EDMONTON — Jordanna Cota led the RDC women to a second-place finish in the ACAC Running Room Grand Prix 1 on Saturday.
Cota won the 3,000-metres in 10 minutes 52.37 seconds and was second in the 1,500m at 5:04.18.
The RDC team finished second to MacEwan University.
Amy Severtson was third in the 1,000m in 3:22.86 while newcomer Sadie Borgford was third in the 300m (44.65 seconds) and fifth in the 600m (1:47.83).
The RDC 4x400m relay team was third at 4:28.80.
“Jordanna looked strong and her time in the 3,000 was a personal best on the track,” said RDC head coach Kari Elliott. “New addition, Sadie was a thrill to watch and Amy ran a quick time in the 1,000.”
On the men’s side the RDC team finished third with Nathan Goode leading the way with a third in the 600m at 1:35.43 and a fifth in the 300m at 40.71 seconds.
Nolan Dyck was fourth (1:37.05) and Jeff Willoughby fifth (1:37.31) in the 600m.
Dyck also placed seventh in the 1,000m in 3:04.08.
Newcomer Adam Wass was fourth in both the 1,500m and 3,000 in times of 4:44.30 and 10:25.91.
The RDC men’s 4x400m relay team was third at 3:54.24.
The RDC men and women combined to finish second overall to MacEwan.
“Overall it was a fantastic day,” said Elliott. “Perhaps the most rewarding aspect was seeing some of our less prominent cross-country student-athletes excel on the track.
“Nathan Goode is a prime example. He had two strong races and contributed 10 points towards the team standings.
“As well in the 4x400m relay Nolan Dyck came from 50-metres off the pace to take third place in a photo finish.
“As well Adam (Wass) is a great addition to the team and will continue to improve as he trains with the team.”
Elliott feels the team will only continue to improve as they prepare for the second Grand Prix, Feb. 12 in Calgary, and the provincials, March 3-4 in Lethbridge.