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   COLUMBUS, Ohio - - The Ball State outdoor track & field team closed the two-day, non-scored Jesse Owens Track Classic with three career-best performances Saturday afternoon at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

   The Cardinals finished the meet, which included more than 24 teams, with five career-best efforts and three individual top 10 performances over the two days.

   “While our overall team performance was not great, we had several individuals post strong marks against some tough competition this weekend,” said Ball State head coach Randy Heisler. “Makelle and Kassidy both looked good in the 400m hurdles, with each recording personal-best times. Madelyn turned in a big career-best effort in the 1500m run Friday, while Caitlynn looked strong in the 3000m steeplechase with a personal record of her own.”

   The Cardinals’ best event on the second day of the meet was the 400m hurdles with freshmen Makelle Skelton (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) and Kassidy Swenson (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) both posting career-best marks. Skelton finished 14th among the 34 runners in the field with a time of 1:03.50, while Swenson placed 19th at 1:04.37.

   Ball State’s third career-best performance of the day came in the 400m dash, as freshman Ariel Hune (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) crossed the finish line in 59.72.

   The Ball State outdoor track & field team returns to action next Saturday (April 26), when it travels to Oxford, Ohio for the RedHawk Invitational.

   For the most up-to-date news on Ball State track & field, follow @bsuathletics and @BallStateTrack on Twitter.

Ball State Individual Results on Day Two of the Jesse Owens Track Classic

100m Dash (11.95 – MAC Outdoor Championships Auto Qualifying Standard)
   25th - Christina Crawford - 12.46

400m Dash (56.05 – MAC Outdoor Championships Auto Qualifying Standard)
   29th - Ariel Hune - 59.72 (CB)

400m Hurdles (1:02.17 – MAC Outdoor Championships Auto Qualifying Standard)
   14th - Makelle Skelton - 1:03.50 (CB)

   18th - Becca Kropf - 1:04.25
   19th - Kassidy Swenson - 1:04.37 (CB)
   22nd - Olivia Ashba - 1:05.63

4 x 400m
   14th - Makelle Skelton, Ariel Hune, Olivia Ashba, Hannah Lange - 3:58.64

High Jump (1.68m – MAC Outdoor Championships Auto Qualifying Standard)
   17th - Haley Austin - 1.60m

Pole Vault (3.70m – MAC Outdoor Championships Auto Qualifying Standard)
   28th - Hannah Ciasto-Poor - 3.40m

   T-32nd - Elizabeth Eversole - 3.25m
   T-41st - Rachael Walker - 3.10m

Triple Jump (11.77m – MAC Outdoor Championships Auto Qualifying Standard)
   Foul - Zenée Gadson

   Foul - Gabrielle Perryman

Hammer (53.63m – MAC Outdoor Championships Auto Qualifying Standard)
   15th - Erin Walker - 50.20m

   36th - Jorden Traver - 43.70m

JESSE OWENS TRACK CLASSIC DAY 1 RECAP:

   COLUMBUS, Ohio - - The Ball State outdoor track & field team posted three top 10s and two career-best efforts on the opening day of the Jesse Owens Track Classic hosted by Ohio State.

   The Cardinals are one of more than 24 teams competing in the non-scored, two day meet. Action picks up again tomorrow at 10:30 am with the women’s shot put.

   Ball State scored a pair of top-10 efforts in the 3000m steeplechase with twin sisters Courtney Edon and Caitlynn Edon (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) placing sixth (11:18.46) and seventh (11:24.53), respectively. Caitlynn Edon’s time of 11:24.53 was also a career-best clocking.

   In the discus, senior Erin Walker (Laurell Hill, Fla./Paxton/Troy University) provided the Cardinals’ third top 10 effort, placing 10th overall with a distance of 44.81m.

   Redshirt sophomore Madelyn Webster (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) provided Ball State’s other career-best performance, crossing the finish line in the 1500m run with a time of 4:41.74.

   For the most up-to-date news on Ball State track & field, follow @bsuathletics and @BallStateTrack on Twitter.

Ball State Individual Results at the Jesse Owens Track Classic

1500m Run (4:33.55 – MAC Outdoor Championships Auto Qualifying Standard)
  35th - Madelyn Webster - 4:41.74 (CB)

3000m Steeplechase (11:04.10 – MAC Outdoor Championships Auto Qualifying Standard)
  6th - Courtney Edon - 11:18.46

  7th - Caitlynn Edon - 11:24.53 (CB)

Javelin (38.95m – MAC Outdoor Championships Auto Qualifying Standard)
  16th - Michaela Hull - 32.81m

  22nd - Jorden Traver - 29.82m

Discus (46.65m – MAC Outdoor Championships Auto Qualifying Standard)
  10th - Erin Walker - 44.81m

  13th - Michaela Hull - 43.47m 

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