Blizzard of Bronze for Zone 8 ASG Track Team

Brandon Tufford (832) recorded a personal best time of 2:00.57 in winning the bronze medal in the U18 800m

Brandon Tufford (832) recorded a personal best time of 2:00.57 in winning the bronze medal in the U18 800m

Zone 8 Track and Field athletes combined for a total of 10 medals (2 silver and 8 bronze) at the 2016 Alberta Summer Games in Leduc in Alberta on the weekend.

Sexmith’s Vanessa Spenner (U16 Discus) and Valleyview’s Aimee Caron (U16 80m Hurdles) both recorded runner-up finishes.

Bronze medals were awarded to

  • Xavier Crosby – U18 Discus and U 18 Hammer
  • Kennedy Gray – U16 Long Jump
  • Desiree Giesbrecht – U18 Heptathlon
  • Marco Dejong – U16 Triple Jump
  • Brandon Tufford – U18 800m
  • Kris Baird – U18 Shot Put
  • Aimee Caron, Kennedy Gray, Elissa Day, Lindsay Martens – U16 Medley Relay

The 2016 total represented a three medal improvement from the last Games.  In the 2014 ASG track meet, Zone 8 captured 5 silver and 2 bronze medals.

The 2018 Alberta Summer Games will take place in July 2018 at the Legion Track in Grande Prairie.

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Martens Ninth in Olympic Trials 5000m

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Mirelle Martens placed ninth in 16:54 in the 2016 Olympic Trials 5000m

Wolves Athletics Club runner Mirelle Martens parlayed a strong final km into a ninth place finish in the 5000m at the 2016 Canadian Track and Field Championships/ Olympic Trials in Edmonton on Thursday evening.

Martens recorded a personal best time of 16:54 in her first nationals as a senior athlete.

Two other local athletes also competed in the meet.  Hayden Hollowell placed 17th in the Qualifying Round for the 1500m in a seasonal best time of 4:08.  Brandon Tufford was 14th in the Qualifying Round for the Junior Men’s 1500m.

 

 

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Local Athletes Shine at Zone Track Meet

Spirit River's Eric Nooy had a strong meet with wins in the Intermediate Men's 800, 1500, and 3000

Spirit River’s Eric Nooy had a strong meet with wins in the Intermediate Men’s 800, 1500, and 3000

Setting two Zone records, GP Composite’s Brandon Tufford delivered a pair of dominating performances at the 2016 NW Zone Track and Field meet in Peace River on Friday and Saturday.

Tufford destroyed the 34 year old Junior Men’s 1500m record by 4.5 seconds, running a time of 4:22.  He also set a new mark in the Junior Men’s 800m with a of 2:08.

Hillside Valleyview’s Aimee Caron had the top performance in the Junior High meet. She crushed the Senior Girls 80m hurdles record by almost 2 seconds in a time of 12.0.  Caron also won the the Senior Girls 200m, Triple Jump, and ran a leg on the winning 4 x 100 relay.

IV Macklin's Mairen Lawson set a record in the Junior Girls 800m and won two other events (400 and 1500)

IV Macklin’s Mairen Lawson set a record in the Junior Girls 800m and won two other events (400 and 1500)

Other notable local performances included:

  • Tristan Werklund – Hillside Valleyview – who broke Jeff Halvorson’s Zone record in the Intermediate Men’s 100m and also had wins in the 200m, Triple Jump, and 4 x 100m.
  • Janai Martens – St Joes – who won 4 events in the Senior Women’s category (100, 200, Long Jump, Triple Jump)
  • Brittany Duvall – Eaglesham – who also won 4 events in the Senior Women’s category (800, 1500, 3000m, 4 x 400m)
  • Piper Chillog – St Joe’s – who set a record in the Junior Women’s 100m and also won the 200m and Long Jump
  • Mairen Lawson – IV Macklin – who set a record in the Junior Girls 800 and also won the 400 and 1500,
  • Dylan Sieben – Harry Balfour – who won 3 events in the Junior Boys category (800, 1500, Triple Jump)
  • Eric Nooy – Spirit River – who won 3 events in the Intermediate Men’s category (800, 1500, 3000)
  • Chris Baird – Charles Spencer – who set a new record in the Junior Men’s Discus

The top 2 finishers in the Senior High events qualified for next weekend’s 2016 ASAA High School Provincial Track and Field Championships in Edmonton.

