Multiple medals for locals at High School Provincial Track Meet


Valleyview’s Aimee Caron streaks to the finish line for  the win in the Senior Women’s 80m hurdles at the 2019 ASAA High Provincial Track Championships in Calgary.

Area athletes captured five medals at the 2019 ASAA Provincial High School Track and Field Championships in Calgary on the weekend.

Leading the way was Hillside Valleyview’s Aimee Caron who won the gold medal in the Senior Women’s 80m hurdles.  Caron stopped the clock in 12.56 seconds, winning the race by a convincing 0.29 second margin.


High Level’s Faith Blanchette had 2nd, 3rd, and 4th places finishes at the 2019 ASAA High School Provincial Track Championships in Calgary; Beaverlodge’s Kobe Grocholoski finished 4th in both the 1500m and 3000m races

High Level Public School runner Faith Blanchette hit the podium twice at the meet, finishing second in the Intermediate Women’s 1500m (4:58) and third in the 3000m (11:18).  Blanchette also finished 4th in the 800m (2:24)

Other Peace Country medalists included Sexsmith Secondary’s  Vanessa Spenner (2nd Senior Women’s Discus) and Charles Spencer’s Myah Sluik (3rd Senior Women’s Shot Put.)

Beaverlodge Regional High School runner Kobe Grocholski had a pair of 4th place finishes in the Intermediate Men’s category in the 3000m and the 1500m races.

In the 2A school team standings, four area teams cracked the top 11.  EW Pratt (High Prairie) was 3rd, Sexsmith Secondary was 5th, Hillside Valleyview was 8th, High Level Public was 10th, and Peace River High was 11th.

Full results can be found here.


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Records Tumble at NW Zone Track Meet


John Paul II’s Liam Tinworth (left) and Derek Taylor Public School’s Jax Olson (right) lead the field in the 3000m at the 2019 NW Zone Track Meet at Legion Field on June 1

After a one-day postponement due to smoke from the wildfires, the 2019 NW Zone Track and Field Championships took place on Saturday at Legion Field under slightly hazy conditions.  Despite the weather challenges and the condensed time frame that consolidated the two-day schedule into a single day, a total of 12 Senior High and 8 Junior High records were set.

High Level’s Faith Blanchette was the star of the meet, winning four events and setting three new records in Intermediate Women’s category.  The 17-year old runner established new standards in the 800m (2:31.3), 1500m (5:14.6), and 3000m (11:20.6).  Blanchette also placed first in the 400m (65.4)

Beaverlodge’s Kobe Grocholski also won four events (800m, 1500m, 4 x 100m, and 4 x 400m) in the Intermediate Men’s category. Grocholski set a new Zone standard of 2:00.8 in the 800m, narrowly missing the sub 2 barrier.


High Level’s Faith Blanchette set 3 records at the 2019 NW Zone Track Meet in Grande Prairie on June 1

The top Senior High school of the meet was High Prairie’s EW Pratt.  Another High Prairie school, St Andrews, topped the Junior High table.

The top 2 athletes in each Senior High event qualified for this weekend’s ASAA Provincial High School Track and Field Championships in Calgary.

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

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Blistering 800m times at Peace Country Classic Track Meet


Taylor Hudak (foreground) and Eric Nooy (background) show off the guns at the start of the Mens 400m at the 2019 Peace Country Classic Track Meet

One hundred and fifty five athletes, ranging in age from 4 to 89, from across Northern Alberta took to the track at Legion Field on Saturday for the annual Peace Country Classic/ GP Kids Track Meet.

The Men’s 800m produced the best performances of the day.  Peace Country Wolves Athletics Club member Brandon Tufford established a new meet record, stopping the clock at 1:56.0. Team mates Kobe Grocholski (1:57.8) and Chris Nelissen (1:58.2) were hot on Tufford’s heels, both going under the 2 minute barrier for the first time. Grocholski’s mark qualified him for the 2019 U18  Athletics Canada Nationals meet in August.

This year’s Peace Country Classic served as a zone qualifier for the 2019 Alberta 55+ Games in Medicine Hat in July.  About a dozen local athletes will compete in track and field at those games.

Full results are posted at 

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Wolves Runners Recognized at 49th Annual Festival of Gold


Taylor Hudak (centre) – 2018-19 Team Guy – and the other Wolves XC/Indoor Track award winners at the 49th Annual Festival of FOG Athletics Award

The 49th Annual Festival of FOG took place on Thursday, March 28th and a number of GPRC runners were recognized for their 2018-19 achievements:

MVP Male XC Running                  Eric Nooy

MVP Female XC Running             Anna van der Geissen

MVP Male Indoor Track               Brandon Tufford

MVP Female Indoor Track          Maria Houle

ROY Male  XC Running                Miguel Macedo

ROY Male Indoor Track              Brandon Tufford

ROY Female Indoor Track          Krista Frey

XC/Indoor Track Academic       Maria Houle

Team Guy Award                         Taylor Hudak

Gurevitch Burnham Award       Anna Van der Geissen

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Great Results from Wolves at ACAC Indoors

Brandon Tufford had a silver (600m) and bronze (4 x 400m) medal at the 2019 ACAC Indoor Track Championships

A pair of medals from Brandon Tufford and the Men’s 4 x 400m team highlighted a stellar performance from the Wolves tracksters at the 2019 ACAC Indoor Track Championships in Calgary on the weekend.

