Hollowell Second at Provincial Age Group Indoor Track Champs

Hayden Hollowell had a great meet at the 2012 Alberta High School Provincials

Hayden Hollowell had a great meet at the 2017 AA Provincial Indoor Track Age Group Championships on the weekend

The pride of Hythe, AB (aka Hayden Sanchez Hollowell) was the top local performer at the Athletics Alberta Provincial Age Group Indoor Track Championships in Edmonton on the weekend.

Hollowell placed second in both the Senior Men’s 1500m (4:14) and 3000m (9:12).

Valleyview’s Aimee Caron and Beaverlodge’s Kobe Grocholski were just off the podium with 4th place finishes.  Caron did the trick in the Youth Girls 60m Hurdles (9.96) while Grocholski barely missed the bronze in the Midget Boys 2000m ( 6:28). Grocholski  also placed 9th in the 1200m (3:41).

Grande Prairie’s Brandon Tufford also took part in the meet.  He finished 8th in the Junior Men’s 600m (1:29) and 7th in the 1500m (4:24).

Full results are posted here  http://www.ellistiming.ca/AITFC/LiveResults/



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Bronze for GPRC Women’s Relay at ACAC Indoor Track

Wolves women's relay team placed 3rd  at the 2017 ACAC Indoor Track Championships

Wolves women’s relay team placed 3rd at the 2017 ACAC Indoor Track Championships

The Wolves women ended a two-year podium drought on Saturday, capturing the bronze medal in the 4 x 400m at the 2017 ACAC Indoor Track Championships in Lethbridge.

The quartet of Janai Martens, Kelsey Bishop, Brittany Duvall, and Maria Houle recorded a time of 4:26 to finish third behind MacEwan University and Red Deer College.

Collectively, the Wolves women placed 6th in the team competition. Local athletes with top 10 placings in the individual events included Kailey Bratland (9th 3000m), Houle (5th 1000m and 6th 600m), and Martens (6th 300m).

The Wolves men finished 5th among the male teams. Top ten placings were recorded by Brandon Wladyko (6th 3000m and 7th 1500m) and Josh Malmsten (10th 1000m). The 4 x 400m team placed 9th.

Full results are posted at http://www.calgarytrackcouncil.com/ACAC2017/

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Wolves Tracksters Active on Two Fronts

Janai Martens hands the baton to Maria Houle in the 4 x 400m relay at the 2017 Golden Bear Challenge. The Wolves team placed third in the race.

Janai Martens hands the baton to Maria Houle in the 4 x 400m relay at the 2017 Golden Bear Challenge. The Wolves team placed third in the race.

A split squad of Wolves Indoor Track runners were active in two venues on the weekend.  Six athletes competed at the Golden Bear Challenge meet in Edmonton on Friday and Saturday, while two others contested ACAC #2 – SAIT Open in Calgary on Sunday.

The Women’s 4 x 400m relay team, consisting of Kelsey Bishop, Brittany Duvall, Janai Martens, and Maria Houle had the best Wolves placing in the Edmonton meet,  finishing third in their race (4:27.19).

Other top Wolves performance included Bishop (300m –  18th – 46.14), Houle (600m – 19th – 1:47.26), and Andrea Snider (1500m – 21st – 5:22.30 and 3000m – 14th – 11:42.24)

On Sunday in Calgary, Brandon Wladyko was the top Wolves performer, placing 5th in the 3000m in a time of 9:52.24.  Josh Malmsten was 10th in the 1000m,  stopping the clock at 2:5946.

Next up for the Wolves Indoor Track team is the 2017 ACAC Indoor Track Championships in Lethbridge on March 3 and 4.

Full Results – 2017 Golden Bear Challenge

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Wolves Women Third, Men Fifth at ACAC #1 Indoor Track


Kailey Bratland (left) and Andrea Snider (right) combined for a total of 15 of GPRC’s 38 points on Saturday at the ACAC #1 Indoor Meet in Edmonton

A strong run by the 4 x 400m team propelled the Wolves Women’s team to a third place finish in the team standings at the ACAC #1 MacEwan Open Indoor Track Meet in Edmonton on Saturday.