Full results are posted on the NW Zone Track and Field page

 

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Giesbrecht and Martens Quadrple Winners at PCC Track Meet

Mairen Lawson - 2015 NW Zone Junior Girls XC Running Champion

Mairen Lawson improved her personal best time in 800m by over 17 seconds  on Saturday at the PCC Track Meet. She recorded  a time of 2:35.8.

Hines Creek’s Desiree Giesbrecht and St Joe’s Janai Martens were quadruple winners at the 2016 Peace Country Classic Track and Field Meet at Legion Field on Saturday.

Giesbrecht captured the Youth Girls 400m, 1500m, 100m hurdles, and Long Jump.  Martens won a quartet of Open Womens events: the 100m, 200m, Long Jump, and Triple Jump.

Triple winners on Saturday included:

Kennedy Gray   Midget Girls 100m, 200m, Long Jump

Vanessa Spenner  Midget Girls Shot, Discus, Javelin

Brandon Tufford  Youth Boys 800m, 1500m, 4 x 100m Relay

The performance of the meet was registered by Peace Country Wolves Athletics Club athlete Mirelle Martens who won the Open Womens 3000m in a time of 9:38.0.  Martens established a Legion Track record, becoming the first women to break the 10 minute barrier on Grande Prairie soil.

In the team competition, Spirit River Regional Academy captured the top spot, ten points ahead of Go Athletics from Edmonton.  Dawson Creek Secondary was third.

The PCC meet also hosted the 2016 NW Zone Alberta Summer Games Trials for track and field.  The Zone team will be named in the next few days.

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Team Scores 16pccteamscores

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Peace Country Classic/ ASG Trials Track Meet slated for May 14

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A quartet of Grande Prairie’s fastest contest the 5000m at the 2015 Peace Country Classic. Pictured left to right are Eric Maritnek, Jamie Wigmore, Mirelle Martens, and Brandon Wladyko

Registration for the  2016 Peace Country Classic on Saturday, May 14, Grande Prairie’s annual all comer’s track meet, is now open.

This year’s Classic is actually three different meets in one

  • The Grande Prairie Kid’s Meet for children in Grades 1 to 3 and Grades 4 to 6.
  • The NW Zone Alberta Summer Games Track and Field Trials for Peace Country residents ages 13 to 17 who wish to try out for the Alberta Summer Games taking place in Leduc, July 14-17.
  • The Peace Country Classic All Comers Meet for everyone else – athletes of all ages and abilities are encouraged to enter.

 New this year!

We’ve simplified things by aligning our PCC categories (i.e. Midget, Youth, Open) with standard Athletics Canada categories and specifications.  Also for your convenience, we will be using online registration through Trackie.Reg (Note:  You have the option of paying online OR paying by cash or cheque on the day of the meet.)

Complete information about the meet, including schedule of events and registration instructions, is available on the Peace Country Wolves Athletics Club site (www.wolvesac.com).

 

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Redemption! Wolves Indoor Tracksters Come Up Big At Awards Banquet

Hannah Caldwell and Josh Facts Malmsten crushed the No-Hands-Oreo-Eating Challenge at the 2016 ACAC Indoor Track Champs

Hannah Caldwell and Josh Facts Malmsten crushed the No-Hands-Oreo-Eating Challenge at the 2016 ACAC Indoor Track Champs

It took until the awards banquet after the meet had ended, but the GPRC Wolves managed to hit the podium on Saturday at the ACAC Indoor Track Championships in Calgary.

