Koalas compete in first Outdoor Meet

The Koalas travelled to UNCW this past weekend to open up the outdoor season. The meet featured many top D1 and D2 teams in every event. The Koalas competed in the 800 meters, the 100 meter hurdles, hammer throw, long jump, and the javelin.

Lauren Glencross competed in the open 800 meters and despite a tremendously windy day, finished in 9th out of 70 with a time of 2:22.18.

In the women's 100 meter hurdles, Bailey Dawkins  finished in 26th with a time of 18.88 seconds. It was the first time in nearly a year that she had competed in the event!

The koalas had a full crew compete in the women's 5k Friday night. First year Alyssa Waibel was first for the Koalas with a time of 20:51 (17th). Irene Requena ran 21:25 (21st), Annika Wicht raced hard to a 22:02 (26th). Helen Taylor notched another personal record with a time of 22:18 (28th). Miyonta Mavins rounded out the team with a finishing time of 22:34 (30th).

In women's hammer, Amber Waynick set the school record with a toss of 32.23 meters (21st). First year Bryanna Sims notched her personal record with a throw of 29.05 meters (23rd). Kaela Hill also recorded her personal record with a throw of 27.57 meters (25th).

Yasmine Keeley, still nursing a sensitive hamstring, competed in the women's long jump. It was a frustrating day for her, only being able to jump 4.96 meters. She did recover and later competed in the 4x100 meter relay.

The night ended with the women's javelin throw. Katie Kopp crushed her school record with a throw of 30.60 meters despite a headwind. She finished in 12th place. Amber Waynick threw 26.24 meters for 16th place and QuEssence Gillison ended the night with a toss of 22.96 meters and finished in 25th place.


The second day of competition saw our ladies compete in the  mile, 2k steeplechase, 4x100 meter relay, high jump, shotput, discus, and the 4x400 meter relay.

In the women's mile, QuEssence was just short of her personal record with a time of 5:50 (34th). Alyssa Waibel won her heat and ran a personal record with a time of 5:52 (37th). Annika Wicht closed hard for a time of 6:16 (49th) and Miyonta Mavis was not far behind with a time of 6:18 (50th). Helen Taylor notched her second PR of the weekend with a time of 6:27 (52nd).

In a grueling event, the 2000 meter steeplechase, Irene Requena earned another school record for herself, finishing in a time of 8:35 (8th).

Yasmine Keeley, Bailey Dawkins, Katie Kopp, and Kadasia Self finished 12th in the women's 4x100 meter relay, just missing the school record in a time of 55.03 seconds.

Katie Kopp also competed in the women's high jump. It was not her best day as she struggled to reach a height, but it was a valuable learning day.

Due to scheduling errors, not all of our Koalas were able to compete in the shotput. Iris Duke made her debut with a personal record throw of 9.25 meters. Kaela Hill tossed 8.79 meters.  Bryanna Sims was the Koala effected by the scheduling change and was unable to compete, but would use that frustration in the women's discus later on in the day.

Amber Waynick launched her disc to a distance of 28.60 meters and finished in 24th place. Kaela threw 27.12 meters for 26th place. Bryanna Sims tossed 24.40 meters for 32nd place.

The night ended in dramatic fashion as the Koalas earned a school record in the women's 4x400 meter relay. The team of Gillison, Kopp, Self, and Glencross raced to a 4:33 finished for 10th overall.

This was a great way to open the outdoor season and the Koalas will travel to the Universiy of South Carolina on the 24th-25th for their next competition.