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Hannah Lange won the 400m dash Saturday
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T&F Scores Seven Event Wins In Season Opener

   INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - - The Ball State indoor track & field team started the 2013-14 season strong, posting seven event victories at the Gerry England Alumni Open Saturday night at the University of Indianapolis' Athletic Recreational Center.

   In addition to the seven event victories, Ball State's high jumping duo of redshirt junior Rebecca Lomax (Indianapolis, Ind./Southport) and junior Haley Austin (Avon, Ind./Avon) also posted Mid-American Conference Indoor Championship qualifying marks. Lomax won the high jump by successfully clearing 5'-7" (1.70m) in her hometown meet, while Austin placed second at 5'-6" (1.68m).

   Overall, the Cardinals won four of the six field events, while capturing top honors in three of the six track events they entered at the non-scored event.

   In the pole vault, junior Hannah Ciasto-Poor (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South) took the top spot by clearing the bar at 11'-3.75" (3.45m), while freshman Elizabeth Eversole (Mishawaka, Ind./Marion) placed second at 10'-10" (3.30m).

   In the long jump, redshirt sophomore Christina Crawford (Belleville, Mich./Romulus) posted a career-best leap of 18'-5.25" (5.62m) to earn top billing.

   Rounding out the field event winners was redshirt sophomore Marie Lumpkin (Losantville, Ind./Union) with a weight throw of 52'-11" (16.13m).

    On the track, senior Hannah Lange (Martinsville, Ind./Martinsville) led a 1-2-3-4 effort in the 400m dash, posting an event-winning time of 1:00.15.

   Lange would also run the final leg of the first-place 4x400m relay which posted a time of 4:08.86, with freshmen Makelle Skelton (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrup), Olivia Ashba (Ellettsville, Ind./Edgewood) and Ariel Hune (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) running the first three legs.

   Ball State's final event victory came from sophomore Danielle Dahl (Chelsea, Mich./Chelsea) who took home top honors in the 800m run by crossing the finish line in 2:19.24.

   The Ball State indoor track & field team now returns its attention to training for a little over a month, as the full team will not return to competition until the Jan. 11 Mel Brodt Invitational hosted by Bowling Green. Ball State's pole vaulters are slated to compete in the third day of the Pole Vault Convention hosted by Akron Jan. 3-5.



Long Jump - (MAC Indoor Championship Qualifying Standard: 18'-10.25"/5.75m)
1st - Christina Crawford - 18'-5.25"/5.62m
4th - Makelle Skelton - 17'-8.25"/5.39m
10th - Lexi Kavanaugh - 16'-3.25"/4.96m
14th - Gabrielle Perryman - 15'-4.75"/4.69m

Triple Jump - (MAC Indoor Championship Qualifying Standard: 38'-6.25"/11.74m)
7th - Gabrielle Perryman - 31'-4"/9.55m

Weight Throw - (MAC Indoor Championship Qualifying Standard: 56'-8"/17.72m)
1st - Marie Lumpkin - 52'-11"/16.13m
3rd - Erin Walker - 49'-9.75"/15.18m
13th - Michaela Hull - 40'-0.5"/12.20m

Shot Put - (MAC Indoor Championship Qualifying Standard: 47'-3.75"/14.42m)
8th - Michaela Hull - 39'-7.25"/12.07m
9th - Rebecca Lomax - 39'-0.25"/11.89m

High Jump - (MAC Indoor Championship Qualifying Standard: 5'-6"/1.68m)
1st - Rebecca Lomax - 5'-7"/1.70m
2nd - Haley Austin - 5'-6"/1.68m

Pole Vault - (MAC Indoor Championship Qualifying Standard: 12'-2"/3.71m)
1st - Hannah Ciasto-Poor - 11'-3.75"/3.45m
2nd - Elizabeth Eversole - 10'-10"/3.30m
6th - Megan Dearlove - 9'-10"/3.00m
7th - Becca Carpenter - 9'-4.25"/2.85m

60m Hurdles - (MAC Indoor Championship Qualifying Standard: 8.72)
3rd - Olivia Ashba - 9.18
10th - Makelle Skelton - 9.67
NP - Rebecca Lomax - 10.76

60m Dash - (MAC Indoor Championship Qualifying Standard: 7.66)
3rd - Rebecca Lomax - 7.91
4th - Christina Crawford - 7.93
T6th - Lexi Kavanaugh - 8.13
10th - Zenée Gadson - 8.23

400m Dash - (MAC Indoor Championship Qualifying Standard: 56.61)
1st - Hannah Lange - 1:00.15
2nd - Olivia Ashba - 1:01.41
3rd - Makelle Skelton - 1:01.69
4th - Ariel Hune - 1:02.51
10th - Gabrielle Perryman - 1:05.57

800m Run - (MAC Indoor Championship Qualifying Standard: 2:13.37)
1st - Danielle Dahl - 2:19.94
4th - Becca Kropf - 2:29.74

200m Dash - (MAC Indoor Championship Qualifying Standard: 24.78)
2nd - Christina Crawford - 26.59
3rd - Olivia Ashba - 26.72
4th - Hannah Lange - 26.98
5th - Lexi Kavanaugh - 27.16
6th - Ariel Hune - 27.27

4x400m Relay
1st - Makelle Skelton, Olivia Ashba, Ariel Hune, Hannah Lange - 4:08.86
3rd - Danielle Dahl, Becca Kropf, Christina Crawford, Zenée Gadson - 4:15.83
6th - Gabrielle Perryman, Rebecca LomaxLexi Kavanaugh, Haley Austin - 4:22.70

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