The Koalas Take Fourth Overall at AAC Championships

The Columbia College Women's Track and Field team finished 4th overall out of 10 team this past weekend at the Appalachian Athletic Conference in Sevierville, TN. The team improved immensely from the previous year where they finished 8th out of 8 teams.

On Day one of the competition, Sophomore Yasmine Keeley led the day with a 2nd place finish in the Long Jump at 4.91m.

Keeley also placed 8th place in the open 100m at 13.59 and in the 200 at 28.32.

As for other events on Friday, in the 100m Hurdles, First Years Bailey Dawkins and Kari VanAmerongen both had personal bests and placed 9th and 10th overall.

Senior Sarah Smith and Sophomore Keysha Munson placed 11th and 12th overall in the 100m dash.

The 1,500m was also ran on Friday evening with Junior Janay Chisolm finishing the highest with 12th place at 5:27.6 while Sophomore Annika Wicht finished 14th and Senior Stephanie Faught finished 16th. First years Qu'Essence Gillison and Alex Zimmer also raced the 1,500 finishing 17th and 21st while Sophomore Helen Taylor finished 26th.

Rounding out Day one of the competition was First year Kadasia Self in the 400 and she placed 17th overall.

On Day two of the competition, the 4x100m relay started the day with a fourth place finish overall and a personal best time of 53.63 with a team of Munson, Smith, Junior Katie Kopp, and Keeley.

The Shot Put was the second event of the day with First year Kaela Hill placing 4th overall at 10.14m and Sophomore Amber Waynick placing 7th overall at 9.41m. First Year Marqueytea Timmons placed 9th overall in the competition throwing 9.32m.

Sophomore Irene Requena finished 2nd overall in the 3,000m Steeple with a time of 12:53.

Next, in the 800m First year Lauren Glencross placed 3rd overall with a time of 2:22. Sophomore Miyonta Mavins placed 12th overall and Taylor 15th overall.

In the Javelin, Junior Katie Kopp finished 2nd place overall with her last throw in finals at 27.49m. Waynick also placed in the Javelin with a 7th place and a throw of 24.16m and Gillison finished 10th overall with a best throw of 22.2m.

In the 200m, Kopp, Smith, Munson, Dawkins, and VanAmerongen finished 12th, 14th, 15th, 16th, and 17th overall.

First year Hill and Sophomore Waynick finished the throwing events in the discus with a 5th place finish and a 9th place finish overall.

The second to last event on the track was the 5,000m and Chisolm finished 8th overall in 19:59.

The final event of the weekend was the 4x400 meter with a team of Glencross, Mavins, Self, and Smith with a season best time of 4:28.7 finishing 5th place overall.

Columbia finished 4th place overall with 55 points and almost all the women had season or lifetime bests in their events all contributing to the team score. Coach Waddington says, "I could not be more proud of how all the ladies competed this weekend. They all stepped up and did their part and really showed their pride for Columbia College."