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Track & Field Hosts Ball State Quad Friday At 5 pm

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Release: February 18, 2014
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   MUNCIE, Ind. - - The Ball State indoor track & field team will compete in its final tune-up before the 2014 Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships Friday, when it hosts the Ball State Quadrangular starting at 5 p.m. in the Field Sports Building.

   In addition to the Cardinals, other teams competing in the four-team scored meet are Miami, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. Scoring will be based on a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale, with only two participants from each school able to score in an event.

   Action in the meet begins with the field events, while running events are slated to start at 6:15 p.m. In addition to the action on the track, the Ball State track & field team will hold a special promotion for Dance Marathon, including an introduction of the program at 7:25 p.m.

   Last season, the Cardinals placed fourth among the four teams at the meet, while Western Michigan captured its ninth consecutive title in Ball State’s annual home meet. Prior to WMU's run of nine-straight wins, the Cardinals were the last team to capture the title during the 2003-04 season.

   Junior Haley Austin (Avon, Ind./Avon) returns as the defending champion in the high jump, while junior Hannah Ciasto-Poor (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South) turned in a runner-up finish in the pole vault a year ago.

   Heading into the Ball State Quadrangular, the Cardinals have three active student-athletes automatically qualified for the league meet, starting with Austin in the long jump. Austin enters the meet ranked fourth in the MAC with a career-best leap of 5’-8.5” (1.74m) set at the Indiana Relays (Jan. 31-Feb. 1).

   Redshirt sophomore Christina Crawford (Belleville, Mich./Romulus) enters the week ranked sixth in the conference in the long jump, with her career-best effort of 19’-2” (5.84m) also set at the Indiana Relays. Crawford is also ranked 17th in the league in the 60m dash after her career-best time of 7.77 in the prelims at the Hillsdale “Wide-Track” Classic (Feb. 7-8).

   Rounding out Ball State’s active MAC Indoor Championship automatic qualifiers is redshirt sophomore Marie Lumpkin (Losantville, Ind./Union) who ranks seventh in the league in the weight throw with a career-best toss of 59’-4.25” at the Indiana Relays.

   Redshirt junior Rebecca Lomax (Indianapolis, Ind./Southport) was qualified for the league indoor championships in the high jump, long jump and pentathlon. Unfortunately, she suffered a season-ending injury at the Hillsdale “Wide-Track” Classic.

   In addition to the automatic qualifying marks, student-athletes ranked in the top 20 on the league’s performance list in their respective event earn a slot in the MAC Championship meet, with a maximum of three student-athletes from the same school in any event.

   Aside from the three automatic qualifiers, the Cardinals are poised to earn up to 11 more slots in the league meet based on current performances.

2013-14 Ball State Top Indoor Times/Marks
(all times/marks are career bests unless followed by (CB = )

High Jump - (MAC Indoor Championship Qualifying Standard: 5'-6"/1.68m)
   Haley Austin - 5'-8.5”/1.74m on 1/31/2014

   Rebecca Lomax - 5'-7"/1.70m on 12/7/2013 (CB = 5'-8.75"/1.75m on 1/29/2011)
   Mindy Marx - 5’-4.50”/1.64m on 2/7/2014

Pole Vault - (MAC Indoor Championship Qualifying Standard: 12'-2"/3.71m)
   Hannah Ciasto-Poor - 11'-5.75"/3.50m on two occasions (CB = 11'-7.75"/3.55m on 2/22/2013)

   Elizabeth Eversole - 11'-1.75"/3.40m on 2/15/2014
   Megan Dearlove - 10'-0"/3.05m on 1/18/2014
   Rachael Walker – 10'-0"/3.05m on 1/18/2014
   Becca Carpenter - 9'-6.25"/2.90m on 1/11/2014

Long Jump - (MAC Indoor Championship Qualifying Standard: 18'-10.25"/5.75m)
   Christina Crawford – 19’- 2”/ 5.84m on 1/31/2014

   Rebecca Lomax – 19’- 2”/ 5.84m on 1/24/2014
   Makelle Skelton - 18'-3.75"/5.58m on 1/18/2014
   Lexi Kavanaugh - 16'-4.25"/4.98m on 1/18/2014
   Gabrielle Perryman - 16'-3.25"/4.96m on 1/18/2014

Triple Jump - (MAC Indoor Championship Qualifying Standard: 38'-6.25"/11.74m)
   Gabrielle Perryman – 34’- 4.25”/ 10.47m on 2/15/2014

Shot Put - (MAC Indoor Championship Qualifying Standard: 47'-3.75"/14.42m)
   Michaela Hull - 43'-7.75"/13.30m on 2/7/2014 (CB = 45’-2.25”/13.77m on 2/15/2013)

