MUNCIE, Ind. - - Fresh off a two week break from competition, the Ball State cross country team returns to the course Saturday, when it travels to Louisville, Ky., for the Greater Louisville Classic.
Hosted at the site of the 2012 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, E.P Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky., the event will be comprised of six total races and is slated to include some of the top teams around the nation.
The Cardinals are slated to run in the Women's 5k Gold Race which is set to begin at 10:15 a.m., and is traditionally the fastest of the three women's races.
In the team's most recent outing at the Indiana Intercollegiates (Sept. 14), six of Ball State's seven runners in the event posted season-fast times to help the Cardinals place fourth overall among the 24 teams entered.
Senior MaryKate Mellen (Michigan City, Ind./Michigan City) was BSU's top runner at the meet, placing seventh overall with a career-fast 5K clocking of 18:16.8 which was just 25.6 seconds shy of the race leader.
Mellen's previous career-fast 5K effort came at the 2011 Louisville Classic (Oct. 1, 2011), when she crossed the finish line in 103rd place with a time of 18:30.63
Overall, the Cardinals top five runners combined for an average time of 19:06.4 at the Indiana Intercollegiates, knocking nearly six seconds off its average time from the IPFW Invitational the week before.
Ball State's Top Individual 5K Times Of The 2012 Season
MaryKate Mellen - 18:16.8* @ Indiana Intercollegiates
Katelyn DeVries - 18:42.10* @ IPFW Invitational
Courtney Edon - 18.59.3 @ Indiana Intercollegiates / Career Fast 5K: 18:57.92 at Louisville Classic (10/1/11)
Kelly Swift - 19:26.6* @ Indiana Intercollegiates
Caitlynn Edon - 19:40.2 @ Indiana Intercollegiates / Career Fast 5K: 19:36.04 at Louisville Classic (10/1/11)
Emilee Zets - 20:04.20 @ Mel Brodt Opener / Career Fast 5K: 19:34.19 at Louisville Classic (10/1/11)
Allison Blanck - 20:05.90 @ Mel Brodt Opener / Career Fast 5K: 19:39.06 at Louisville Classic (10/1/11)
Esther Tirado - 20:24.8 @ Indiana Intercollegiates / Career Fast 5K: 19:07.72 at Louisville Classic (10/1/11)
Danielle Dahl - 21:16.3* @ Indiana Intercollegiates
* = Career Fast Time