June 12, 2018 – Looking to lead their team back to national title contention, Kodiaks cross country head coach Bertil Johansson and co-coach Simon Schaerz are excited to announce the addition of Timothy Ngetich to their 2018-19 roster.
Hailing from Kenya, Ngetich’s journey to Lethbridge College was made possible thanks to a connection with a Kodiaks cross country alumnus.
“It feels like Timothy was sent here from heaven last month,” says Johansson. “He had come here by help of Kodiaks alumnus Andrew Kimosop. It really helps to have our alumni engaged and helping to recruit some of these very high-level athletes.”
The addition of Ngetich will give the men’s program a boost, especially as the Kodiaks face increasingly stiff competition from ACAC rivals like SAIT and Red Deer College.
“Certainly with Timothy we’re hoping to contend for top spot both in the ACAC and CCAA, although we still have tough competition from teams like SAIT and others,” says Johansson. “He’s capable of running a 10K in 30:20 and now he’s running with Daniel Kipkoech here in town, so he’s in good training right now.”
“He’s going to bring in some good performances we hope, if he can stay healthy and focus on his training and school.”
Coming to Canada is a dream come true
For Ngetich, coming to study and train in Canada is a special opportunity.
“I was so impressed with how Lethbridge College is developing athletes and I wanted to come here because the reputation of this college is of a higher standard compared to schools in my country,” says Ngetich. “I have been training for a long time so I am happy to be here and to be one of the student athletes in the college. I am going to do my best as the summer starts to keep training.”
While Ngetich will begin the semester with General Studies courses, he eventually plans to transition into the college’s nursing program to fulfill his desire to help others.
The Kodiaks will open their cross-country season in early September.