RDC Cross-Country Running 2016-2017 Preview

RDC Cross-Country Running 2016-2017 Preview

2015-16 Review - ACAC Championship Lethbridge College Results

Jordanna Cota (5th/19:59/5 km), Amy Severtson (11th/20:57/5 km),                                 Samantha Debree (19th/21:36/5 km), Laura Szymanek (31st/21:54/5 km),                             Lauren Mearns (36th/23:33/5 km), Nolan Dyck  (23rd/31:38/8 km)

2015-2016 ACAC Awards

Women's All Conference Team – Jordanna Cota.

2016-2017

Head Coach Kari Elliott enters her 2nd year coaching and 1st as the RDC Head Coach. 

"This year we have six returning runners, a transfer, several out of high school and some new promising runners to cross-country.  We are going to be very competitive this year" said Elliott, who ran in the NAIA while at university in Mississippi. "The goal is to finish as a top two team at the ACAC Championship in Grande Prairie – and have lots of fun in the process.  At the end of the day, I want our student athletes to leave RDC with a lifelong passion for running."

Assistant coaches: Courtney Long, Stephanie Fieler, Jodi Nesbitt.

Returning Runners

Jordanna Cota, Samantha Debree, Lauren Mearns, Amy Severtson, Laura Szymanek, Nolan Dyck

New Runners

Jill Stewart joins the Red Deer College team after running at Hunting Hills High School. Stewart was awarded the Senior MVP for Hunting Hills Cross-Country Running. Red Deer native, Shaelyn Moltzhan, previously attended Lindsay Thurber. Last year she ran at Lethbridge College and recently transferred to RDC. Janaya Garbe joins the team after competing at Hunting Hills High School in 2015-2016. Lindsay Thurber graduate, Teagan Shapka will enter her first year of cross-country running. Corey DeRaadt joins RDC from Rocky Mountain House. Ex-junior hockey player, Justin Moltzahn joins the team this season and is from Red Deer. Jeffrey Willoughby attended RDC last year, but this will be his first year on the RDC Cross-Country Running Team. Devon Gurney, from Prince George, B.C., has little formal cross-country experience but shows promise. Gurney attended RDC last year.

Coaching Philosophy

"I want to find that balance between the student athletes loving to run but also pushing them to do their best. I'm very competitive. Winning is fun," said Elliott, a Calgary native. "We want to always push for our best results. It's also very important for our athletes to be involved in the community and to be good students."

The first meet, The Running Room Grand Prix #1 takes place Saturday, September 10 at Concordia University, Edmonton.

The 2016-2017 ACAC Cross-Country Running Championship takes place October 29, 2016 in Grande Prairie, AB, at the Wapiti Nordic Ski Trails.