LOUISVILLE, Ky. - - The Ball State cross country team had all seven runners finish with career-best times Saturday in the 5K Women's Gold Race at the Greater Louisville Classic hosted by the University of Louisville.
For the third time this season, junior MaryKate Mellen paced the Cardinals by turning in a career-fast time of 18:30.63.
Redshirt Junior Christine Talhelm followed closely behind, clocking in at 18:41.88 to take almost 45 seconds off with previous career-best effort. Also finishing with career-best efforts and under the 19-minute mark were senior Madeline Goheen with a time of 18:57.12 and freshman Courtney Edon who clocked in at 18:57.92.
Overall, the Cardinals top five runners combined to score 692 points to finish 28th among 30 highly competitive schools entered in the meet. The University of Michigan led the way by scoring 81 points. Ferris State (190), Ole Miss (202), Purdue (228) and South Florida (232) rounded out the top five teams. A total of 262 runners were entered in the competition.
Scoring for the Cardinals for the first-time this season was freshman Madelyn Webster who had a career-best time of 19:05.72.
In addition to the main race, four members of the BSU squad also competed in the 5K Women's Blue Race. Redshirt sophomore Emilee Zets paced BSU's entrants in the race with a career-best time of 19:34.17. Also breaking the 20-minute with career-best times were junior Allison Blanck (19:39.06) and sophomore Tiffany Cange (19:45.05). Senior Thekla Lorenz finished in a career-fast time of 20:51.55.
The Ball State cross country team returns to action Oct. 14, when it hosts the Ball State Invitational which is BSU's first scored home meet since the 1996 MAC Championships. The race will be held at Elks Country Club in Yorktown, Ind., and is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.