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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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

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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

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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

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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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