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

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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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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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