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Track & Field Set For Saturday’s Polytan Invite

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: April 18, 2013
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   MUNCIE, Ind. - - The Ball State outdoor track & field team returns to action Saturday, when it travels south to Bloomington for the Polytan Invitational hosted by Indiana University.

   Action in the meet gets underway at 4:30 p.m. with both the women’s hammer throw and the women’s 100m hurdles at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex.

   This season’s Polytan Invite will feature the Cardinals and host Hoosiers, as well as Notre Dame, Butler, South Florida and several other schools. Fans can follow the action with live results at:

   At last weekend’s Cardinal Invitational, sophomore high jumper Haley Austin became the first Ball State student-athlete to officially qualify for the 2013 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, by successfully clearing 5-6/1.68m in the high jump. Austin’s effort currently ranks her fourth in the league in the event.

   This weekend’s meet is one of three final chances for Ball State’s track & field athletes to post MAC Championship qualifying marks, as next week the team will compete in the 47th Annual Hillsdale College Gina Relays (April 25-27) and the following week they will head back to Bloomington for the Billy Hayes Invitational (May 3).

  The 2013 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held May 9-11 at Akron’s Lee R. Jackson Track & Field Complex.

2013 Ball State Outdoor Season-Best Performances

100m Dash
                MAC Qualifying Standard: 11.95
                School Record: 11.08 by LaTasha Jenkins in 1999
Janae Taylor: 12.25 on 4/6/13 (CB is 11.88 on 5/15/09)
Jordan McMillan: 12.39* on 4/6/13
Christina Crawford: 14.89 on 3/23/13 (CB is 12.94 on 4/7/12)

200m Dash
                MAC Qualifying Standard: 24.45
                School Record: 22.29 by LaTasha Jenkins in 1999
Janae Taylor: 25.94 on 3/23/13 (CB is 24.45 on 5/15/09)
Jordan McMillan: 26.28 on 4/6/13 (CB is 25.38 on 4/21/12)
Katie Behrendt: 27.00 on 3/23/13 (CB is 27.30 on 3/24/12)
Jordan Jenkins: 28.28* on 3/23/13
Haley Austin: 28.33 on 3/23/13 (CB is 29.23 on 3/24/12)

400m Dash
                MAC Qualifying Standard: 56.05
                School Record: 53.68 by YVonne Ferguson in 2006.
Emilee Zets: 1:00.39* on 4/6/13
Katie Behrendt: 1:00.40* on 4/6/13
Becca Kropf: 1:01.58* on 4/12/13
Jordan Jenkins: 1:04.85* on 3/23/13
Ashley Schmidgall: 1:06.35* on 3/23/13

800m Run
                MAC Qualifying Standard: 2:12.06
                School Record: 2:06.40 by Angie Stewart in 1997
MaryKate Mellen: 2:17.66 on 4/12/13 (CB is 2:15.46 on 4/21/12)
Danielle Dahl: 2:19.47* on 4/12/13 (CB is 2:18.48 on 5/11/12)
Esther Tirado: 2:23.60* on 4/6/13   
Denise Blankenberger: 2:46.12* on 3/23/13

1500m Run
                MAC Qualifying Standard: 4:33.55
                School Record: 4:25.67 by Katie Nowak in 2002
MaryKate Mellen: 4:41.01* on 4/6/13
Danielle Dahl: 5:10.65* on 3/23/13

5000m Run
                MAC Qualifying Standard: 17:14.17
                School Record: 16:15.29 by Katie Nowak in 2003
MaryKate Mellen: 17:37.53* on 4/6/13
Courtney Edon: 17:43.96* on 4/6/13
Katelyn DeVries: 18:05.95* on 3/23/13
Esther Tirado: 18:55.02 on 3/23/13 (CB is 18:39.52 on 3/31/12)
Allison Blanck: 18:55.75 on 4/12/13 (CB is 18:20.93 on 4/6/12)
Caitlynn Edon: 19:19.85 on 3/23/13 (CB is 18:09.10 on 4/28/12)

10,000m Run
                School Record: 33:54.66 by Jill Scully in 2006
Allison Blanck: 38:55.30 on 3/23/13 (CB is 38:54.02 on 3/24/12)
Kelly Swift: 41:08.16* on 3/23/13

