Kodiaks Compete at Nationals

Story by: Erin Fisher

The Kodiaks cross country team had a great weekend at the CCAA Cross Country Running National Championships.

Nationals were held on Nov. 12-13 in Kamloops, BC. The event was hosted by Thompson Rivers University.

The men’s team had three runners that placed in the 8-kilomtre race, Peter Kalya, Conrad Chesire, and Dennis Ronoh.

Kalya placed 3rd with a time of 25:52, Chesire placed 27th with a time of 28:06, and Ronoh placed 28th with a time of 28:08. These times were personal bests for all three athletes.

The women’s team had four runners that placed in the 5-kilometre race, Gladys Kochei, Purity Kandie, Natasha Lapointe, and NyepiethJames.

Kochei placed 9th with a time of 19:16, Kandie placed 16th with a time of 20:04, Lapointe placed 74th with a time of 22:29, and James placed 80th with a time of 22:35.

Bertil Johansson, head coach of the cross country team, said about 80 per cent of the Kodiak athletes ran their personal best at nationals.

The men`s team was only two points away from a bronze medal.

“This is the second year in a row the men`s team has been shut out by only a few points and obviously that`s tough. The college has won gold medals in the past and we just need to come back next season,” Johansson said.

Next year’s national championship competition will take place in St. Lambert, Quebec.