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Mellen Post MAC Qualifying Mark At Polytan Invite

   BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - - Senior distance runner MaryKate Mellen posted a Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships qualifying mark in the 1,500m run to lead the Ball State track & field team at Saturday's Polytan Invitational hosted by Indiana.

   In the non-scored event, the Cardinals racked up 16 top-10 performances, including six career-best efforts.

   Mellen led the BSU squad on the track, placing second in the 1,500m run with a career-best time of 4:28.71 to earn a berth in the field at the MAC Outdoor Championships in a few weeks.

   Senior sprinter Janae Taylor also had a strong showing, placing second in the 100m dash at 12.07 and third in the 200m dash at 25.40. Both marks were season-best efforts.

   In the 3000m Steeplechase, sophomore twin sisters Courtney Edon and Caitlynn Edon placed third (11:00.17) and fourth (11:34.89), respectively, with each posting a career-best time.

   The Ball State outdoor track & field team returns to action next week, when it travels to Hillsdale, Mich., for the 47th Annual Hillsdale College Gina Relays which run April 25-27.


100m Dash
2nd - Janae Taylor 12.07
4th - Jordan McMillan 12.52

200m Dash
3rd - Janae Taylor 25.40
6th - Jordan McMillan 25.98

800m Run
9th - Danielle Dahl 2:18.24*

1500m Run
2nd - MaryKate Mellen 4:28.71* - MAC Outdoor Championship Qualifying Mark

400m Hurdles
9th - Becca Kropf 1:05.77*

3000m Steeplechase
3rd - Courtney Edon 11:00.17*
4th - Caitlynn Edon 11:34.89*

Hammer Throw
8th - Marie Lumpkin 150-0/45.72m
10th - Erin Walker 146-0/44.50m
12th - Jorden Traver 137-3/41.84m

4th - Erin Walker 139-5/42.50m
7th - Michaela Hull 128-2/39.06m
8th - Melissa Melgarez 126-4/38.52m

Shot Put
6th - Michaela Hull 41-8.75/12.72m*

Pole Vault
7th - Hannah Ciasto-Poor 11-0.75/3.37m

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