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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Gold and Silver for Wigmore at AB Indoor Games

Jamie Wigmore captured a gold (1000m) and silver medal (1500m) at the 2015 AB Indoor Games

Jamie Wigmore captured a gold (1000m) and silver medal (1500m) at the 2015 AB Indoor Games

Wolves Athletics Club runner Jamie Wigmore captured her first provincial Senior Women’s title on Saturday by winning the 1000m at the AB Indoor Games in Edmonton.

Wigmore outkicked Legacy Athletic’s Vanessa Ivec in the final few metres recording a personal best time of 2:57.41.

On Sunday, Wigmore placed second in the 1500m behind University of Calgary’s Sarah MacArthur.  The Wolves athlete stopped the clock in another personal best time of 4:40.30, five seconds back of MacArthur.

Both of Wigmore’s performances were new Wolves School records.

Wolves Hayden Hollowell also had a notable meet, breaking the nine minute barrier for the first time in the 3000m.  Hollowell clocked a time of 8:58.39, good for 6th place in the Senior Men’s race.

Former Wolves athlete Joren Manz, now running for the University of Alberta placed 5th in the Senior Men’s 300m.

Wolves runners next see action on Feb. 27 and 28 when they compete in the 2015 ACAC Indoor Track Championships in Edmonton.


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Wolves AC Duo to be Honoured by Athletics Alberta


Mirelle Martens and Bill Corcoran earned 2014 Athletics Alberta awards. Martens was named Junior Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year, while Corcoran captured the Volunteer of the Year.

Wolves AC athlete Mirelle Martens and coach Bill Corcoran will receive provincial awards this Friday at the  Athletics Alberta Awards Banquet in Edmonton.

Martens earned the 2014 Junior Women’s Cross Country Runner of the year award. This fall, the 19 year old GPRC student captured both the ACAC and CCAA XC Individual Running titles.  In November,  she placed third in the junior women’s race at the Athletics Canada National Cross Country Running Championships and qualified for the 2015 national team.  She will compete in the Pan Am Cross Country Running Championships in Colombia later this month and the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in China in March.

Martens recently signed a letter of intent with West Virginia University to run with the Mountaineers starting in Fall 2015.

Corcoran, coach and president of the Wolves Athletics Club, is being honored as the 2014 Volunteer of the Year for his work as a track & field and x-country running organizer.  In July, he coached the Alberta Summer Games NW Zone Track Team for the seventh time.  Corcoran is the founder and meet director for both the Peace Country Classic Track Meet and Wolves Cross Country Running Series.  He also serves as the CCAA National Convenor for cross country running.

The Athletics Alberta Awards Banquet takes place Friday, Feb.13 at the Delta Edmonton South Hotel and Convention Centre.

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Record Setting Relay Win for Wolves Women at Nike Indoor Challenge

Wolves Women Indoor Track team accumulated 1 gold, 2 silver, and 1 bronze medal at the Nike Indoor Challenge in Edmonton on Saturday.

A dramatic, record setting,  come-from-behind win in the women’s 4 x 400m relay highlighted a good day for the Wolves Indoor Track team in Edmonton on Saturday at the Nike Indoor Challenge.

The quartet of Jackie Benning, Mirelle Martens, Kirstin Manz, and Jamie Wigmore established a new ACAC record in the 4 x 400m, stopping the clock in 4:16, four seconds better than the 2014 standard set by MacEwan University.  The Wolves crew trailed Lethbridge College for the first three legs, before Wigmore made a dramatic move over the last 100m to seal the victory.  Lethbridge also bettered the previous record, finishing 2 seconds behind the Wolves in 4:18.

The Wolves women also had three other podium finishes.  Wigmore and Benning went second and third in the 1500m, recording times of 4:48 and 4:54 respectively.  Martens established a new personal record time in the 3000m (10:10) while finishing second.

Wolves Athletics Club athlete Jessica Baraskewich won the 1000m, recording a time of 3:05.

Full results are posted at www.runningsolutions.shawwebspace.ca

Next up for the Wolves tracksters is the Alberta Indoor Games in Edmonton next weekend.


