Lethbridge College Kodiaks name October Athletes of the Month
The Lethbridge College Kodiaks are celebrating two student athletes, cross country runner Edwin Kaitany and soccer player Victoria Poitras, who were named the October Athletes of the Month at Lethbridge College.
First-year Practical Nursing student Kaitany, originally from Rift Valley, Eldoret in Kenya, won the eight kilometer Alberta College Athletic Conference (ACAC) provincial race Oct. 25 with a time of 26:36 on a tough course, assisting the men’s team in capturing the team silver medal. Kaitany also finished off his season by winning the Grand Prix overall season title. Kaitany finished with a silver medal performance during the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships, this past weekend in Calgary.
Second-year Criminal Justice-Policing student Poitras, originally from Beaumont, Alberta, was recently selected as the Kodiaks’ only ACAC All Conference team member for the 2014 season. Earlier in October with playoffs on the line, Poitras and the Kodiaks defensive line shut out both the SAIT Trojans and the Olds Broncos. Her defensive efforts assisted the Kodiaks in two crucial victories, helping the Kodiaks women's soccer team reach playoffs for the first time in eight years.
“Being a Kodiak this year was amazing because I was on a wonderful team and now that we made it to provincials it will show the future years to come just what the Kodiaks can do,” says Poitras. “For myself, I set a goal to become an All Conference defense member and I was able to achieve that this year. I believe being a Kodiak is a great accomplishment and I would tell anyone to follow their dreams and play the sport they love.”
These two athletes have distinguished themselves during competitive and exciting seasons as well as in the classroom, says Lethbridge College Manager of Athletics, Residence and PE Operations Todd Caughlin
“Edwin and Victoria both bring positive attitudes and leadership to their teams,” Caughlin says. “They should be proud of their recent performances on the track and the field – as their coaches and I are – as well as their dedication to their studies.”