RDP runners Daniel Szucs (left) and Devin Saunders (middle) finished second and third respectively in the men’s 1500m at the ACAC Running Room Indoor Grand Prix #2 Saturday. It was the first time the event was held at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate staff)

RDP runners Daniel Szucs (left) and Devin Saunders (middle) finished second and third respectively in the men’s 1500m at the ACAC Running Room Indoor Grand Prix #2 Saturday. It was the first time the event was held at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate staff)

Red Deer Polytechnic Kings, Queens indoor track teams come out on top at Grand Prix #2

The Red Deer Polytechnic Queens and Kings came out on top at the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Running Room Indoor Track Grand Prix.

The event took place at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre on Saturday. Kari Elliott, RDP indoor track coach, said there was a “positive vibe” at the event.

“We received positive feedback from many people about the quality of the track and venue, especially from those individuals who visited the Border Paving Running Track for the first time,” said Elliott.

The Queens earned 52 points on their home track, with the Concordia University Thunder placing second with 50 points and the Medicine Hat Rattlers finished third with 23 points.

The Kings captured the top spot among male teams with 60 points. The Concordia University Thunder was second with 49 points and the Lethbridge College Kodiaks were third with 39.

“The student-athletes brought their best of the season and there were great times in many events,” said Elliott.

“The spectators added to the feel of the event and the student-athletes fed off that energy. Our volunteers, which included community members and alumni, helped make Running Room Grand Prix #2 an enjoyable experience.”

SAIT’s Jasmin Salmon finished first in the women’s 600M (1:47.17) and 1,000M (3:15.69) finals.

Concordia University’s Leonard Chesoo continued his dominance on the ACAC running circuit, finishing first in the men’s 600M (1:25.50) and 1,000M finals (2:34.82).

Taylor Chamberlin (5:24.44), of Concordia University, sealed first in the women’s 1,500M. RDP’s Daniel Szucs was the fastest in the men’s 1,500M (4:13.82) and 3,000M finals (9:10.95).

In the women’s 3,000M, Medicine Hat College’s Pyper Gill (12:48.71) grabbed top spot.

The Queens earned first place in the women’s 4 x 200M final (1:55.29), breaking the previous conference record (1:56.62), which was also held by the Queens. The Kings (1:43.81) were the quickest in the men’s 4 x 200M relay.

In the women’s 4 x 400M relay, the Queens (4:28.97) wrapped up first. The Kings (3:47.01) earned first in the men’s 4 x 400M final.

Concordia University and St. Mary’s University will co-host the ACAC Indoor Track Championships from March 26-27.