In a weekend that saw the track team compete in 3 different meets, there were numerous opportunities for Koalas to perform big. In the first meet, all of the field event athletes traveled to East Tennessee State to compete in the Buccaneer Invite.
While there Sophomore Amber Boyd made the top ten list with a jump of 1.50 meters. Heather Woolard competed in both the long jump and triple jump. SHe jumped 4.97m and 10.44m respectively. Aleah Haltiwanger also competed in both and jumped 4.68m and 9.53m. Also competing in this meet was Freshman Aleah Bromell who competed in both the shot put and weight throw. Bromell set a new school record in the shot with a throw of 11.46m and also was able to grab another spot on the top ten list for weight throw with a distance of 12.85m. Lastly, Alondrea Reid was able to qualify in the weight throw for the AAC conference meet with a throw of 10.77m.
While the field events athletes took care of business in Tennessee, the sprinters were busy competing against some of the nations best athletes at the Carolina Challenge hosted by USC. Kicking things off for the Koalas was Freshman Amber Bell and Sophomore Kelsey White-Kennedy. Both athletes competed in the 200m dash. Bell turned in a time of 26.21(26.62 converted for a flat track). White-Kennedy had a time of 26.92(27.34). Qualifying for the AAC meet was freshman Aija Wall also ran the 200 and finished with a 27.45(27.82). Bell also qualified in the 400m with a final time 60.16(60.96). Rounding out the top performers of the weekend was Junior Alyssa Waibel. She competed in the 800 and the 3000m. In each race she was able to run qualifying times. In the 800 she ran a top ten time of 2:28.01, and in the 3k she was able to turn in a time of 10:55.81.
With the indoor season coming to an end the Koalas are gearing up to head the AAC conference meet with hopes of repeating as Indoor Champions. The meet will be held on February 14-15.