Peace Country Classic Track Meet / Alberta Summer Games Trials goes May 12

Proud Beaverlodgian Kobe Grocholski will be seeking a spot on the Zone Team for the 2018 Alberta Summer Games at the Peace Country Classic Track Meet on May 12.

The local track and field season kicks off on Saturday, May 12 at the Legion Field in Grande Prairie with the annual Peace Country Classic/ GP Kids Track Meet.  This year’s event will also host the trials for the NW Zone Athletics Team for the 2018 Alberta Summer Games.

The 16th annual Peace Country Classic is Grande Prairie’s all comers track meet open to athletes of all ages and abilities.  The event features a whole range of track and field events: sprints, middle distance, jumps, throws, and a relay.

The GP Kids Meet, which takes place in the morning, is an opportunity for elementary school children to try out track and field events tailored to younger athletes: 60m, standing long jump, shot put, and 400m/800m.

Local U16 (born in 2005, 2004, or 2003) and U18 (born 2002 or 2001) athletes will have the opportunity to earn a spot on the NW Zone team for July’s Alberta Summer Games in Grande Prairie by taking part in the meet.

One athlete to watch in this year’s meet is Kobe Grocholski.  The 16-year old Beaverlodgian is coming off a breakthrough season that saw him capture the silver medal in the 1200m at the U16 Athletics Canada – Legion National Championships in Brandon, MB last summer.  Grocholski will be attempting to qualify the ASG Zone team in the U18 800m, 1500m, and 3000m.

Further details and online registration for the event can be found on the Peace Country Wolves Athletics Club website.  The entry deadline is Wednesday, May 9.


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Wolves Sixth at 2018 ACAC Indoors


Brandon Wladyko ran into some spikes and tough competition in finishing 4th in the 3000m at the 2018 ACAC Indoor Track Championships

A small but enthusiastic team of seven GPRC Wolves tracksters took to the floor of Edmonton’s Kinsmen Fieldhouse on the weekend to contest the 2018 ACAC Indoor Track Championships, hosted by Macewan University.

In his final meet with the Wolves, four-year veteran Brandon Wladlyko yet again led the way for the locals with a fourth place finish in the men’s 3000m.  Wladyko battled hard with Macewan’s Scott Kohlman for the minor medal, but, in the end, came up 2 seconds short of the podium.  Wladyko also had a sixth place finish in the men’s 1500m.

Other Wolves scoring points (i.e. top 8 places) included:

Kelcie Bulas    1500m – 2 points  3000m 1 point

Anna VanderGeissen     600m – 2 points (won B final)  1000m – 1 point

Eric Nooy    3000m – 1 point

Men’s Relay (Wladyko, Nooy,  Jarred St Arnault, Kyle “Mams” Reynolds)    4 x 400m – 1 point

Also, Brittany Duvall made the B final in the 300m.


Anna VanderGeissen won the 600m B final at the 2018 ACAC Indoor Track Championships

Collectively, both men’s and women’s team placed sixth.  SAIT dominated the men’s competition, while Macewan University took the women’s title.

Full results are posted here.


Kyle Reynolds was #1 in his own mind, but second last in the 300m, at the 2018 ACAC Indoor Track Championships

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Pair of Second Place Finishes for Wolves Tracksters at ACAC #1



Led by Wolves legend Kyle Reynolds, (second from the right) the Men’s 4 x 400 m team crushed a number of “B” teams on its way to a 7th place finish at the 2018 MacEwan Invitational.

The GPRC Wolves Indoor Track team opened its 2018 season in Edmonton on Saturday, posting two second-place finishes at the MacEwan University Invitational.

In her debut attempt at the 1000m, rookie Anna Van Der Giessen recorded a time of 3:22 to finish second behind MacEwan’s Hannah Leggat . Van Der Giessen also had a 7th finish in the 600m.