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Wolves Fare Well Against University Competition at 2015 Golden Bear Open


Jackie Benning set new school records in the 1000m (3:03) and 600m (1:42) at the 2015 Golden Bear Open. Her records, however, were short lived as team mate Jamie Wigmore topped both marks in subsequent heats going 2:59 and 1:37 for the same distances.

The GPRC Wolves Indoor Track team travelled to Edmonton this weekend to take on five Canada West schools plus ACAC rivals MacEwan University and Concordia in the 2015 Golden Bear Open at the University of Alberta.  The team fared well against the university-level competition, establishing 3 new school records and 13 PRs.

Mirelle Martens had the best performances, placing 3rd in the Varsity 3000m (10:22) and sixth in the Varsity 1500m (4:44).  Both times were personal bests for Martens, and the 1500m was a new school record.  Jamie Wigmore also recorded a sixth place finish in the Varsity Women’s 600m (1:37). Wigmore’s 600m time was a new school record.  She also established a new all time best GPRC time in the 1000m, stopping the clock at 2:59.

Former Wolves athlete Joren Manz, now running for the University of Alberta, placed 8th in the Varsity Men’s 600m (1:21).

Full results are posted at http://www.ellistiming.ca/GBO/

The Wolves Indoor Track team next sees action on February 7 in Edmonton at ACAC Meet #2 – the Running Room Invitational.


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800m record takes a beating at 2015 Rick Scott Open

Ian Keefe (left) accepts the Athlete of the Meet Award for winning the 300m in a facility record time at the 2015 Rick Scott Open

Ian Keefe (left) accepts the Athlete of the Meet Award for winning the 300m in a facility record time at the 2015 Rick Scott Open

A quartet of local ladies re-wrote the record book at the 4th Annual Rick Scott Open Track Meet at the Crosslink Sportsplex in Clairmont on Saturday.

Jamie Wigmore took 6 seconds off of her own 2013 meet record in the women’s 800m, stopping the clock in 2:26.3.  Jessica Baraskewich (2:30.5) and Jackie Benning (2:31.9) were also under the previous standard in the women’s 800m.

Kirsten Manz also broke a meet record , the women’s 300m, with her winning time of 50.4.

Brandon Wladyko (800m) and Ian Keefe (300m) were the men’s victors in Saturday’s events.

The Rick Scott Open was the opening competition for the GPRC Wolves Indoor Track team.  The local tracksters next see action in two weeks time when they contest the Golden Bear Open Track Meet in Edmonton.

Also on Saturday …

Former Wolves athlete Joren Manz, now competing for the University of Alberta, established a personal record (PR) time of 1:22 and finished third in the 600m at that Quad Dual Meet in Saskatoon.

Full results of the 2015 Rick Scott Open 15RickScottOpenResults

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Wolves Athletics Club 2014 Year in Review

lIn chronological order, here are 14 highlights from 2014:

#1  – Triple Gold at AA Indoor Provincials

March 1 and 2 – AA Indoor Provincials, Edmonton


I didn’t have a pic from Indoor Provs, but here’s a picture of Kailey … and it was taken at an indoor meet … close enough!

Wins by Hayden Hollowell (Senior Mens 1500m), Brittany Duvall (Youth Girls 3000m), and Nicole VanDerKaaden (W35-49 High Jump) highlighted WAC participation at 2014 AA Indoor Provincials in March.






 #2 – Wiggie’s Wonderful Winter

March 7, 8 – ACAC Indoor Track Championships, Edmonton


Wiggie’s dramatic come-from-behind win in the 2014 ACAC Indoor 400m was jaw droppingly awesome!

With a silver medal at ACAC’s and a 5th place finish at the 2013 CCAA XC Running Championships , Jamie Wigmore established herself as one of the top college runners in Alberta.  By the end of the 2014 indoor track season, she left no doubt that she was THE TOP women’s distance runner in the ACAC.

Wigmore had an outstanding indoor season.  She won a total of five ACAC races in distances ranging from 400m to 1500m. Wigmore established new GPRC school records in 5 distances (400, 800, 1000, 1500, and 4 x 400m relay).

At the 2014 ACAC Indoor Championships, Wigmore won 3 individual gold medals (400, 800, and 1500) and anchored the 4 x 400m relay team to a bronze.  Collectively, the Wolves women placed third in team competition.

