An exceptional finish to the season has been capped off with special honours for three members of the RDC Women’s Cross-Country team, as they were named to the 2016-17 ACAC All-Conference Team.
Jordanna Cota, Amy Severtson and Jill Stewart were named to the All-Conference Women’s Team after finishing with top times at the ACAC Cross-Country Running Championship, held on October 29. The All-Conference Team has a total of seven student-athletes from across the Conference, with three of these coming from Red Deer College.
“It’s a very distinct honour to be in the top seven of the Conference,” says Kari Elliott, Head Coach of RDC’s Cross-Country team. “For these runners to be able to stand up and be recognized for their achievements is certainly a rewarding experience for them.”
Jordanna Cota from Red Deer is in her fourth year with RDC’s Cross-Country team and will be returning next season. “Jordanna finished fifth last year and this year she moved up to second place,” says Elliott, adding that Cota has also begun competing in Canadian Mountain Running in the summer season. As a full-time student in the Nursing program, Cota is active with volunteering and fundraising and was the Women’s Team Captain for RDC this season. “Jordanna has taken on a leadership role for our team, and she’s a strong runner with great character.”
Amy Severtson from Innisfail is in her second year with the team and has had a top season this year. “Amy has such a gutsy and energetic nature, and she’s an incredibly athletic and determined individual,” Elliott explains. Severtson has achieved success this season as a student-athlete, despite spraining both her ankles and battling pneumonia.
Jill Stewart is in her first season with the RDC team and brings an impressive resume from her time as a high school athlete at Hunting Hills High School. “Jill is such a talented runner,” says Elliott. “Last year, she was one of the top runners in the province coming out of high school, and just last month, she was named as the Female Athlete of the Month by the Alberta Sport Development Centre.” Looking to the future, Elliott believes that Stewart is “full of potential and has a bright future in cross-country running.”
The honours for the three student-athletes highlight their individual performance and also reflect the positive and supportive spirit of the Men’s and Women’s teams this year. “The team atmosphere for our Cross-Country program has been fantastic all season, as everyone works hard and celebrates the success of their teammates,” says Elliott. “The women all had major contributions to the success of their team, and the men’s field was also strong and deep. Nobody held anything back, and I’m so proud of what they all achieved.”
The three All-Conference runners will join their teammates representing RDC’s Cross-Country Women’s team at the CCAA National Championship, which will be held on November 11 and 12 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.