Kodiaks indoor track team eyeing medals at ACAC championships

By Aaron Mahoney (@Mahones93 on Twitter)
March 14, 2019 - 9:46am

LETHBRIDGE, AB – The Lethbridge College Kodiaks indoor track team is hitting the road this weekend for the ACAC championships in Calgary.

It’s been a season of change for the Kodiaks, starting with head coach Simon Schaerz taking over the team from Bertil Johansson, who had been the only head coach in five-years of Kodiaks indoor track history.

Schaerz was familiar with the team, having served as co-coach for both the indoor track and cross-country teams for the past several seasons, and that familiarity has helped an inexperienced team rack up numerous personal bests this season.

Schaerz says their entire team is looking forward to the challenge of taking on the rest of the ACAC this weekend.

“We have numerous athletes who I think can put themselves in the running for medals, and our relay teams are always a threat to make the podium.”

The Kodiaks earned a pair of medals at the most recent ACAC indoor track Grand Prix, held on March 2 in Edmonton.

Danna DeGagne raced to a bronze in the 300-metre event, while Brooklyn Vogel also earned a bronze in the 600-metres by shaving four seconds off her personal best time.

Both DeGagne and Vogel are threats to earn medals at this weekend’s championships. Rebecca Sweeney also had a strong showing, finishing sixth in the 300-metres race.

On the men’s side, a trio of Kodiaks finished outside the medals in Edmonton, but have their sights set on improving on the conference stage.

Foster Isiche finished sixth in the 300-metres and could emerge as a medal threat, according to Schaerz.

Tanner Rent and team captain Danny Robdrup each finished seventh in Edmonton, in the 600-metres and 3,000-metres, respectively.

The meet, hosted by SAIT, begins on Friday evening and will conclude on Saturday at the Repsol Centre. 

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