RDC Cross-Country teams on course for strong performances at nationals

The RDC Queens and Kings Cross-Country teams are ready for the national championships on Nov. 11 in Quebec. Photo - Tony Hansen
The RDC Queens and Kings Cross-Country teams are ready for the national championships on Nov. 11 in Quebec. Photo - Tony Hansen

Brent Forster - RDC

The Red Deer College Queens and Kings Cross-Country Running teams earned their way to the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Cross-Country Running National Championships on November 11 after a strong showing at the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) championships on their home course. The Queens impressively earned ACAC team gold while the Kings put forth a gritty effort and won bronze.

Representing the Queens in Blainville, Quebec will be Jordanna Cota, Jill Stewart, Janaya Garbe, Shaelyn Moltzahn, Teagan Shapka and Sadie Borgfjord. Adam Wass, Stephen Rowley, Devon Gurney, Caleb Weber, Lucas Wessner and Cory DeRaadt will compete for the RDC Kings.

RDC Cross-Country Running Head Coach Kari Elliott feels that the team is ready for the championships. "Our training has been going well and the team is feeling fast. The weather has forced us to train inside, which is never ideal, but we made it work," said Elliott. "Almost everyone feels some fatigue but the excitement of going to nationals has definitely given us the motivating push to keep on working hard." 

The Red Deer College Queens will use the experience from last year on the national stage to their benefit this Saturday. "One thing that we learned from nationals last year is to maintain our confidence," said Elliott. "Everyone can look impressive prior to the competition, but we need to remember that we are proven winners in a tough conference."

The Kings feel positive heading into competition, and a course with less hills in Quebec should work in their favour. "Going into nationals the Kings are ranked just outside of the top ten which should give them a lot of confidence. With nearly sixty institutions in the CCAA, this is an impressive ranking," said Elliott. "Also, the course we will be competing on is much flatter than we are used to in Alberta. If our student-athletes run to their potential they could run personal bests."

Elliott is delighted to coach this talented collection of RDC student-athletes. "I am proud to be coaching such a fine group of young men and women. They are some of the finest cross-country athletes that RDC has seen," said Elliott. "Beyond their performances, they are rich in character which makes them a delight to spend time with and coach. We are all proud to represent RDC and we will do so with excellence."

The CCAA Cross-Country Running National Championships will take place on Saturday, November 11 in Blainville, Quebec. Collège Lionel-Groulx will host the event.

Results can be viewed here.