Report Card: Track and Field

Talent

Geoff Kerr was named Univ-ersity of Calgary Male Scholar Athlete of the Year and was a runner up for the U of C Male Athlete of the Year. Joshua Ratzlaff was a runner up for U of C Male Rookie of the Year. On the ladies’ side, Diana Gruber and Holly Ratzlaff both grabbed golds at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Indoor Track and Field Championship. Shannon Popowich was named Top Overall Female Performer of the Meet at the Canada West Championship and a runner up for U of C Female Athlete of the Year.



Effort

Many of the athletes on this team also compete with the cross-country team. Being a varsity athlete on two teams isn’t easy, but they pull it off.



Coaching

Head coach Les Gramantik was named CW Women’s Coach of the Year for guiding the ladies to victory. He has been involved in multiple Olympic and Commonwealth Games, including coaching Dino Jessica Zelinka at this year’s Commonwealth Games. Assisting him is Doug Lamont, a coach who has been so involved in cross-country and track and field at the U of C and Alberta-wide for the last 15 years that you can barely go a minute without hearing his name when talking about the sports.



Achievement

The ladies won the CW Championship and placed third at nationals. They’re grrrrreat, according to Tony the Tiger. The men are in their shadow, but with some positive role models like Kerr, they may grow into a powerhouse some day.



Overall: B



Animal: Flea. They can jump 200 times their own length. Whoa. They’re also pretty resilient.

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