June 12th, 2024

Rattler Roundup:Rattler X-country finishes season on high note

By MEDICINE HAT NEWS on October 31, 2023.

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The Medicine Hat College Rattlers cross-country team finished their season led once again by Becky Ross.

Ross capped off her strong season with a second-place finish at the ACAC cross-country running championships in Lethbridge on Saturday.

The fourth-year nursing student ran the rolling 6 km course in 23:59, a time only bettered by two-time defending CCAA XC running champion Makenna Fitzgerald from SAIT, who captured her third consecutive ACAC title.

Maddy Scrimger also ran a strong race for MHC, finishing one spot better than her 2022 ACAC Championships placing. Based on their top-seven finishes, both she and Ross were named to the 2023 ACAC all-conference team. They were both also recognized with the ACAC’s grand prix awards, with Ross winning the women’s title and Scrimger placing third.

Mizuki Iwata (21st), Pyper Gill (29th), Annika Marshall (39th) and Kabri Stickel (44th) were the other MHC women finishing the race.

Collectively, the MHC ladies placed 4th, a mere 3 points behind the bronze medal team from St. Mary’s University.

The MHC men placed sixth in their 8 km race. Shintaro Iwata (25th) and Spencer Wilson (29th) led the way for the Rattlers while Gage Smith (36th), Justin Jager (38th), Tristan Scrimger (44th), Jaiden Romanuik (56th) and Jon McKinley (58th) were the other MHC finishers.

Ross, Maddy Scrimger, Iwata and Gill will travel to Truro, N.S. on Nov. 11 to take part in the 2023 CCAA XC Running Championships.

Volleyball

The Rattlers men’s and women’s volleyball teams opened their seasons over the weekend at Briercrest College.

The men’s team dropped both their contests, falling in three straight sets on Friday (22-25, 18-25, 18-25) and Saturday (19-25, 15-25, 22-25).

Jordan McKee led the Rattlers’ attack Friday with 11 kills. Nathan Chernik led Saturday with nine kills.

MHC’s women’s team also dropped both of their games at Briercrest College, losing in three straight sets on Friday (17-25, 15-25, 14-25) and Saturday (19-25, 15-25, 17-25).

Brooklyn Tkachuk had five kills for the Rattlers on Friday and Anica Haberstock led the way Saturday with seven.

Both the men (0-2) and women (0-2) are at the Snake Pit this weekend, hosting the Keyano College Huskies on Friday and the Lakeland College Rustlers on Saturday.

Basketball

MHC’s men’s and women’s basketball teams hosted Briercrest College over the weekend, dropping all four contests.

The Rattlers men lost their first game 117-80 and their second contest, 95-89. Kieran Isnor had 18 points and nine rebounds in Friday’s loss, adding another 25 points Saturday with seven rebounds and seven assists.

The women’s team lost 94-45 on Friday and 83-42 on Saturday. Danika Kemp led the Rattlers’ offence Friday with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Breanna O’Conner had 12 points and four rebounds in Saturday’s loss.

The men (1-4) and women (0-5) are on the road this weekend facing Keyano College and Lakeland College on Friday and Saturday respectively.

Hockey

The Rattlers women’s hockey team continued their inaugural ACAC season with a two-game home slate against the Red Deer Polytechnic.

They dropped their first contest, falling 5-0 Friday with Hayley Whelen making 24 saves. Saturday the Rattlers got on the board with a goal from Kennedy King, losing 7-1 against Red Deer. Kinlee Fahselt made 37 saves.

MHC’s women’s hockey team (0-8) is on the road to face the Olds College Broncos on Friday before hosting the Polytechnic on Saturday.

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