Wolves XC Running Update: Tough Day for Tufford


Wolves Brandon Tufford (#138) and former Wolves AOY Bradon Wladyko (#316) at the start of the 2018 Augustana Open

The Wolves Men’s XC running team, currently ranked 12th in the CCAA, ran into a bit of tough luck on Saturday at ACAC #5 – The Augustana Open in Camrose.

Wolves rookie Brandon Tufford, who had led the Wolves men in every race he’s run this season, battled an upset stomach for 3/4s of the hilly 8km course and faded to 24th place amongst the College runners.  Fortunately, Tufford’s teammates Eric Nooy (12th), Miguel Macedo (18th), and Brice Wilkes (22nd) were able to step up and record of team score of 76 for sixth place, a scant two points short of 4th place.

Other Wolves men’s finishers included Tarias Fournier (32nd), Taylor Hudak (35th), Joel Manz (40th), and AJ Ikponnmwosa (45th).

SAIT easily won the men’s team title, well ahead of second place Red Deer College.


Anna van der Geissen had another strong performance at the 2018 Augustana Open.  She placed 13th amongst the College runners.

The Wolves women, led by Anna van der Geissen, placed 7th.  Individually, van der Geissen was 13th, Brittany Duvall was 21st, Krista Frey 34th, and Erin Grier finished 39th.

Red Deer College beat Lethbridge College in a tie breaker for the team win.

Next up for the Wolves runners is the ACAC Championships in Vermilion on October 27th.

Full results are posted here.

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Wolves Men Podium at ACAC #4 XC Running Race


Leading women during the early stages of 2018 ACAC 4 – The Lakeland Open.

Posting their best result in a full-field ACAC race in many years, the GPRC Men’s XC Running team placed third at ACAC #4 – The Lakeland Open in Vermilion on Saturday.

The Wolves were led by rookie Brandon Tufford’s 5th place individual finish.  Other GPRC placers include Eric Nooy (16th), Miguel Macedo (19th),  Brice Wilkes (20th), Kyle Reynolds (29th ), Tarias Fournier (31st ), and Joel Manz (39th).

Red Deer College upset the favoured SAIT for the men’s team win.  Leonard Cheeso from Concordia University Edmonton, the winner of last weekend’s Steve Burgess Memorial race in Grande Prairie, was the men’s individual winner.

The Wolves women placed seventh. Anna van der Geissen was the top Wolves runner placing tenth.  Teammates Brittany Duvall (24th), Krista Frey (34th), and Erin Grier (37th) rounded out the Wolves scorers.

Lethbridge College edged out Red Deer College for the women’s team title.  Vanessa Trofimenkoff of the Running Room was the women’s individual winner.




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Wolves Alums Crush it at Burgess Memorial XC Running Race


Eric Nooy (1234), leads Miguel Macedo (1232) and Chris Nelisson (1256) midway through the 2018 Steve Burgess Memorial XC Running Race in Muskoseepi Park

Led by Class of 2015 standout Jackie Benning’s 5th place finish, the Wolves Alums destroyed the field in the women’s 6 km at the 2018 Steve Burgess Memorial XC Running Race at Muskoseepi Park on Saturday.

Benning and team mates Siobhan Gallivan, Stephanie Murphy, Mirah Johnson, Marlene Corcoran, Nelda Chilboyko, and Calla Scott, tallied 46 points, well ahead of the GRPC Wolves Varsity (61 points) and the Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder (69 points).

Individually, a pair of Running Room athletes, Alicia Kallos and Lisa Stewart, finished 1-2 respectively.  Grade 11 student Faith Blanchette from High Level place third.

In the men’s 8 km, Concordia’s Leonard Cheeso topped the field, recording a time of 25:13.

The top men’s team was the Running Room Athletics Club with 14 points.  Concordia (41 points) edged the host GPRC Varsity team (42 points) for second place.

Other winners on Saturday included

Grade 1-3 Girls    Alyssa Elliot  Clairmont

Grade 1-3 Boys  Zack Guynup   Sexsmith

Grade 4-6 Girls  Carrisa Elliot  Clairmont

Grade 4-6 Boys   Owen Siebert  Sexsmith

Jr High Girls   Teyha Edey   Grande Prairie

Jr High Boys  Jordan Coen   Peace River

Sr High Girls    Ashtyn Moran  Grande Prairie

Sr High Boys  Kade Singer   Savanna

This year’s Steve Burgess race served as a test event for the 2019 CCAA XC Running Nationals which will be run in Muskoseepi Park next November.

Full results are posted at https://wolvesxcseries.com/race-results/2018-results/ 




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Wolves Open XC Season at CUE Open

Left to right, Eric Nooy, Miguel Macedo, Brittany Duvall, and Anna van der Geissen survey the course at the 2018 CUE Open in Edmonton

A quartet of Wolves runners and coach Rick Scott made the trip to Edmonton on Saturday to contest ACAC #1 – The Concordia University of Edmonton Open at Goldstick Park.

