of 2:20. It was her second win this month on the ACAC circuit after capturing the 1500m two weeks ago in Calgary.

Hayden Hollowell also had a strong showing on Saturday, placing second in the men’s 3000m, in a time of 9:14. He split the past two ACAC cross country champions, finishing 4 seconds behind 2013 champion Edwin Kaitany, but 17 seconds ahead of 2012 winner Solomon Ngetich.

Other Wolves competitors recording top 8 placings included Dylan Zambonelli (6th in the 400m and 800m), Ashley Camsell (4th in the 400m), Calla Scott (5th in the 400m), and Kayla Hardy (6th in the 3000m). The men’s and women’s 4 x 4 relay teams both finished 5th.

In the team standings, the Wolves women tied for fourth, while the men also placed 4th.

Next up for the Wolves tracksters is the Athletics Alberta Indoor Championships in Edmonton in two weeks.

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Huge 1500m wins for Wolves at ACAC #1

Jamie Wigmore (trailing) pulled away from Mariya Jenkins to win the 1500m at the New Balance Trojan Invitational

Jamie Wigmore (trailing) pulled away from Mariya Jenkins to win the 1500m at the New Balance Trojan Invitational

Wolves Tracksters opened thier ACAC Indoor Season with impact on Saturday with two huge wins in the 1500m at the New Balance Trojan Invitational in Calgary.

Jamie Wigmore surged ahead in the final 300m of the womens 1500m to record a 7 second victory.  Wigmore’s time of 4:53 was a new personal bests.

Hayden Hollowell dominated early in his 1500m race, recording a time of 4:18, 9 seconds ahead of second place.

In the womens 3000m, Amanda Patteson had a strong run, placing third in a time of 11:58.

Other Wolves athletes recording top 8 performances included Dylan Zambonelli (6th in the 800m), Emily Whalen (8th in the 800m), the womens 4 x 400m team (4th) and the mens 4 x 400m team (6th).

In the team standings, the Wolves women placed 3rd behind MacEwan University and Lethbridge College respectively.  The Wolves men placed sixth.

The Wolves Indoor Track team next sees action on Feb 15 in Edmonton at the Running Room Indoor Invitational.

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Wolves Athletics Club 2013 Year in Review

In chronological order, here are 13 Wolves Athletics Club highlights from 2013:

#1 – Provincial Junior Title for Manz

March 2 and 3 – AA Indoor Provincials, Edmonton

I couldn’t find a pic of Joren running indoors, but these two ladies are nicer to look at anyway.

Joren Manz had a breakout indoor season, establishing GPRC Varsity records in the 300m, 400m, 600m, and 800m.  At the Athletics Alberta Indoor Championships, he won the Junior Men’s title in the 400m (52.06) and finished second in the 800m (2:00.17)  (It was later discovered that he ran both these times with a stress fracture in his foot.)

In the Senior Women’s category, Jamie Wigmore was also a double medalists at Indoor Provincials, capturing bronze in the 1500m and silver in the 800m.

#2 – Wolves Women Second at ACAC Indoors

March 15 and 16 – ACAC Indoor Provincials, Edmonton

Bronze medal 4 x 400m – new GPRC school record!!!

Jamie Wigmore led the Wolves with three individual medals: 800m (Gold), 400m (Silver), and 1500m (Bronze) at the ACAC Indoors.  She also anchored the women’s 4 x 400m team to a bronze medal.  Collectively, the Wolves women placed second behind MacEwan in the team competition.

The group was also inspired by Emily Whalen’s destruction of the magic 3 minute barrier in the 800m for her first time.

#3 – Sanchez Sensational in TC 10 km

April 28 - Times Colonist 10 km, Victoria, BC
Sanchez's pic will come later.  Instead, here's a sweet pic of Wolves Legend Cody Krantz - a true beauty, that kid.

Sanchez’s pic will come later. Instead, here’s a sweet pic of Wolves Legend Cody Krantz – a true beauty, that kid.

Hayden “Sanchez” Hollowell established a huge personal best in the Times Colonist 10 km.  The 19 year old pride of Hythe, AB clocked 33:34 to finish 18th overall (in a field of 9487 finishers).  He won the U19 age category.

Eric Martinek also distinguished himself with a 31st place clocking of 34:47.  And fueled primarily by Smirnoff Ice, Cody Krantz stormed by some old guy in the last 100m to best the 45 minute barrier.

#4 – Double Victory for Wolves Duo

May 26 - Daily Herald Tribune Press Run, Grande Prairie, AB

You’d be smiling too if you were winning the 2013 Press Run 10 km with a brand new haircut and fully shorn neck beard

In 2013, Hayden Hollowell and Jamie Wigmore excelled on the track and over x-country courses, but May 26 was their day to shine on the roads as they captured the men’s and women’s titles respectively at the Daily Herald Tribune Press Run 10 km.

