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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Wladyko Slips in for Silver at Steve Burgess/ACAC #4 XC Running Race


Matt Martin (far right) and Brandon Wladyko (2nd from the right) lead out the 8 km at the 2016 Steve Burgess Memorial XC Running Race

An unfortunately fall in the final 800m was the deciding factor in a very exciting Men’s 8 km event at the Steve Burgess Memorial/ACAC #4 Cross Country race on Saturday at the Wapiti Nordic Trails.

A lead group consisting of GPRC’s Brandon Wladyko, Augustana’s Matt Martin, and the Running Room’s Matt Norminton separated themselves from the rest of the field by the 3 km mark of the race.  With a kilometre remaining, Norminton fell off the pace leaving Wladyko and Martin vying for the win.  Rounding a sharp corner in the final stages of the race, Wladyko took a tumble, allowing Martin to open up a decisive 25m gap which was maintained to the finish.  Martin recorded a time of 29:43, 10 seconds better than Wladyko.  Norminton hung on for third.

Wladyko’s GPRC team mates also took part in the event placing 15thJosh Malmsten , 20th-  Zach Malmsten, 25th – Jarrad St. Arnault, and 28th – Jon Parenteau.

Peace Country Wolves Athletics Club runners Eric Nooy and Joel Demarcke had strong showings, finishing  5th and 8th respectively.

In the team competition, the Wolves placed third behind the winning squad from Red Deer College.  Concordia University of Edmonton placed second.


Jamie Wigmore finishing first in the Women’s 5 km at the 2016 Steve Burgess Memorial

The Women’s 5 km event was dominated by Peace Country Wolves Athletics Club athletes.  Jamie Wigmore took the win in 20:09, 11 seconds ahead of 17-year old teammate Bailey Haugen.  Bailey’s mom Nicki placed third.

The GPRC Wolves women’s team had a strong showing led by Andrea Snider’s 8th place finish.  Other Wolves finishers included Maria Houle (11th), Kailey Bratland (15th), Brittany Duvall (19th), Ashley Camsell (26th), Davis Alton (28th), Karina Manz (31st), and Megan Hopkins (34th).  Christie Shepherd suffered a pulled calf muscle and did not finish.

Collectively the Wolves women placed second, behind Red Deer College.  Concordia University of Edmonton was third.


Start of the Elm and Jr High Race at the 2016 Steve Burgess Memorial XC Running Race

Other category winners included:

Junior Elm Girls 2 km   Taylor Wasylchew

Junior Elm Boys 2 km     Aiden Frith

Senior Elm Girls 2 km      Carrisa Elliot

Senior Elm Boys 2 km      Max Probst

Junior High Girls 3 km     Ashley Wangler  Dawson Creek

Junior High Boys 3 km    Kobe   Grocholski   Beaverlodge

Senior High Girls 3 km    Emilie Davis   Grande Prairie

Senior High Boys 5 km    Tate Haugen      Ft St John

Masters Women 5 km    Nicki Haugen      Ft St John

Masters Men 8 km      Warren Magrum

The Steve Burgess Memorial was race #5 in the 2016 Peace Country Wolves XC Running Series.  The next event in this series takes place on October 22

The race was also race #4 in the 2016 ACAC XC Running Grand Prix.  Race #5 takes place in two weeks time in Camrose.

Full results of Steve Burgess Memorial are linked here.

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XC Wolves Women Second at ACAC #3

Andrea Snider place third in ACAC 3 in Vermilion, her first race as a Wolves runner

Andrea Snider place third in ACAC 3 in Vermilion, her first race as a Wolves runner

Led by Andrea Snider’s individual 3rd place finish, the cross country Wolves Women opened their season with a second place team finish at ACAC 3 in Vermilion on Saturday.

Team mates Kailey Bratland (6th), Brittany Duvall (8th), and Megan Hopkins (21st) combined for a team score of 37 points, 21 behind last years’s CCAA bronze medal team Lethbridge College.  The University of Alberta – Augustana placed third.

Wolves Apprentice Coach Jamie Wigmore placed second among the individual open runners.

The Wolves men also contested the race. Brandon Wladyko had the best placing, 4th among the college runners. Josh “Facts” Malmsten was 14th, while Jon Parenteneau finished 27th.  With only 3 finishers, the Wolves men did not record a team score.

Wolves Athletics Club runner Hayden “Sanchez” Hollowell place 5th among the open runners.

Next up for the varsity Wolves XC team is ACAC 4 – The Steve Burgess Memorial next Saturday at the Wapiti Nordic Trails.



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Local Runners open XC Season in Edmonton


Brandon Wladyko (134) sprints for the finish at ACAC 1 in Edmonton on Saturday

Three local men kicked off the cross country running season in Edmonton on Saturday at the ACAC 1 race at Goldstick Park.

GPRC’s Brandon Wladyko ran a strong race finishing 3rd among the College men.  Teammate Josh Malmesten had a 21st place finish while Peace Country Wolves Athletics Club runner Hayden Hollowell had a 6th place finish in the Open category.

A full squad of both GPRC Wolves women’s and men’s teams will contest ACAC 3 in Vermilion in two weeks time.

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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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