In the always competitive No-Hands-Oreo-Eating-Contest, Josh Malmsten managed a 2nd place finish, while rookie Hannah Caldwell came out of nowhere to nab third place. Based on their combined performance, the Wolves earned the coveted right to eat first at the buffet.

Earlier in the day, the Wolves men finished the meet with 12 points, good for fifth place overall. The Wolves women placed sixth with 8 points.

The Wolves Women's 4 x 400 team parlayed these game faces into a 6 th place finish

The Wolves Women’s 4 x 400 team parlayed these game faces into a 6 th place finish

Brandon Wladyko led the way for the locals with a 4th place finish in the 3000m, narrowly missing the bronze by 0.5 seconds. Wladyko recorded a personal best time of 9:33 in the race. He also ran a personal best time of 4:33 in placing 6th in the 1500m.

Other Wolves Athletes scoring points included

Josh Malmsten – 1000m, 2 points  600m, 1 point

Kirsten Manz – 300m, 3 points.  600m, 2 points

Women’s 4 x 400m – 3 points

Concordia University of Edmonton won the Men’s team title ; MacEwan University took the women’s crown.

The ACAC meet marked the final competition in a Wolves singlet for graduating runners Kirsten Manz and Emily Whalen. Whalen marked the occasion with a win in Heat 4 of the 300m prelims.

Full results are posted at www.calgarytrackcouncil.com/ACAC2016

Elsewhere on Saturday, former Wolves runners Mirelle Martens (Trinity Western) and Joren Manz (University of Alberta) took part in the Canada West University Indoor Track Meet in Saskatoon.

Martens won gold in the 3000m and picked up a silver in the 1500m. Manz also had a silver as part of the U of A’s 4 x 800m relay team. Both athletes qualified for CIS Nationals in two weeks.

 

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Wolves Track Teams Fifth and Sixth at ACAC 2 Meet

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Joel DeMarcke ran the lead off leg for the Wolves fourth place 4 x 400m relay at the 2016 Running Room Indoor Challenge

The GPRC Wolves Indoor Track team was out in full force on Saturday, contesting ACAC Meet #2 – The Running Room Indoor Challenge – at the Edmonton Garrison.

Fifth-year runner Kirsten Manz recorded the best finish among the locals, a 4th place standing in the Women’s 600m in a personal best time of 1:48.  The top male GPRC result was a 6th place run by Brandon Wladyko in the Men’s 3000m. Wladyko, and teammates Joel DeMarcke, Josh Malmstem, and Kyle Murray also  combined for a 4th place finish in the Men’s 4 x 400m.

Collectively, the Wolves men placed 5th in the team standings; the Wolves women were 6th.  Lethbridge College won both both the men’s and women’s titles.

Next up for Wolves Indoor Track is the ACAC Championships in Calgary on Feb. 26 and 27

Women’s Results WomensResultsCopy of 2016 Nike Indoor Challenge Results Program

Men’s Results MenResults2016 Nike Indoor Challenge Results Program

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Wolves Men 5th at ACAC 1 Indoor Track Meet

Josh Malmsten placed 6th in the 600 and 7th in the 1500 (PR) at ACAC 1 in Lethbridge

Josh Malmsten placed 6th in the 600 and 7th in the 1500 (PR) at ACAC 1 in Lethbridge

A token squad of two GPRC athletes contested ACAC Indoor Track 1 – The Kodiak Open in Lethbridge on Saturday.

Josh Malmsten led the way for the locals with 6th place finish in the 600m and a 7th place finish, with a new personal best time of 4:40.08, in the 1500m.

Brandon Wladyko fared one spot better than Malmsten in the 1500m (6th place),and also finished 8th in the 600m.

Collectively, the Wolves men placed 5th out of 7 teams in the team placings.

Next up, a full squad of Wolves runners will contest ACAC 2 – The Concordia Open in Edmonton on Feb. 6.