Hollowell clocked 35:17 while Wigmore recorded a time of 42:12.

#5 – Zone Records Fall

May 29 and 30 - ASAA NW Zone Track and Field Championships, Grande Prairie, AB

Again, another default pic – this time Zone 8 legend the Lovely Sara Scott

The ASAA NW Zone Track and Field Championship marked the debut of a new dominant runner on the Alberta high school scene, Mirelle Martens.  In her first- ever track race, the 17 year old St Joe’s student smashed Jenna Huber’s 11 year old Zone record in the 1500m, recording a time of 5:00.0 .  Martens also won the Senior Women’s 800m and 3000m at the meet.  Teammates Danae Keddie and Brittany Duval also set new NW Zone records: Keddie in the Senior Girls 1500m and Duvall in the Senior Girls 3000m.

Also, Dylan Zambonelli (note correct spelling for a change!!) had a pair of wins: the Senior Mens 400m and 800m.

#6 – Provincial H.S. Championship for Martens – Part 1

June 7 and 8 - ASAA High School Provincial Track and Field Championships, Calgary, AB

It was gold and silver for Mirelle Martens at the ASAA High School Provincials in Calgary in early June.  She clocked a time of 10:34 in winning the 3000m and 4:49 for second in the 1500m.  Martens also added a 6th place finish in the 800m.

#7 – Sanchez Soars in Steeplechase Debut

June 14,15, and 16 - Caltaf Classic, Calgary, AB
Hayden Hollowell established 2 new personal bests at the Team AB CSG trials

Not too bad, considering this was the kid’s first attempt at a real water jump.  We were all quite impressed!

Hayden “Sanchez” Hollowell didn’t let the absence of any steeplechase barriers in the Grande Prairie area spoil his debut in the event in mid June.  Proving yet again that “practice is highly over-rated”, the Hythe-based athlete finished 2nd in the 3000m steeplechase at the Canada Summer Games Trials in Calgary.  His time of 10:18 ended the year as #2 on the Alberta Junior Men’s list.

#8 – Multiple 800m medals at AA Outdoor Provincials

July 13 and 14 - AA Outdoor Provincials, Sherwood Park, AB
It's not a good idea to let old people try to sprint

It’s not a good idea to let old people try to sprint

WAC 800m runners featured prominently at the AA Outdoor Provincials in mid July in Sherwood Park.  Achieving podium performances in the 2 lapper were Bill Corcoran (Gold-Masters Men), Joren Manz (Silver – Junior Men), and Jamie Wigmore (Bronze – Senior Women).  In addition, Hayden Hollowell and Dylan Zambonalli (name mis-spelled on purpose this time) had 4th and 10th place finishes respectively in the Junior Men’s 800m.

Other notable performances on that weekend included Manz’s silver medal in the Junior Men’s 400m and Hollowell’s 4th place finish in the Junior Men’s 1500m.

#9- Boston Marathon Qualifiers for WAC Pair

August 25 - Edmonton Marathon, , AB

The appropriate image in this case would be Vaughn and/or Kayla running in a road race. But that’s not happening. Instead, we present A Pats running in her socks – isn’t that just adorable?

The ageless Vaughn Marillier and the not-so-ageless Kayla Hardy both achieved long time goals, posting personal best and Boston Marathon qualifying times in the Edmonton Marathon.  Marillier stopped the clock at 3:10, while Hardy recorded a time of 3:27.

#10 Provincial HS Championship for Martens – The Sequel

October  19 - ASAA Provincial High School Cross Country Running Championships , Drayton Valley, AB

Brittany and Dandy really upped their game in 2013. Look at those Bill Waves – world class form, ladies. Oh ya, they also ran fast at Provs too.

WAC’s high school trio of Danae Keddie, Brittany Duvall, and Mirelle Martens distinguished themselves in Drayton Valley at the AB High School Championships.

Keddie and Duvall had two of the best Peace Country High School Provs finishes in the past ten years, finishing 7th and 11th respectively in the Junior Girls race.

Martens upped the ante by capturing the Senior Girls 4 km race, marking only the second time ever that a local girl has won a provincial high school  xc running championship.  (Jenna Huber was the 2001 champion.)

#11 Wiggie Called it – Silver and Bronze for Wolves XC at ACAC Champs

October  26 - ACAC Cross Country Running Championships , Edmonton, AB

Kirstin Manz really struggled last year, but in 2013 she stormed back, improving her 5 km by nearly 10 minutes, making the Wolves top 6 and qualifying to run at Nationals. 10 minutes over 5 km??? Who does that??? ?

With silver and bronze medals and three All Conference selections, the Wolves Cross Country team had its best result in years at the ACAC Cross Country Running Championships in Edmonton.

