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Ball State Enters 2012 MAC Championships Thursday
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MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State track & field team returns to action Thursday when it opens competition in the 2012 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Central Michigan at Lyle Bennett Outdoor Track.

The women’s portion of the 2012 three-day meet (Thursday-Saturday) begins 11 a.m. Thursday, with the heptathlon. Ball State heads into the meet after posting four event victories Friday versus Western Michigan in the scored meet from the Kanley Track & Field Complex.

In the sprint events, Janae Taylor (Richmond, Ind./Richmond) tallied a victory in the 100m dash with a time of 12.48 and added a fifth-place finish in the 200m dash (25.4h).

In the mid-distance events, MaryKate Mellen (Michigan City, Ind./Michigan City) posted a win in the 1500m run with a time of 4:44.86, in addition to adding a second-place finish in the 800 run (2:17.81), while Courtney Edon (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) and Caitlynn Edon (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) posted second-place (10:32.41) and fifth-place (10:48.32) times on the 3000m run, respectively.

Thekla Lorenz (Hamburg, Germany) posted a victory in the javelin throw (103-6), earned second place in the long jump (19-5.25) and added fourth and seventh-place finishes in the 100m hurdles (15.24) and 400m hurdles (1:10.86).

Also in the field events, Rebecca Lomax (Indianapolis, Ind./Southport) placed first in the high jump with a leap of 5-7.00, while Haley Austin (Avon, Ind./Avon High) placed third (5-3.00).

Additional top performances for the Cardinals include third-place finishes in the pole vault (10-11.75) and triple jump (34-8.50) from Hannah Hannah Ciasto-Poor (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South) and Alyssa Hurlburt (Huntington, Ind./Huntington North), respectively.

Melissa Dodaro (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) posted third-place and fourth-place throws in the shot put (43-9.25) and discus (145-1/44.22m), while Marie Lumpkin (Losantville, Ind./Union) finished in second in the hammer throw (163-7/49.86m).

Below is a complete list of where the Cardinals rank in the Mid-American Conference, entering the championships.

Cardinals in the MAC:

100m

15th

Janae Taylor

12.05

800m

18th

Christine Talhelm

2:14.48

1500m

11th

MaryKate Mellen

4:35.50

3000m

20th

Courtney Edon

10:32.41

5000m

20th

Madeline Goheen

17:40.90

10000m

18th

Allison Blanck

38:54.02

Steeplechase

14th

Courtney Edon

11:21.15

 

18th

Caitlynn Edon

11:47.80

400m Hurdles

8th

Thekla Lorenz

1:02.32

4x100m Relay

10th

Ball State

47:17

4x400m Relay

11th

Ball State

3:56.27

High Jump

1st

Rebecca Lomax

5-10.00

 

10th

Haley Austin

5-5.75

Long Jump

18th

Alyssa Hurlburt

35-0.25

Discus

10th

Melissa Dodaro

146-9.00

Hammer Throw

10th

Marie Lumpkin

163-7.00

Javelin Throw

13th

Jorden Traver

109-2.00

 

19th

Thekla Lorenz

103-6.00

Shot Put

16th

Melissa Dodaro

43-9.25

Pole Vault

18th

Hannah Ciasto-Poor

11-3.75

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