CALGARY — Defending champion Jodi Sanguin went into the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference cross-country running championships as the clear favourite.
The RDC star didn’t disappoint, winning the five-kilometre run in 19 minutes, 16 seconds, 40 seconds ahead of Marriya Jenkins of Concordia University College. Alexandra Gordichuk of Grant MacEwan was third at 19:58.
“It was very windy and Jodi hoped some of the other runners would help in breaking the wind, but that didn’t happen,” said RDC head coach Brian Stackhouse. “She ran with three other runners for about half the race then went out on her own and won handily.”
Sanguin got tremendous support from her teammates and RDC upset Grant MacEwan in the women’s team competition.
Jessyln Begin placed fifth at 20:48, Melissa Cable seventh at 20:52 and Meagan Beauchamp 19th at 22:16 to give RDC 32 points, eight better than Grant MacEwan.
Catherine Alcorn placed 27th (23:04), Amanda McWhan 32nd (23:17), Kate Blackett 38th (23:44), Kayla Anderson 54th (24:50) and Laura Friesen 60th (25:31).
Peter Kalya of Lethbridge won the 8km men’s race in 26:43 with Andrew Pohl of Camrose second at 26:46.
Karson Sudlow was 61st for RDC (35:45) and Neil Foster, who was just off a knee injury, placed 70th (41:45).
MacEwan won the team title with 26 points while Lethbridge had 28.
The RDC Queens finished fourth in the ACAC women’s soccer championship at Mount Royal, losing 3-0 to Concordia Sunday.
Lauren Good was once again solid in goal for the Queens, who were missing five players because of injury.
“Just too many injuries, but the girls worked hard . . . it was a good team effort despite the loss,” said Queens head coach David McCarthy.
NAIT downed Mount Royal 1-0 in the final.
On the men’s side NAIT stopped Grant MacEwan 3-1 in the final while Medicine Hat downed Mount Royal 1-0 in the bronze medal contest.
Two nights after the RDC Queens turned in one of their better performances of the season, a 2-1 win over the Mount Royal University Cougars, they turned in one of their worst, losing 9-2 to the Cougars in Calgary Saturday.
“The girls worked hard, but both of our goalies couldn’t stop anything,” said Queens head coach Trevor Keeper.
Megan Abt and Rachael Hoppins scored for the Queens, who were outshot 30-26. Toni Ross started in goal, allowing five goals on 20 shots over 40 minutes. Camille Trautman came in for the third period and allowed four goals on 10 shots.