Cota named Boston Pizza RDC female athlete of the week

Finished sixth at the Canadian colleges cross-country championships

One of the premier college cross-country runners in the country was named the Boston Pizza RDC female athlete of the week.

Jordanna Cota, who finished sixth at the Canadian colleges championships in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Saturday and led her team to a silver medal, received the honour.

The Hunting Hills grad, who is in her fourth season with the RDC cross-country team, finished the five-kilometre run in 19 minutes, 21 seconds and moved up 12 spots from last season.

Cota was also named to the All-Canadian team.

Meanwhile, fifth-year basketball Kings forward Shayne Stumpf received the top male award.

Stumpf turned in a pair of impressive performances in leading the visiting Kings to a 104-96 win over SAIT and a 94-59 victory over St. Mary’s University. The Lacombe native had 18 points, 12 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block against SAIT while picking up 25 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, four steals and two blocks against St. Mary’s.

The RDC basketball squads return home this weekend, hosting Briercrest Friday and Medicine Hat Sunday. The women tip off at 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by the men.

It’s a big weekend for both RDC teams.

The Kings go into the weekend first in the south at 5-0 with Medicine Hat 3-0 and Briercrest 1-2. The Queens, 2-3, are looking to move up out of a fourth place tie with Medicine Hat, 2-1. Briercrest is sixth at 1-3.

The volleyball teams play a home-and-home against the Ambrose University Lions — Friday in Calgary and Saturday at RDC. The women get underway at 6 p.m., followed by the men.

The Kings are first in the South Division with an 8-2 record while Ambrose is 2-6. The Queens are 7-3 and second behind Briercrest while Ambrose is 4-4.

The hockey Kings meet Concordia University of Edmonton in a home-and-home series — Friday at 7 p.m. at the Penhold Regional Multiplex and Saturday in Edmonton.

The hockey Queens finally get a chance to return home this weekend when they host the MacEwan University Griffins Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Centrium. The teams also meet in Edmonton Friday.

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