Wolves Athletics Club 2013 Year in Review

In chronological order, here are 13 Wolves Athletics Club highlights from 2013:

#1 – Provincial Junior Title for Manz

March 2 and 3 – AA Indoor Provincials, Edmonton

I couldn’t find a pic of Joren running indoors, but these two ladies are nicer to look at anyway.

Joren Manz had a breakout indoor season, establishing GPRC Varsity records in the 300m, 400m, 600m, and 800m.  At the Athletics Alberta Indoor Championships, he won the Junior Men’s title in the 400m (52.06) and finished second in the 800m (2:00.17)  (It was later discovered that he ran both these times with a stress fracture in his foot.)

In the Senior Women’s category, Jamie Wigmore was also a double medalists at Indoor Provincials, capturing bronze in the 1500m and silver in the 800m.


#2 – Wolves Women Second at ACAC Indoors

March 15 and 16 – ACAC Indoor Provincials, Edmonton

Bronze medal 4 x 400m – new GPRC school record!!!

Jamie Wigmore led the Wolves with three individual medals: 800m (Gold), 400m (Silver), and 1500m (Bronze) at the ACAC Indoors.  She also anchored the women’s 4 x 400m team to a bronze medal.  Collectively, the Wolves women placed second behind MacEwan in the team competition.

The group was also inspired by Emily Whalen’s destruction of the magic 3 minute barrier in the 800m for her first time.


#3 – Sanchez Sensational in TC 10 km

April 28 – Times Colonist 10 km, Victoria, BC
Sanchez's pic will come later.  Instead, here's a sweet pic of Wolves Legend Cody Krantz - a true beauty, that kid.

Sanchez’s pic will come later. Instead, here’s a sweet pic of Wolves Legend Cody Krantz – a true beauty, that kid.

Hayden “Sanchez” Hollowell established a huge personal best in the Times Colonist 10 km.  The 19 year old pride of Hythe, AB clocked 33:34 to finish 18th overall (in a field of 9487 finishers).  He won the U19 age category.

Eric Martinek also distinguished himself with a 31st place clocking of 34:47.  And fueled primarily by Smirnoff Ice, Cody Krantz stormed by some old guy in the last 100m to best the 45 minute barrier.


#4 – Double Victory for Wolves Duo

May 26 – Daily Herald Tribune Press Run, Grande Prairie, AB

You’d be smiling too if you were winning the 2013 Press Run 10 km with a brand new haircut and fully shorn neck beard

In 2013, Hayden Hollowell and Jamie Wigmore excelled on the track and over x-country courses, but May 26 was their day to shine on the roads as they captured the men’s and women’s titles respectively at the Daily Herald Tribune Press Run 10 km.

Hollowell clocked 35:17 while Wigmore recorded a time of 42:12.


#5 – Zone Records Fall

May 29 and 30 – ASAA NW Zone Track and Field Championships, Grande Prairie, AB

Again, another default pic – this time Zone 8 legend the Lovely Sara Scott

The ASAA NW Zone Track and Field Championship marked the debut of a new dominant runner on the Alberta high school scene, Mirelle Martens.  In her first- ever track race, the 17 year old St Joe’s student smashed Jenna Huber’s 11 year old Zone record in the 1500m, recording a time of 5:00.0 .  Martens also won the Senior Women’s 800m and 3000m at the meet.  Teammates Danae Keddie and Brittany Duval also set new NW Zone records: Keddie in the Senior Girls 1500m and Duvall in the Senior Girls 3000m.

Also, Dylan Zambonelli (note correct spelling for a change!!) had a pair of wins: the Senior Mens 400m and 800m.


#6 – Provincial H.S. Championship for Martens – Part 1

June 7 and 8 – ASAA High School Provincial Track and Field Championships, Calgary, AB

It was gold and silver for Mirelle Martens at the ASAA High School Provincials in Calgary in early June.  She clocked a time of 10:34 in winning the 3000m and 4:49 for second in the 1500m.  Martens also added a 6th place finish in the 800m.


#7 – Sanchez Soars in Steeplechase Debut

June 14,15, and 16 – Caltaf Classic, Calgary, AB
Hayden Hollowell established 2 new personal bests at the Team AB CSG trials

Not too bad, considering this was the kid’s first attempt at a real water jump.  We were all quite impressed!

Hayden “Sanchez” Hollowell didn’t let the absence of any steeplechase barriers in the Grande Prairie area spoil his debut in the event in mid June.  Proving yet again that “practice is highly over-rated”, the Hythe-based athlete finished 2nd in the 3000m steeplechase at the Canada Summer Games Trials in Calgary.  His time of 10:18 ended the year as #2 on the Alberta Junior Men’s list.


