The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) announced earlier today Jordanna Cota's selection as the 2017-18 ACAC Women's Cross-Country Runner of the Year.
At the ACAC Cross-Country Running Championships, Cota (24:13.03) completed the 6 kilometre race in first place to earn ACAC gold on her home course. The fifth-year student-athlete was 24 seconds faster than the second place female runner, and helped lead the RDC Queens to a team gold medal.
"Jordanna worked hard all summer and she came into this season with the goal of finishing well. Her success is a direct product of discipline and commitment. I have thoroughly enjoyed coaching and pushing Jordanna to achieve her goals," says Kari Elliott, head coach of RDC Cross-Country Running. "To have Jordanna finish off her final ACAC championship race at home is fantastic. Our focus now shifts to nationals, and we are shooting for gold."
Along with her ACAC gold medal performance, Cota has remarkably earned top spot in all four Grand Prix events that she has entered this season.
"It's great to see Jordanna recognized for her hard work and tremendous ability, especially in her fifth-year. To be first in every competition this season is just outstanding. Jordanna shows tremendous work ethic and leadership on the RDC Cross-Country Running team, and she has set very high standards as to what our student-athletes can aim to achieve," says Diane St-Denis, Athletic Director. "Jordanna is a great ambassador for Red Deer College and an excellent role model for girls aspiring to compete in sport. It is rewarding for Jordanna to be honoured at an ACAC level, and her amazing season will continue at nationals."
Cota is a Bachelor of Science Nursing student and a graduate of Hunting Hills High School in Red Deer. Cota, along with the RDC Queens and Kings, will participate in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Cross-Country Running National Championships in Blainville, Quebec on November 11.
The prestigious Women's Cross-Country Runner of the Year award was presented to Cota at the 2017 -18 ACAC Cross-Country Running Championships Awards Banquet held on October 28 at the Holiday Inn in Red Deer.