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Cross Country Heads to 2010 MAC Championships

   MUNCIE, Ind. - - The Ball State cross country team heads to Kalamazoo, Mich., Saturday morning to compete in the 2010 Mid-American Conference Cross Country Championships hosted by Western Michigan. The 6K women's meet starts at 11 a.m. at the Pine View Golf Club. 

   The Cardinals look to improve upon their 11th place finish at last year's MAC Championships, where senior Ali Bishel finished fourth with a time of 22:33.0 at the Ohio University Golf Course.

   Also returning from last year's championship meet are sophomores Allison Blanck and MaryKate Mellen, as well as redshirt sophomore Christine Talhelm. Talhelm was BSU's third-fastest runner at the meet last season, posting a time of 24:31.3. Blanck also finished in scoring position of the Cardinals, turning in a time of 25:23.4. Mellen's time of 26:47.8 in the meet was not scored.

   Fifth-year seniors Brittany Ade and Kelsey Nielsen are returning to the MAC Championships for the final time in their careers after redshirting last season.

   The Cardinals' have only competed in one 6K race this season, placing 38th at the Pre-National Invitational (Oct. 16) which included some of the top teams in the country. Bishel was BSU's top runner at the meet, turning in a time of 21:47.9 to place 111th out of the 257 scored runners. Madeline Goheen was BSU's next-best runner, clocking a time of 23:23.6.

   Below are BSU's top 5K and 6K individual results from the 2010 season.

Top 6K Results
Ali Bishel - 21:47.9
Madeline Goheen - 23:23.6
Kelsey Nielsen - 23:24.0
MaryKate Mellen - 24:02.0
Christine Talhelm - 24:18.4
Tiffany Cange - 24:48.6
Brittany Ade - 24:55.7

Top 5K Results
Ali Bishel - 17:42.10
Madeline Goheen - 19:05
Kelsey Nielsen - 19:10
MaryKate Mellen - 19:10.8
Brittany Ade - 19:13
Christine Talhelm - 19:35
Tiffany Cange - 20:02
Allison Blanck - 20:18
Esther Tirado - 20:42.3

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