MUNCIE, Ind. - - In its final tune-up for upcoming 2013 Mid-American Conference Championships, the Ball State cross country team travels to Wilmington College for Friday’s #JennaStrong Fall Classic.
Ball State, which is a first-time participant in the 5K event, is one of over 40 teams entered in the meet which has a starting gun of 4:30 p.m.
The 2013 race marks the 21st time Wilmington has run the Fall Classic on its campus, but it will be the first time the race bears the name of fallen WC runner Jenna Parlette. Parlette collapsed while leading the Franklin Invitational August 31 and passed away three days later.
Originally only four teams were slated to compete in the Fall Classic, but the field quickly grew in tribute to Parlette. Prior the race, Wilmington College will have a couple special presentations as the Parlette family will be in attendance.
Parlette worked tirelessly in support of Epilepsy awareness. To continue her efforts everything associated with the #JennaStrong Fall Classic will be purple, which is the international color for epilepsy, including bib numbers, all awards etc.
The Cardinals enter the #JennaStrong Fall Classic well-rested, having not run in a meet since the Oct. 5 Greater Louisville Classic. At the GLC, the Cardinals placed eighth among the 17 scored teams with sophomore Danielle Dahl leading the squad with a time of 19:29.04.
Following Friday’s race, the Cardinals will have two weeks to finish preparation for the 2013 MAC Championships which will be hosted by Bowling Green Nov. 2 at 11 a.m.
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) / 24:14.5 at 2012 MAC Championship (10/27/12)
Madelyn Webster - 19:05.7 at Greater Louisville Classic (10/1/11) / 24:47.3 at Ball State Invitational (10/14/11)
Ericka Rinehart - 19:09.68 at Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener (9/13/13) / 23:53.40 at IPFW Invite (9/7/13)
Becca Kropf - 21:37.19 at Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener (9/13/13) / 27:25.48 at IPFW Invite (9/7/13)
Jordan Jenkins - 23:16.39 at Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener (9/13/13) / 29:48.27 at IPFW Invite (9/7/13)
Ashley Schmidgall - 24:41.63 at Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener (9/13/13)