Brandon Wladyko, went out to an early lead in the men’s 3000m, but faded slightly in the last 500m, finishing in the runner-up position.  He clocked a time of 9:35.

Other Wolves runners placing top 8 among ACAC runners included Kailey Bratland (1000m- 5th, 1500m – 4th), Kelcie Bulas (3000m – 4th), Eric Nooy (1500m – 7th), Jarred St Arnault (8th – 600m).  The women’s 4 x 400 relay teams finished 5th, while the men’s relay, featuring a stellar leg run by Wolves legend Kyle Reynolds Ba-beee, was 7th.

Collectively, the Wolves women placed 5th overall in the meet; the men were 7th.

Next up for the Wolves runners is ACAC #2 – the SAIT Open in Calgary next weekend.

Full results are posted 2018 MacEwan Invitational Results


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Tufford outduels Balloon at Rick Scott Open

Brandon Tufford, right, accepts the Athlete of the Meet trophy at the 2018 Rick Scott Open Track meet at the Crosslink Sportsplex. Also, pictured are meet director Bill Corcoran (right) and Leftover Mylar Party Balloon (centre). Party Balloon placed second in the 800m.

Previous Rick Scott Open’s have featured many stellar performances over the past six editions.  However, Brandon Tufford’s 800m race on Saturday, put all previous awesomeness displayed by former RS Open athletes to shame.

Tufford, a 17 year old GP Comp student, obliterated the Crosslink Sportsplex facility record for 800m by recording a time of 2:10.3.  He was chased to his record time by a Leftover Mylar Party Balloon and teammate Chris Neilson.  The Party Balloon clocked 2:10.4, while Neilson stopped the time at 2:11.1.

For his efforts, Tufford was awarded the Overall Athlete of the Meet trophy.

Wolves Cross Country runner Brandon Wladyko also registered notable performances by winning both the 2000m and 300m.   Wladyko’s 300m race was particularly impressive as he blew by 2-time world, 5-time national, and 10-time provincial champion Kyle Reynolds Ba-beeee! in the final few metres.  Wladyko was named Male Athlete of the Meet.

The Female Athlete of the Meet went to another Wolves Cross Country runner, Kelcie Bulas.  She placed first among the women in the 1500m and second in the 300m.

Jacob Farnsworth (left) receives the Masters Athlete of the Meet at the 2018 Rick Scott Open at the Crosslink Sportsplex

In a controversial call, Grade 7 phenom Jacob Farnsworth, who placed 4th in the 800m, was presented with the Masters Athlete of the Meet.  When Inspirational Figurehead and Assistant Meet Director Rick Scott was asked about why a 12 year old won the top prize for 40 and over athletes, Scott responded, “The kid had a good run.  And besides, my meet; my rules!”  At press time, the decision was still under appeal.

Next up for the varsity Wolves indoor track team is ACAC #1 – The MacEwan Open in Edmonton on January 27 … a meet that features a real track, sanctioned officials, and prizes which aren’t recycled minor hockey trophies.

Full results of the 2018 Rick Scott Open 18RickScottOpenResults



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Wladyko 20th at CCAA XC Nationals


Brandon Wladyko placed 20th at the 2017 CCAA National XC Championships

Wolves runner Brandon Wladyko ran his best race of the year and was rewarded with a 20th place finish at the 2017 CCAA National XC Running Championships in Laval, PQ on Saturday.

Wladyko registered a personal best time of 26:51 for the 8 km course.  He improved 13 places from his 2016 finish at CCAA Nationals.

Collectively, the Wolves men placed 20th in the men’s team standings.  Other GPRC athletes completing the race included Eric Nooy (98th), Kyle Reynolds (125th), and Jarred St Arnault (127th).

The previously unranked Wolves women’s team had a strong day registering a 13th place finish as a team. Rookie Kelice Bulas led the way with a 28th place individual placing.   Team mates Kailey Bratland (61st), Anna van der Geissen (73rd), Brittany Duvall (96th) and Kelsey Bishop (124th) were the other Wolves finishers.

