Conor Hockett

For the second straight season, the Ball State University cross country team finished in 11th place at the Mid-American Conference Championships on Saturday.

Junior Ali Bishel led the Cardinals with a fourth place finish overall on the 6K course. Her time of 22:33 was under 15 seconds behind winner Ari Fisher from the University of Toledo in a tightly contested front pack.

Ball State's top five runners scored 269 points with an average time of 24:25. Miami University won the meet with a team score of 44. The win gave Miami its second consecutive MAC Championship.

Senior Sarah Kehe finished second for the Cardinals and 53rd for team score with a time of 24:20.3.

Redshirt freshman Christine Talhelm, senior Lisa Arrowsmith and freshman Allison Blanck rounded out the scoring for Ball State with times of 24:31.3 (62th), 25:16.9 (79th) and 25:23.4 (84th), respectively.

Coach Randy Heisler was unavailable for comment.

COMPLETE TEAM RESULTS
1.  Miami 44
2.  Toledo 63
3.  Akron 104
4.  Central Michigan 116
5.  Kent State 143
6.  Eastern Michigan 157
7.  Bowling Green 212
8.  Northern Illinois 218
    Ohio 218
10. Western Michigan 250
11. Ball State 269
12. Buffalo 317

BALL STATE INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
4th - Ali Bishel - 22:33.0
54th - Sarah Kehe - 24:20.3
62nd - Christine Talhelm - 24:31.3
79th - Lisa Arrowsmith - 25:16.9
84th - Allison Blanck - 25:23.4
97th - Emilee Zets - 26:33.6
98th - Andrea Korzan - 26:37.6
99th -  MaryKate Mellen - 26:47.8