Full results of the 2015 Kodiak Open 2016 Kodiaks Indoor Track Open RESULTS

 

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300m Records Pummeled at Rick Scott Open

A very excited Chris Nelissen (left) accepts the Athlete of the Meet Award (or Most Outstanding Accounting Student?) from meet director Bill Corcoran at the 2016 Rick Scott Open

A very excited Chris Nelissen (left) accepts the Athlete of the Meet Award (or Most Outstanding Accounting Student?) from meet director Bill Corcoran at the 2016 Rick Scott Open

(Revised Jan. 10, 2015)

A pair of meet records in the women’s 300m highlighted a spectacular fifth annual Rick Scott Open Indoor Track Meet at the Crosslink Fieldhouse on Saturday.

In heat one of the 300m, Kirsten Manz lowered her own 2015 meet record by 4/10ths of a second, covering the distance in 50.0.  However, the new standard didn’t last long as Jamie Wigmore set yet another new meet standard in heat three with a time of 49.0.

Wigmore also lowered her own women’s meet record in 800m to 2:25.1.

Other winners included:

Men’s  800m        Josh Malmsten     2:24.4

Men’s 300m        Chris Nelissen  43.4

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Next up for local indoor track athletes is ACAC Indoor Meet #1 in Lethbridge next weekend.

 

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2015 Wolves Athletics Club in Review

As 2015 comes to a close, it’s time for our annual Year in Review.  Here are the top ten notable stories of last year:

#10 – PRs Galore in Spring Road Races

Six WAC athletes = 4 wins, 1 second, and 1 5th at the 2015 DHT Press Run

Six WAC athletes = 4 wins, 1 second, and 1 5th at the 2015 DHT Press Run

Club athletes distinguished themselves in a number of road races in 2015, but two races in particular stand out.

On April 26 in Victoria, three WAC women went sub 40 minutes in the TC 10 km.  Mirelle Martens led the way for the locals with a 36:39 clocking while Jackie Benning (39:37 ) and Amanda Patteson (39:57 ) also averaged sub-4 minutes for 10 consecutive kilometres.

A few weeks later at the Daily Herald Tribune Press Run in Grande Prairie on May 23, WAC runners won 4 out of 6 titles.  Hayden Hollowell (1/2 marathon, 1:18), Brandon Wladlyko (10 km, 38:00), Jackie Benning (Women’s 5 km, 19:11) and Amanda Patteson (Women’s 10km, 42:11) all took the top spots in their respective races and each won a sweet pair of shoes to boot … no pun intended …

#9 – Major Awards for WAC Coaches and Athletes

Wolves XC 2015 Academic Team of the Year at GPRC

Wolves XC 2015 Academic Team of the Year at GPRC

In February, March, and April, Club members were named winners of a number of provincial and regional awards.

In February, Bill Corcoran was named 2014 Athletics Alberta Volunteer of the Year and Mirelle Martens was awarded 2014 Athletics Alberta Junior Women’s XC Runners of the Year.

At the NW Alberta Sport Development Centre Banquet in March, Martens was named Female Athlete of the Year, Corcoran won the High Performance Coach of the Year, and the GPRC Women’s XC team was awarded the Female Team of the Year.

At the GPRC Festival of Gold Awards Banquet in April, Martens captured the GPRC Female Athlete of the Year and the Cross Country team topped the table for the highest Academic Average.  The ACAC also honoured Martens as the 2014-15 Female Athlete of the Year in All Sports.

#8 – High Schoolers Impress at ASAA Provincial Track Champs

Brittany Duvall (far left) and Kailey Bratland (far right) both notched top 5 performances at the 2015 ASAA Provincial Track Meet in Lethbridge

Brittany Duvall (far left) and Kailey Bratland (far right) both notched top 5 performances at the 2015 ASAA Provincial Track Meet in Lethbridge

WAC high schoolers had a great year in 2015.  The dynamic duo of Kailey Bratland and Brittany Duvall recorded their best-ever provincials finishes at the 2015 ASAA High School Track and Field Championships in Lethbridge in June.

