van der Giessen Third at Augustana XC Race

Anna van der Giessen (far right) placed 3rd amongst the College runners at tht 2019 Augustana Open XC Running race

GPRC Wolves runner Anna van der Giessen recorded the best ACAC result of her career on Saturday, posting a third-place finish among the college runners at the Augustana Open XC Running Race in Camrose.

The third-year Nursing student from Bezanson started strong and maintained a steady pace on the way to recording a time of 25:00 for the hilly 6 km course, 39 seconds behind the winner, Sophia Nowicki, from Lethbridge CollegeShayla Sklaruk from Red Deer College placed second.

Hayden Hollowell was the top Wolves runner in the men’s 8 km race. He placed tenth amongst the college runners, clocking a time of 29:30 for 8 km.

Lydia Steinke (left) and Krista Frey (right) contributed to the Wolves women’s 5th place finish at the 2019 Augustana Open XC Running Race

Collectively, the Wolves squads both finished fifth in the women’s and men’s team standings.

Complete race results are linked here.

The Augustana race was the fifth and final ACAC Grand Prix race of the season.  Next up for the Wolves in the ACAC Championships in Calgary on Oct. 26.

 

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Wolves Women Third at ACAC #4 XC Running Race

GPRC Wolves Women’s XC Running team celebrates their 3rd place finish at the 2019 Jordan Fish Memorial in Calgary on Saturday

Posting their best team result in a full-field ACAC race in years, the GPRC Wolves Women’s XC Running team ran to a third place finish in ACAC #4 Grand Prix – The Jordan Fish Memorial in Calgary on Saturday.

The team was led by a 3rd year runner Anna van der Geissen who placed 6th among the college runners over the hilly 6 km course. Taryn Koesch (11th), Kailey Bratland (20th), Krista Frey (21st), Brittany Duvall (22nd), and Lydia Steinke (24th) were the other Wolves finishers.

Collectively, the GPRC team scored 58 points, one better than the 4th place University of Alberta – Augustana.  Lethbridge College (28 points ) edged Red Deer College (36 points) for the win.

GPRC athlete Hayden Hollowell (right) battles with SAIT runner Darryl Ross (left) in the 8 km race at the 2019 Jordan Fish Memorial XC Running Race in Calgary

The GPRC Men also had a solid result, 5th place in the men’s 8 km race. The team scored 51 points, a scant 14 points behind the winning team from Red Deer College.

Hayden Hollowell was the top Wolves runner posting a 6th place individual finish among the college runners.  Hollowell was followed by Chris Nelissen (12th), Jordan Lundstrom (14th), Taylor Hudak (19th) and Tarias Fournier (29th).

A pair of high school runners representing the Peace Country Wolves Athletics Club also took part in the meet.  Kobe Grocholski placed (22nd) in the men’s race, while Faith Blanchette finished (17th) in the women’s race. Grande Prairie’s Ashley Brady, representing the University of Calgary, was 36th.

Next up for the XC Wolves is ACAC #5 – The Augustana Open in Camrose on October 12

Full results will be posted here

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Locals Shine at Steve Burgess Memorial XC Race

Chris Nelissen (grey shirt) leads out the elementary school runners in the 2 km race at the 2019 Steve Burgess Memorial XC Running Races

Over 220 runners from across the province convened at Muskoseepi Park on Saturday for the 18th running of the Steve Burgess Memorial XC Running Race.  While Edmonton area athletes took the top places, a number of local runners managed top 10 placings in the featured 6.2 km and 8.25 km races.

Leonard Cheeso from Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE) scorched the field in the men’s 8.25 km race recording a time of 26:18, nearly 3 minutes ahead of second place Micho Green of the University of Alberta – Augustana Campus (UAA).  Local runners Hayden Hollowell and Brandon Wladyko were the next two runners across the finish line. Beaverlodge’s Kobe Grocholski (7th), GPRC’s Chris Nelissen (8th), and Jordan Lundstrom (10th) were the other the Peace Country athletes finishing in the top 10.

GPRC and PWAC runners approach the start line at the 2019 Steve Burgess Memorial XC Running Race

In the men’s team standings, the UAA came out on top.  The Peace Country Wolves Athletics Club (PWAC) was second.

The women’s 6.2 km race was won by former ACAC XC Running Champion Vanessa Trofimenkoff.  Local runners Faith Blanchette (PWAC) and Anna van der Geissen (GPRC) placed 5th and 6th respectively.

CUE won the women’s team title, while GPRC placed second and PWAC finished third.

Other category winners included

HS Boys 6 km    Landon McKechnie   Dawson Creek

HS Girls 4 km   Sydney Kinderwater  Charles Spencer

JH Boys 4 km  Dylan Leadley   Peace River

JH Girls 4 km Reese Holman   Charles Spencer

Elm Boys 2 km Brian Becker  St Mary’s Beaverlodge

Elm Girls 2 km Taylor Waslychew  Bezanson

The Steve Burgess race served as a trial run for the 2019 CCAA Nationals XC Running Championship race to be held in Grande Prairie on November 9.  Feedback from the athletes who competed on Saturday indicated that the course was both challenging and interesting.

