Woodland Second at SAIT Open X-C

Devin Woodland

Wolves x-country standout Devin Woodland is a clearly a runner with momentum.  After a pair of wins in local races and a third place finish in ACAC Race #2 fourteen  days ago in Vermilion, the 19 year old continued his upward trajectory with a  silver medal in the College division at the SAIT Open X-C race in Calgary on  Saturday.

Woodland covered the moderately hilly 8 km course in a time of 27:21, only 12 seconds  back of the College division winner, Peter Kayla, of Lethbridge College.

In the team event, the Wolves men placed 5th in a field of 9 schools.  Other Wolves finishers included Eric Martinek (17th), Laurence MacNeil (45th), and Bjorn Carlstad (46th).

Hayden Hollowell from Beaverlodge Regional High School placed third among the high school competitors in the race.

With their top 4 runners unable to make the trip to Calgary, the Wolves women struggled a
bit, placing 8th in a field of 10 colleges in the womens 5 km race.  However, there were a number of fine individual runs including Jackie Benning(29th) and Davis Alton
(34th).  Other Wolves finishers included Chassity Mohan (36th), Vanessa Besharah (39th), Erin Corcoran (47th), Mandy Matier (51st ), Linnea Saltel (57th), and Calla
Scott (59th).

Elsewhere on Saturday, a small contingent of Wolves runners took part in the Tumbler
Ridge Ramble X-C race, event #6 in the 2011 Wolves X-C Series.   Jack Carrigan edged out teammate Duncan Farrow for the win in the Open Mens race;  Torleif Landsgaard was 4thLena Farrow crushed the womens  field, finishing nearly 4 minutes ahead of her nearest competitor over the challenging 6 km distance.

While the Wolves have an off week this coming weekend, local junior and senior high
school runners  are in action on Wednesday when they contest the ASAA NW Zone Championships near Wanham.

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