Vermilion, AB (October 29, 2018) – The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) is pleased to announce Shayla Sklaruk of the Red Deer College Queens has been selected as the 2018-19 ACAC Women's Cross Country Running Rookie of the Year.
The Bachelor of Education Elementary student showed a lot of promise in only her first year of competition in the ACAC. She improved throughout the season and saved one of her best performances for the championships, placing sixth (25:19) in a very competitive field of talented and experienced female runners. After that impressive race, Sklaruk was also named to the ACAC Women's Cross Country Running All-Conference team. Remarkably, her time was one minute sixteen seconds faster than her eighth place finish (26:35) on the same Vermilion course at Running Room Grand Prix #4.
From the second grand prix to the championships, her time and placement among ACAC female runners was progressively enhanced, from ninth to sixth.
Sklaruk was a member of the ACAC silver medal winning Queens at the ACAC championships. With silver, the RDC Queens qualified to compete at the 2018 CCAA Cross Country Running National Championships at Seneca College's King Campus, just north of Toronto on November 10.
This prestigious award was presented to Shayla at the 2018 ACAC Cross Country Running Championships Banquet held in Vermilion, AB.
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Mark Kosak, ACAC
Chief Executive Officer
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