Full results are posted at the Race Pro Results site.

 

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Bronze Toss for Anderson at Western Canada Summer Games

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Sexsmith’s Keyana Anderson placed 3rd in the Women’s Discus at the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games

Sexsmith’s Keyana Anderson’s 6th round throw of 36.22m was good enough to secure the bronze medal in the Women’s Discus at the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current, SK on Saturday.

Under difficult, windy conditions, the 19 year old Anderson led the competition through the first three rounds but was overtaken in the final three throws.  Alex Buhler from Manitoba won the competition with a toss of 38.68m; Saskatchewan’s Danielle Fedak placed second (36.75m)

2019 has been a breakthrough season for Anderson.  Last month she placed 6th in the U20 Discus with a personal best throw of 38.94m at the Athletics Canada Nationals in Quebec.

Today is the final day of track competition at the Western Canada Summer Games.

Results

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PC Wolves Runners Span the Nation

Peace Country Wolves runners were in action on two fronts this weekend and posted good results in both venues.

Kobe Grocholski placed 5th in the U18 1500m at the 2019 Legion Nationals in Sydney, Nova Scotia

Beaverlodge’s Kobe Grocholski was in Sydney, Nova Scotia contesting the U18 Athletics Canada Legion Nationals.  On Friday, Grocholski finished 5th in the 1500m, clocking a time of 4:08.  On Sunday, he ran the 800m, finishing 13th in a time of 1:59.

Full results of Legion Nationals are posted here.

Anna van der Geissen placed 4th among the women in the 2019 Emperor’s Challenge Mountain Race in Tumbler Ridge

Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, Brandon Wladyko and Anna van der Geissen were in Tumbler Ridge. BC on Saturday taking part in the Emperor’s Challenge Mountain Race.  Wladyko, the 3rd place finisher in 2018, repeated that feat this year.  He recorded a time of 1:31 over the challenging and muddy 20 km course.

van der Geissen, placed 4th among the women, and 24th overall in a field of 695 finishers. She stopped the clock at 1:52.

Full results of the Emperor’s Challege are posted here.

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Pair of Top Six Placings for PC Wolves Athletes at U20 Nationals

Joel Manz, Miguel Macedo, Brandon Tufford, and Chris Nelissen (left to right) placed 4th in the U20 4 x 400m at the 2019 Athletics Canada National Track and Field Championships

Five Peace Country Wolves Athletics Club athletes were in Montreal last week to take part in the 2019 Athletics Canada National Track and Field Championships.   Their week was highlighted by two noteworthy performances: a fourth place finish in the U20 Men’s 4 x 400m Relay and a sixth place finish in the U20 Women’s Discus.

On Sunday afternoon, the 4 x 400m relay team, comprised of Joel Manz, Brandon Tufford, Miguel Macedo, and Chris Nelissen, recorded time a time 3:26.94, a five second improvement over the club’s seasonal best time.

Joel Manz leads off the U20 4 x 400m at the 2019 Athletics Canada National Track and Field Championships

Manz got the team off to a good a start and passed the baton to Tufford, who smoked his first-ever sub 50 second 400m run to move the team in equal second place at the halfway mark.  Macedo and Nelissen battled hard with teams from Ottawa and Calgary over the final two segments of the race; both runners produced personal best times on their legs.  In the end, the team fell just short of the podium,  finishing 1.7 seconds behind the second-place Ottawa Lions, and 1.3 seconds behind the third- place CALTAF team.

Team Quebec won the 4 x 400m race with a time of 3:21.20

Keyana Anderson produced a lifetime best throw of 38.94m and placed sixth in the U20 Discus at the 2019 Athletics Canada Track and Field Nationals

On Friday morning in the U20 Women’s Discus, Sexsmith’s Keyana Anderson went  into the competion ranked 12th of 16 competitors.  In Round 3, she equaled  her personal best throw and moved into sixth place, the position that she would retain. In Round 5, Anderson unleashed a huge throw (38.94m), an improvement of nearly 3m over her previous best set last month.

Ontario’s Trinity Tutti won the Women’s Discus event by over 14 metres, setting a new Canadian U20 record with a toss of 56.95m  in Round 5.

Chirs Nelissen (second from the right) qualified for semi finals in both the U20 400m and 800m at the 2019 Athletics Canada National Track and Field Championships

Wolves athletes also took part in a number of other races at the meet:

  • Nelissen qualified for the semi finals in both 400m and 800m, producing personal best times in qualifying for both races. Overall, he ended up placing 17th in the 400m (51.17) and 19th in the 800m (1:59.51).
  • Tufford also qualified for the semi finals in the 800m. He ended up 22nd in the final standings (2:00.09).
  • Macedo ran in the qualifying heats of the 1500m (4:11.06) and the 800m (2:01.81), both personal best times.  He did not advance to the semi finals
  • Manz competed in the qualifying heats of 400m (53.15).  He did not qualify for the semi finals.

