Sept. 22, 2018 - Sophia Nowicki and Matt Travaglini continued their early dominance of the ACAC cross country circuit on Saturday, claiming individual golds at the Running Room ACAC Grand Prix #3 hosted by Lethbridge College on Saturday.
Representing the hometown Lethbridge College Kodiaks, Nowicki claimed her second consecutive ACAC first place finish by finishing the 6km run in 23:54. Emilie Mann of SAIT earned silver for the second consecutive week with a time of 24:06. Mann pushed Nowicki throughout the first 5 km of the race before Nowicki pulled away at the end to grab the gold.
Rebecca Johnson of St. Mary's University rounded out the ACAC podium, finishing in third with a time of 24:27.
The overall women's open race was won by Maria Zambrano of Calgary, who crossed the finish line in an impressive 23:12.
Lethbridge finished first in the overall women's team standings thanks to great performances from their supporting cast. Despite missing two of their key runners due to other race commitments, the Kodiaks used great performances from Brooklyn Vogel(27:04), Rebecca Sweeney (27:07) and Janelle Graham (27:36) to claim top spot. SAIT finished in second place while St. Mary's University came in third.
On the men's side, SAIT's Travaglini continued to show why he is one of the best runners in the country, comfortably breaking away from the pack to win the ACAC competition by nearly two full minutes. His time of 26:16 was also good enough to win the overall race, beating out open competitors Gareth Hadfield and Daniel Kipkoech.
|Matt Travaglini (bib #776), SAIT Trojans cross-country runner|
The Trojans ran away with the overall team lead, aided by a second-place performance from Jacques Saayman (28:06).
Lethbridge finished second in the team standings and received a particularly strong performance from rookie Timothy Kimaiyo, who claimed third overall with a time of 28:30. Fellow rookie Connor Jackson finished just a second behind to claim fourth place.
The race was hosted in conjunction with the annual "Run for the Pumpkin," one of Lethbridge's most popular running event. Over 600 children participated in the race that took place prior to the ACAC event.
Misty morning weather created challenging wet conditions on the course, while crisp temperatures failed to crack double digits throughout the afternoon. Still, competitors put forth solid times running through the hilly 2 km long loop set throughout Nicholas Sheran Park.
Photos of the race are available on the Kodiaks offical Flikr page.