Sanchez Hollowell also distinguished himself at the ACAC champs with a gold medal performance in the 1500m and a bronze in the 3000m.


#3 – Provincial HJ Record for VanDerKaaden

May 10 – 2014 Peace Country Classic, Grande Prairie


So … no picture of Nicole or no picture of a random high jumper. Guess that means that we default to the club logo for this one …

168 athletes of all ages and abilities descended upon the Legion Track on Saturday, May 10 for the 2014 Peace Country Classic/Grande Prairie Hershey Meet.

The day produced a number of memorable performances including a provincial W40-44 record in the high jump.  Club member Nicole VanDerKaaden leaped 1.30m to set the new Alberta standard.


#4 – Repeat Double Win at DHT 10 km

May 24 -Daily Herald Tribune Press Run, Grande Prairie


Sanchez and Big Mir execute a world class Bill Wave after capturing the 10 km titles at the 2014 DHT Press Run

For the second year in a row, WAC athletes took the top prizes in the Daily Herald Tribune Press Run 10 km road race.

Hayden Hollowell defended his 2013 title, winning this year’s race in 35:05, 4.5 minutes ahead of the second place runner.

With defending women’s champion Jamie Wigmore out with an injury,  Mirelle Martens stepped up to represent the mighty WAC.  In her first-ever road race, won the women’s event in just over 41 minutes.  (And a few hours later soloed a 5 minute flat 1500m for good measure … just saying.)


#5- Multiple Zone Titles for WAC High Schoolers

May 30,31 – NW Zone Track and Field Champs, Peace River


Brit and Kailey, the core of the “Baby Wolves”, raced each other a lot in 2014. Both athletes won multiple titles at the 2014 NW Zone Championships.

Mirelle Martens, Kailey Bratland, and Brittany Duvall combined for a total of 8 wins at the 2014 NW Zone Track and Field Championships in Peace River.

Martens won the Senior Girl’s 800, 1500, and 3000, Bratland topped the field in the Junior Women’s 400 and 800, and Duvall triumphed in the Junior Women’s 1500 and 3000.

In addition, the trio combined with Kelsey Bishop to win the Open Women’s 4 x 400m in a new Zone record time.


#6 – Martens Repeats in Provincial High School 3000m

June 6,7 – ASAA Provincial High School Track and Field Championships, Calgary

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

Brit, Big Mir, Kailey, and Bish sporting the 2014 NW Zone “official uniform” for the 4 x 400m relay.  The quartet placed 7th in a field of 14 … not bad for two 3000m runners, a 1500 runner and a 100m/hurdler.

In June 2013, an unknown Mirelle Martens burst on to the provincial scene with a convincing win in the 3000m at the ASAA Provincial High School Track and Field Championships.  A year later, she returned to Provincials, this time as the favorite.

The 18 year old St Joe’s student did not disappoint, winning the Senior Womens 3000m title for the second year in a row.  Martens also placed second in the 1500m, which also duplicated her 2013 result in the event.


#7 – Iconic Beard Ends 28 Year Run

June 15 – Rick Finally Shaves, Some Barbershop in Sydney, Nova Scotia

28 year old whiskers start hitting the floor

28 year old whiskers start hitting the floor

Hell froze over, pigs flew, and Rick Scott lost his signature face rug in mid June.

Fortunately, for fans of the hirsute (ya, look this one up), Beard 2.0 was re-established almost immediately.  By the end of 2014, Rick’s visage (yep, you may need to look this one up as well) was back to its normal homeostatic state.


#8 – Sanchez’s Sensational Summer

July 12, 13 – 2014 AA Outdoor Championships, Sherwood Park

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 11 seconds slower over 1500m. You can take the boy out of Hythe, but you can’t take Hythe out of the boy.

Five years ago, a young lad from Hythe joined the mighty WAC and embarked upon his career as a mid and long distance runner.  Over time, he progressed from a pretty good local runner, to a pretty good high school runner, to a pretty good college runner, to a CIS-caliber runner for the  University of Saskatchewan.

