The Columbia College track & field team traveled to the University of Mount Olive on May 12th in hopes of hitting 3 NAIA national standards.
Senior Lauren Glencross just came up short in the 800 meters with a finish time of 2:17.86 just missing the NAIA "B" standard of 2:16.00. This was Lauren's 2nd fastest collegiate career time in this event. Her time of 2:17.86 was good for a 4th place finish. Lauren closes her college running career at Columbia College holding 5 individual school records, and being a part of 3 school record relay teams. She is also the first Columbia College runner to qualify for the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championship, back in 2017.
The 4x100m relay team consisting of Kelsey White-Kennedy, Aija Wall, Heather Woolard, and Sabree Walker attempted to hit the national standard without the team's fastest sprinter, Amber Bell. The team posted a time of 48.61, which is the 2nd fastest time in school history. But unfortunately, they missed the national standard of 48.32 seconds. But this team is comprised entirely of freshmen and sophomores, so they will be hitting the standard next year.
Shelby Winn concluded her first year of being a racewalker with a time of 29:39.09 in the 5000m racewalk, just 10 seconds off of her school record time, and 44 seconds off the national standard. The good news is that Shelby's 3000m split was a 17:34 which is ahead of the 3000m racewalk indoor standard of 17:45. So, Shelby is well on her way to hitting an indoor qualifying mark next season.
Kelsey White-Kennedy had already punched her ticket to nationals for the 100m hurdles heading into this meet, but this was a good final tune-up opportunity. Kelsey ran a 15.04 in the preliminary round to qualify for finals. With some adjustments in her form and arm swing, she would run a 14.79 in the final and finish 6th.
Kelsey White-Kennedy and Amber Bell will be competing at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championship in Gulf Shores, Alabama from May 23rd-25th, in the 100m hurdles and the 100m dash, respectively.