Jordanna Cota of the RDC Queens cross country team won the first race of the season in Edmonton on the weekend with an impressive time of 25 minutes and 20 seconds. (File photo)

RDC runner Jordanna Cota tops field at first race of the season

RDC Cross Country runner Jordanna Cota put the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference on notice this weekend.

The fifth year athlete and reigning female Athlete of the Year at RDC won the first race of the season in 25 minutes and 20 seconds in Edmonton. After an ACAC all-conference selection last season, Jill Stewart of Red Deer finished the season opening event in third place and a time of 26:34. The Queens finished first overall, while the Kings earned a second place finish.

Cross country head coach Kari Elliott was proud of the way her team ran, especially considering the tough course and the extra kilometre that ACAC women will run this season. Last year the women ran five kilometres and this year they’ll run six.

“That final kilometre was tough today. I was really excited to see our women perform well. In the early going, Jordanna and Jill look stronger than last season and Jordanna beat many open runners,” Elliott said.

On the men’s side, Adam Wass was the top RDC finisher in 32:13 and ended up sixth among ACAC male runners.

“The men’s race featured a fast field with a very quick start,” Elliott said. “I am really proud of the student-athletes and I feel very optimistic after our first competition.”

byron.hackett@reddeeradvocate.com

Just Posted

Christmas season in Red Deer begins with Festival of Trees

The kickoff to the Christmas season in Red Deer is upon us.… Continue reading

Judge allows Mr. Big evidence in murder trial

Two men accused of triple-murder admitted their involvement to undercover police

Red Deer agency supporting for LGBTQ2S+ youth

New report on LGBTQ2S+ youth from the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate

Four people arrested after gas and dash

Four people were arrested after an alleged gas and dash in two… Continue reading

VIDEO: Replay Red Deer: Nov. 19

Watch news highlights from the week of Nov. 13

Red Deer Christmas Bureau to help 1,300 children this year

Demand is high, but Red Deer always provides

CP Holiday train to stop in Ponoka for another year

The popular train will feature entertainment from Colin James and Emma-Lee

Kittens rescued after allegedly being tossed from vehicle

Couple finds abandoned kittens new home through Facebook

VIDEO: ‘Party bus’ goes up in flames in Vancouver

Fire crews responded to the late night blaze

Chicken crosses B.C. road, stops traffic

Rooster makes early morning commuters wait in Maple Ridge

Red Deerian honours her brother who died in a motorcycle collision

Houaida Haddad is encouraging Red Deer residents to donate blood

Red Deer County firefighters to be recognized for Waterton help

RCMP brass will give formal recognition Monday

Ron James tries to lighten humanity’s load through humour

The comedian returns to Red Deer for shows Dec. 1 and 2

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month