The quartet of Janai Martens, Brittany Duvall, Maria Houle, and Kelsey Bishop clocked a time of 4:26 to take second behind MacEwan University in the 1600 relay.  Andrea Snider also chipped in a meaningful way placing 3rd  in the 3000m and 4th in the 1500m.

The Wolves men placed fifth overall led by Brandon Wladyko’s first place run in the 3000m.  Wladyko established a new personal best time of 9:31.10 in the race.

Next up for the Indoor Track Wolves is the ACAC 2 race in Calgary on February 12.

Full results are posted here



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Tremendously Awesome Performances Abound at 2017 Rick Scott Open


Award Winners at 2017 Rick Scott Open celebrate their epic achievements

In its six years of existence, the Rick Scott Open track meet has established a well-earned reputation as a truly underwhelming undertaking relentlessly hyped by its tireless supporters.  True to form, the 2017 edition of the meet held Saturday at the Crosslink Sportsplex in Clairmont produced a number of performances suitable for off-the-charts hyperbolic praise.

Sixteen year old Chris Neilssen, the 2016 Rick Scott Open Athlete of the Meet, made a triumphant return to this year’s event and did not disappoint.  Neilssen threw down a facility-record time of 61.9 in winning the 400m. For his efforts, Neilssen was again awarded Athlete of the Meet  for the second year in a row.

Excited athlete enjoying his Rick Scott Open trophy

Excited athlete enjoying his Rick Scott Open trophy

In the other individual races, Janai Martens won the women’s 400m in 73.1, two seconds ahead of Mairen Lawson.  Brandon Wladyko cruised to a comfortable victory in 2000m.  Masters runner Broken Down Old Man Rocking Hokas took the 1000m.

The 4 x 200m relay was a hotly contested affair with Wolves – RESPECT! recording a time of 2:07.4. 1.4 seconds better than Wolves – Bad Choices.

The event was marred by a no-show from the event’s marquee sponsor, Rick Scott.  Given that this was the second time in five years that his no-show has occurred, event organizers have put the title sponsorship up for review.  Potential sponsors for the 2018 event are encouraged to contact the Wolves Athletics Club about promotional opportunities.

Full results 17rickscottopenresults


Junior Athlete of the Meet        Mairen Lawson

Masters Athlete of the Meet      Bill Corcoran

Female Athlete of the Meet       Janai Martens

Male Athlete of the Meet           Brandon Wladyko

Overall Athlete of the Meet       Chris Neilssen


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Haugen Second at AC Nats XC


Bailey Haugen (959) and Nicki Haugen (962), pictured here in an October 2016 photo, both had strong races at the 2016 AC National Cross Country Running Championships

The Haugen clan from Ft. St. John did the Peace Region proud on Saturday with some strong running at the Athletics Canada National Cross Country Running Championship in Kingston, ON.

Mom Nicki  Haugen led the Master Womens 8 km for the first 7km before being passed in the final few metres by Quebec’s Genevieve Shurtleff.  Haugen held on for the silver medal in a time of 31:03, 7 seconds back of the winner.

Bailey Haugen contested the Junior Women’s 6 km and ended up in 35th place in a time of 22:59.  Tait Haugen placed 165th in the Youth Boys 6 km.

The Nationals meet served as the Team Canada trials for the IAAF World Cross Country Running Championships in Uganda next March.

Full results are posted here.


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Wolves Runners Crack CCAA Top Ten

imageThe GPRC Women’s Cross Country Running team came up huge on Saturday, delivering a season’s best performance at the 2016 CCAA National Cross Country Running Championship in Sault Ste. Marie, ON.

The previously unranked Wolves had a breakthrough performance and finished tenth among the best college teams in the country.

