To say the 2016-2017 RDC Cross-Country Running team had a good start to their season would be an understatement. On a challenging course, the RDC women finished 1st as a team while the men finished 2nd overall in the ACAC on Saturday. Concordia University of Edmonton hosted the Cross-Country Grand Prix #1 in ideal running conditions.
Jordanna Cota opened the new season in 1st place out of the entire field of ACAC women runners. Cota, from Red Deer, completed the 5 km course in 21:03. In her 1st ACAC cross-country competition, Hunting Hills High School graduate Jill Stewart finished 3rd overall, coming in at 21:46. Twenty-eight seconds later, Amy Severtson, crossed the finish line 4th with a time of 22:14. Janaya Garbe finished 10th, Sam Debree in 11th, Laura Szymanek, a Bachelor of Science student finished 15th, Lauren Mearns completed the course in 16th place and Teagan Shapka finished in 17th.
On the men's side, Cory DeRaadt, from Rocky Mountain House, finished 8th overall with a time of 33:55 on the 8 km course. Thirteen seconds later Nolan Dyck crossed the finish line at 34:08, good for 9th place. Devon Gurney was close behind, finishing in 10th, with a time of 34:16. Jeffrey Willoughby finished 14th while Justin Moltzahn, from Red Deer, came in 22nd.
Today's results left a positive impression with Head Coach Kari Elliott.
"On a hilly course we performed very well today," said Elliott. "Our team held our own and we had some very impressive results, including 3 of our RDC women runners finishing in the top 5 overall."
The RDC Cross-Country Running team heads to Calgary on Saturday, September 17 for the Running Room Grand Prix #2, hosted by SAIT and St. Mary's University.