It was a milestone day on the cross country trails for the RDC Kings.
Saturday, the Kings captured gold at the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Championships, with two runners also earning all-star nods.
Second-year runner Daniel Szucs of Lacombe was an all-star after finishing the men’s race in 27 minutes and 48 seconds, which placed him fourth. Second-year Devin Saunders was seventh in 28:26 and was also an all-star.
Rookie Will Cebuliak was eighth (28:51) and third-year runner Stephen Rowley was 13th (30:06).
It was the first cross-country banner for the Kings in 20 years.
The Queens also had stellar performance, picking up silver. Shayla Sklaruk was their top runner, earning an individual bronze with a time of 24:42 and earning an ACAC all-star selection.
Fifth-year runner Shaelyn Moltzahn of Red Deer was 10th (26:03) and Jill Stewart was 11th (26:06). Three Queens cross the line in succession, with Caitlin Debree (26:26), Shanya Brower (27:00) and Teagan Shapka (27:02) finished 14th, 15th and 16th respectively. Red Deer’s Lauren Pasiuk was 18th (27:16) and Mackenzie Spinks was 19th (27:26).
Both the Kings and Queens have qualified for the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Cross Country Running National Championships in Grande Prairie on Nov. 9.