van der Giessen Third at Augustana XC Race

Anna van der Giessen (far right) placed 3rd amongst the College runners at tht 2019 Augustana Open XC Running race

GPRC Wolves runner Anna van der Giessen recorded the best ACAC result of her career on Saturday, posting a third-place finish among the college runners at the Augustana Open XC Running Race in Camrose.

The third-year Nursing student from Bezanson started strong and maintained a steady pace on the way to recording a time of 25:00 for the hilly 6 km course, 39 seconds behind the winner, Sophia Nowicki, from Lethbridge CollegeShayla Sklaruk from Red Deer College placed second.

Hayden Hollowell was the top Wolves runner in the men’s 8 km race. He placed tenth amongst the college runners, clocking a time of 29:30 for 8 km.

Lydia Steinke (left) and Krista Frey (right) contributed to the Wolves women’s 5th place finish at the 2019 Augustana Open XC Running Race

Collectively, the Wolves squads both finished fifth in the women’s and men’s team standings.

Complete race results are linked here.

The Augustana race was the fifth and final ACAC Grand Prix race of the season.  Next up for the Wolves in the ACAC Championships in Calgary on Oct. 26.

 

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