100m Hurdles
                MAC Qualifying Standard: 14.18
                School Record: 13.18 by Amber Williams in 2007
Becca Kropf: 16:09* on 3/23/13
Jazmine Gray: 16.55* on 4/6/13
Lindsay Wallace: 19:09* on 4/6/13

400m Hurdles
                MAC Qualifying Standard: 1:02.17
                School Record: 57.82 by Linise Gordon in 2000
Becca Kropf: 1:07.27* on 4/6/13
Lindsay Wallace: 1:11.85* on 3/23/13
Jazmine Gray: 1:18.82* on 3/23/13

3000m Steeple Chase
                School Record: 10:34.05 by Katie Nowak in 2002
Courtney Edon: 11:23.58 on 4/12/13 (CB is 11:11.27 on 4/21/12)
Caitlynn Edon: 11:36.69* on 4/12/13

4x100m Relay
Jordan McMillan, Janae Taylor, Lindsay Wallace  & Becca Kropf - 49.57 on 4/6/13

4x400m Relay
Katie Behrendt, Becca Kropf, Danielle Dahl & Janae Taylor - 4:09.41 on 4/6/13

High Jump
                MAC Qualifying Standard: 5-6/1.68m
                School Record: 6-0.5/1.84m by Bonita Harrington in 1984
Haley Austin: 5-6/1.68m* on 4/12/13 - 2013 MAC Outdoor Qualifying Standard

Pole Vault
                MAC Qualifying Standard: 12'01.50"/ 3.70m
                School Record: 12-1.5/ 3.69m by Lauren McNichols in 2009
Hannah Ciasto-Poor: 11-2.25/ 3.41m on 4/6/13 (CB is 11'-3.75"/3.45m on 3/31/12)

Long Jump
                MAC Qualifying Standard: 19-1/5.82m
                School Record: 21-8/6.60m by Patricia Soman in 2003
Christina Crawford: 17-1.25/5.21m on 3/23/13 (CB is 17-10.5/5.45m on 5/4/12)
Alyssa Hurlburt: 14-7/4.44m on 4/12/13 (CB is 15-5.5/4.71m on 3/27/10)

Triple Jump
                MAC Qualifying Standard: 38-7.50/11.77m
                School Record: 44-0.75/ 13.43m by Patricia Soman in 2003
Alyssa Hurlburt: 34-5.50/ 10.50m on 3/23/13 (CB is 35'-0.25"/ 10.67m on 3/31/12)

Shot Put
                MAC Qualifying Standard: 47-9/14.55m
                School Record: 48-2/ 14.68m by Gena Rusch in 1991
Michaela Hull: 41-1.75/12.54m* on 4/12/13
Melissa Melgarez: 38-7.5/11.77m on 4/12/13 (CB is 43-9.25/13.34m on 5/4/12)

                MAC Qualifying Standard: 153/46.65m
                School Record: 156-11/47.82m by Christy Richhart in 1995
Erin Walker: 140-08/42.87m on 4/6/13 (CB is 150'-0"/45.71m on 4/14/12)
Michaela Hull: 139-6/42.51m* on 3/23/13
Melissa Melgarez: 138-6/42.22m on 4/12/13 (CB is 154'-9"/47.16m on 5/13/11)
Marie Lumpkin: 123-10/37.74m on 3/23/13 (CB is 128'-8"/39.23m on 3/24/12)

Hammer Throw
                MAC Qualifying Standard: 175-11/53.63m
                School Record: 184-10/56.33m by Sarah Martin in 2001
Erin Walker: 156-2/47.61m* on 4/5/13
Marie Lumpkin: 153-6/46.80m on 4/5/13 (CB is 163'-7"/49.86m on 5/4/12)
Jorden Traver: 142-9/43.52m on 4/12/13 (CB is 147'-10"/45.07m on 5/10/12)
Michaela Hull: 102-3/31.16m* on 4/12/13

                MAC Qualifying Standard: 127-9/38.95m
                School Record: 140-2.5/42.78m by Kim Woodhouse in 1982 (Old Javelin)
Michaela Hull: 105-11/32.28m on 4/12/13 (CB is 115'-3/35.12m on 5/12/11)
Jorden Traver: 102-5/31.22m* on 3/23/13  
Erin Walker: 73/22.25m* on 3/23/13

                School Record: 5,291 by Jennifer McCoy in 2006
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