A 9-athlete strong team of Peace Country Wolves Athletics Club members descended upon Strathcona Athletic Park in Sherwood Park, Alta this past weekend. Competing in many events the Peace Country Wolves had a strong showing.
Starting off the weekend with some long sprints and 1500s on Friday night, we saw a first-time competitor in the Girls U16 category contest the 300m. The athlete Tayla Pillay would continue to contest two more events over the course of the weekend in the 100m (Saturday) and 800m (Sunday).
Next up on the track Chris Nelissen (also going by Coach Chris) decided to lace up his spikes for the well-known pain of the 1-lap race.
Jacob Farnsworth U18 Boys, Kobe Grocholski U20 Men’s and Hayden Hollowell Senior Men’s in 3 separate races all settled into a 1500m. Grocholski, with a time of 4:06.33 won the U20 Men’s 1500m Alberta title.
Coming back for more, joining Tayla in the 800m fun on Sunday was Maddy Twelvetree U18 girls, Kobe Grocholski, Hayden Hollowell and Chris Nelissen. Twelvetree with an impressive result in the 800m race of 2:32.84 which ended up being good for a heat win and finished 5th overall with the U18 Women. Maddy, not only runs solid 8’s but also long jumps, competing in that completion as well.
Jacob Farnsworth coming off a strong 1500m race on Friday, returned Sunday to contest for the first time the U18 Boys 2000m Steeplechase. Now this being 2km worth of running sounds like a jaunt in the park, Farnsworth had to battle 5 solid barriers including one with a very cold and foreboding water pit having never encountered one until that time.
Looking at first time experiences, getting a late start to the sport, Saren Bradshaw flew out of the blocks for a great start her 200m race. In a very solid debut race, Bradshaw ran through the line stopping the clock at 29.98. In contrast to the late start in the sport, our youngest club competitor in this meet, Logan Currier U14 Boys, ran in the 100m and 600m running very well in both events.
Finishing up the meet, the Peace Country Wolves put in a 4x400m Senior Men’s relay team. In an epic start to the race, Brandon Tufford from past PCWAC glory came back from retirement and ran a 50 second first leg, just fractions of a second off his personal best. Following, Hollowell and Grocholski ran legs 2 and 3 to set up Nelissen in the Anchor position for a blistering run for 4th and a personal best of 49.3 seconds.
It was a meet for the books. Special thanks to our support from family and friends at the meet and away.
Shout out to Tairas for his coaching prowess and to Zach and Brenden for all the videos and pictures.
Well done one and All!