Cota, Wass first RDC Athletes of the Week for 2017-18

By RDC Athletics
September 12, 2017 - 9:15am

With their 2017-18 season officially underway, Red Deer College Athletics is proud to announce their initial Boston Pizza Athletes of the Week.

Jordanna Cota – Cross-Country Running
Hometown – Red Deer, AB
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (5th year)

Jordanna Cota had an excellent race to begin the 2017-2018 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Cross-Country Running season. In Edmonton, the Bachelor of Science (Nursing) student finished the 6 kilometre course in 1st place (25:20) at Grand Prix #1, nearly 1 minute ahead of 2nd spot (26:19). Cota, from Red Deer, was a leader for the Queens this past weekend and helped her team to a 1st place finish. The RDC women’s team earned a total of 19 points.

Adam Wass – Cross-Country Running
Hometown – Lacombe, AB
Bachelor of Science (2nd year)

Adam Wass put forth a tremendous effort and claimed 6th spot among ACAC male runners at Grand Prix #1 in Edmonton. The Bachelor of Science student finished the 8 kilometre course in 32:13 despite not feeling 100%. Wass, from Lacombe, helped lead the Kings to a 2nd place finish. The RDC men’s team earned a total of 37 points.

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Here's a look at what's coming up this week for RDC Athletics:

RDC Golf | Saturday, September 16 and 17 | North Regionals | Camrose Golf & Country Club
The Red Deer College Golf team looks strong once again as they head into the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Golf North Regionals at the Camrose Golf & Country Club. Many top golfers are back this year and the new recruits will positively add to the team.
“The Queens team will be very competitive. Shaye Leidenius is very driven and had a strong year. She played some very good golf, is set to lead the women’s team and should push to be one of the top female ACAC golfers this season,” said head coach Scott Bergdahl, the 2016-2017 ACAC Golf Coach of the Year. “If our top five male golfers bring their best, they are as good as any top five in the province. This group has a lot of potential.”
The University of Alberta (Augustana) will host the two day competition.

RDC Cross-Country | Saturday, September 16 | Grand Prix #2 | SAIT /St. Mary’s University

Queens Soccer | Saturday, September 16 | 12:00 p.m. | RDC Field

In the home opener, the Red Deer College Queens (0-0-2) will face the Olds College Broncos (0-1-0). The Queens created a lot of pressure on their opposition this past weekend, but want to work on finishing their opportunities. Queens Soccer Head Coach Esad Elkaz plans to practice those situations with the team. "This week in practice we want to work on our shooting, breakaways, one-on-ones and two-on-twos," said Elkaz.
The head coach likes how the Queens are coming together. "The team worked very hard,” said Elkaz. “It was a good weekend to build that trust and friendship among teammates."

Queens Soccer | Sunday, September 17 | 12:00 p.m. | RDC Field

Kings Soccer | Saturday, September 16| 2:00 p.m. | RDC Field
The RDC Kings (0-2-0) will play their first home game of the season against the Olds College Broncos (0-1-0). Despite a pair of setbacks this past weekend, there were several positive performances from the student-athletes.
RDC Kings Soccer Head Coach Wade Groenewegen identified an area to work on in practice this week. "We will continue to work on our speed in training," said Groenewegen. "The overall idea is there, but the execution of the final pass has to improve."

Kings Soccer | Sunday, September 17| 2:00 p.m. | RDC Field

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