Tufford broke his own school record in the 600m recording a time of 1:23.63. He finished less than a second behind ACAC record holder Brent Stephen from SAIT. Tufford also placed fifth in the Men’s 300m.  In addition, he combined with Joel Manz, Miguel Macedo, and Brice Wilkes to win the bronze medal in the 4 x 400m relay.

Other Wolves scoring points for top 8 finishes included:

Miguel Macedo 3000m (6th), 1000m (6th), 1500m (5th)

Maria Houle 300m (5th) and 600m (6th)

Anna van der Geissen 1000m (7th) and 600m (5th)

Joel Manz 300m (7th)

Joel Manz, Brice Wilkes, Miguel Macedo, and Brandon Tufford shattered the school record by 5 seconds in the 4 x 400m relay at the 2019 ACAC Indoor Track Championships. The quartet recorded a time of 3:38, good for 3rd place.

Women’s (Houle, van der Geissen, Brittany Duvall, Krista Frey)  4 x 400m relay (4th)

Collectively, the Wolves women placed 4th in the team standings with 18 points.  The men were the fifth place team scoring 33 points, only 3 points shy of the bronze medal.  In 2018, both teams placed 6th scoring 6 and 12 points respectively.

Kailey Bratland anchored the Wolves Mens 4 x 400m B team to a 13th place finish at the 2019 ACAC Indoor Track Championships

Full results are posted here

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Grocholski Second and Third at AA Provs Indoor


Kobe Grocholski had 2nd and 3rd place finishes at the 2019 Athletics Alberta Indoor Championships


Wolves Athletics club athlete Kobe Grocholski parlayed a massive personal best time in the 1000m into a third place finish at the Athletics Alberta Provincial Indoor Track and Field Championships in Edmonton on Saturday.  Grocholski stopped the clock in 2:37.29, 13 seconds better than his previous best time for the distance.


On Sunday, Grocholski upgraded his placing to second in the U18 Men’s 1500m.  He clocked a time of 4:17.   Team mate Chris Nelissen also took part in the meet on Sunday, recording time of 38.27 for the U20 300m (15th place) and 4:38 for the U20 1500m.

Full results are posted here.

And in other action this weekend …


Award Winners – 2019 Amanda D Hippy Open – (left to right) Anna van der Geissen (Athlete of the Meet), Eric Nooy (Least Outstanding Athlete), Brandon Tufford (Most Outstanding Performance), Wrather Not Sai (Extremely Good Looking Fellow)

Several members of the GPRC Wolves Indoor Track team tuned up for next week’s provincial college championships by contesting the always competitive Amanda D Hippy Open at the Crosslink Sportsplex on Saturday.

Brandon Tufford broke his own facility record in the 400m by clocking a time of 56.7.  He was chased to the line by Joel Manz who ran 57.1.  Maria Houle was the top female runner in the 400m, recording a time 70.1.

In the 2000m, Miguel Macedo established an early lead and never looked back.  He stopped the clock at 6:43.3, seven seconds better than 4-time SRRA Male Athlete of the Year Eric Nooy.

The 800m was won by Taylor Hudak in a time of 2:30.   Anna van der Geissen (2:47.7) placed first among the women.

Full Results Amanda D Hippy Open





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Tufford Trashes Trio of Wolves School Records at ACAC #2 Meet

In a bold coaching move, Anna van der Geissen was added to the GPRC “Men’s” 4 x 400m B team. She anchored the team to a 2nd place finish in the B heat in a time of 4:04.70.

Rookie sensation Brandon Tufford tore up the track Saturday at ACAC Indoor Track Meet #2 – The Concordia Open on Saturday in Edmonton.  Tufford established two new individual school records (300m – 37.05 – 3rd place) and (800m- 1:58.98 – 2nd place). In addition, he combined with teammates Miguel Macedo, Brice Wilkes, and Joelmanz to establish a new GPRC’s 4 x 400m record (3:41.95  – 2nd place).

Second year runner Anna van der Geissen was the other Wolves athlete to achieve a podium placing at the meet.  She established a new personal best time 1:46.59 in the 600m, good for 2nd place.

In the corrected Men’s team standings, the Wolves placed second with 44 points, three points behind the victorious Concordia University of Edmonton. With only two athletes competing, GPRC placed ninth in the Women’s team standing.

Next up for the Wolves tracksters is the ACAC Indoor Track Championships on March 15 and 16 in Calgary.

