With a time of 18:30.7, freshman Emily Tromp won the Cardinal Duals meet Sept. 23. For her performance, she was named the Mid-American Conference Runner of the Week by the MAC coaches. 

This is the first time a runner from Ball State has received this award since Ali Bishel in 2007. Tromp was humble when asked what the award meant to her.

“It’s an honor and a privilege,” Tromp said. “I think the team goals and the team success is what I value the most. Getting better as a team is what we try to do every day.”

THE MEET

Joe Piane Invitational

Notre Dame, Indiana

Notre Dame Golf Course

2 p.m.

Notable Competition:

Western Michigan University

Indiana State University

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Valparaiso University

Oakland University

Bradley University

THE MEET

Joe Piane Invitational

Notre Dame, Indiana

Notre Dame Golf Course

2 p.m.

Notable Competition:

Western Michigan University

Indiana State University

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Valparaiso University

Oakland University

Bradley University

Distance coach Raynee DeGrio says she was pleased to see one of her runners get some well-deserved recognition.

“It’s definitely been a long time coming,” DeGrio said. “I think it’s a testament to the fact that we’re getting things going. It’s also a sign of greater things to come for her.”

Tromp and the Cardinals head to the University of Notre Dame Sept. 30 to compete in the Joe Piane Invitational. DeGrio says she expects a good race, especially since her team will be back to full strength. 

“It’ll be the first time we’ve had our whole lineup since the first meet,” DeGrio said. “It’ll be nice to see where we’re at after a couple weeks of training.”

Ball State will be facing a MAC opponent for the first time this season as Western Michigan will also be making the trip to South Bend.

DeGrio says it will be good to see where the team stacks up against another MAC team in preparation for the conference meet next month.

Tromp says her team is looking good heading into this weekend.

“We’re feeling really strong,” said Tromp. “We know that we have a lot of potential and that we’re underrated. We want to go in with a point to prove.”

The Cardinals will have a chance to prove that point Sept. 30 in South Bend. The race begins at 2 p.m.