XC Wolves open season on two fronts

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Amanda “The Lost” Patteson manages to find the finish line for the win in the 8km event at the 2013 Steve Burgress Memorial

A split squad of GPRC Wolves XC runners opened their 2013 on Saturday in Red Deer and at home at the Wapiti Nordic Ski Trails.

Second-year runner Hayden Hollowell had the best GPRC finish at the ACAC #1 – The Lightning Invitational in Red Deer.  Hollowell defeated both 2012’s ACAC gold and bronze medalists enroute to a 2nd place finish among the college men. In the womens race, Jamie Wigmore had a 5th place place among the ACAC women.

With only 4 athletes in total competing, the Wolves did not register team scores in the Red Deer event.  Full results, when available, will be posted on the ACAC XC websitehttp://www.acac.ab.ca/pages/cross-country-running.php

Closer to home, the bulk of the Wolves team took part in the Wolves Series #3 – the  Steve Burgess Memorial Race at the Wapiti Nordic Ski Trails.  Third-year runner Amanda Patteson led the way for the women, capturing the title in the Womens 8 km event.  Rookie Tori Furstenwerth placed 3rd in the Womens 5 km event.

Assistant coach Joren Manz placed 3rd in the Mens 8 km in the Burgess race, just ahead of Riley Wallace (4th) and Vaughn Marrilier (5th).

Full results are linked here.

Next up for the Wolves is ACAC #2 – the SAIT Open in Calgary next Saturday.  Also on Saturday, September 21  Wolves Series #4 – The Bezanson Bog takes place at the Old Bezanson Townsite.

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