Tufford outduels Balloon at Rick Scott Open

Brandon Tufford, right, accepts the Athlete of the Meet trophy at the 2018 Rick Scott Open Track meet at the Crosslink Sportsplex. Also, pictured are meet director Bill Corcoran (right) and Leftover Mylar Party Balloon (centre). Party Balloon placed second in the 800m.

Previous Rick Scott Open’s have featured many stellar performances over the past six editions.  However, Brandon Tufford’s 800m race on Saturday, put all previous awesomeness displayed by former RS Open athletes to shame.

Tufford, a 17 year old GP Comp student, obliterated the Crosslink Sportsplex facility record for 800m by recording a time of 2:10.3.  He was chased to his record time by a Leftover Mylar Party Balloon and teammate Chris Neilson.  The Party Balloon clocked 2:10.4, while Neilson stopped the time at 2:11.1.

For his efforts, Tufford was awarded the Overall Athlete of the Meet trophy.

Wolves Cross Country runner Brandon Wladyko also registered notable performances by winning both the 2000m and 300m.   Wladyko’s 300m race was particularly impressive as he blew by 2-time world, 5-time national, and 10-time provincial champion Kyle Reynolds Ba-beeee! in the final few metres.  Wladyko was named Male Athlete of the Meet.

The Female Athlete of the Meet went to another Wolves Cross Country runner, Kelcie Bulas.  She placed first among the women in the 1500m and second in the 300m.

Jacob Farnsworth (left) receives the Masters Athlete of the Meet at the 2018 Rick Scott Open at the Crosslink Sportsplex

In a controversial call, Grade 7 phenom Jacob Farnsworth, who placed 4th in the 800m, was presented with the Masters Athlete of the Meet.  When Inspirational Figurehead and Assistant Meet Director Rick Scott was asked about why a 12 year old won the top prize for 40 and over athletes, Scott responded, “The kid had a good run.  And besides, my meet; my rules!”  At press time, the decision was still under appeal.

Next up for the varsity Wolves indoor track team is ACAC #1 – The MacEwan Open in Edmonton on January 27 … a meet that features a real track, sanctioned officials, and prizes which aren’t recycled minor hockey trophies.

Full results of the 2018 Rick Scott Open 18RickScottOpenResults



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Wladyko 20th at CCAA XC Nationals


Brandon Wladyko placed 20th at the 2017 CCAA National XC Championships

Wolves runner Brandon Wladyko ran his best race of the year and was rewarded with a 20th place finish at the 2017 CCAA National XC Running Championships in Laval, PQ on Saturday.

Wladyko registered a personal best time of 26:51 for the 8 km course.  He improved 13 places from his 2016 finish at CCAA Nationals.

Collectively, the Wolves men placed 20th in the men’s team standings.  Other GPRC athletes completing the race included Eric Nooy (98th), Kyle Reynolds (125th), and Jarred St Arnault (127th).

The previously unranked Wolves women’s team had a strong day registering a 13th place finish as a team. Rookie Kelice Bulas led the way with a 28th place individual placing.   Team mates Kailey Bratland (61st), Anna van der Geissen (73rd), Brittany Duvall (96th) and Kelsey Bishop (124th) were the other Wolves finishers.

Full results are posted at http://ccaa.ca/sports/xc/2017-18/releases/2017_ccr_race_recap

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Wladyko 5th at ACAC XC Running Championships


Brandon Wladyko finished 5th at the 2017 ACAC XC Running Championships in Red Deer

GPRC Wolves’ Brandon Wladyko parlayed an aggressive start into a 5th place finish at the 2017 ACAC XC Running Championships in Red Deer on Saturday.

Wladyko, in this fourth and final ACAC championship race, went out to the early lead before settling into 5th place at the 3 km mark.  He managed to hold his spot right through to the end of the hilly 8 km loop, stopping the clock in 29:01.

For his efforts, Wladyko was named to the ACAC All Conference XC Running team for the third consecutive year.  He becomes the only three-time All Conference male runner in the history of the Wolves program.