Full results are posted at

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Wladyko 5th at ACAC XC Running Championships


Brandon Wladyko finished 5th at the 2017 ACAC XC Running Championships in Red Deer

GPRC Wolves’ Brandon Wladyko parlayed an aggressive start into a 5th place finish at the 2017 ACAC XC Running Championships in Red Deer on Saturday.

Wladyko, in this fourth and final ACAC championship race, went out to the early lead before settling into 5th place at the 3 km mark.  He managed to hold his spot right through to the end of the hilly 8 km loop, stopping the clock in 29:01.

For his efforts, Wladyko was named to the ACAC All Conference XC Running team for the third consecutive year.  He becomes the only three-time All Conference male runner in the history of the Wolves program.

Collectively, Wladyko and his GPRC men’s teammates managed a 5th place finish in the team standings.  Other Wolves finishers included 16-time NW Zone Champion Troy Bogh (22nd), Kyle Reynolds (30th), 10-time NW Zone Champion Eric Nooy (31st), and David Clifford (35th). Jarred St Arnault sprained an ankle and did not finish.


Kelcie Bulas (foreground) leads to Emily McIlory to the finish at the 2017 ACAC XC Running Championship

Rookie Kelcie Bulas, as she has done all season, led the Wolves women on Saturday.  She managed a tenth place finish.  The Wolves women placed sixth as a team.

Other Wolves women taking part included Anna van der Geissen (19th),  Kailey Bratland (27th), Brittany Duvall (34th), Kelsey Bishop (36th), and Megan Hopkins (44th).

SAIT Polytechnic was the dominant school overall, winning the men’s race and finishing second in the women’s event.  Red Deer College was the top women’s team.

Also on Saturday, the season-long ACAC Grand Prix XC Running Awards were presented.  Wladyko was honoured as the 4th place men’s finisher, while Bulas placed 6th in the women’s series.

Full results



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Trio of Top 20s for Locals at Provincial High School XC

Brandon Tufford (left), Kobe Grocholski (centre), and Lydia Steinke (right) were the top locals at the 2017 ASAA High School XC Running Championships in Edmonton on Saturday

Beaverlodge Regional High School’s Kobe Grocholski had the best local placing on Saturday in the 2017 ASAA Provincial High School Cross Country Running Championships in Edmonton.

Grocholski placed 14th in the Junior Men’s race, covering the hilly 4 km course in 14:45.

GP Composite’s Brandon Tufford and Peace Wapiti Academy’s Jordan Lundstrom both had 17th place finishes in their races.  Tufford competed in the ‘Senior Men’s 6 km while Lundstrom ran in the Intermediate Men’s 5 km.

Lydia Steinke from Peace Wapiti Academy was the top local in the female races.  She placed 53rd in Junior Women’s 3 km.

Results 2017 ASAA XC Running Championships

Also on Saturday …

The Wandering Wolf Trail Races took place at the Wapiti Nordic Ski Trails.  Grande Prairie’s Scott Goosney topped the field in the men’s 20 km distance.  Fourteen year old Mairen Lawson from St Joe’s was the first women in the 20 km.

Another Grande Prairian, Landon Dunbar, led all runners in the 10 km distance, while Manning’s Julie Gummesen was the top female 10 km runner.

Peace Country Wolves Athletics Club runner Jacob Farnsworth won the 5 km.  Wolves Alumni Stephenie Murphy was best among the women 5 km runners.

Results of the 2017 Wandering Wolf Trail Races



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Wolves XC Runners Improve their Standing

Runners in the Women’s 6 km race ascend an early challenging hill in the 2017 Augstana Open XC Running race

With two weeks until the 2017 ACAC Championships, the GPRC Wolves XC Running Team is trending in the right direction.  Both the women’s and men’s teams made progress relative to their peers on Saturday at ACAC #4 – The Augustana Open in Camrose.

