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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Van der Giessen and Nooy Step Up at CCAA Nationals


Eric Nooy stayed on his feet and placed 59th at the 2018 CCAA Cross Country Running Championships

Second-year runners Eric Nooy and Anna van der Giessen returned to the CCAA Cross Country Running Championships on Saturday,  and both made significant improvements over their 2017 placings.

Nooy, running in the men’s 8 km race, clocked a time of 30:49 and recorded a 59th place finish, 39 spots better than last year.

Van der Giessen had similar success in the women’s 6 km race.  She crossed the line in 45th place (vs. 72nd place in 2017).

Collectively, the Wolves women placed 18th among the college teams; the Wolves men placed 19th.

Other Wolves participants included:


The Wolves women placed 18th as a team in the 2018 CCAA Cross Country Running Championships

Brittany Duvall    6 km  90th place

Krista Frey 6 km  109th place

Erin Grier 6 km 115th place

Miguel Macedo 8 km  89th place

Brice Wilkes  8 km  93rd place

Tarias Fournier  8 km 100th place

Brandon Tufford 8km DNF

Full results are posted here.

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Wolves XC Legend Kyle Reynolds Calls it a Career


Wolves Legend Kyle Reynolds (left) and Wolves rookie Brandon Tufford (right) at the 2018 ACAC XC Running Championships

Fourteen years after his dramatic upset win at the 2004 CCAA XC Running Championships, Wolves runner Kyle Reynolds is hanging up his spikes.  The 32 year old Reynolds placed 42nd on Saturday (6th best amongst his Wolves team mates)  at the 2018 ACAC XC Running Championships in Vermilion, clocking at time of 35:04 for the hilly 8 km track.


Reynolds, one of only two vets on a rookie-ladden Wolves men squad, has chosen not to accompany his team mates to CCAA Nationals in two weeks time in Toronto.  “It’s time to give some of the young guys a chance to run at Nationals,” said Reynolds.

Overall, Wolves coach Bill Corcoran described the Wolves’ performance on Saturday as “mixed.” “We improved our ACAC women’s ranking from 7th to 6th, and our men held in there at 6th place, but quite frankly, we were hoping for a few spots better,” explained Corcoran.


Anna van der Geissen (85), Maria Houle (84), and Brittany Duvall (81) at the 2018 ACAC XC Running Championships

Anna van der Geissen and Maria Houle led the Wolves women, placing 15th and 16th respectively in the 6 km race. Ashley Camsell (27th) and Brittany Duvall (32nd) were the other two scoring runners for GPRC.

Lethbridge College edged out Red Deer College for the women’s team title.  Both teams tied at 30 points, but Lethbridge’s fourth runner Janelle Graham ran down Red Deer’s fourth runner in the final few metres to secure the tie breaker.

Lethbridge’s Sophia Nowicki won the women’s individual gold medal in a time of 23:53,  25 seconds better than runner up Emily Mann from SAIT.

In the men’s race, Eric Nooy (12th) and Miguel Macedo (18th) were the top Wolves finishers.  Brandon Tufford ran in the top 10 for the first 5 km of the race, but encountered some severe GI issues in the final few kms and faded to 29th place at the finish, one place better than team mate Brice Wilkes.

Placing four runners in the top 7, the #1 CCAA ranked SAIT Trojans dominated the men’s team standings to win their third consecutive ACAC championship.   SAIT’s Matt Travaglini defended his 2017 individual crown, with a decisive 20 second victory over Concordia University of Edmonton runner Leonard Chesoo.

Both Wolves teams have accepted the ACAC #5 berths for the November 10 2018 CCAA XC Running Nationals in Toronto at Seneca College’s King City Campus.

The Wolves will host the 2019 CCAA XC Running Nationals in Muskoseepi Park next year on the November long weekend.

Full results are posted at the Race Pro Timing website.





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Several Top 25 Finishes for area runners at Provincial High School XC Championships


Beaverlodge’s Kobe Grocholoski placed 6th at the 2018 ASAA Provincial High School XC Running Championships in Vermilion

With a pair of top six finishes, NW Zone runners recorded the best provincial results in several years at the 2018 ASAA Provincial High School Cross Country Running Championships in Vermilion on Saturday.

High Level’s Faith Blanchette led the way, winning the silver medal in Intermediate Women’s race.  Blanchette stopped the clock at 20:12 for the challenging 5 km course, 31 seconds behind winner Chloe Palmer of Edmonton.

Beaverlodge’s Kobe Grocholoski improved eight spots from his 2017 Provincials finish, and placed sixth in the Intermediate Men’s 5 km run.  Grocholoski’s time was 17:31.

Other NW Zone runners finishing in the top 25 included Peace Wapiti’s Jordan Lundstrom (Senior Men’s 6 km – 13th), LaCrete’s Kyle Fehr (Senior Men’s 6 km – 25th), and LaCrete’s Lindsay Martens (Senior Women’s 5 km – 21st).

Full results are available at the Results Canada site.


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Varsity Wolves Tune Up at X-C Relay


Elementary school runners get pre-race instructions at the 2018 Peace Country Wolves XC Relay

With a week to go before the ACAC Championships, the GPRC Wolves XC Running Team took part in the Peace Country Wolves XC Relay at the Wapiti Nordic Ski Trails on Saturday.

