Playoff in the long run

SAIT to host ACAC track championships on Feb. 26 and 27

sports_placeholderThe SAIT Trojans indoor track team are looking to replicate previous success by winning medals in February’s Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Indoor Track Championships.

The Trojans are looking to continue the trend of winning ways, as each of the past two years
has seen the team win five medals in the competition.

Co-head coach Ryan Edgar is looking for strong performances as the team prepare to extend their streak to three straight years.

“The goal is to match from years prior and possibly go beyond that,” Edgar said.

“There is going to be a lot of good races with some tight finishes.”

Preparation is under way as the athletes practise till the event, which takes place on Feb. 26 and 27 at the Talisman Centre.

“We have time trials during practice leading up to it so they can get a feel and prepare for what is to come,” Edgar said.

With SAIT hosting the event, there come some advantages, which will benefit the athletes opposed to as if they were to travel for the event.

“They have a more steady routine,” Edgar said.

“When we travel, the athletes have to balance school work and meet times. With us hosting there is more of a balance for them.”

With not having to worry about travelling out of town, sleep patterns remain constant, which is beneficial for the athletes as the event starts on a Friday.

“Friday usually is the least energy type day because it is the end of the week,” Edgar said.

“We encourage athletes to get those sleep patterns at the start of the week so that they are fresh and ready to go.”

Races that will occur during the competition include of 300m, 600m, 1000m, 1500m, and a 4x400m team relay.

The relay race occurs as the last event, which involves both men and women’s teams.

“This is where we really see teamwork become a factor,” Edgar said.

“The other events are more individual based where as working as a team is the main focus in the relay.”

Runners Athena Fourlas and Brent Stephen will both be running in the 300m and 600m races and have been key additions to the team.

Both compete in club indoor track year-round and have made the transition to being on the team, as this is their first year running for SAIT.

“With the two of them, it shows how quickly you can improve and compete in the sport,” Edgar said.

Edgar hopes that with the spotlight of the event, it will help the sport gain more attention.

“In the future I would like to see the sport grow more,” Edgar said.

“The hope is that it leads to a more steady presence in the sport and more people come join.”

Even if there are individuals that are unsure or have little experience Edgar encourages anyone to give it a shot.

“It doesn’t hurt to try,” Edgar said.

“People will be surprised how you can start as a rookie runner and end up taking part in races like the ACAC championships.”

The ACAC Indoor Track Championships will take place at the Talisman Centre.

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