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RDC’s Indoor Track Team Ready For The Races


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The Red Deer College Indoor Track team is ready for their 1st competition this weekend. Kari Elliott, who experienced a lot of success as the Head Coach of the RDC Cross-Country Running team, will be leading a talented group of student-athletes at The Running Room Grand Prix #1 in Edmonton on Saturday.

Many members from RDC Cross-Country Running will join the team. Jordanna Cota, Amy Severtson, Samantha Debree, Laura Szymanek, Lauren Mearns, Jill Stewart, Breanna Berridge and Teagan Shapka will be competing for the RDC women. Janaya Garbe, who was a member of the Cross-Country team, will not be joining the team. While Garbe will be missed, Sadie Borgfjord, will be a capable replacement. Borgfjord, a sprinter from Camrose, has a personal best of 1:04 over 400 m and a will be a strong ACAC competitor at 300 m and 600 m.

Members of the Men’s Cross-Country Running team, Nolan Dyck, Jeffrey Willoughby, Cory DeRaadt, Devon Gurney, Justin Moltzahn, Nathan Goode and Corey Garbutt will participate on the team. Unfortunately, Jonathan Lam has moved to Hong Kong but Adam Wass will take his spot. Wass will be competing in the 1,500 m and 3,000 m and is expected to be one of the strongest runners by the fall.

Head Coach Kari Elliott believes that some success achieved from the Cross-Country Running season will transfer to Indoor Track, especially the longer distances. “I expect that we will have some strong performances over 3,000 metres,” said Elliott. “We are working hard and will be ready for our first meet on Jan. 28.” While the Indoor track team aims to perform well, the abbreviated season will also help the studentathletes prepare for Cross-Country Running. “Our focus is on the Cross-Country Running season in the fall, where we expect to have strong men’s and women’s teams. The Indoor Track season is a great motivator to keep our studentathletes in shape and compete in something different,” said Elliott. “They enjoy training for the shorter distances and our workouts are focused more on speed, although there is some emphasis on endurance.”

MacEwan University will be hosting The Running Room Grand Prix #1 on Saturday, Jan. 28.

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