Oct. 27, 2018 – The most decorated program in Lethbridge College athletic history added to its collection on Saturday.
The Kodiaks cross country team claimed two gold medals and added a bronze at what was a very successful 2018 ACAC Cross Country Championships in Vermilion.
Sophia Nowicki continued her historic sophomore campaign by winning the individual gold medal. She completed the 6km circuit in 23:53, a full 25 seconds ahead of SAIT’s Emily Mann, who claimed silver.
Nowicki’s campaign was truly one for the record books, as she went undefeated in five ACAC races this season.
Nowicki also led her teammates to a team gold medal, with the Kodiaks narrowly beating out Red Deer College in a tie-breaker for the ACAC banner.
The Kodiaks winning team consisted of Emily Spencer (7th place, 25:32), Salma Moreira (10th place, 26:34) and Janelle Graham (12th place, 26:47).
With the conference champion decided by each school’s top four scoring runners, the race for gold was about as close as it could possibly get.
The Kodiaks and Queens ended up tied at 30 points, but the Kodiaks won the tie-breaker thanks to Graham crossing the line inches ahead of the Queen’s fourth individual finisher.
The team title is the 60th ACAC championship in Kodiaks history.
The Kodiaks also received great performances from Rebecca Sweeney (21st place, 28:03), Brooklyn Vogel (23rd place, 28:12) and Vildana Rekic ( 28th place, 29:00).
Kodiaks men secure their spot at nationals
Despite fielding a team of just five runners, the Kodiaks men’s squad also booked their spot at CCAA Nationals by finishing with an ACAC team bronze medal.
Newcomer Timothy Kimaiyo led the Kodiaks with an 8km time of 28:15, good for sixth place overall. Connor Jackson was close behind, finishing eighth with a time of 29:17.
Kevin Kipchumba came in 21st with a time of 31:16 while team captain Daniel Robdrup rounded out the Kodiaks scoring, making a successful return from injury with a 22nd place finish.
SAIT ran away with the team title, on the strength of a 25:26 gold medal winning run from Matt Travaglini. Red Deer College took home the silver.
Next up: Nationals
Lethbridge will now prepare to head to Toronto for the 2018 CCAA Cross Country National Championships, hosted by Seneca College from Nov. 9-10.
It will be the final race for Kodiaks head coach Bertil Johansson, who has announced he will retire at the end of the cross country season.