Full results are posted here 


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Scorching Times at LDO Invitational

Taylor Hudak receives the Athlete of the Meet award from Lydia Steinke at the 2019 LDO Invitational at the Crosslink Sportsplex

It may have been -39C outside, but the track inside was smoking on Saturday morning at the Crosslink Sportsplex where the 2019 Lydia’s Day Off Invitational was taking place.

Brandon Tufford from the host GPRC Wolves club blasted the fastest 400m ever run in Clairmont, stopping the clock at 57.0.  He was chased the whole way by teammate Joelmanz, who recorded at time of 58.0.

In the 1000m, Chris Nelissen unleashed a fierce kick over the last 200m and ran down Kobe Grocholski for the win.  Nelissen’s time was 2:50.8, 1.5 seconds faster than Grocholski. Anna van der Geissen had the fastest women’s time in the 1000m (3:42.8).

The 2000m saw a fierce 3-way between Miguel Macedo, Brice Wilkes, and the ageless Fabio Minozzo. In the end, Macedo prevailed in a time 6:41.3.

The meet concluded with a controversial 4 x 200m relay.  The top two teams, Wolves International and Wolves Sketchy were disqualified for a variety of questionable infractions.  Wolves Classic, featuring the ultimate classic, Rick Scott, was declared the winner of the relay.

Contrary to what it might look like, the organizers categorically deny the the LDO awards were re-purposed little girl’s highland dancing trophies

Taylor Hudak, in a decision that no one understood, was named the winner of all three LDO Invitational major awards.  To everyone’s astonishment and disgust, the Wolves’ rookie was named Athlete of the Meet.  In addition, Hudak was awarded both the Performance of the Meet and Least Inspirational Performance of the Meet.  (Note: At press time, an appeal of these decisions was still pending.)

Full results of the LDO Invitational are posted here.

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Wolves School Records tumble at MacEwan Open Track Meet


Miguel Macedo set a school record of 2:47 in the 1000m at the 2019 MacEwan Open in Edmonton.

The GPRC Wolves Men’s Indoor Track team had a historic day on Saturday, setting three new school records at ACAC #1 – The MacEwan Open in Edmonton.

Rookie Miguel Macedo was the first GPRC athlete to revise the record book, recording a huge personal best time of 2:47.10 in the 1000m, good for 3rd place.  Macedo took 3 seconds off Hayden Hollowell’s 2012 Wolves standard for the 1000m.

Brandon Tufford cruised to the win in the men’s 600m in a time of 1:24.86.  Tufford’s run broke Joren Manz’s 2013 Wolves record by 1 second.


Joelmanz leads off the Wolves 4 x 400m team at the 2019 MacEwan Open.  The team established a new school of 3:45, finishing second to the host team.

In the 4 x 400m relay, the squad of Tufford, Macedo, Brice Wilkes, and Joel Manz, finished second to MacEwan University, but the Wolves time of 3:45.67, sliced 5 seconds off of the 2011 school record of 3:50.

The GPRC women also had some strong performances. Anna van der Geissen placed second in the women’s 1000m in 3:19.44, and Maria Houle was 4th in the 600m in 1:48.68.  The women’s 4 x 400m team of van der Giessen, Houle, Krista Frey, and Brittany Duvall finished 3rd.

Collectively, the Wolves men placed third in the team standings, while the women were 4th.

Peace Country Wolves Athletics Club athlete Chris Nelissen also took part in the meet and recorded a number of strong results including the third fastest time of the day in the 600m (1:25.63)

Next up for Wolves Indoor Track team is ACAC #2 – The Concordia Open in Edmonton on March 2.

Full results are posted here.




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Nelissen 3-peats at 2019 Rick Scott Open


Rick Scott (left) stops the time in the Men’s 300m at the 2019 Rick Scott Open. Chris Nelissen’s shoulder edged out JoelManz (no space – say it as a single word) for the win.

Wolves Athletics Club superstar Chris Nelissen parlayed two wins, including a meet record, into an unprecedented third Male of Athlete of the Meet title at the 2019 Rick Scott Open at the Crosslink Sportsplex on Saturday.

Nelissen outleaned Brandon Tufford in the 800m, stopping the clock in 2:10.4, a mere tenth of a second off of Tufford’s 2018 meet record.  Nelissen returned 30 minutes later and won the 300m in a meet record time of 41.6.

Women’s Athlete of the Meet Anna van der Geissen was equally as impressive. She also won the 800m and 300m, clocking times of 2:49.6 and 53.5.

Maria Houle was awarded the Outstanding Inspirational Performance of the Meet for a turning in a stellar leg third leg on the 4 x 100m that vaulted her squad, Joel’s Team, to victory in a time of 60.1.


Trophy winners and Participation Ribbon recipients show off their spoils from the 2019 Rick Scott Open.

Tarias Fournier, who showed up late and botched his 4 x 100 m relay hand off (i.e. you had ONE job!) was named Least Outstanding Performer of the Meet.  Team mate Eric Nooy was overheard after the debacle stating: “Man, I hate that kid!”

Full results are posted here.

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