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   MUNCIE, Ind. - - The Ball State cross country program returns to action Friday afternoon, when it hosts the Ball State Invitational at the Muncie Elks Country Club.

   Joining the Cardinals at the meet will be the University of Indianapolis and Marian University. Action gets underway at 4:30 p.m. with a women's 5K race, which will be followed by a men's 5K run starting at 5 p.m.

   This will be the Cardinals' third scored home meet in the past two seasons, after having not hosted a scored meet since the 1996 Mid-American Conference Championships. Last season, BSU placed second of five teams at the Ball State Invitational (Oct. 14, 2011) and eighth of 12 teams at the MAC Championships (Oct. 29, 2011) which were both run as 6K races at the Muncie Elks Country Club.

   Senior MaryKate Mellen (Michigan City, Ind./Michigan City) continues to lead squad, having posted Ball State's top time in each of the last 10 meets dating back to last season. Last weekend at the Greater Louisville Classic, Mellen clocked a time of 18:21.11, just a few seconds slower than her career-best time of 18:16.8 set the previous meet at the Indiana Intercollegiates (Sept. 14).

   Fellow senior Emilee Zets (Berlin Center, Ohio/West Branch) also turned in a strong showing last weekend, posting a career-fast time of 19:26.54 to place fourth for the Cardinals.

   At last Saturday's Louisville Classic, BSU's top five runners combined for an average 5K time of 19:11.02, just shy of its season-best 5K average mark of 19:06.4 set at the Indiana Intercollegiates (Sept. 14).

Ball State's Top Individual 5K Times Of The 2012 Season/Career Fast Times
MaryKate Mellen - 18:16.8* @ Indiana Intercollegiates (9/14/2012)
Katelyn DeVries - 18:42.10* @ IPFW Invitational (9/8/2012)
Courtney Edon - 18.59.3 @ Indiana Intercollegiates / Career Fast 5K: 18:57.92 at Louisville Classic (10/1/2011)
Emilee Zets - 19:26.54* @ Louisville Classic (9/29/2012)
Kelly Swift - 19:26.6* @ Indiana Intercollegiates (9/14/2012)
Caitlynn Edon - 19:40.2 @ Indiana Intercollegiates / Career Fast 5K: 19:36.04 at Louisville Classic (10/1/2011)
Allison Blanck - 20:05.90 @ Mel Brodt Opener / Career Fast 5K: 19:39.06 at Louisville Classic (10/1/2011)
Esther Tirado - 20:24.8 @ Indiana Intercollegiates / Career Fast 5K: 19:07.72 at Louisville Classic (10/1/2011)
Danielle Dahl - 21:16.3* @ Indiana Intercollegiates (9/14/2012)
* = Career Fast Time


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