Local cross country runners were in action on a number of fronts on Saturday.
Wapiti Nordic played host to the 2016 ACAC Cross Country Running Championships. GPRC Wolves standout Brandon Wladyko had the best finish for the host team placing 5th in the men’s event. Wladyko covered the muddy 8 km track in 28:57, a full minute better than his previous best time on the course set last month.
Based on his top 7 finish, Wladyko was named to the 2016 ACAC All Conference team, repeating an honour he first achieved last season.
Wolves team mate Josh Malmsten placed 23rd and, along with Wladyko, booked a ticket to the 2016 CCAA XC Running Championships in Sault Ste Maire on November 12.
Collectively the Wolves men’s team placed 7th. SAIT won the men’s title.
In the women’s 5 km event, Andrea Snider led the way for the Wolves with a 9th place finish. Maria Houle (19th), Kailey Bratland (24th), and Christie Shepherd (26th) were the other scoring members for GPRC.
For the 15th straight season, the Wolves women will be contesting the CCAA Championship in the Soo next month, along with Malmsten and Wladyko.
In the women’s team event, Red Deer College came out on top; the Wolves placed 5th.
Earlier Saturday at Wapiti Nordic, the inaugural Wandering Wolf Trail Races took place. Peace Country Wolves Athletics Club runners Brandon Tufford and Chris Nielson went 1-2 in the featured 10 km distance. In the 5 km event, WAC team mates Kobe Grocholski (men’s) and Jamie Wigmore (women’s) were first across the line.
A trio of local runners were also in Calgary on Saturday contesting the Athletics Alberta Cross Country Running Provincial Championships. Adam Lehners, representing MacEwan University, had a very strong run finishing in 46th place in the senior men’s race. Hythe’s Hayden Hollowell was 54th.
Grande Prairie’s Mairen Lawson ran in the Bantam Girls event (result not available.)
And finally, in Nanaimo, BC, three Peace Country ladies ran the 6 km race in the BC Athletics Provincial Cross Country Running Championships. Mirelle Martens placed seventh and was the #3 runner on the victorious Trinity Western University team. Peace Country Wolves Athletics Club athletes Bailey (26th) and Nicki Haugen (33rd) also took part.