GPRC Wolves: New Recruits to the Cross Country Running Team

GPRC Wolves: New Recruits to the Cross Country Running Team

A trio of local athletes have committed to run with the Wolves starting in September.

GPRC Wolves Cross Country Running new recruit, Chris Nelissen. Chris is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Chris Nelissen, a 2018 graduate of Hillcrest Christian School, is one of the province’s top U20 800m runners.  In addition to having great speed, Nelissen is no stranger to longer distances.  He has placed at or near the front of numerous local and regional cross country and road races over the years.  Nelissen plans to study Education at GPRC.

GPRC Wolves Cross Country Running new recruit, Lydia Steinke. Lydia is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Lydia Steinke, from this year’s graduating class at PWA, is a multiple NW Zone champion in xc running and track.  Short of stature, but big on heart, Steinke has represented the Peace Country in two Alberta Summer Games and five Provincial High School Championships.  She is also a highly competitive Scottish dancer.  Steinke’s long term goal is to become a nurse.  She will enrol in Open Studies this fall.

GPRC Wolves Cross Country Running new recruit, Jordan Lundstrom. Jordan is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Another PWA grad, Jordan Lundstrom, completes the incoming trio of Wolves recruits.  Primarily known for his xc skiing and mountain biking prowess, Lundstrom also has serious XC running credentials.  He placed 13th at this year’s Provincial High School championships.  Lundstrom plans to pursue the Power Engineering program at GPRC.

GPRC Wolves Cross Country Running new recruit, Hayden Hollowell. Hayden is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

In addition to welcoming three new athletes this fall, Wolves XC is also looking forward to the return of 2014 Wolves Male Athlete of the Year, Hayden Hollowell.  A two-time ACAC All Conference XC runner, Hollowell last competed for the University of Saskatchewan five years ago.  He plans to start his Millwright apprenticeship training in September.

The Wolves XC Running program is one of the College’s most successful athletics teams, producing five CCAA national champions (3 individuals, 2 teams) over the past 30 years.

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: January 7, 2019

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: January 7, 2019

Each week, two GPRC Wolves athletes are selected for their achievements over the weekend on the field, track, or court. We are pleased to congratulate Scott Fraser from the Wolves Men’s Soccer team and Anna van der Giessen from the Wolves Cross Country Running/Indoor Track team as our current Featured Athletes of the Week!

 

Scott Fraser #14

Program: 5th Year, Business Administration
Position: Midfielder
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta

GPRC Wolves midfielder, Scott Fraser is in his fifth and final year at the College. He has played a key role in the program and mentoring our younger players. Scott has a wand of a left foot and possesses a wonderful first touch complete with a booming shot. He is one of the most naturally gifted athletes in the squad and his love for the game brings the team’s momentum up a notch.

Scott is a popular member of the squad. He is a mature student-athlete and advises the younger athletes of the Wolves way. Thank you to Scott for his dedication to the Wolves.

 

Anna van der Giessen

Program: 2nd Year, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Hometown: Bezanson, Alberta

With the departure of last year’s Cross Country Running MVP Kelcie Bulas, Anna van der Giessen was tasked with leading the Wolves Women’s Cross Country team this fall. Anna stepped up to the task and was the top GPRC Wolves Women’s runner in every race during the October and November season. The pride of Bezanson, Alberta, Anna looks to score points in Indoor Track for the Wolves in the 600m, the 1000m, and the 4 x 400m relay this semester. Thank you Anna for your dedication to the Wolves program.

Congratulations to our GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week. Thank you for being excellent examples of what it means to be a student-athlete.

New Recruit for GPRC Wolves XC and Indoor Track team!

New Recruit for GPRC Wolves XC and Indoor Track team!

The GPRC Wolves are pleased to announce the signing of Brandon Tufford to the Cross Country and Indoor Track program.

Welcome to the pack, Brandon!

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. He is among the top male high school runners in the province according to Head Coach Rick Scott, adding that he will be a force within the ACAC right from the start of his college career.

Tufford who calls Grande Prairie home, chose GPRC because of its cross-country program and says that it is a great place to start his studies. He looks forward to new teammates, a higher level of competition and developing his skills with great coaching. Pleased with his commitment to the program, Head Coach Bill Corcoran says that Tufford is the best male recruit that the Wolves have gotten since Kyle Reynolds in 2004…when Kyle still had hair!

Welcome to the pack, Brandon!

Check Out These Athletes!

Check Out These Athletes!

Every week, two GPRC Wolves athletes are selected to showcase their achievements in the classroom and on the field, track, or court.

Check out the Athletes of the Week for the last month.

Way to go and congratulations on your achievements.

 

GPRC Athlete of the Week: January 22, 2018

Dane Philipenko #5

Second year Guard for the GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball team.

Originally from Edmonton, Alberta.

Currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Kinesiology program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GPRC Athlete of the Week: January 22, 2018

Kellen Morris #10

Second year Forward for the GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball team.

Originally from Beaumont, Alberta.

Currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Education program.

 

 

 

 

 

GPRC Athlete of the Week: January 29, 2018

Brittany Duvall

Second year Cross-Country Running and Indoor Track

Originally from Eaglesham, Alberta.

Currently enrolled in the Personal Trainer Diploma.

 

 

 

 

 

GPRC Athlete of the Week: January 29, 2018

Jarred St. Arnault

Second year Cross-Country Running and Indoor Track

Originally from Fox Lake, Alberta.

Currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Education program.

 

 

 

 

GPRC Athlete of the Week: February 5, 2018

Kassandra Little #15

Second year Post for the Women’s Basketball team.

Originally from Stratford, Prince Edward Island.

Currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Kinesiology program.

 

 

 

 

 

GPRC Athlete of the Week: February 5, 2018

Derian Geddes #13

First year Forward for the Women’s Basketball team.

Originally from Calgary, Alberta.

Currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts program.

 

 

How do You Deal with Stress?

How do You Deal with Stress?

Everyone has their own methods and strategies for relieving stress. It’s a good thing to with the constant stresses students face like meeting deadlines, finding time to work, and keeping up our ever so precious Grade Point Averages. Its no secret that post-secondary students need their own ways of winding down and resetting.

My own favourite stress relief activity is running or jogging. As a cross country runner, I have always had a love for running so it makes sense that I use it for stress relief. There is nothing quite like starting off your day with a nice easy 5 km run. As soon as I slip on my sneakers and plug in my headphones I’m all set to go.

There is something calming about traversing across the city while everyone else is just waking up. When I’m out there on the track or running down the street, it feels like nothing else in the world matters except getting my next step forward. The daily stresses of post-secondary melt away and seem insignificant in those moments. After returning home from a morning run I often feel refreshed and ready to take on another day and any stress that may come along with it.

Submitted by GPRC Education Ambassador, Jarred St. Arnault.