   Rebecca Lomax – 41’- 1.5"/12.53m on 1/24/2014

Weight Throw - (MAC Indoor Championship Qualifying Standard: 56'-8"/17.72m)
   Marie Lumpkin – 59’-4.25"/18.09m on 1/31/2014

   Erin Walker - 52'-3.25"/15.93m on 1/18/2014 (CB = 54'-1"/16.48m on 2/15/2013)
   Jorden Traver – 48’-1.75”/14.67m on 1/18/2014 (CB = 49'-5"/15.06m on 2/15/2013)
   Michaela Hull - 42'-4.75"/12.92m on 1/18/2014

Indoor Pentathlon
   Rebecca Lomax -3725 on 1/24/2014

60m Dash - (MAC Indoor Championship Qualifying Standard: 7.66)
   Christina Crawford - 7.77 on 2/7/2014

   Rebecca Lomax - 7.86 on 1/11/2014
   Lexi Kavanaugh - 8.13 on 12/7/2013
   Zenée Gadson - 8.23 on 12/7/2013 (CB = 8.01 on 2/15/2013)

200m Dash - (MAC Indoor Championship Qualifying Standard: 24.78)
   Hannah Lange – 25.86 on 2/7/2014

   Rebecca Lomax – 26.09 on 1/18/2014
   Olivia Ashba - 26.51 on 2/7/2014
   Christina Crawford - 26.59 on 12/7/2013
   Ariel Hune - 27.06 on 2/7/2014
   Lexi Kavanaugh - 27.16 on 12/7/2013
   Makelle Skelton – 27.16 on 1/18/2014
   Natalia Boykin – 28.36 on 1/18/2014
   Becca Kropf – 28.53 on 1/18/2014
   Kassidy Swenson – 28.62 on 1/18/2014
   Marie Lumpkin – 28.85 on 1/18/2014
   Haley Austin – 29.08 on 1/18/2014

400m Dash - (MAC Indoor Championship Qualifying Standard: 56.61)
   Hannah Lange – 57.74 on 2/7/2014

   Makelle Skelton - 1:00.27 on 2/7/2014
   Ariel Hune - 1:00.76 on 1/31/2014
   Olivia Ashba - 1:01.41 on 12/7/2013
   Becca Kropf – 1:02.80 on 1/18/2014  
   Gabrielle Perryman - 1:04.47 on 1/18/2014
   Natalia Boykin – 1:05.52 on 1/11/2014
   Kassidy Swenson – 1:05.68 on 1/11/2014

800m Run - (MAC Indoor Championship Qualifying Standard: 2:13.37)
   Danielle Dahl - 2:16.17 on 2/7/2014

   Madelyn Webster – 2:23.46 on 2/7/2014
   Becca Kropf -2:24.16 on 2/7/2014         
   Jordan Timmons – 2:26.16 on 2/7/2014
   Esther Tirado – 2:27.24 on 2/7/2014
   Rebecca Lomax – 2:36.14 on 1/24/2014
   Jordan Jenkins – 2:40.02 on 1/18/2014
   Ashley Schmidgall – 2:53.77 on 1/18/2014

Mile Run - (MAC Indoor Championship Qualifying Standard: 4:57.92)
   Madelyn Webster - 5:16.76 on 2/7/2014

   Esther Tirado - 5:23.44 on 2/7/2014
   Jordan Timmons – 5:25.43 on 2/7/2014

3000m Run - (MAC Indoor Championship Qualifying Standard: 9:57.02)
   Courtney Edon - 10:25.31 on 1/24/2014 (CB = 10:02.01 on 2/8/2013)

   Caitlynn Edon – 10:44.06 on 2/7/2014 (CB = 10:23.38 on 1/18/2013)
   Ericka Rinehart - 11:08.25 on 1/18/2014
   Katelyn DeVries - 11:30.08 on 1/11/2014 (CB = 10:23.48 on 2/8/2013)

5000m Run - (MAC Indoor Championship Qualifying Standard: 17:33.47)
   Courtney Edon - 18:06.60 on 2/7/2014

   Caitlynn Edon - 19:01.39 on 1/11/2014
   Katelyn DeVries - 19:10.05 on 2/7/2014 (CB = 17:30.74 on 1/18/2013)
   Ericka Rinehart - 19:20.66 on 2/7/2014

60m Hurdles - (MAC Indoor Championship Qualifying Standard: 8.72)
   Olivia Ashba - 9.18 on 12/7/2013

   Rebecca Lomax – 9.35 on 1/18/2014
   Kassidy Swenson – 9:39 on 1/24/2014
   Makelle Skelton - 9.54 on 1/18/2014
   Natalia Boykin – 9:94 on 1/18/2014

4x400m Relay
   Olivia Ashba, Ariel Hune, Makelle Skelton, Hannah Lange – 3:58.14 on 2/7/2014
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