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Track & Field Heads To Bloomington For Polytan Invite

   MUNCIE, Ind. - - The Ball State outdoor track & field team will look to dodge raindrops for the third straight weekend when it travels to Bloomington for the three-day Polytan Invitational  which begins today at Indiana's Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex.

   The opening day of the competition for the women is slated to being at 4:15 with the heptathlon. However, the Cardinals do not have anyone entered in the event, and will begin their competition at 4:30 Friday with the triple jump. Saturday's action begins at 11 a.m. with the shot put.

   Ball State has been hampered by weather in its last two meets, only competing in two events at the Miami Invitational (April 8-9), while battling the elements to post 11 top 10 efforts at the Dave Rankin Invitational last weekend. The forecast for Bloomington this weekend call for strong storms and an 80% chance of rain Friday and a 50% chance of storms Saturday.

   With limited opportunities to compete, BSU's student athletes are ranked in the top 20 in the Mid-American Conference in just ten events.

   Freshman multievent specialist Rebecca Lomax (Indianapolis, Ind./Southport H.S.) is Ball State's top-ranked performer, as she is currently tied for third in the league in the high jump with a career-best effort of 5-5 (1.65m) at the Purdue Invitational (April 2).

Ball State in the MAC Rankings

400m Dash
11th - Judah Smith (57.08)

100m Hurdles
19th - Thekla Lorenz (15.01)

4x100m Relay
9th - Rebecca Lomax, Ra'Jae Marable, Thekla Lorenz, Janae Taylor (47.90)

4x400m Relay
12th - Hannah Lange, Janae Taylor, Thekla Lorenz, Judah Smith (4:05.85)

High Jump
T-3rd - Rebecca Lomax (5-5 / 1.65m)

Long Jump
12th - Thekla Lorenz (17-11.75 / 5.48m)

Triple Jump
14th - Alyssa Hurlburt (33-4 / 10.16m)

Shot Put
20th - Melissa Dodaro (38-6.25 / 11.74m)

Javelin Throw
11th - Jorden Traver (104-9 / 31.93m)

16th - Melissa Dodaro (142-9 / 43.51m)

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