Collectively, Wladyko and his GPRC men’s teammates managed a 5th place finish in the team standings.  Other Wolves finishers included 16-time NW Zone Champion Troy Bogh (22nd), Kyle Reynolds (30th), 10-time NW Zone Champion Eric Nooy (31st), and David Clifford (35th). Jarred St Arnault sprained an ankle and did not finish.


Kelcie Bulas (foreground) leads to Emily McIlory to the finish at the 2017 ACAC XC Running Championship

Rookie Kelcie Bulas, as she has done all season, led the Wolves women on Saturday.  She managed a tenth place finish.  The Wolves women placed sixth as a team.

Other Wolves women taking part included Anna van der Geissen (19th),  Kailey Bratland (27th), Brittany Duvall (34th), Kelsey Bishop (36th), and Megan Hopkins (44th).

SAIT Polytechnic was the dominant school overall, winning the men’s race and finishing second in the women’s event.  Red Deer College was the top women’s team.

Also on Saturday, the season-long ACAC Grand Prix XC Running Awards were presented.  Wladyko was honoured as the 4th place men’s finisher, while Bulas placed 6th in the women’s series.

Full results



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Trio of Top 20s for Locals at Provincial High School XC

Brandon Tufford (left), Kobe Grocholski (centre), and Lydia Steinke (right) were the top locals at the 2017 ASAA High School XC Running Championships in Edmonton on Saturday

Beaverlodge Regional High School’s Kobe Grocholski had the best local placing on Saturday in the 2017 ASAA Provincial High School Cross Country Running Championships in Edmonton.

Grocholski placed 14th in the Junior Men’s race, covering the hilly 4 km course in 14:45.

GP Composite’s Brandon Tufford and Peace Wapiti Academy’s Jordan Lundstrom both had 17th place finishes in their races.  Tufford competed in the ‘Senior Men’s 6 km while Lundstrom ran in the Intermediate Men’s 5 km.

Lydia Steinke from Peace Wapiti Academy was the top local in the female races.  She placed 53rd in Junior Women’s 3 km.

Results 2017 ASAA XC Running Championships

Also on Saturday …

The Wandering Wolf Trail Races took place at the Wapiti Nordic Ski Trails.  Grande Prairie’s Scott Goosney topped the field in the men’s 20 km distance.  Fourteen year old Mairen Lawson from St Joe’s was the first women in the 20 km.

Another Grande Prairian, Landon Dunbar, led all runners in the 10 km distance, while Manning’s Julie Gummesen was the top female 10 km runner.

Peace Country Wolves Athletics Club runner Jacob Farnsworth won the 5 km.  Wolves Alumni Stephenie Murphy was best among the women 5 km runners.

Results of the 2017 Wandering Wolf Trail Races



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Wolves XC Runners Improve their Standing

Runners in the Women’s 6 km race ascend an early challenging hill in the 2017 Augstana Open XC Running race

With two weeks until the 2017 ACAC Championships, the GPRC Wolves XC Running Team is trending in the right direction.  Both the women’s and men’s teams made progress relative to their peers on Saturday at ACAC #4 – The Augustana Open in Camrose.

The Wolves women finished in 4th place among the college teams, one spot better than in ACAC #3 in Red Deer two weeks previous.  They were led by rookie Kelcie Bulas who placed 10th individually.  Anna van der Geissen and Kailey Bratland were 19th and 20th respectively, while Brittany Duvall was 25th.

Anna van der Geissen placed 19th in the 2017 Augustana Open XC race

The Wolves men were 5th among the college teams.  Brandon Wladyko was the top local individual finishing 5th.  Eric Nooy (16th), Troy Bogh (20th), and Jarred St Arneault (28th) all improved their standings from the previous ACAC race.  David Clifford (34th) made his debut with the Wolves.

SAIT Polytechnic from Calgary placed first in both the men’s and women’s team competitions.

Full results will be posted here 

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Tufford Crushes Zone XC Running Field

Brandon Tufford (left) and Brice Wilkes (right) went 1-2 in the Senior Mens 6000m at the 2017 ASAA NW Zone XC Running Championships

GP Composite High School runner Brandon Tufford turned in a run for the ages on Wednesday at the 2017 ASAA NW Zone XC Running Championships in Muskoseepi Park.

