RDC Queens runners Shayla Sklaruk and Stephen Rowley were the RDC Athletes of the Week. (Contributed photo)

Shayla Sklaruk and Stephen Rowley named RDC Athletes of the Week

With the RDC Indoor track team having such a successful weekend on their home track, a pair of runners earned the RDC Athlete of the Week honour.

Second-year Queens runner Shayla Sklaruk was instrumental in the Queens winning gold at the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Grand Prix #2 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre Saturday.

Sklaruk, from Stony Plain, won the women’s 600 metre final by over four seconds and hit a personal best time in the process. She also won a silver medal in the 1000m in three minutes and 12.09 seconds. She helped the team collect gold in the final race of the day, the 4X200m relay. Sklaruk ran the anchor leg on the way to the Queens victory, as they finished the race with a top time of 1:56.62.

Kings third-year runner Stephen Rowley was the male recipient of the RDC Athlete of the Week.

As a team, the Kings totaled 56 points, 19 points ahead of the SAIT Trojans to win gold. The dedicated third-year runner was first in the 1000m final, with a time of 2:42.41 and also won bronze with the Kings in the 4X200m relay in 1:40.49. He was also fifth in the 600m race, just half a second out of third.

Sklaruk, Rowley and the rest of the Kings and Queens will compete at the ACAC Indoor Track Championships in Edmonton on March 21 and 22.

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