Brent Forster - RDC
The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Indoor Track Championships wrapped up in Edmonton on Saturday and the Red Deer College Indoor Track team came away with four medals.
The RDC Kings earned bronze with a third place team finish and the Queens placed fourth overall. The RDC Kings finished with 35 team points, 16 points ahead of fourth place and only 6 points behind second place MacEwan University. The SAIT Trojans took first.
The Queens ended the day with 40 team points, only 2.5 behind third place Lethbridge College. MacEwan University placed first and the SAIT Trojans followed.
Overall, the Kings and Queens placed third with combined points.
The Red Deer College Queens 4 x 400 metre relay team (Sadie Borgfjord, Jordanna Cota, Jill Stewart and Shaelyn Moltzahn) had a strong day on the track and captured silver with a time of 4:19.80. MacEwan University took top spot (4:02.32).
The RDC Kings 4 x 400 m relay team (Lucas Wessner, Adam Wass, Caleb Heinrichs and Devon Gurney) narrowly missed a medal (3:41.82). They were less than half a second after the Lethbridge College Kodiaks (3:41.44) for bronze.
Two RDC student-athletes picked up individual medals. Devon Gurney placed third in the 1,000 m finals (2:42.01) to earn ACAC bronze. The Kinesiology & Sport Studies student from Prince George was less than 2 seconds behind Jacques Saayman of the SAIT Trojans (2:40.38) for second spot. Red Deer's Jordanna Cota added to her impressive ACAC medal total with a bronze in the 3,000 m (10:44.73). Ricki Christopher from SAIT placed first (10:36.97).
There were many notable performances and several Red Deer College runners placed in the top ten. In the 3,000 m, Adam Wass ran to a fifth place finish (9:42.08). Lucas Wessner placed seventh over 300 m (38.30) and Caleb Heinrichs finished eighth in the 600 m finals (1:30.90). Adam Wass (4:30.81), Stephen Rowley (4:38.70) and Corey DeRaadt (4:40.49) all cracked the top ten and achieved personal bests in the 1,500 m. Sadie Borgfjord ended up in fourth spot in the 600 m finals (1:42.64). In the 1,000 m, Jill Stewart, a Bachelor of Science student, crossed the finish line in seventh (3:16.47).
MacEwan University hosted the championship event at the Kinsmen Field House.
The Indoor Track season is complete and many of the talented student-athletes will shift their focus to the Cross-Country Running season in the fall.