Second year runner Eric Nooy had the best GPRC placing, finishing 12th amongst the college runner in a time of 31:29 for the rolling 8 km course. Nooy finished 23 seconds ahead of teammate Miguel Macedo who placed 16th.

Anna van der Geissen was the top GPRC female runner at the 2018 CUE Open in Edmonton

In the women’s 6 km event, Anna van der Geissen was the top local, finishing 14th.  Brittany Duvall was 22nd.

With only two runners in each race, the Wolves did not register a team score.  SAIT won the men’s race while Red Deer College prevailed in the women’s competition.

Next up for the XC Wolves is ACAC #3 – The Steve Burgess Memorial hosted by GPRC at Muskoseepi Park on September 22.  A full squad of local runners will be on hand to take on the best runners in the ACAC.

Full results are posted here.

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Top Ten Placings for Wolves at Emperor’s Challenge; Solid results for Grocholski at Legion Nationals

Left to Right, Chris Nelissen, Kailey Bratland, Anna Van Der Geissen, and Brandon Wladyko had strong finishes in the 2018 Emperor’s Challenge in Tumbler Ridge

Saturday was a busy day for Peace Country Wolves athletes with runners taking part in two events.

In Tumbler Ridge, four club runners contested the 20th annual Emperor’s Challenge 20 km mountain race. Despite running off-course mid way through the race, Brandon Wladyko ended up in third place.  Chris Nelissen placed eighth.

In the women’s race, Anna Van Der Geissen was also eighth, while team mate Kailey Bratland was 22nd.

Full results are posted here.

In Brandon, MB,  Kobe Grocholski placed 13th in the U18 3000m at the National Legion Championships, clocking a time of 9:21.  On Friday, Grocholski contested the 1500m where he placed 14th in a time of 4:10.

Full results are posted here.

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Third Time’s A Charm – Grocholski Qualifies for Legion Nats

Kobe Grocholski represented Team Alberta well, placing 3rd in the the U18 1500m at the 2018 Tri Province Championships in Sherwood Park

Three weeks. Three personal bests. Three bronze medals.  And now Beaverlodge’s Kobe Grocholski has punched his ticket to  Athletics Canada U18 Legion Nationals in Brandon, MB in two weeks time.

On Saturday afternoon in Sherwood Park at the Western Tri Province Championships, Grocholski parlayed a strong last 300m into a third- place finish in the U18 1500m race, clocking a time of 4:07.07.  His latest triumph comes on the heels of a third-place finishes in last week’s Alberta Summer Games in Grande Prairie and the previous week’s Athletics Alberta U18 Championships meet in Calgary.

Grocholski’s 1500m time eclipsed the standard of 4:08.00 and qualified him for a spot next month’s U18 Nationals in Manitoba.

Two other local athletes also took part in the Tri Province meet.  Grande Prairie’s Myah Sluik placed fifth in the U18 javelin (26.24m), fifth in the shot put (11.32m), and seventh in the discus (27.23m).  Valleyview’s Aimee Caron was sixth in the U18 100m hurdles (16.64) and seventh in the 100m (13.74).

In the U18 4 X 400m relay, Grocholski ran a leg on the Alberta “B” team which placed fourth.

Full results are posted here.


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8 for 8 at 2018 ASG Track Meet

Myah Sluik (left) and Aimee Caron (right) both had top 3 performances at the 2018 Alberta Summer Games in Grande Prairie

A young Zone 8 Track & Field team ran, jumped, and threw its way to eight medals at last week’s 2018 Alberta Summer Games in Grande Prairie.

Grande Prairie’s Myah Sluik hit the podium three times in the Youth Women’s category  capturing the silver medal in the shot put (11.26m), and bronze medals in both the hammer (29.61m) and discus throws (25.45m).  Sliuk placed third in the aggregate standings for all Youth Women athletes.

High Level’s Faith Blanchette placed second in the Youth Women’s 3000m at the 2018 Alberta Summer Games in Grande Prairie

Gavin Driedger (Grande Prairie), Aimee Caron (Valleyview),  and Faith Blanchette (High Level) also had silver medals.  Driedger placed second in the Youth Men’s Octathlon (4186 pts), while Caron was runner-up in the Youth Women’s 100m Hurdles (16.03).  Blanchette’s medal performance was in the Youth Women’s 3000m (11:00.16)

Bronze medals were awarded to Beaverlodge’s Kobe Grocholoski (Youth Men’s 1500m – 4:10.06) and Fairview’s Aden Stucklschwaiger (Midget Men’s Javelin – 34.93m)

While the ASG meet marked the end of the season for most Zone 8 athletes, Sluik and Grocholoski have at least one more competition this season, Both will be competing for Team Alberta this weekend’s Tri Province Championships in Sherwood Park.

