Waibel leads Koalas to Banner day at AAC, Qualifies for NAIA National meet

In what was set to be a cold and dreary day, the Koalas came out to fight at the AAC Cross country championships in Canton, GA.  “The goal was very simple. Get out hard, fight for every spot. We were not going to leave anything out on the course today. I told every single lady last night every spot was important. They fought hard. We showed today that we will be a strong team again next year”, said Coach Nichols about his Koalas. 

 Alyssa Waibel (Jr), after just missing the national meet last year, had one goal in mind for herself and that was taking the trip to Iowa.  She led Columbia College to their best ever team average (20:47) and 5th out of 13 women’s teams. with her individual time of 19:10 (12th place).  She was the 3rd individual qualifier for the National Meet and the school’s second ever. Coming in her personal best time of 20:52 was senior Lauren Glencross, crossing the line in 31st place. Following her was a trio of freshmen. Kennedy Beach came across in her personal best, 21:14 (36th).  Heather Woolard also ran a personal best of 21:21, good for 37th place. Right behind her was Hannah Mishkoff with a college best of 21:26 (38th place).  Coming in 6th for the Koalas was freshman Diana Gleaton in a personal best of 21:58 (46th).  Freshman Ayanah Howard was next in 23:18 (59th) and Ashlyn Phipps was not far behind in 25:07.  Also in a personal best, sophomore Julisa Echeverria crossed in 27:09. Following her were Allison Scrimpsher in 27:40 (PR), and Brittany Robbins in 28:31.

 “I am very proud of these young women and all they have accomplished this year. We have a very young squad and we will be dangerous many years to come.”

 The Koalas will send Alyssa Waibel to the NAIA National Cross Country Meet on November 16 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.