Andrea Snider led the way with a 25th place performance.  Maria Houle was close behind in 30th, followed by Kailey Bratland (5oth), Christie Shepherd (72nd), Brittany Duvall (82nd), and Ashley Camsell (95th).

A pair of Wolves men also took part.  Brandon Wladyko improved 12 spots from his 2015 finish at Nationals with a 35th place finish.  Jash Malmsten was 87th.

Also on Saturday, a pair of local contested the CIS XC Running Championships in Quebec City.  Mirelle Martens, battling a stomach virus, hung in for 31st place finish.  Her Trinity Western University team placed 3rd overall.  Adam Lehners, representing MacEwan University, was 135th in the men’s race.

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Wolves XC Running – Adopt a Wolf Fundraiser


Help send Brit and Kailey aka “The Clowns” to Sault Ste Marie for Nationals

Alums, Friends, and Other Supporters:

The 2016 Wolves XC team is headed to CCAA Nationals on November 12.  For the athletes who are competing, this will be great opportunity to test themselves against the best college runners in Canada.

The College is able to provide support for this trip for athletes in the top 7 at ACACs (e.g. Brandon Wladyko this year) but for the rest of the students, they need to self-fund the trip.

So if you are in the financial position to spare $100 or $250 or whatever to help fund the trip, we would really appreciate it if you could help us out.  All contributions are eligible for a charitable tax receipt, which helps reduce your out-of-pocket cost.

Here is the link to the Adopt-a-Wolf site where you can make an online donation.

I know many of you had a whole ton of fun travelling to Nationals or Spokane or Vancouver when you were GPRC XC athletes.  If you could help this year’s team fund part of their Nationals trip, they will be also be able to share in a great experience like you had as part of the XC Wolves.

Please consider making a donation this year.  Thanks much.

Bill Corcoran and Rick Scott, Wolves XC Running Coaches





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Big Weekend for Local XC Runners

Brandon Wladyko finished 5th in the 2016 ACAC XC Running Championships

Brandon Wladyko finished 5th in the 2016 ACAC XC Running Championships

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.

The 2016 Wolves women placed 5ht at the 2016 ACAC XC Running Championships

The 2016 Wolves women placed 5th at the 2016 ACAC XC Running Championships

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.

ACAC XC Results

Wandering Wolf Results

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.)

Stewart Cup (AB Provincials) Results

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.

BC XC Running Championships 6 km Women


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Top Ten Finishers for Local Runners in Augustana XC Running Race


Kailey Bratland battled tough conditions at the 2016 Augustana Open.  She placed 17th amongst the college women.

A quartet of local runners had top 10 finishes in the ACAC #5  – The Augustana Open in Camrose on Saturday.

GPRC Wolves runners Brandon Wladyko placed 4th amongst the college men, while GPRC team-mate Maria Houle ran to a 7th place finish in the college women’s division.

Wolves Athletics Club runners also had some stellar results.  Jamie Wigmore was 8th in the open women’s division, while Hayden Hollowell placed 10th amongst the open men.

Other GPRC Wolves men’s placings included Josh Malmsten (22nd), Zach Malmsten (27th), and Jarrad St Arnault (44th).

Additional GPRC Wolves women completing the race included Christie Shepherd (16th), Kailey Bratland (17th), and Karina Manz (31st).

Adam Lehners, running for MacEwan University, was 24th in open men’s division.

In the team competition, the GPRC women placed 5th, while the men were 7th

Next up for the GPRC team is the ACAC XC Running Championships at Wapiti Nordic on October 29.

ASAA High School Provincials

Also on Saturday, a pair of local high schoolers contetsted the ASAA High School Provincial XC Running Championships in Cochrane.

Spirit River Regional Academy’s Eric Nooy placed 26th in the Senior Boys 6 km run.  PWA runner Lydia Steinke was 39th in the Junior Girls 3 km.  A number of other local runners were slated to compete, but poor road conditions on Friday morning prevented them from travelling.


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