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Cross Country Turns Sights On NCAA Regionals

   MUNCIE, Ind. - - The Ball State cross country team returns to action Friday, when it takes the starting line at the four-year old Thomas Zimmer Championship Course for the 2013 NCAA Great Lakes Regional hosted by Wisconsin, The 6K women’s race is slated to start at 1:15 p.m. CT.

   The Great Lakes Regional includes 34 women's teams, with four of those squads ranked among the top 25 nationally, including No. 6 Michigan State, No. 9 Butler, No. 14 Michigan and No. 21 Notre Dame.

   The Cardinals will be racing for a chance to make the upcoming NCAA Championships which will be held Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind., at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course. The top two teams and the top four individual runners from a non-qualifying team at Friday's regional meet advance to the NCAA Championship.

   Leading Ball State at the 6K NCAA regional race will be junior Courtney Edon (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) who placed 42nd out of 83 scored runners at the 2013 Mid-American Conference Championships. Edon, the only active BSU runner to compete in last season’s regional meet at Wisconsin, has set the pace for the Cardinals runners at five of the six meets this season.

   Also running for the Cardinals at the Great Lakes Regional will be juniors Caitlynn Edon (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) and Madelyn Webster (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg), sophomore Danielle Dahl (Chelsea, Mich./Chelsea) and freshmen Ericka Rinehart (Angola, Ind./Angola) and Jordan Timmons (Bargersville, Ind./Center Grove).

Ball State Cross Country Career-Best 5K / 6K Times
Courtney Edon - 18:25.2 at Ball State Invite (10/5/12) / 22:49.4 at 2012 MAC Championship (10/27/12)
Katelyn DeVries - 18:29.7 at Ball State Invite (10/5/12) / 22:16 at Great Lakes Regional (11/9/12)
Jordan Timmons - 18:58.35 at Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener (9/13/13) / 23:46.39 at IPFW Invite (9/7/13)
Danielle Dahl - 18:58.57 at Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener (9/13/13) / 24:07.08 at IPFW Invite (9/7/13)
Caitlynn Edon - 19:02.05 at Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener (9/13/13) / 24:05.74 at 2013 MAC Championship (11/2/13)
Madelyn Webster - 19:05.7 at Greater Louisville Classic (10/1/11) / 24:24.52 at 2013 MAC Championship (11/2/13)
Ericka Rinehart - 19:09.68 at Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener (9/13/13) / 23:53.40 at IPFW Invite (9/7/13)
Becca Kropf - 21:12.92 at #JennaStrong Fall Classic (10/18/13) / 26:03.47 at 2013 MAC Championship (11/2/13)
Jordan Jenkins – 22:58.61 at #JennaStrong Fall Classic (10/18/13) / 29:48.27 at IPFW Invite (9/7/13)
Ashley Schmidgall - 24:41.63 at Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener (9/13/13)

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