#8 – Multiple 800m medals at AA Outdoor Provincials

July 13 and 14 – AA Outdoor Provincials, Sherwood Park, AB
It's not a good idea to let old people try to sprint

It’s not a good idea to let old people try to sprint

WAC 800m runners featured prominently at the AA Outdoor Provincials in mid July in Sherwood Park.  Achieving podium performances in the 2 lapper were Bill Corcoran (Gold-Masters Men), Joren Manz (Silver – Junior Men), and Jamie Wigmore (Bronze – Senior Women).  In addition, Hayden Hollowell and Dylan Zambonalli (name mis-spelled on purpose this time) had 4th and 10th place finishes respectively in the Junior Men’s 800m.

Other notable performances on that weekend included Manz’s silver medal in the Junior Men’s 400m and Hollowell’s 4th place finish in the Junior Men’s 1500m.


#9- Boston Marathon Qualifiers for WAC Pair

August 25 – Edmonton Marathon, , AB

The appropriate image in this case would be Vaughn and/or Kayla running in a road race. But that’s not happening. Instead, we present A Pats running in her socks – isn’t that just adorable?

The ageless Vaughn Marillier and the not-so-ageless Kayla Hardy both achieved long time goals, posting personal best and Boston Marathon qualifying times in the Edmonton Marathon.  Marillier stopped the clock at 3:10, while Hardy recorded a time of 3:27. http://www.sportstats.ca/displayResults.xhtml?racecode=105749

#10 Provincial HS Championship for Martens – The Sequel

October  19 – ASAA Provincial High School Cross Country Running Championships , Drayton Valley, AB

Brittany and Dandy really upped their game in 2013. Look at those Bill Waves – world class form, ladies. Oh ya, they also ran fast at Provs too.

WAC’s high school trio of Danae Keddie, Brittany Duvall, and Mirelle Martens distinguished themselves in Drayton Valley at the AB High School Championships.

Keddie and Duvall had two of the best Peace Country High School Provs finishes in the past ten years, finishing 7th and 11th respectively in the Junior Girls race.

Martens upped the ante by capturing the Senior Girls 4 km race, marking only the second time ever that a local girl has won a provincial high school  xc running championship.  (Jenna Huber was the 2001 champion.)


#11 Wiggie Called it – Silver and Bronze for Wolves XC at ACAC Champs

October  26 – ACAC Cross Country Running Championships , Edmonton, AB

Kirstin Manz really struggled last year, but in 2013 she stormed back, improving her 5 km by nearly 10 minutes, making the Wolves top 6 and qualifying to run at Nationals. 10 minutes over 5 km??? Who does that??? ?

With silver and bronze medals and three All Conference selections, the Wolves Cross Country team had its best result in years at the ACAC Cross Country Running Championships in Edmonton.

Jamie Wigmore, led the way, with a second place individual finish in the women’s 5 km.  Collectively, the women’s team ended up with the bronze medal, their second consecutive podium finish at ACAC’s.  The Wolves men placed 4th.

Wigmore, along with Hayden Hollowell (5th in the men’s race) and Riley Wallace (7th place) were all named to the 2013 ACAC All Conference team,


#12 – Sixth in the Nation for Wolves Women 

November 9 – CCAA Cross Country Running Championships , Toronto, ON

Wiggie gave it a rip and led for awhile, but alas, 2013 was not to be her year for a national podium. Just wait until 2014, though!

The GPRC Wolves women took on the best college runners in the country in November in Toronto and came away with a top 6 team placing, defeating the 2013 Quebec champions in the process.

Jamie Wigmore had the top local individual placing, finishing 5th.

The Wolves men’s team placed 13th.  Hayden Hollowell, improved 15 spots from his 2012 individual result, placing 18th overall.

Unfortunately, the event was marred by the tragic loss of Amanda Patteson’s I-phone …. we all miss that little guy.


#13 –  WAC Runners help Team AB to top placings at AC Nationals

November 30 – Athletics Canada Cross Country Running Championships, Vancouver, BC

Only seven months after taking up competitive running, Mirelle was in Vancouver helping Team AB place second at the Junior National Cross Country Running Championships. That’s some pretty fine progress, I’d say!

Six Wolves runners contested the Athletics Canada National Cross Country Running Championships  in Vancouver and two helped Team AB to top placings.

Mirelle Martens, had the best local finish, placing 33rd in the Junior women’s 5 km race.  Martens was part of the silver medal winning Team AB.

In his third trip to Nationals, Hayden Hollowell, had his best-ever placing, a 62nd place finish.  Hollowell’s Team AB finished 4th in the team competition.


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