GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: March 18, 2019

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: March 18, 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 Brandon Tufford and Maria Houle from our GPRC Wolves Indoor Track team as our current Featured Athletes of the Week!

Brandon Tufford 

Program: 1st Year, Bachelor of Engineering
Hometown: Grande Prairie, Alberta

Brandon Tufford graduated from the Grande Prairie Composite High School last year and was recruited to GPRC as one of the top middle distance runners in the province for his age.  In 2018, Brandon placed 3rd in the Provincial High School Championship in the 800m.

During the 2018 cross-country season, Brandon struggled a couple set-backs as stomach issues derailed most of his races. However, when indoor track came around second semester, his fortunes turned around and he consistently placed among the top 3 in his indoor races and setting 7 GPRC Wolves school records.

At the ACAC Indoor Championships this past weekend (March 15-16) in Calgary, Brandon brought home two medals.  He became only the second Wolves male athlete ever to achieve a podium placing at the ACAC level since the first in 2014. Brandon finished second in the 600m, fifth in the 300, and anchored the Wolves men’s 4 x 400m to a third place finish alongside teammates, Joel Manz, Brice Wilkes and Miguel Macedo.

Thank you Brandon for your dedication to the Wolves!

Maria Houle

Program: 3rd Year, Bachelor of Arts
Hometown: Paddle Prairie, Alberta

Maria Houle is a third year Wolves Athlete studying Sociology at GPRC.  She took a year off of school and running last year to have her first child, daughter Willow.

Maria returned to running last fall and placed 16th at the ACAC Cross-Country Running Championships (number 2 among the Wolves) in Vermilion.

For the indoor track season, Maria was asked to step down in distance and compete at the 300m and 600m distances.  She came up big at the ACAC Indoor Championships. Maria won the B Final and placed fifth in the 300m and finished sixth in the 600m.  She also ran a leg on the fourth place Wolves 4 x 400m team.

Thank you Maria for your dedication to the Wolves!

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.

XC Running and Indoor Track 2018/19 Season Outlook

XC Running and Indoor Track 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.