Tufford, who had a pair of 4th place finishes at last spring’s ASAA Provincial High School Track Championships, led from gun to tape in the Senior Men’s 6000m race.  He stopped the clock in 20:08, two minutes ahead of second place runner Brice Wilkes of Peace River.

Beaverlodge Regional High School athlete Kobe Grocholski was almost as dominant in the Junior Men’s 4000m.  Grocholski won his race by 53 seconds, recording a time of 13:48.

Other local winners included

Jacob Farnsworth   Harry Balfour    Junior Boys  3000m

Nolan Roberts   Charles Spencer   Intermediate Boys  4000m

Dayle Ross   Spirit River Academy   Senior Girls  2000m

Jordan Lundstrom  Peace Wapiti Academy  Intermediate Mens  5000m

Peace Wapiti Academy was the top team in the Senior High competition.  Hythe Junior High School topped the standings in the Junior High race.

The top athletes in the Senior High races qualified for the ASAA Provincial XC Running Championships in Edmonton on Saturday, October 21.

Full results are posted here


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Wolves Fifth at ACAC Cross Country #4 in Red Deer

Wolves women placed fifth at the 2017 RDC open on Sept 30

Led by a pair of top seven placings by Brandon Wladyko and Kelcie Bulas, the Wolves Cross Country Running teams both placed fifth at ACAC #4 – The Red Deer Open on Saturday

As he has done all season, the veteran Wlaydko was the first GPRC finisher, placing fourth among the college runner.  He stopped the clocked at 29:19 for the rolling 8 km course.  Rookie Eric Nooy was the next best local, finishing in 18th spot.  Other Wolves runners include Troy Bogh (27th), the iconic Kyle Reynolds (33rd), and Jarred St Arnault (34th).

Kelcie Bulas recorded a time of 25:41 for 6 km to lead the GPRC women.  She finished 7th out the college runners.  Teammates Anna van der Giessen (17th), Kailey Bratland (20th), Brittany Duvall (30th), and Kelsey Bishop (36th) were the other Wolves finishers.

SAIT Polytechnic from Calgary had a good meet.  SAIT parlayed  1-2-3-6  individual finishes into a convincing win the mens race.   The SAIT women narrowly edged the host Red Deer College team by four points to win the 6 km team title.

Next up for the varsity Wolves cross country team is ACAC #5 – the Augustana Open in Camrose on October 15.

Results will be posted here http://acac.ab.ca/sports/xc/2017-18/schedule

Also on Saturday, a number of local runners took part in the Dawson Creek Sneak Cross Country Race.

Peace Country Wolves Athletics Club runners Chris Neillson and Kobe Grocholoski went 1-2 in the high school boys race.  Team mates Mairen Lawson (1st in the Junior High Girls race) and Jacob Farnsworth (2nd in the Junior High Boys race) also took part.

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Edmonton runners dominate Steve Burgess Memorial XC Race

Kelcie Bulas was the top local women at the 2017 Steve Burgess Memorial XC running race. Bulas was first among all ACAC runners, and third overall

Approximately 150 runners of all ages and abilities converged upon the Wapiti Nordic trails on Saturday for the 18th running of the Steve Burgess Memorial XC Running Race.

The Edmonton-based Running Room Athletics Club dominated the top placings in the featured races.  The Running Room swept the top 3 places in the men’s 8 km race.  Micheal Nishiyama won the race in 27:21, 17 seconds ahead of teammate Mike Stewart.

Running Room athlete Madeline Cummings topped the women’s 6 km field, posting a time of 24:34, 13 seconds better than teammate Lisa Fleming.

The Running Room also won the team competition in the 6 km and 8 km races.  The Peace Country Wolves Athletics Club placed second among the men, while the GPRC Varsity Women were second in the women’s race.

Brandon Wladyko was the top local male runner at the 2017 Steve Burgess Memorial XC race. Wladyko was the top ACAC runner and placed 4th overall

The host GPRC Wolves varsity team had a fantastic day against its ACAC rivals.  Wolves runners Kelcie Bulas (Women’s 6 km – 3rd overall) and Brandon Wladyko (Men’s 8 km – 4th overall ) were the top college runners and both Wolves teams placed first in the college team standings.