While Nationals marked the end of the track season for most Peace Country Wolves Athletics Club athletes, Anderson and Beaverlodge’s Kobe Grocholski still have one more meet in their seasons.  Anderson will be part of Team Alberta at the Western Canada Games in Swift Current, SK next month, while Grocholski will compete in the Athletics Canada U18 Legion Nationals in Sydney, NS in two weeks time.

Full results of AC Nationals are posted here.

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Provincial Championship Triple for Local Tracksters

11 year old Logan Currier was one of six local athletes who competed in the 2019 Sherwood Park Track Classic (Athletics Alberta U16, U18, and Masters Championships). Currier took part in the U12 Quadrathlon. He won his heat in the 100m

Local track athletes Kobe Grocholski and Avery Sluik combined to win three provincial gold medals at the Athletics Alberta U16, U18, and Masters Track and Field Championships in Sherwood Park on the weekend.

Grocholski took an early lead in the U18 Mens 1500m and coasted to a comfortable victory in a time of 4:14.  In the U18 Mens 800m, Grocholski won this second gold medal of the weekend by kicking hard in the last 8om to eke out the victory in a time of 2 minutes flat.

Sluik won the U16 Girls 3 kg Hammer Throw with a toss of 37.03 metres.

In the non-championship U20 800m, Chris Nelissen placed a close third, clocking a time of 1:58.

Full results are posted here.

Now that the provincial track season has ended, the focus shifts to regional and national championships.  Five Peace Country Wolves Athletics Club athletes (Chris Nelissen, Brandon Tufford, Joel Manz, Miguel Macedo, and Keyana Anderson (will be in Montreal this weekend to contest the Athletics Canada U2o and Senior National Championships. 

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Double Bronze for Boy and his Beaver

Kobe Grocholski (left) struck bronze in the 1500m at the 2019 Tri Province Meet in Regina.

Peace Country Wolves runner Kobe Grocholski had a pair of podium placements this weekend representing Team Alberta at the 2019 Tri Province Track Meet in Regina.

The Beaverlodge athlete placed 3rd in the U18 Men’s 1500m with a time of 4:08 and ran a 4 x 400m leg for Team Alberta “C” which also placed third, clocking a team time of 3:29.  Earlier in the meet, Grocholski placed 7th in the U18 Men’s 800m (2:00.42).

Full results of the Tri Province Meet are at the Excel Athletika website.

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Grocholski tops podium at U20 Provincials

Miguel Macedo (left) passes to Kobe Grocholski (right) in the 4 x 400m relay at the 2019 Athletics Alberrta U20 Provincial Championships. The Wolves placed third in the race.

Beaverlodge’s Kobe Grocholski parlayed a strong finishing kick into a gold medal in the U20 1500m at the Athletics Alberta Senior and U20 Provincial Championships in Edmonton on Sunday. The 17 year old runner posted a personal best time of 4:03.01 to take the win.

Grande Praire’s Mya Sluik also had a win, actually a pair of wins, in the U20 women’s throwing events.  Sluik bested all competitors in the Shot Put (10.48m) and the Hammer Throw (41.30m). Sluik also placed third in the Discus and second in th Javelin.

Sexsmith’s Keyana Anderson and the Peace Country Wolves Men’s 4 x 400 team (Joel Manz, Chris Nelissen, Miguel Macedo, and Kobe Grocholski) snagged minor medals at the meet.  Anderson threw the Discus (35.61 m) for the silver while the relay team recorded a time of 3:31.26  for the bronze medal.

In non championship events, High Level’s Faith Blanchette posted a U18 national standard in the 3000m.  Blanchette recorded a personal best time of 10:48.46 to place second in the U18 3000m.  She was also third in the 1500m (5:10.65)

Avery Sluik had four podium finishes in U16 Girls throwing events: Shot Put (3rd – 9.49m), Discus (2nd – 19.81m), Hammer (2nd – 34.85m), and Javelin (2nd – 25.46m).

Full results are posted here.

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PRs Abound for locals at CALTAF Classic

Keyana Anderson placed second in the WCSG Discus at the 2019 CALTAF Classic in Calgary

A contingent of eight PWAC athletes was in Calgary last weekend to take part in the CALTAF Classic Track Meet at Foothills Stadium.  Six of the eight athletes established lifetime bests in at least one event.

Kobe Grocholski led the way winning the U18 Boys 1500m in a time of 4:05. Grocholski’s time qualified him for the 1500m in U18 nationals in Nova Scotia later on this summer.  He also placed 5th in the 800m (1:57) and equaled his best 400m time (53.9)

Keyana Anderson equaled her best ever throw in the discus and placed second in the WCSG category.

Brandon Tufford placed third in the WCSG 800m (1:56) and fifth in the WSCG 400m (50.50). His 400m time improved his personal best by 7/10ths of a second

Sanchez Hollowell contests the 3000m Steeplechase at the 2019 CALTAF Classic Track Meet

The CALTAF meet served as the provincial selection trials for both the U18 Tri Province meet and the Western Canada Summer Games.  Team Alberta will be named in the next few days.

Full Results are posted here.

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