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Track & Field Earns Two Wins @ Tom Hathaway Challenge

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: February 03, 2013
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   INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - - The Ball State women's indoor track & field team picked up 11 top five finishes, including two event victories, at the Tom Hathaway Challenge hosted by Indianapolis Saturday.

   Leading the way for the Cardinals was sophomore pole vaulter Hannah Ciasto-Poor, who won the event by clearing a career-best height of 3.50m (11-5.75), which is also the second-best individual effort in program history.

   Freshman Zenée Gadson picked up her second consecutive victory in the triple jump, with a leap of 11.26m (36-11.5). The effort was almost a full meter better than second-place finisher and teammate redshirt junior Alyssa Hurlburt's distance of 10.37m (34-0.25).

   Overall the Ball State indoor track & field team racked up 13 career-best efforts at the Tom Hathaway Challenge, including a strong showing in the mile run in which all three of the Cardinals' runners posted career-best efforts.

   The Ball State indoor track & field team returns to action Feb. 8-9, when it travels to Bloomington, Ind., for the third time this season to compete in the Hoosier Hills Invitational.

Ball State's Individual Results At The Tom Hathaway Challenge

60m Dash
5th - Jordan McMillan - 8.04*
7th - Christa Hammond - 8.07

60m Hurdles
8th - Jazmine Gray - 9.76*

200m Dash
6th - Jordan McMillan - 26.87
12th - Becca Kropf - 27.86*
15th - Jazmine Gray - 29.29

400m Dash
3rd - Hannah Lange - 1:00.42
5th - Becca Kropf - 1:02.35*
6th - Katie Behrendt - 1:02.45
8th - Denise Blankenberger - 1:06.67*
9th - Jordan Jenkins - 1:07.59*

600m Run
6th - Ashley Schmidgall - 1:56.23*

Mile Run
4th - Esther Tirado - 5:27.69*
8th - Allison Blanck - 5:34.05*
9th - Kelly Swift - 5:40.60*

High Jump
4th - Haley Austin - 1.63m/5-4.25

Pole Vault
1st - Hannah Ciasto-Poor - 3.50m/11-5.75* (second-best individual effort in program history)

Long Jump
ND - Zenée Gadson
ND - Alyssa Hurlburt

Triple Jump
1st - Zenée Gadson  - 11.26m/36-11.5
2nd - Alyssa Hurlburt - 10.37m/34-0.25

Shot Put
3rd - Michaela Hull - 12.92m/42-4.75*
5th - Melissa Melgarez - 12.67m/41-7
12th - Erin Walker - 10.93m/35-10.5

Weight Throw
3rd - Marie Lumpkin - 14.88m/48-10
6th - Jorden Traver - 14.53m/47-8
13th - Lywanna Melvin -12.88m/42-3.25
14th - Michaela Hull - 12.70m/41-8*
16th - Erin Walker - 12.47m/40-1
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