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Cross Country Hosts Ball State Invitational Friday

   MUNCIE, Ind. - - The Ball State cross country team will host its first scored meet since the 1996 Mid-American Conference Championships Friday afternoon when action gets underway in the Ball State Invitational at the Elks Country Club.

   The Ball State Invitational starts at 4 p.m. with a women's 6K race which will feature the Cardinals, Bowling Green, Kent State, Miami and Western Michigan.

   A men's 8K race will follow at 4:45 p.m. and will include runners from Bowling Green and Kent State.

   The 2011 Ball State Invitational is the first scored regular season meet the Cardinals have hosted since the 1992 Ball State Invitational which was ran Sept. 18, 1992. BSU did host a non-scored exhibition meet at the Elks Country Club prior to the beginning of the 2009 season.

   The Ball State Invitational will be the Cardinals' first 6K meet of the season, and its final tune-up for the 2011 Mid-American Conference Championships, which will be hosted two weeks later (Saturday, Oct. 29) by Ball State at the same Elks Country Club course.

   Last time out, all 11 of Ball State's active runners turned in career-best efforts at the Louisville Classic. In the 5K women's gold race, junior MaryKate Mellen was BSU's top performer for the third time this season, clocking in at 18:30.63.

   Mellen would lead the Cardinals to a 28th-place finish against some of the top competition in the nation. Michigan, which was ranked 13th in the nation at the time, won the meet.

   BSU also had four runners compete in the women's blue race, with redshirt sophomore Emilee Zets pacing the way with a career-best effort of 19:34.17.

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