The women's indoor track team should have no trouble finding motivation to run in this weekend's triangular meet in South Bend. The Cardinals travel to Notre Dame Saturday to match up with the Irish and the Western Michigan Broncos.
Not only is Western Michigan a conference opponent, its head coach is familiar with Ball State. Kelly Lycan was an assistant under Ball State head coach Sue Parks for seven years before leaving after last year for a head position. This is his first season as a head coach.
"Western should be improved from last year. Kelly is a good coach," Parks said.
The Cardinals won seven Mid-American Conference titles in Lycan's seven-year stint with the team: three indoor championships and four outdoors.
"We shouldn't have any problem getting motivated to face them, but they will be motivated to face us too," Parks said of the Broncos.
As for Notre Dame, there is always motivation to run against them. Two years ago Ball State won a close meet at South Bend. Last year Notre Dame avenged the loss, winning by one point.
"Notre Dame has a lot of talented individuals," Parks said.
Parks said the key to victory this weekend is forcing Notre Dame and Western Michigan to split points by scoring two athletes in as many events as possible. By placing two athletes in the top three, the other two teams must battle for the other spot.
"If you can get two of the top three spots, you can really rack up some points," she said.
"It is always very close against Notre Dame, and this weekend shouldn't be any different."