During the spring and summer of 2014, Hayden Sanchez Hollowell set 6 PRs (yep, PRs, not PBs – this is Western Canada!) in a variety of distances from 800m to 5000m.  At provincials, he lowered his 1500m time to 4:05.59 – a full 11 seconds better than he ran in high school.

Mirelle Martens also had a successful outing at outdoor provincials.  She captured her first AA provincial title, winning the Junior Women’s 3000m in 10:31, a personal best time aka her new PR in the event.


#9 – Top 8 Finish for NW Zone Team at ASG

July 25, 26 – Alberta Summer Games, Airdrie, AB


We’re 9 pictures in to this document, so it’s time for a shot of a thrower. You rock, Cianna!

As usual, the NW Zone team managed an 8th place finish (out of 8) at the Alberta Summer Games in Airdrie.  And also, as usual, the NW Zone team had the most fun out of all eight Zones at the Games.

For the record, the NW Zone track team had 7 podium finishes (5 silver and 2 bronze).  The NW Zone was also recognized with the Spirit of the Games Award.



#10 – Wolves Women’s XC Team Ranked #1 in the Nation

October 4 – ACAC #4 SAIT Pre-Nationals, Calgary

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

In 2014’s first CCAA XC Running National Rankings, the GPRC Wolves Women’s team was ranked second.  As things turned out, this was the “low point” of their sensational season.

On October 4, the Wolves women took on the defending national champion UBCO Heat and all of the ACAC’s best in Calgary.  By the end of that race, it was clear that the GPRC women were a force to be reckoned with.  The Wolves easily won the meet with a score of 22 points, 13 better than second place Lethbridge College.  UBCO placed third.

In the next CCAA rankings, the Wolves moved to #1 in Canada, a position they maintained for the rest of the season.


#11 – Top Ten Finish for Duvall at Provincial High School XC

October 18 – ASAA Provincial High School XC Running Championships, Okotoks, AB


This isn’t an xc picture, but this is Brit, and she’s executing one sweet Bill Wave

After missing the top ten by a single place in 2013, Brittany Duvall redeemed herself with a tenth place finish in the Intermediate Women’s 4 km race in the 2014 ASAA Provincial High School XC Running Championships in Okotoks.

Team mate Kailey Bratland also had a strong run, placing 13th , 20 spots better than her 2013 result.





#12 – Wolves Women Dominate at ACAC XC Champs

October 25 – ACAC XC Running Championships, Ft. McMurray

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 women in the top 7, the Wolves women easily won the 2014 ACAC XC Running Championship in Ft McMurray.

Led by individual gold (Mirelle Martens) and silver (Jamie Wigmore) medalists, the GPRC women scored 16 points, 21 better than second place SAIT.


#13 – GPRC Women Destroy Field at CCAA Nationals

November 8 – CCAA National XC Running Championships, Calgary


Scads of GPRC fans, including the Wolves Women’s soccer team, made the trip to Calgary on November 8 to watch Big Mir and her team mates crush the field at the CCAA XC Running Championships

With a meet record score, the Wolves Women’s XC running team captured its second national team championship at the 2014 CCAA National XC Championships in Calgary.

Mirelle Martens led the way with a convincing 31 second win for the individual gold medal.  Jamie Wigmore(4th), Jackie Benning (8th), and Amanda Patteson (11th) were the other GPRC scorers.

With 19 points, the Wolves finished 53 points ahead of second place SAIT, setting CCAA championship records for best team score and largest margin of victory.


#14 – Big Mir Caps Big Season – makes National Junior Team

November 29 – AC National XC Running Championships, Vancouver, BC


Big Mir mixing it up with the best Junior runners in the country at the 2014 Athletics Canada Cross Country Running Championships in Vancouver



In 2013 in her third-ever xc running race, Mirelle Martens faced the best runners of her age in the country at the  Athletics Canada National Cross Country Running Championship.  She finished 33rd.

One year later, armed with much more racing experience, Martens was ready.  Running an aggressive race where she stayed among the top five for the entire way, Martens kicked hard over the final 400m and hung on for the bronze medal.

For placing among the top 6, Martens was selected for the 2015 Junior National team which will contest the Pan Am XC Running Championships in February and World XC Running Championships in China in March.


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Podium for Wolves’ Martens at National Junior XC Running Champs



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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