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


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


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


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


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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