Other category winners were:

Jr Elm Girls   Alyssa Elliot    Clairmont

Jr Elm Boys   Samuel Larka   RWZ

Sr Elm Girls   Teeghan Shura   Woking

Sr Elm Boys   Joshua Fong

Jr H  Boys    Nolan Roberts   C Spencer

Jr H Girls    Mairen Lawson   St Joes

Sr H Girls    Cassie Loughlin   Glenmary

Sr H Boys   Jordan Lundstrom   PWA

This coming week is the busiest seven days of the year for local xc runners.  Three Wolves Cross Country Series Races are on tap this week including Wanham (Thursday), Peace River (Friday), and Dawson Creek (Saturday).  The GPRC Wolves Varsity team is in Red Deer next Saturday for ACAC #4.

Full results posted here 


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Locals Shine at Bezanson Bog

Junior Elm Boys line up for the start of the 2017 Bezanson Bog

Over 150 runners of all ages and abilities converged on the Old Bezanson Townsite on Saturday for the 8th running of the Bezanson Bog XC Running Races.

The featured 5 km distance saw a competitive four-way battle for the win involving Wolves alumnus Hayden Hollowell and three local high schoolers.  Hollowell managed to gap the field in the final 400m and cruised to victory in a time of 18:52, 2 seconds better than runner up Jordan Lundstrom from Peace Wapiti Academy.  Peace Country Wolves Athletics Club runners Kobe Grocholski and Chris Neilssen placed third and fourth, respectively.

Other category winners included:

Jr Elm Boys     Tyce Mueller   RWZ

Jr Elm Girls    Isabelle McFaw    RWZ

Sr Elm Boys    Myron Brown  RWz

Sr Elm Girls    Tess Dziaduck  BEZ

Jr H Boys    Jacob Farnsworth   WAC

Jr H Girls        Mairen Lawson    St Joes

Sr H Girls       Lydia Steinke    PWA

Open Women    Megan Hopkins   Wolves

Masters Women    Marlene Corcoran  WAC

Masters Men     Carl Lawson   GP

The Bog was race #2 in the 2017 Wolves XC Running Series.  Race #3, the Steve Burgess Memorial, takes place next Saturday at the Wapiti Nordic Ski Trails.

Full results are posted here 17BezBogResults

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Weekend Wrap Up – September 9, 2017

Rockin short shorts for the very first time, Brandon Wladyko placed second among the ACAC runners at the Concordia Open on Sept 9

It was a busy Saturday for club members with action on three fronts.

In Edmonton at ACAC #1 – The Concordia Open, the GPRC Wolves Varsity team opened it season with a token squad of five athletes.  Brandon Wladyko was the top local runner placing second among the college runner.  He covered the hilly 8 km loop in 30:04.  Rookie Troy Bogh made his debut with the Wolves, placing 13th.

Kelcie Bulas had an impressive debut with the Wolves, placing 5th among the college runner in ACAC #1 in Edmonton on Sept 9

In the women’s 6 km, another Wolves rookie, Kelcie Bulas, had a spectacular debut placing 5th among the college runners.  Anna van der Geissen placed 16th, while Britney Duvall was 20th.

With less than the minimum of four runners per gender, the Wolves did not register a team score. A full squad of Wolves athletes be in action in two weeks time when the Wolves host ACAC #3 – The Steve Burgess Memorial at Wapiti Nordic.

ACAC #1 Results (will be posted here)

Kailey Bratland (left) and Amanda Patteson placed third and second respectively at the 2017 Mt Robson Half Marathon

Also on Saturday, former Wolves standout Amanda Patteson and current Wolves runner Kailey Bratland took part in the the Mt Robson Half Marathon outside of Valemont, BC.  The pair both made the podium in the women’s division – Patteson placing 2nd and Bratland 3rd.

Mount Robson Marathon Results (will be posted here)

Finally, a pair of younger WAC athletes contested the Kids of Steel Triathlon in Grande Prairie on Saturday.  Jacob Farnsworth topped the boy’s field, while Mairen Lawson placed second in the girl’s race.

2017 East Link GP Triathlon Results

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