Kailey recorded a time of 11:29 in the 3000m for fifth, while Brit also finished fifth, clocking 2:27 for the 800m.  The pair also placed seventh (Brit) and eighth (Kailey) in the 15000m at Provincials.

#7 – WAC Runners Contest AC Nationals Track Champs In Droves

Hayden Hollowell established two personal best times at the Tracktown Classic in Edmonton on July 11/12. 2015

Hayden Hollowell established a slew of PRs in 2015 and took part in his first Senior Nationals track championship

The Athletics Canada Junior and Senior National Track and Field Championships took place in Edmonton in early July, and a Club record four athletes took part in the national meet.

Mirelle Martens had the best result, winning a bronze medal in Junior Women’s 5000m.  Martens also placed 8th in the Junior Women’s 3000m.

In the Senior meet, Jamie Wigmore and Jess Baraskewich contested the Women’s 800m.  Both exited the competition in Round 1; Wigmore placed 27th overall, while Baraskewich was 28th.  Hayden Hollowell also took part in the meet, placing 27th in the Men’s 1500m.

#6 – Martens and Benson Represent Canada in International XC

An exhausted Mirelle Martens at the end of the Junior Women's race at the 2015 World Cross Country Running Championships

An exhausted Mirelle Martens at the end of the Junior Women’s race at the 2015 World Cross Country Running Championships

Well, the individual results weren’t as good as they had hoped for, but Mirelle Martens and former WAC athlete Fiona Benson got some great international experience in February and March as members of Team Canada.

In February, the pair were in Colombia for the 2015 Pan Am Cross Country Running Championships.  Martens placed 24th in the Junior Women’s 5 km, while Benson was 13th in the Senior Women’s 6 km event.  Both athletes received team medals, as Canada won the Junior Women’s race and was second in the Senior Women’s run.

A month later, the pair again donned Team Canada gear and contested the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in China.  Both ladies had tough days.  Martens started too fast, fading from 50th in 94th in the last lap of the 6 km course.  Benson’s race followed a similar pattern; she ended up 68th in Senior Women’s 8 km.

#5 Wolves Women Dominate ACAC Indoors

2015 ACAC Indoor 4 x 400m Women's Champs (left to right) Jackie Benning, Amanda Patteson, Kirsten Manz, Jamie Wigmore (photobomber) Emily Whalen

2015 ACAC Indoor 4 x 400m Women’s Champs (left to right) Jackie Benning, Amanda Patteson, Kirsten Manz, Jamie Wigmore (photobomber) Emily Whalen

In Fall 2014, the GPRC women dominated both the ACAC and CCAA Cross Country Championships in a record-setting fashion.  In the team’s final college competition, the 2015 ACAC Indoor Track Championship in Edmonton, the team was equally as impressive.

The Wolves women won 5 out of 6 races and set a new record in the 4 x 400m relay.  Individual medalist included Jamie Wigmore (2 gold, 1 bronze), Mirelle Martens (2 gold) and Jackie Benning (2 silver).  Wigmore, Benning, Amanda Patteson, and Kirstin Manz combined to win the relay gold.

#4 GP Hosts the Province – ASAA High School XC Provincials

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Finishing 9th and 11th respectively in the Senior Women’s race, Kailey Bratland and Britney Duvall represented the Peace Country proudly at the 2015 Alberta High School Cross Country Championships at Wapiti Nordic

In 2005, the Wapiti Nordic Ski Trails hosted the ASAA Provincial High School XC Running Championships for the first time.  Ten years later in October of this year, it was time for the re-match.