The Wolves women finished in 4th place among the college teams, one spot better than in ACAC #3 in Red Deer two weeks previous.  They were led by rookie Kelcie Bulas who placed 10th individually.  Anna van der Geissen and Kailey Bratland were 19th and 20th respectively, while Brittany Duvall was 25th.

Anna van der Geissen placed 19th in the 2017 Augustana Open XC race

The Wolves men were 5th among the college teams.  Brandon Wladyko was the top local individual finishing 5th.  Eric Nooy (16th), Troy Bogh (20th), and Jarred St Arneault (28th) all improved their standings from the previous ACAC race.  David Clifford (34th) made his debut with the Wolves.

SAIT Polytechnic from Calgary placed first in both the men’s and women’s team competitions.

Full results will be posted here 

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Tufford Crushes Zone XC Running Field

Brandon Tufford (left) and Brice Wilkes (right) went 1-2 in the Senior Mens 6000m at the 2017 ASAA NW Zone XC Running Championships

GP Composite High School runner Brandon Tufford turned in a run for the ages on Wednesday at the 2017 ASAA NW Zone XC Running Championships in Muskoseepi Park.

Tufford, who had a pair of 4th place finishes at last spring’s ASAA Provincial High School Track Championships, led from gun to tape in the Senior Men’s 6000m race.  He stopped the clock in 20:08, two minutes ahead of second place runner Brice Wilkes of Peace River.

Beaverlodge Regional High School athlete Kobe Grocholski was almost as dominant in the Junior Men’s 4000m.  Grocholski won his race by 53 seconds, recording a time of 13:48.

Other local winners included

Jacob Farnsworth   Harry Balfour    Junior Boys  3000m

Nolan Roberts   Charles Spencer   Intermediate Boys  4000m

Dayle Ross   Spirit River Academy   Senior Girls  2000m

Jordan Lundstrom  Peace Wapiti Academy  Intermediate Mens  5000m

Peace Wapiti Academy was the top team in the Senior High competition.  Hythe Junior High School topped the standings in the Junior High race.

The top athletes in the Senior High races qualified for the ASAA Provincial XC Running Championships in Edmonton on Saturday, October 21.

Full results are posted here


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Wolves Fifth at ACAC Cross Country #4 in Red Deer

Wolves women placed fifth at the 2017 RDC open on Sept 30

Led by a pair of top seven placings by Brandon Wladyko and Kelcie Bulas, the Wolves Cross Country Running teams both placed fifth at ACAC #4 – The Red Deer Open on Saturday

As he has done all season, the veteran Wlaydko was the first GPRC finisher, placing fourth among the college runner.  He stopped the clocked at 29:19 for the rolling 8 km course.  Rookie Eric Nooy was the next best local, finishing in 18th spot.  Other Wolves runners include Troy Bogh (27th), the iconic Kyle Reynolds (33rd), and Jarred St Arnault (34th).

Kelcie Bulas recorded a time of 25:41 for 6 km to lead the GPRC women.  She finished 7th out the college runners.  Teammates Anna van der Giessen (17th), Kailey Bratland (20th), Brittany Duvall (30th), and Kelsey Bishop (36th) were the other Wolves finishers.

SAIT Polytechnic from Calgary had a good meet.  SAIT parlayed  1-2-3-6  individual finishes into a convincing win the mens race.   The SAIT women narrowly edged the host Red Deer College team by four points to win the 6 km team title.

Next up for the varsity Wolves cross country team is ACAC #5 – the Augustana Open in Camrose on October 15.

Results will be posted here

Also on Saturday, a number of local runners took part in the Dawson Creek Sneak Cross Country Race.

Peace Country Wolves Athletics Club runners Chris Neillson and Kobe Grocholoski went 1-2 in the high school boys race.  Team mates Mairen Lawson (1st in the Junior High Girls race) and Jacob Farnsworth (2nd in the Junior High Boys race) also took part.

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