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Track & Field Headed To EMU For MAC Championships

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: February 21, 2013
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   MUNCIE, Ind. - - The Ball State indoor track & field team travels to Eastern Michigan's Bob Parks Track inside Bowan Field House this weekend for the 2013 Mid-American Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships.

   The two-day event kicks off Friday at 10:30 a.m. with action in the women's pentathlon. The top eight performers in each event will score based on a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale.

   Last season, the Cardinals placed 12th among the 12 teams at the championship meet with 10 total points.

   With a new qualifying format this season, the Cardinals will send 13 individuals, as well as a pair of relay teams, to this season's meet.

   Unlike previous years, automatic qualifying standards were in place for this season's meet with events capped at 20 participants. If 20 student-athletes did not post automatic marks in an event, entrants were selected going down the conference's performance list.

   Based on 2013 seedings, senior distance runner MaryKate Mellen is poised to score in the mile run as she owns the sixth-best individual time in the league at 4:54.50. Mellen is also seeded 10th in the 3,000m run (9:54.44).

   Sophomore Haley Austin also enters the meet in prime position to score, ranking ninth in the conference in the high jump at 1.68m.

   Below is a complete list of Ball State's student-athletes slated to participate in this weekend's MAC Indoor Track & Field Championships.

MAC Indoor Championship Participants

800m Run
Danielle Dahl - 12th seed - 2:17.03

Mile Run
MaryKate Mellen - Sixth Seed - 4:54.50

3000m Run
MaryKate Mellen - 10th Seed - 9:54.44
Courtney Edon - 17th Seed - 10:02.01

5000m Run
Katelyn DeVries - 12th Seed - 17:30.74

4x400m Relay
Christa Hammond, Jordan McMillan, Katie Behrendt, Hannah Lange - 12th Seed - 4:02.19

Distance Medley Relay
Caitlynn Edon, Emilee Zets, Danielle Dahl, Courtney Edon - Seventh Seed - 12:18.92

High Jump
Haley Austin - Ninth Seed - 1.68m

Pole Vault
Hannah Ciasto-Poor - 17th Seed - 3.50m

Triple Jump
Zenée Gadson - 12th Seed - 11.39m
Alyssa Hurlburt - 16th Seed - 11.22m

Shot Put
Michaela Hull - 16th Seed - 13.77m
Melissa Melgarez - 20th Seed - 12.96m

Weight Throw
Marie Lumpkin - 12th Seed - 16.52m
Erin Walker - 14th Seed - 16.48m

Pentathlon (Unseeded)
Lindsay Wallace - 2729

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