Kodiaks indoor track at the start line of a new era
Jan. 25, 2019 – The Lethbridge College Kodiaks indoor track team begins its 2019 season this weekend at an ACAC Grand Prix event in Edmonton. The event begins a new era for the Kodiaks as Simon Schaerz officially takes over as the team’s head coach.
“I have been looking forward to the start of the season for quite some time,” says Schaerz. “We have a small group of runners that are determined to better their personal best performances. I’m excited to see what they are capable of this weekend.”
This weekend’s meet, hosted by MacEwan University, is the first of two official ACAC events for the Kodiaks ahead of March’s conference championships. The Kodiaks will also take part in the non-conference Pandas Open next month in Edmonton.
This is a rebuilding season for the Kodiaks as the team tries to follow up on last season’s results when it earned four individual women’s medals and one men’s 4x400 metre relay medal at the ACAC championships.
Cross country national gold medallist Sophia Nowicki, who won three medals at last year’s ACAC indoor track championships, is running at the University of Lethbridge this semester. Her absence leaves plenty of opportunity for the young Kodiaks to carve their own way and Schaerz is focused on steady improvements throughout the season on both the men’s and women’s teams.
Schaerz takes over the program from Bertil Johansson, who coached the past 32 seasons as Kodiaks cross country coach, as well as each of the five years that Lethbridge College has competed in indoor track. Schaerz has served as assistant and co-coach with the Kodiaks over the past four seasons.
This weekend’s meet begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Edmonton’s Kinsmen Field House. Results can be found on the ACAC website.