Jamie Wigmore, led the way, with a second place individual finish in the women’s 5 km.  Collectively, the women’s team ended up with the bronze medal, their second consecutive podium finish at ACAC’s.  The Wolves men placed 4th.

Wigmore, along with Hayden Hollowell (5th in the men’s race) and Riley Wallace (7th place) were all named to the 2013 ACAC All Conference team,

#12 - Sixth in the Nation for Wolves Women 

November 9 - CCAA Cross Country Running Championships , Toronto, ON

Wiggie gave it a rip and led for awhile, but alas, 2013 was not to be her year for a national podium. Just wait until 2014, though!

The GPRC Wolves women took on the best college runners in the country in November in Toronto and came away with a top 6 team placing, defeating the 2013 Quebec champions in the process.

Jamie Wigmore had the top local individual placing, finishing 5th.

The Wolves men’s team placed 13th.  Hayden Hollowell, improved 15 spots from his 2012 individual result, placing 18th overall.

Unfortunately, the event was marred by the tragic loss of Amanda Patteson’s I-phone …. we all miss that little guy.

#13 -  WAC Runners help Team AB to top placings at AC Nationals

November 30 - Athletics Canada Cross Country Running Championships, Vancouver, BC

Only seven months after taking up competitive running, Mirelle was in Vancouver helping Team AB place second at the Junior National Cross Country Running Championships. That’s some pretty fine progress, I’d say!

Six Wolves runners contested the Athletics Canada National Cross Country Running Championships  in Vancouver and two helped Team AB to top placings.

Mirelle Martens, had the best local finish, placing 33rd in the Junior women’s 5 km race.  Martens was part of the silver medal winning Team AB.

In his third trip to Nationals, Hayden Hollowell, had his best-ever placing, a 62nd place finish.  Hollowell’s Team AB finished 4th in the team competition.

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Martens helps Team AB to Silver at Athletics Canada XC Running Nationals


Mirelle Martens helped Team AB run to a silver medal in the Provincial Team competition

Wolves Athletics Club runner Mirelle Martens had the top local placing at the Athletics Canada XC Running Nationals in Vancouver on Saturday.   The 17 year old St Joes student placed 34th in the Junior Women’s 5 km race, clocking a time of 19:21 over the soggy course.

Martens and her Team AB team mates placed second overall in the team competition.

Danae Keddie (92nd) and Brittany Duval (112th) also competed in the Junior Womens race.

In the Senior Womens 7 km race, Jamie Wigmore had a strong run placing 39th.


Hayden Hollowell (left) and Joren Manz competed in the Junior Mens 8 km race

Two Wolves runners contested the Junior Mens 8km.  Hayden Hollowell had his best-ever Nationals placing, 62nd place, while Joren Manz ended up 122nd.

Full results are posted at




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XC Wolves Shine at CCAA Cross Country Nationals

Jamie Wigmore (14) takes an early lead in the 2013 CCAA Cross Country Championships womens 5 km

Second year runner Jamie Wigmore took on the top female college runners in Canada on Saturday, and fell just short of the top prize.

Competing in the 2013 CCAA Cross Country Running Championships in Toronto, Wigmore ran at or near the front of the womens 5 km race until the final 500m when she fell off the pace.

At the finish, she ended up in 5th spot, 15 seconds behind the leading trio of MacEwan’s Lesley Koopmans and Vanessa Trofimenkoff and Concordia University College’s Mariya Jenkins who had a blanket finish for the medals.

Based on her top 7 finish, Wigmore was named a First Team Tournament All Star.  Notablly, she finished ahead of the 2012 Conference Champions from Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada.

Teammates Amanda Patteson and Kayla Hardy also had strong runs, placing 33rd and 42nd respectively.  Christie Shepherd (52nd), Kirsten Manz (69th), and Tori Furstenwerth (81st) were the other Wolves finishers in the womens 5 km.

Collectively, the Wolves women placed 6th in the team standings, two spots higher than in the 2012 CCAA meet.


Hayden Hollowell finished 18th at the 2013 CCAA Cross Country Nationals in Toronto

As he’s done all year, Hayden Hollowell led the Wolves mens team with an 18th place individual finish, 15 spots better than his placing at last year’s Nationals.

The Wolves men were the 14th best team on the day.  Other Wolves competing included Riley Wallace (32nd), Ian Keefe (100th), Vaughn Marillier (102nd), and Dylan Zambonelli (106th).

Full results are posted at

While the season is over for most of the XC Wolves, a select group of local college runners, including Wigmore, Hollowell and Joren Manz, and high school standouts, including Mirelle Martens, Danae Keddie, and Britney Duval, will be travelling to Vancouver at the end of the month to contest the Athletics Canada Cross Country Nationals.


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