Full Results are posted here.

2018 Zone 8 Alberta Summer Games Athletics team. (Note: Toy beaver in the front row did not compete.)


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Hammer Slam #1 Marks Completion of Throwing Cage

Grande Prairie’s new Hammer/Discus cage was completed last Wednesday, two days before the opening of the 2018 Alberta Summer Games

Grande Prairie’s brand new hammer and discus throw cage was completed last Wednesday at Legion Field , two days before the opening of the 2018 Alberta Summer Games.

The new cage, funded by the City of Grande Prairie as a sport legacy from the Alberta Summer Games, allows local track & field athletes to safely throw both discuses and hammers in training and competition.

Jumpstart Athletics from Edmonton provided the equipment, design services, installation advice.  Locally, the Turcon Construction Group and Design Works Engineering and Inspection both donated contracting and measurement services.  In addition, sub-contractors Arkos and LED Services completed the site work, concrete, and welding.

2018 Hammer Slam Champ Levi Grose accepts the championship trophy … which looks suspiciously like a re-purposed Novice Hockey participation trophy … just sayin”

The new facility was christened with an informal hammer competition, Hammer Slam #1 on Wednesday.  Levi Grose, a member of the Zone 8 Alberta Summer Games Track Team, placed first with a throw of 20.54m, a “scant” 50+ metres off of the Canadian Record.

Results are posted below:

Hammer Slam #1 Results (Please don’t judge us – we need a lot more practice!)

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Local Tracksters Hit Podium at Age Group Provincials

Chris Nelisson, ran 4 races at the 2018 Athletics Alberta Age Group Provincials. He placed 5th in both the Open Men’s 400m and 800m

Seven Grande Prairie athletes contested the Athletics Alberta Age Group and Masters Provincials on the weekend in Calgary and came home with a handful of medals.

Myah Sluik, representing the Edmonton Columbians, triumphed in the Youth Girls Shot Put with a throw of 11.51m.  Sluik also managed a bronze medal in the Youth Girls Discus (26.37m)

Peace Country Wolves Athletics Club runner Jacob Farnsworth also had a pair of podium finishes. Farnsworth placed second in the Bantam Boys 1200m (3:57) and third in the Bantam Boys 800m (2:27). Both performances were personal bests.

Farnsworth’s team mates Kobe Grocholoski and Bill Corcoran both managed bronze medals.  Grocholoski recorded a personal best of 4:11 in the Youth Boys 1500m, while Corcoran ran 2:39 in the Masters 50-64 800m.

In the non-championship open category, Brandon Tufford won the 800m (1:55) and placed third in the 1500m (4:12).  Chris Nelisson, also competing in the open category had a pair of fifth place finishes – 400m (53.3) and 800m (2:00.9).

Sliuk, Farnsworth and Grocholoski will all compete in this week’s Alberta Summer Games starting Friday in Grande Prairie.

Full results are posted here.





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Third Time’s a Charm: Anderson Golden at ASAA High School Track Champs

Sesmith’s Keyanna Anderson (left) and coach Ali Lario (right) celebrate Anderson’s gold medal performance in the discus at the 2018 ASAA High School Provinicials in Red Deer

Keyana Anderson’s first round throw of 35.25m proved to be golden as the Sexsmith Secondary School athlete bested all others in the Senior Women’s Discus at the ASAA Provincial High School Track and Field Championships in Red Deer on Friday.

Anderson, who placed 3rd and 2nd in the last two provincials, had the three best throws in the competition on the way to the gold medal which was the sole victory for Grande Prairie and area athletes at this year’s meet.

Other locals with top five placings included:

Brandon Tufford  GP Comp  Senior Men’s 800m  3rd 1:56.15

GP Comp’s Brandon Tufford (left) recorded a huge 4 second personal best (1:56.15) in placing third in the Senior Men’s 800m at the 2018 ASAA High School Provincials in Red Deer

Vanessa Spenner  Sexsmith Secondary  Int Women’s Discus  3rd 32.33m

Michela Serendiak  Hillside Valleyview  Jr Women’s Discus 3rd  27.30m

Levi Grose  Peace Wapiti Academy  Jr Men’s High Jump  3rd 1.80m

Aimee Caron  Hillside Valleyview Int Women’s 80m Hurdles 4th 12.28

Mya Sluik Charles Spencer  Int Women’s Shot Put 5th 10.91m

Gavin Driedger Peace Wapiti Academy  Jr Men’s 400m 5th 53.08

Kobe Grocholski  Beaverlodge Regional Jr Men’s 3000m 9:25.88

In the Women’s Wheelchair races, Beaverlodge’s Anne Nitschke placed 2nd in the 200m and 3rd in the 100m.

The top local schools were Hillside Valleyview which placed third amongst the 2A schools and Peace Wapiti Academy which placed 15th in the 3A category.

Full results are posted here.





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