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Track & Field Wins Five Events At IWU Invitational
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   MARION, Ind. - - Led by four event victories from its distance runners, the Ball State indoor track & field team turned in a strong showing at the 2013 IWU Invitational hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University at the Troyer Fieldhouse.

   In all, the Cardinals tallied five event victories, 20 personal-best efforts and 29 top five finishes at Saturday's meet for its best showing of the young season.

   Senior MaryKate Mellen continued her strong season by placing first in the mile run (5:08.38), placing second in the 3,000m run (10:26.89 which ties her career-best time) and running anchor for the first-place distance medley relay (12:26.83).

   Mellen was joined on the winning DMR by freshman Katelyn DeVries, senior Emilee Zets and sophomore Courtney Edon. Edon would join Mellen as a two-event winner by taking home the title in the 3,000m run (10:23.99), while DeVries turned in a career-fast clocking of 2:22.15 to place second in the 800m run.

   BSU's fourth distance event victory came from senior Allison Blanck who took home the title in the 5,000m run by crossing the finish line in 18:57.13.

   Ball State's fifth event victory came in the triple jump, with freshman Zenée Gadson turning in a career-best leap of 11.39m/37-4.5 to win the event by 0.99m/3-3. Gadson would also place 10th in the long jump (5.17m/16-11.5) and ninth in the 60m dash (8.17)

   The Ball State indoor track & field team returns to action Feb. 1-2, when it travels to Notre Dame, Ind., for the Meyo Invitational.

BALL STATE INDIVIDUAL RESULTS AT THE IWU INVITATIONAL

60 Meter Dash
4th - Christa Hammond - 8.01* (8.06 prelim)
8th - Jordan McMillan - 8.14 (8.15 prelim)
9th - Zenée Gadson - 8.17 prelim

60 Meter Hurdles
5th - Jazmine Gray - 9.77* (10.12 prelim)

200 Meter Dash
2nd - Christa Hammond - 26.41*
5th - Jordan McMillan - 26.90
26th - Jazmine Gray - 29.23*

400 Meter Dash
3rd - Hannah Lange - 59.21
5th - Katie Behrendt - 1:01.47*
7th - Becca Kropf - 1:02.50*
8th - Lindsay Wallace - 1:02.57*

800 Meter Run
2nd - Katelyn DeVries - 2:22.15*

Mile Run
1st - MaryKate Mellen - 5:08.38
2nd - Katelyn DeVries - 5:11.25*
4th - Courtney Edon - 5:14.79*
5th - Emilee Zets - 5:20.46*
6th - Caitlynn Edon - 5:20.79*

3000 Meter Run
1st - Courtney Edon - 10:23.99
2nd - MaryKate Mellen - 10:26.89* - ties career-best time
3rd - Caitlynn Edon - 10:49.85

5000 Meter Run
1st - Allison Blanck - 18:57.13
2nd - Esther Tirado - 19:19.83*
5th - Kelly Swift - 19:34.55

4x200 Meter Relay
4th - Katie Behrendt, Becca Kropf, Lindsay Wallace, Hannah Lange - 1:48.91

4x400 Meter Relay
2nd - Katie Behrendt, Becca Kropf, Lindsay Wallace, Hannah Lange - 4:05.40

4x800 Meter Relay
2nd - Kelly Swift, Esther Tirado, Danielle Dahl, Allison Blanck - 10:15.06

Distance Medley
1st - Katelyn DeVries, Emilee Zets, Courtney Edon, MaryKate Mellen - 12:26.83

High Jump
3rd - Haley Austin - 1.62m/5-3.75

Pole Vault
4th - Hannah Ciasto-Poor - 3.35m/10-11.75*
NH - Denise Blankenberger

Long Jump
10th - Zenée Gadson - 5.17m/16-11.5*
11th - Alyssa Hurlburt - 5.12m/16-9.75

Triple Jump
1st - Zenée Gadson - 11.39m/37-4.5*  (3-3 farther than second place)
4th - Alyssa Hurlburt - 10.28m/33-8.75

Shot Put
2nd - Melissa Melgarez - 12.96m/42-6.25
5th - Michaela Hull - 12.52m/41-1
12th - Marie Lumpkin - 11.10m/36-5
18th - Erin Walker - 10.38m/34-0.75

Weight Throw
2nd - Marie Lumpkin - 15.15m/49-8.5*
3rd - Jorden Traver - 14.84m/48-8.25*
6th - Erin Walker - 14.14m/46-4.75
12th - Lywanna Melvin - 12.76m/41-10.5
17th - Michaela Hull - 11.97m/39-3.25*

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