Koalas Take 2nd at AAC Outdoor Championship

  • The Columbia College track & field team competed at the AAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships on April 26th & 27th, hosted by Montreat College in Black Mountain, NC.
    The Koalas finished in 2nd place for the 2nd year in a row, this time behind Brenau University, and just ahead of Tennessee Wesleyan University.
    Sophomore Kelsey White-Kennedy won a pair of conference titles. She placed first in the 400 meter hurdles and in the 100 meter hurdles, where she set a new conference record of 14.63 seconds. She also had 9th place finishes in both the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes. 
    First-year Shelby Winn won a conference title in the 5000m racewalk. She set a new conference record, a new school record, and just missed the NAIA national "B" standard by 34 seconds. Sophomore Brittany Robbins finished just behind her teammate Shelby Winn, in the racewalk for a Koalas 1-2 finish.
    Graduating junior, Alyssa Waibel, broke her own school record in the 10,000 meter run with a time of 41:02, which also earned her all-conference honors by finishing in third place. Alyssa would also have a 4th place finish in the 3000 meter steeplechase.
    Senior Lauren Glencross would earn all-conference honors with a 2nd place finish in the 800 meters with a time of 2:18.48, and would also finish 4th in the 1500 meters. Lauren would anchor the 4th place 4x400 meter relay team.
    In the relay team events, the 4x100 meter relay team of Kelsey White-Kennedy, Aija Wall, Sabree Walker, and Heather Woolard finished in 3rd place. The 4x400 meter relay team of Nechelle Ben, Julisa Echeverria, Aija Wall, and Lauren Glencross finished in 4th place. The 4x800 meter relay team of Diana Gleaton, Ashlyn Phipps, Ayanah Howard, and Hannah Mishkoff would finish in 4th place. Also, Aija Wall ran a personal best time in the 400 meters to finish 4th, and would later finish 5th in the 400 meter hurdles. 
    In the throwing events, junior Audri Miller crushed her personal best in the javelin to finish 4th in that event. Alondrea Reid would throw personal bests in both the discus and hammer throw to finish 5th and 8th, respectively. Aleah Bromell would also throw personal bests in the discus and hammer throw to finish 8th and 5th, respectively. Aleah would later finish 4th in the shot put. Sophomore Morgan Cameron-Decker would throw a personal best in the hammer throw to make the final round and finish 9th, and then would also finish 6th in the discus.
    In the jumping events, sophomore Amber Boyd finished in 8th place in the high jump. First-year Tehraja Owens finished 8th in the long jump. Junior Aleah Haltiwanger would have a 5th place finish in the triple jump.
    Lastly, but certainly not least, first-year Heather Woolard and sophomore Courtney Lambert competed in the most events of the weekend. They competed in the Heptathlon, which is made up of 7 events over 2 days: 100 meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200 meters, long jump, javelin, and the 800 meters. Heather won 3 of those 7 events, and set new personal bests in 6 of the 7 events, while Courtney set new personal bests in 3 of the events. Heather would finish 2nd in the heptathlon and Courtney finished 4th. Courtney would later finish 9th in the 400 meter hurdles. Heather would go on to finish 2nd in the triple jump, 5th in the long jump, and was part of the 3rd place 4x100m relay team.
    First-year Amber Bell and sophomore Kelsey White-Kennedy will travel to Gulf Shores, Alabama in 4 weeks to compete in the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships. Amber will be running the 100 meter dash, and Kelsey will be running the 100 meter hurdles.