In the 2005 race, only two Peace Country athletes cracked the top 15 in any of the six races.  In 2015, five Peace Country athletes finished in the top 15 and another placed 21st.  The leading area athletes included Troy Morgan (9th Junior Men), Kailey Bratland (9th Senior Women), Brittany Duvall (11th Senior Women), Brandon Tufford (12th Junior Men), Eric Nooy (15th Intermediate Men), and Lee Gillette (21st Senior Men.)

#3 Wiggie Crushes XC Season

Jamie Wigmore cruises to the win at the 2015 ACAC XC Running Championships

Jamie Wigmore cruises to the win at the 2015 ACAC XC Running Championships

Fourth-year runner Jamie Wigmore returned  to GPRC for a final season with some lofty goals.  After finishing second in the past two ACAC Championships and fourth in the 2014 CCAA Championships, Wigmore set her sights on top spot in the province and a national podium spot.

In her opening xc race in September, Jamie lost to Lethbridge College’s Emily Lucas, but that would be the last time before November that Wigmore would be bested by another college runner.  She won her next four college races, including a huge 30 second victory in the 2015 ACAC Cross Country Running Championships in Lethbridge.  Wigmore’s ACAC  Championships victory was only the third-ever individual title by a Wolves female athlete.

At the 2015 CCAA Cross Country Running Championships in Brockville, ON in November, Wigmore and 2014 silver medalist Jessy Lacourse from Quebec separated themselves from the pack after 3.5 kms of the soggy 5 km course.  Lacourse proved to be slightly stronger over the last 800m and notched the victory, 10 seconds ahead of Wigmore.

Jamie finished her xc career at GPRC as the most decorated female xc athlete in history.  Over 4 years, she was a four-time ACAC All Conference Runner, three-time ACAC Individual Medalist (1 gold, 2 silver), three-time ACAC Team Medalist (gold, silver, and bronze), three-time CCAA All Canadian, and four-time CCAA Tournament All Star (3 times first team, once second team.)

#2 Martens’ Sensational Silver

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Nothing like laying down a big PR, scoring a silver medal, and representing your country at 2015 Pan Am Junior Track and Field Champs

Redemption is one of the sweetest feelings in sports.  Mirelle Martens experienced that feeling in spades at the 2015 Pan Am Junior Track and Field Championships in Edmonton at the end of July.

After missing out on qualifying for Team Canada in the 5000m at Nationals by one place, Martens managed to secure a “roll down” spot in the Pan Ams in her secondary event, the 3000, despite only placing 8th at Nationals.

Eager to prove that she belonged, Mirelle produced her best-ever track performance at Pan Ams, stopping the clock at 9:41, a scant 3.5 seconds shy of the gold medal.  In the process, she defeated both Canadian Junior 5000m champion Anne Marie Comeau and Peru’s Saida Meneses, the 2015 Pan Am Cross Country Running Champion, who finished 23 places better than Martens the last time the two raced.

#1 Benson Posts Multiple Olympic Standards

Fiona Benson represented Canada and the 2015 World Track and Field Championship in Beijing, China

Fiona Benson represented Canada and the 2015 World Track and Field Championship in Beijing, China

Well it’s a bit of a cheat given that Fiona Benson hasn’t been a Club member since 2011, but, darn it, we’re climbing on the bandwagon for 2015.

The 23 year old runner from Tom’s Lake had a breakthrough track season where she demolished her 800m PR by 8+ seconds and became only the fifth-ever Canadian women to break the magic 2 minute barrier.  She also captured the Canadian Championship at 800m and was a semi-finalist in the World Championships in Beijing, China.

In addition, Fiona achieved Olympic qualifying times in both the 800m and 1500m.  She ended the year ranked #1 in Canada in both the 1500m and mile, and #2 in the 800m.  On the 2015 world list, she finished #10 in the mile, #30 in the 1500m, and #41 in in the 800m.

It was really fun to watch Fiona crush it on the world stage this year.  We look forward to 2016 and hope to see her become the first-ever Peace Country track athlete to compete in the Olympic Games.

 

 

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