The Wolves divided their squad into five equally balanced teams of three to tackle the challenging 3 x 3 km course.  Buoyed by strong runs from Brice Wilkes, Brittany Duvall, and Taylor Hudak,  the Wolves – Kirk Cough triumphed over its eight competitors, clocking a time of 38:14, 35 seconds better than runner-up Wolves – Joel Manz’s Jawline (Tarias Fournier, Anna van der Geissen, and Joel Manz).


Wolves Brice Wilkes tags teammate Brittany Duvall at the end of Leg 1 of the Peace Country Wolves XC Relay

Wolves runner Brandon Tufford had the fastest men’s 3 km leg, recording a time of 10:40.  Biathlon Runner’s Hannah Lundstrom ran the best women’s time (13:51).

The Elementary School 3 x 2 km was won by the St Mary’s Beaverlodge – Boys.  The team of Elliot Rourke, Dougall Teasdale, and Radene Villiger clocked a time of 30:40, 8 plus minutes ahead of the second place St. Mary’s Beaverlodge – Sr Girls.

Rourke had the top boy’s time for the 2 km leg (9:04); Emersyn Nordhagen (12:38) had the best girl’s time.

Full results are posted here. 

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Wolves XC Running Update: Tough Day for Tufford


Wolves Brandon Tufford (#138) and former Wolves AOY Bradon Wladyko (#316) at the start of the 2018 Augustana Open

The Wolves Men’s XC running team, currently ranked 12th in the CCAA, ran into a bit of tough luck on Saturday at ACAC #5 – The Augustana Open in Camrose.

Wolves rookie Brandon Tufford, who had led the Wolves men in every race he’s run this season, battled an upset stomach for 3/4s of the hilly 8km course and faded to 24th place amongst the College runners.  Fortunately, Tufford’s teammates Eric Nooy (12th), Miguel Macedo (18th), and Brice Wilkes (22nd) were able to step up and record of team score of 76 for sixth place, a scant two points short of 4th place.

Other Wolves men’s finishers included Tarias Fournier (32nd), Taylor Hudak (35th), Joel Manz (40th), and AJ Ikponnmwosa (45th).

SAIT easily won the men’s team title, well ahead of second place Red Deer College.


Anna van der Geissen had another strong performance at the 2018 Augustana Open.  She placed 13th amongst the College runners.

The Wolves women, led by Anna van der Geissen, placed 7th.  Individually, van der Geissen was 13th, Brittany Duvall was 21st, Krista Frey 34th, and Erin Grier finished 39th.

Red Deer College beat Lethbridge College in a tie breaker for the team win.

Next up for the Wolves runners is the ACAC Championships in Vermilion on October 27th.

Full results are posted here.

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Wolves Men Podium at ACAC #4 XC Running Race


Leading women during the early stages of 2018 ACAC 4 – The Lakeland Open.

Posting their best result in a full-field ACAC race in many years, the GPRC Men’s XC Running team placed third at ACAC #4 – The Lakeland Open in Vermilion on Saturday.

The Wolves were led by rookie Brandon Tufford’s 5th place individual finish.  Other GPRC placers include Eric Nooy (16th), Miguel Macedo (19th),  Brice Wilkes (20th), Kyle Reynolds (29th ), Tarias Fournier (31st ), and Joel Manz (39th).

Red Deer College upset the favoured SAIT for the men’s team win.  Leonard Cheeso from Concordia University Edmonton, the winner of last weekend’s Steve Burgess Memorial race in Grande Prairie, was the men’s individual winner.

The Wolves women placed seventh. Anna van der Geissen was the top Wolves runner placing tenth.  Teammates Brittany Duvall (24th), Krista Frey (34th), and Erin Grier (37th) rounded out the Wolves scorers.

Lethbridge College edged out Red Deer College for the women’s team title.  Vanessa Trofimenkoff of the Running Room was the women’s individual winner.




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Wolves Alums Crush it at Burgess Memorial XC Running Race


Eric Nooy (1234), leads Miguel Macedo (1232) and Chris Nelisson (1256) midway through the 2018 Steve Burgess Memorial XC Running Race in Muskoseepi Park

Led by Class of 2015 standout Jackie Benning’s 5th place finish, the Wolves Alums destroyed the field in the women’s 6 km at the 2018 Steve Burgess Memorial XC Running Race at Muskoseepi Park on Saturday.

Benning and team mates Siobhan Gallivan, Stephanie Murphy, Mirah Johnson, Marlene Corcoran, Nelda Chilboyko, and Calla Scott, tallied 46 points, well ahead of the GRPC Wolves Varsity (61 points) and the Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder (69 points).

Individually, a pair of Running Room athletes, Alicia Kallos and Lisa Stewart, finished 1-2 respectively.  Grade 11 student Faith Blanchette from High Level place third.

In the men’s 8 km, Concordia’s Leonard Cheeso topped the field, recording a time of 25:13.

The top men’s team was the Running Room Athletics Club with 14 points.  Concordia (41 points) edged the host GPRC Varsity team (42 points) for second place.

Other winners on Saturday included

Grade 1-3 Girls    Alyssa Elliot  Clairmont

Grade 1-3 Boys  Zack Guynup   Sexsmith

Grade 4-6 Girls  Carrisa Elliot  Clairmont

Grade 4-6 Boys   Owen Siebert  Sexsmith

Jr High Girls   Teyha Edey   Grande Prairie

Jr High Boys  Jordan Coen   Peace River

Sr High Girls    Ashtyn Moran  Grande Prairie

Sr High Boys  Kade Singer   Savanna

This year’s Steve Burgess race served as a test event for the 2019 CCAA XC Running Nationals which will be run in Muskoseepi Park next November.

Full results are posted at 




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