February 17th was the AAC's first "unofficial" indoor conference championship, the AAC Challenge. In years to come, this will host as our indoor conference championship. The Koalas took a smaller roster, due to nagging injuries and eligibility issues, and performed extremely well.
Out of 7 scoring teams, Brenau is not yet a part of the conference, our Koalas took 4th place with a team total of 46 points.
Kadasia Self ran an event that was very new to her, the 600m dash. "She ran her own race, did not get sucked into someone else's game plan, and we are very proud of her", coach Nichols had that to say about Self's performance. She finished with a time of 2:03.
In the most anticipated race of the day, the women's 1000m dash, Lauren Glencross toed the line with expectations of hitting a national mark. She took the lead with 75 meters to go and never looked back. She finished with a time of 3:02, good enough to qualify her for the national meet March 3-4. Glencross also won the meet for the 1000 m race.
In the same event, but a later heat, Qu Essence Gillison ran a personal record of 3:32 to win her heat.
Janay Chisholm, Irene Requena, and Alyssa Waibel raced in the fast heat of the women's 3000 meter run. It was a tough day for all of them, but they raced smart and raced together. Janay and Irene scored 4 and 3 points for the team total crossing the line in 11:54 and 11:58 respectively. Waibel ran a time of 12:13.
Bailey Dawkins had an iron-woman day. It was her first meet back since shoulder surgery nearly a year ago. She competed in the pole vault, with only minimal fear, and jumped 2.65 meters and finished in 4th place. With no time to warmup, she had to rush over to the women's 60 meter hurdles and compete. She did very well all things considered with a time of 11.14.
Our jumping phenome, Yasmine Keeley, is still getting over a minor hamstring tweak, but still managed to finished in a tie for first place in the women's long jump. She was later awarded 2nd place after the tiebreaker. She jumped 5.19, a couple meters off her career best of 5.40.
Bryanna Sims and Kaela Hill had awesome days in the shotput and weight throw. Kaela Hill threw 9.34 meters in the shot and finished 5th. Sims finished 9th with a distance of 8.35 meters. Both young ladies made the finals!
They both had monster days in the weight throw. Hill tossed 10.48 meters and finished in the 4th spot. Bryanna had a career best in 5th place with a distance of 10.45 meters.
"With our small roster today, I am extremely proud of how much hard work each of these ladies has put into this indoor season. They came out, gave 110% and I could not be more proud of how we finished", says coach Nichols of the meet today.
Lauren Glencross will be heading to ETSU March 1-4 for Indoor Nationals.