Ball State places first in four-team meet

Ball State turned in season-high team scores on vault and floor Sunday en route to a first-place finish at a four-team meet at Northern Illinois.

The Cardinals score of 48.700 on vault and score of 49.000 on floor are the third- and eighth-best scores at Ball State. The team tallied 192.525 points to distance themselves from Illinois State (192.400), Northern Illinois (191.825) and University of Wisconsin at Whitewater (177.875).

Senior tri-captain Jenny Gantt and Sophomore Quiana Williams produced the team's top finishes in the meet. Gantt took top honors on floor with a season-high 9.900. She also turned in a runner-up performance on the vault with a season-best 9.775, and tied for sixth on the bars with a score of 9.600.

Williams took the top spot in the vault competition with a career-high score of 9.850. She finished in third place in the floor competition. Her score of 9.825 ties her career-high in that event.

Junior Kim Cromer and freshman Jessica Surridge tied for fourth on vault with a score of 9.725, giving the Cardinals four of the five places in that event. Junior Amy Bodus tied for fourth on floor with a season-best score of 9.800. Junior Lindsey Kohout took Ball State's only place on bars with a fifth-place mark of 9.675. Courtney Vojtasek finished in fifth place on the beam with her 9.700 score.

The Cardinals improved their record to 8-3 overall and 3-2 in the Mid-American Conference. The team kept its goal of winning the MAC intact by finishing ahead of Northern Illinois. "We want to win a MAC Championship and advance into NCAA regional competition," head coach Mary Roth said. "I believe this team has the depth, commitment and team work to accomplish this."

Ball State will continue its schedule Friday when they host the Circle of Stars meet at the Indiana Convention Center. Coming to Indianapolis to face the Cardinals will be conference foe Eastern Michigan and the Big Ten's Michigan State and Ohio State.


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