SAIT’s Women’s Cross-Country Team Finishes First at Event

SAIT’s women’s cross-country team finished first at the second non-conference Grand Prix held at Confederation Park on Saturday, September 21.

The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) event featured students from nine schools, as well as unaffiliated individuals, competing in the cross-country race.

“It’s a great event that couldn’t be done without a dedicated team, coaches and volunteers,” said Mark Pretzlaff, SAIT’s athletics manager. “We even have alumni showing up to participate.”

“Jamie Grant has done a wonderful job as head coach to build the team,” said Pretzlaff.

The women’s race began at noon and featured a five-kilometre run through the park while the men’s event started at 1:00 pm and featured an eight-kilometre run.

The Trojans are excited at the opportunity for a chance at the championship. This season is also an exciting one for St. Mary’s University College as they are using this season to begin work on building a competitive team.

“It’s a good opportunity to get our feet wet as we work on building a team.

“We only have seven runners now, but it’s a good start,” said Chris Shoults, St. Mary’s Director of Athletics.

The next cross-country event will be hosted by Concordia University College and will take place on October 5.

Three races were hosted prior to the women’s run, open to those under 15, for a chance to win a SAIT Trojans shirt.

The race was the second of the season and was hosted by SAIT. The final two events will determine which teams make it to the ACAC provincial championship in Edmonton, with the possibility of carrying on to Toronto to compete in the nationals.

The results of Saturday’s race can be found on the ACAC website,

Starting Strong: ACAC Non-Conference Grand Prix in Calgary on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. The women begin their five km run. (Photo by Adam Ruether/The Press)


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