2018-19 Season Outlook
A trio of talented recruits, look to bolster the 2018 Men’s Wolves XC Running team in their quest for an ACAC podium finish. Brandon Tufford (GP Comp), Brice Wilkes (Peace River High), and Miguel Macedo (Spirit River Regional Academy) comprise the strongest recruiting class the Wolves men have had in the past ten years.
Tufford, one of the top high school runners in Alberta last year, is coming off a bronze medal in the 800m at last June’s Provincial High School Championships. Wilkes was the runner-up to Tufford in the 2017 NW Zone XC Running Championship; Macedo placed third
Joining the talented trio are second-year runners Eric Nooy (Spirit River Regional Academy) and Troy Bogh (St Joes). In addition, 2004 CCAA National XC Running Champion Kyle Reynolds (GP Comp) returns to the Wolves for his fifth and final year of college athletics.
The Wolves men placed 5th in last year’s ACAC Championships.
The Wolves women, who placed sixth in last year’s ACAC championships, are still in the process of finalizing their 2018 roster. Veterans Anna Van der Geissen (PWA) and Brittany Duvall (Eaglesham) should lead the way for Wolves women this season.
Both Wolves teams look to be in the hunt for a podium positions at the ACAC championships at the end of October in Vermilion. While the Red Deer women and SAIT men clearly look to have strangleholds on the top spots for 2018, the Wolves will compete with the likes of Lethbridge College, Concordia University, and the University of Alberta – Augustana Campus for the minor medals.
Both Wolves teams plan to be at CCAA XC Nationals in Toronto on November 10. Last season, the Wolves women ran their best race of the season at Nationals and surprised many by ending up ranked 13th in nation. The men finished 20th at last season’s Nationals.
Next season’s CCAA XC Nationals will be hosted by GPRC in November 2019.
After Nationals in November, the focus shifts to the Indoor Track season. The Wolves Indoor Track roster should be fairly similar to the XC running roster this year. Last season’s highlight was a 4th place finish in the 3000m in the ACAC Championships from 2018 Wolves Male Athlete of the Year Brandon Wladyko.
The Wolves plan to contest two ACAC meets in January and February before tackling the ACAC Indoor Track Championships in March.
Coaches Bill Corcoran (28th season) and Rick Scott (27th season) will provide veteran leadership to the Wolves runners in 2018-19.
Festival of Gold Winners
The Gurevitch Burnham Award is given to a member of the Wolves Cross Country Running Team who has competed for a minimum of one year. The student must have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the last year of study. This year’s recipient Brandon Wladyko achieved a 4.0 GPA in 5 of his 7 semesters at GPRC.
The Gurevitch Burnham Award - Brandon Wladyko
ACAC All Conference - Brandon Wladyko
Women’s Running Rookie of the Year - Kelcie Bulas
Penny Thompson Outstanding Male XCountry Runner - Brandon Wladyko
Penny Thompson Outstanding Female XCountry Runner - Kelcie Bulas
Outstanding Female Track Athlete - Anna van der Giessen
Academic All Canadian - Brandon Wladyko
Academic Excellence Award - Anna van der Giessen, Brandon Wladyko
Team Academic Excellence Award - average GPA of 3.204
Male Athlete of the Year - Brandon Wladyko
With many provincial medals to his credit, Tufford is also a 4-time NW Zone Cross Country Running Champion, as well as the 800m and 1500m NW Zone record holder. Read more