DEKALB, Ill. - - Rebecca Lomax (Indianapolis, Ind./Southport H.S.) continued her stellar freshman campaign by capturing the Mid-American Conference title in the high jump on the third and final day of competition at the 2011 MAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Northern Illinois at the NIU Track & Field Complex.
Lomax earned the high jump title by clearing a stadium-record height of 5-10, which is the second-best effort in program history. Lomax, also the only MAC athlete to clear the 5-8.50 mark at the meet, is poised to advance to the 2011 NCAA East Preliminary Round competition hosted by Indiana University (May 26-28) as her effort currently ties as the 14th-best in the region. She also becomes the third MAC high jump champion in program history joining Bonita Harrington (1984) and Colleen Costello (1985).
In addition to her effort in the high jump, Lomax placed 21st in the 100m dash (12.34) and ran the first leg for the 4x100 relay which posted a 10th-place time of 47.63 Saturday. She was joined on the relay by sophomore Judah Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain H.S.), freshman Hannah Lange (Martinsville, Ind./Martinsville H.S.) and redshirt sophomore Janae Taylor (Richmond, Ind./Richmond H.S.).
Led by the 10-point effort in the high jump from Lomax, the Cardinals scored 17 points on the final day of competition at the 2011 MAC Championships, and finished the three-day event with 25 points to place 12th among the 12-team field.
Kent State won the meet with 117.50 points, topping second-place Eastern Michigan (116.50) by one point. Miami came in third with 107 points, followed by Western Michigan (92), Buffalo (78), Toledo (55), Akron (55), Northern Illinois (47), Ohio (46), Central Michigan (38), Bowling Green (36) and BSU.
Junior distance runner Christine Talhelm (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central H.S.) added five points for the Cardinals by placing fourth in the 800m run with a time of 2:13.44. She was also a member of the eighth-place 4x400m relay which garnered one point with a time of 3:53.29. She was joined on the relay by Lange, redshirt junior Thekla Lorenz (Hamburg, Germany) and Smith.
After earning eight points Friday for a second-place finish in the heptathlon, Lorenz collected one more individual point Saturday with an eighth-place showing of 18-07.25 in the long jump.
Lomax also collected First Team All-MAC accolades by winning the high jump, while Lorenz earned Second Team All-MAC for her runner-up finish in the heptathlon.
Ball State's Saturday Results
8th - Thekla Lorenz (18-07.25 / 5.67m) - 1 Point
9th - Melissa Dodaro (154-09 / 47.16m)