Posted on October 31, 2011 by Jadene Mah

CALGARY — Jodi Sanguin ran like the wind . . . and wrapped up a second straight provincial collegiate cross-country running title on Saturday afternoon. Sanguin, the fifth-year athlete with the Red Deer College Queens, ran away from the competition at Calgary’s Canmore Park, claiming the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference’s (ACAC) individual women’s cross-country crown …

CALGARY — Jodi Sanguin ran like the wind . . . and wrapped up a second straight provincial collegiate cross-country running title on Saturday afternoon. Sanguin, the fifth-year athlete with the Red Deer College Queens, ran away from the competition at Calgary’s Canmore Park, claiming the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference’s (ACAC) individual women’s cross-country crown with more than half a minute to spare.

Sanguin finished the five-kilometre course in 19 minutes and 16 seconds, a full 40 seconds faster than the second-place Marriya Jenkins of the Concordia University College of Alberta Thunder, who stopped the clock in 19:56. Alexandra Gordichuk of Grant MacEwan University Griffins was third in 19:58. Sanguin had also won the 2010 ACAC title at Edmonton, breaking the tape in 19:36.

“The only obstacle, I guess, was the wind. There was a strong wind coming from the north that started just before the race, and that was something to consider,” said Sanguin, who’s working toward a bachelor of science degree in nursing at RDC. “I tried to stick with the pack for the majority of the race, and pulled away toward the end when I
knew I could do so.”

Peter Kalya of the Lethbridge College Kodiaks won the men’s individual title, completing the 8K course in 26:43. Andy Pohl of the Camrose-based Augustana Vikings was just three seconds back in 26:46, and Devin Woodland of Grande Prairie Regional College finished third overall in 28:19.

The top seven athletes in each of the women’s and men’s events were named to respective ACAC all-conference teams, and will travel to Kamloops, B.C., for the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) open national championships at Thompson Rivers University on Nov. 12 and 13.

The women’s team will consist of Sanguin, Jenkins, Gordichuk, Gladys Kochei of Lethbridge College, RDC’s Jesslyn Begin, Augustana’s Kalli Green, and Melissa Cable of the Queens.

The men’s all-conference team will be made up of Kalya, Pohl, Woodland, Kirk Sundt and Max King of GMU, and Dennis Ronoh and Conrad Chesire of the Kodiaks.

Sanguin also led RDC to victory in the ACAC women’s team championship. With the top four individual results comprising a school’s result, the Queens totaled 32 points – eight better than the 40-point, silver-medal effort turned in by the second-place Griffins. The SAIT Trojans, who hosted this year’s ACAC championships, won the team bronze with 71
points.

The Griffins captured the ACAC men’s team title in a very tight race, posting 26 points to the Kodiaks’ 28. The Vikings finished third, and collected bronze, with 41 points.

During the ACAC cross-country championships banquet held later Saturday afternoon at SAIT’s Campus Centre, Linda Miller and Drew Carver of GMU were named the conference’s co-coaches of the year.

 The top 10 athletes from the ACAC’s fall Grand Prix circuit were also honoured. Sanguin, Gordichuk, Jenkins, Green, Kochei, GMU’s Isabella Englert, SAIT’s Rebecca Britton, Glynis Milne and Elizabeth Derksen of the Griffins, and Lisa Curle of the Trojans rounded out the women’s top 10.

On the men’s side, the top 10 consisted of Kalya, Pohl, Woodland, Sundt, King, Ronoh, Andrew Peters of GMU, Chesire, Justin Versteeg of GMU, and Jonathan Koegler of Lethbridge.

Billie Rae Busby


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