Kari Elliott named ACAC 2018-19 Cross Country Running Coach of the Year

Kari Elliott named ACAC 2018-19 Cross Country Running Coach of the Year

Vermilion, AB (October 29, 2018) – The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) is proud to announce Kari Elliott of the RDC Cross Country Running team has been named the ACAC Cross Country Running Coach of the Year.

Elliott took on the role of Head Coach for the RDC Cross Country Running program in the 2016-17 season, and the team has experienced great success under her leadership. Elliott's coaching ability and motivation helps Red Deer College student-athletes pursue excellence in the ACAC and Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).

This season, Elliott helped guide the RDC Queens and Kings to silver medal performances at the ACAC championships. With strong preparation and outstanding coaching, two individual RDC student-athletes earned bronze, three runners were named to ACAC All-Conference teams and one gifted first-year received the ACAC Women's Rookie of the Year award. The Queens and Kings qualified to compete at the 2018 CCAA Cross Country Running National Championships at Seneca College's King Campus, just north of Toronto.

Elliott is a certified personal trainer and an accomplished competitive runner. As a college athlete, she was the Cross Country All-Conference Athlete for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) II. Since that time, she has remained at the top in her discipline, with numerous international top three finishes in distances ranging from 5 km to marathon, in locations such as Bali, Malaysia and Singapore. Elliott also qualified for the World Half Ironman Championships in 2014 at Putra Jaya, Malaysia. She placed first in the Mississippi Marathon in 2015, and was the first female in the 2016 Woody's Marathon. 

Elliott received the award on October 27, 2018 at the ACAC Cross Country Running Championships Banquet held in Vermilion, AB.

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About the ACAC: The ACAC is the governing body for intercollegiate athletics in Alberta. Its mission is to foster the development of the student athlete through the administration and promotion of intercollegiate athletics as part of the educational experience and provide a leadership role in the development of sport in Alberta.

For more information on the ACAC, please visit our website: www.acac.ab.ca

For additional information, contact:

Diane St-Denis, RDC
Athletic Director 

Mark Kosak, ACAC
Chief Executive Officer

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