WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - - Junior Hannah Ciasto-Poor (Bloomington, Ind. /Bloomington South) posted a school record in the pole vault to help guide the Ball State outdoor track & field team to a successful showing at this weekend’s Dave Rankin Invitational hosted by Purdue.
Ciasto-Poor successfully cleared the pole vault bar at a height of 3.72m, which tops the previous program record of 3.69m set by Lauren McNichols in 2009. In addition, the mark currently ranks as the 10th-best in the conference this season and is a Mid-American Conference outdoor championship automatic qualifying mark. Ciasto-Poor, who placed sixth overall, entered the meet ranked second in program history with a previous career-best pole vault of 3.53m set at last weekend’s Miami Invitational.
Overall, the Cardinals posted two event wins, 10 top five performances and 10 career-best performances at the two-day Dave Rankin Invitational.
Ball State’s first event victory came in the javelin, with sophomore Michaela Hull (Bloomington, Ind./South) turning in a career-best mark of 35.92m to take home top billing.
In the 400m hurdles, sophomore Becca Kropf (Goshen, Ind./Fairfield) crossed the finish line in a career-best 1:03.36 to edge out a pair of teammates and a Western Michigan runner. Freshmen Olivia Ashba (Ellettsville, Ind./Edgewood) and Kassidy Swenson (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) placed second (1:03.49) and fourth (1:03.90), respectively, with each logging a career-best effort.
Junior Christina Crawford (Belleville, Mich./Romulus) turned in another strong showing in the long jump, placing second overall with distance of 5.93m. The effort is her fifth MAC automatic qualifying mark in six meets this outdoor campaign.
Rounding out Ball State’s top performers was junior Courtney Edon (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) who finished as runner-up in the 3000m steeplechase with a clocking of 11:28.39.
The Ball State outdoor track & field team will compete in its final tune-up for the 2014 MAC Outdoor Championships Thursday, when it travels to the Hillsdale Invitational.
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BALL STATE INDIVIDUAL RESULTS AT THE DAVE RANKIN INVITATIONAL
400m Hurdles (1:02.17 – MAC Outdoor Championships Auto Qualifying Standard)
1st - Becca Kropf - 1:03.36 (CB)
2nd - Olivia Ashba - 1:03.49 (CB)
4th - Kassidy Swenson - 1:03.90 (CB)
11th - Natalia Boykin - 1:09.80
Long Jump (5.82m – MAC Outdoor Championships Auto Qualifying Standard)
2nd - Christina Crawford - 5.93m
Shot Put (14.55m – MAC Outdoor Championships Auto Qualifying Standard)
10th - Michaela Hull - 12.20m
Javelin (38.95m – MAC Outdoor Championships Auto Qualifying Standard)
1st - Michaela Hull - 35.92m (CB)
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