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Track & Field Places 4th At Miami Invitational

   OXFORD, Ohio - - The Ball State outdoor track & field team used a 51-point second day to finish fourth among the 16 teams competing at this weekend’s Miami Invitational at the George L. Rider Track in Oxford, Ohio.

   Added to its first day total of eight points, the Cardinals finished the two-day event with 59 total points. Host Miami won the event with a score of 245.50, while Dayton (125.50), Eastern Illinois (100), BSU and Findlay (55.50) rounded out the top five teams.

   Senior sprinter Janae Taylor led the Cardinals with 11 total points on the second day of competition by placing fourth in the 100m dash (12.25) and seventh in the 200m dash (26.10). Taylor also ran legs in both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays to help the Cardinals score five more points on the day.

   For her career-best effort in the 5,000m run yesterday, senior MaryKate Mellen was awarded eight points upon completion of the event’s second session Saturday afternoon. Mellen also placed eighth in the 1,500m run with a time of 4:41.01 to add another point.

   Overall, Ball State’s student-athlete combined to score 16 top 10 finishes and six career-best efforts on the second day of the Miami Invitational.

   The Ball State outdoor track & field team returns to action Friday (April 12), when it hosts the Cardinal Invitational at the University Track. Action in the meet is schedule to begin at 2 p.m. with action in the hammer throw, pole vault and long jump.

Ball State Individual Results At The Miami Invitational  

100m Dash
4th Janae Taylor - 12.25 (8 pts - second among scored runners)
10th Jordan McMillan - 12.39* (2 pts - seventh among scored runners)

200m Dash
7th Janae Taylor - 26.10 (3 pts - sixth among scored runners)
12th Jordan McMillan - 26.28

400m Dash
8th Emilee Zets - 1:00.39* (1 pt)
9th Katie Behrendt - 1:00.40*

800m Run
16th Danielle Dahl - 2:19.47*
25th Esther Tirado - 2:23.60
26th Emilee Zets - 2:23.97

1500m Run
8th MaryKate Mellen - 4:41.01 (1 pt)
46th Danielle Dahl - 5:19.28

5000m Run
4th: MaryKate Mellen - 17:37.53* (8 pts - second among scored runners)
5th: Courtney Edon - 17:43.96* (6 pts - third among scored runners)
13th: Katelyn DeVries - 18:20.22

100m Hurdles
18th Becca Kropf - 16.22
19th Jazmine Gray - 16.55
23rd Lindsay Wallace - 19:09

400m Hurdles
10th Becca Kropf - 1:07.27*

3000m Steeplechase
6th Courtney Edon - 11:19.33 (3 pts)
8th Caitlynn Edon – 11:46.95 (1 pt)

4x100m Relay
5th Jordan McMillan, Janae Taylor, Lindsay Wallace, Becca Kropf - 49.57 (4 pts)

4x400m Relay
9th Katie Behrendt, Becca Kropf, Danielle Dahl, Janae Taylor - 4:09.41 (1 pt - eighth among scored relays)

High Jump
4th Haley Austin – 1.63m/5-04.25 (6 pts – third among scored jumpers)

Pole Vault
7th Hannah Ciasto-Poor - 3.41m/11-02.25 (2 pts)

Shot Put
13th Michaela Hull - 12.28m/40-03.50
DNF Melissa Melgarez - Foul

7th Erin Walker - 42.87m/140-08 (2 pts)
9th Melissa Melgarez - 41.45m/136-00
11th Michaela Hull - 40.52m/132-11

Javelin Throw
6th Michaela Hull - 31.02m/101-09* (3 pts)
9th Jorden Traver - 27.64m/90-08

* = career-best effort

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