RDC Kings cross country win national bronze

RDC Kings cross country win national bronze

Queens miss podium by one point

It was a banner end to a banner season for RDC Kings cross country.

Under snowy and cold conditions in Grande Prairie, the Kings earned the first-ever Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Cross Country Championship medal at nationals.

With more than 15 centimetres of snow on the course, perseverance was the key on the way to a medal for RDC.

“It was a great day and huge victory for the men,” said RDC Cross Country Head Coach Kari Elliot in a press release. “To have three of the men finish in the top 20 is incredible and it’s the first time the Kings have podiumed at nationals.”

Kings runner Devin Saunders led the way with a 10th place finish in the 8km race in a time of 29:33.32. In the deep 106-runner field, Daniel Szucs was close behind his teammate with a time of 29:59.11 for 15th. Alberta Colleges Athletic Association Men’s Cross Country rookie of the year Will Cebuliak (30:08.15) finished 17th.

In the women’s race, it came down to a video review to determine medals and the Queens ultimately settled just off the podium in fourth place.

ACAC rival Lethbridge Kodiaks captured the National Championship with their average race time of 26:50.

The Saint-Lambert Cavaliers earned silver and were led by Veronic Boire (25:28). The Laurier Brantford Golden Hawks picked up bronze, only a single point ahead of the Queens.

Shayla Sklaruk (26:50.53) was the top runner for the Queens over six km, ending the race in 11th. Jill Stewart (27:36.14) was 22nd among 90 participants.

Shayna Brower (27:49.78) was 13 seconds behind in 27th. Caitlin Debree (27:53.06) and Shaelyn Moltzahn (27:57.98) were 29th and 30th. Teagan Shapka (29:16.43) was 47th.

“The snowy and cold conditions presented problems and all of our top female runners fell,” added Elliott. “The runners who were able to stay on their feet had the advantage, but there were just some things that were out of our control. Everything had to go your way.”



Email sports tips to Byron Hackett

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley shakes hands with Joel Ward, Red Deer College President and CEO, as Notley announces that the college is now on the path to grant degrees. (Photo by MURRAY CRAWFORD/Advocate staff)
Future of Red Deer University increasingly uncertain

MLA’s college update says RDC more like SAIT and NAIT than a university

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said the Canadian government should consider sanctions on the U.S. if they refuse to reconsider the decision to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Keystone XL officially cancelled, Kenney vows to fight on

U.S. President Joe Biden cancelled the presidential permit for the pipeline on first day of office

Problems with vagrancy in downtown Red Deer were behind a push to build a 24/7 shelter in the city. Nearly a year after a $7 million commitment from the province, there is little movement on this "top priority" project. (Advocate file photo).
Little progress on ‘top priority’ 24/7 homeless shelter project for Red Deer

No details can yet be provided by the city or province

Blackfalds RCMP are investigating two suspicious fires that happened in Lacombe County in November. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Central Alberta man charged for exposing himself in public

The man was charged under similar circumstances in 2019

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said province’s test positivity rate for COVID-19 is steadily declining. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
669 new COVID-19 cases in Alberta, 21 additional deaths

COVID-19 test positivity rate down to 4.5 per cent

American poet Amanda Gorman reads a poem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)
Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman: ‘Even as we grieved, we grew.’

Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman: ‘Even as we grieved, we grew.’

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Wednesday Jan. 20, 2021. Miller is criticizing the Quebec premier's refusal to exempt homeless people from the provincewide curfew following the weekend death of Raphael "Napa" Andre, a 51-year-old Innu man found dead in a portable toilet not far from a homeless shelter he frequented. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous services minister says Quebec premier should show ‘humanity’ to homeless

Indigenous services minister says Quebec premier should show ‘humanity’ to homeless

People work out at an outdoor gym in downtown Montreal, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. A new study links the fitness level of Canadian children to that of their parents. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
StatCan study finds some correlation between child and parent fitness levels

StatCan study finds some correlation between child and parent fitness levels

Experts say pandemic fuelling apparent spike in eating disorders among adolescents

Experts say pandemic fuelling apparent spike in eating disorders among adolescents

Dr. Samantha Hill, president of the Ontario Medical Association, is shown in a handout photo. The head of the Ontario Medical Association says dangerous misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines is spreading on social media among all age groups. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
Vaccine myths running rampant online among all age groups, Ontario docs say

Vaccine myths running rampant online among all age groups, Ontario docs say

CannTrust employees work with cannabis products at their packaging and extraction facility in Vaughan, Ont., on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. CannTrust Holdings Inc. says it will create a $50-million trust to settle claims from class action lawsuits filed after the company was found growing cannabis in unlicensed rooms two years ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
CannTrust to create $50M trust to settle lawsuits, signs restructuring agreement

CannTrust to create $50M trust to settle lawsuits, signs restructuring agreement

Eldar Saetre CEO of Equinor speaks as he gives the company quarterly capital market update in London, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Alastair Grant
Norwegian oil company Equinor completes oilsands exit by selling Athabasca Oil shares

Norwegian oil company Equinor completes oilsands exit by selling Athabasca Oil shares

Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem takes part in a news conference at the Bank of Canada in Ottawa on December 15, 2020. Canada's central bank will update its economic forecast for the country that will offer a window when it expects a recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic to take hold. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Vaccination efforts key to economic recovery, BoC says as it keeps rate on hold

Vaccination efforts key to economic recovery, BoC says as it keeps rate on hold

Most Read