Kodiaks indoor track and futsal teams return home with ACAC medals

By Aaron Mahoney (@Mahones93 on Twitter)
March 12, 2018 - 1:32pm

LETHBRIDGE – The 2017-18 ACAC season ended with a bang for the Lethbridge College Kodiaks, who claimed medals at both the indoor track and women’s futsal championship tournaments.

Kodiaks claim six medals at ACAC indoor track championships

Rookie sensation Sophia Nowicki completed a season to remember by winning four medals at the ACAC indoor track championships.

Her medal haul was part of six total medals won by Kodiaks athletes at the meet held at MacEwan University in Edmonton on Friday, Mar. 9 and Saturday, Mar. 10.

The Kodiaks team finished fourth in the combined team standings, with the women’s squad finishing third in the female standings, while the men’s team tied for fourth in the male rankings.

Nowicki earned two silver medals and two bronze medals to finish third in points among female competitors.

She won a silver in the 3,000-metre event with a time of 10:39.08, and another in the 1,500-metres, where her time of 4:59.64 left her less than seven-tenths of a second back of the gold medal position.

She added an individual bronze in the 1,000-metres in a time of 3:09.42.

To cap off her memorable weekend, Nowicki was part of a photo finish that proved the Kodiaks tied with SAIT for third place in the women’s 4x400-metre relay.

The Trojans were originally awarded the bronze, but a review showed that both teams tied down to the one-thousandth of a second in 4:22.036, so both teams were awarded medals. Kayla Enders ran the anchor lap of the relay and was joined on the team by Nowicki, Brooklyn Vogel and Janelle Graham.

Enders also claimed an individual medal, finishing third in the 600-metre race. She was one of three runners who all crossed the finish line in a bunch, just 0.37 seconds apart, finishing second, third and fourth. Her time was 1:42.36.

Enders just missed the podium in the 300-metres, finishing fourth in 43.60 seconds.

The Kodiaks men’s lone medal came in the 4x400-metre relay. Dayton Jans ran a strong anchor leg, coming from behind in the final metres, to help the Kodiaks to a bronze medal in 3:41.44. John Krause, Tristan Jochems and Kayden Halladay joined Jans on the team.

Kodiaks women’s futsal earns ACAC silver

The Kodiaks women’s futsal team was looking for redemption after a disappointing outdoor soccer season in the fall, and the mission was successful.

Lethbridge made it all the way to the championship game at the tournament hosted by Lakeland College in Lloydminster.

They ultimately earned a silver medal following a 3-0 loss to their Southern Alberta rivals, the Medicine Hat College Rattlers in the final.

The silver for the Kodiaks comes in just the second year of participation for Lethbridge.

During the men’s tournament, also hosted by Lakeland College, the Kodiaks men’s team failed to qualify for the playoff round.

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