TRACK: Cardinals dominate field at Polar Bear Invite in Marion

Ball State posts several first-place and top-three finishes

The Ball State University track and field teams opened their outdoor campaigns Saturday afternoon at the Polar Bear Invitational on the Indiana Wesleyan University campus. The Cardinals posted four first-place finishes in the non-team-scoring event.

Redshirt senior Brittany Ade won the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:50.03. Senior Jenna Schmitmeyer won in the 400-meter hurdles, posting a time of 1:04.59. The 4x400 meter relay team of Schmitmeyer, junior Thekla Lorenz, sophomore Renyae Owsley and freshman Judah Smith won the event with a time of 3:56.37.

Returning to action this spring is senior Ali Bishel, who was sidelined during the indoor season due to injury. Bishel won the 10,000-meter run with a time of 37:15.12.

Coach Randy Heisler was unavailable for comment following the meet.

Ball State also posted seven other top-three finishes. Sophomore Kelsey Stephens finished second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:01.14. Seniors Sarah Kehe and Kelsey Nielsen finished second and third in the 5,000 meter run with times of 18:47.88 and 18:48.93, respectively.

Lorenz had a great all-around performance after finishing second in the 100-meter hurdles (14.95), second in the javelin (34.38m), tied for second in the high jump (1.57m) and third in the 200-meter dash (25.73).

Ball State returns to action next weekend when they travel to West Lafayette, Ind. for the two-day Mike Poehlein Invitational at Purdue.

100-Meter Dash
18. Alyssa Hurlburt (14.18)

200-Meter Dash
3. Thekla Lorenz (25.73)
7. Judah Smith (26.21)
11. Kelsey Stephens (26.70)
17. Brandi Robinson (27.44)

400-Meter Dash
3. Kelsey Stephens (1:01.14)
5. Brandi Robinson (1:01.66)

800-Meter Run
4. Brittany Ade (2:23.09)
7. Emily Zets (2:24.69)
8. Judah Smith (2:24.77)
14. Renyae Owsley (2:32.17)

1,500-Meter Run
1. Brittany Ade (4:50.03)
7. MaryKate Mellen (4:58.96)
12. Renyae Owsley (5:09.39)

5,000-Meter Run
2. Sarah Kehe (18:47.88)
3. Kelsey Nielsen (18:48.93)
6. Lisa Arrowsmith (19:29.64)

10,000-Meter Run
1. Ali Bishel (37:15.12)

100-Meter Hurdles
2. Thekla Lorenz (14.95)

400-Meter Hurdles
1. Jenna Schmitmeyer (1:04.59)

4x400-Meter Relay
1. Ball State ‘A' (Schmitmeyer, Lorenz, Owsley, Smith) – 3:56.37
3. Ball State ‘B' (Robinson, Stephens, Ade, Christine Talhelm) – 4:04.27

High Jump
2. Thekla Lorenz (1.57m)

Pole Vault
11. Tara Spitzer-Long (2.70m)

Long Jump
7. Alyssa Hurlburt (4.71m)

Triple Jump
3. Alyssa Hurlburt (9.91m)

Shot Put
10. Lywanna Melvin (10.16m)
13. Elizabeth Flinner (10.09m)

Hammer Throw
5. Tyra Schantz (42.51m)
7. Jordan Puckett (41.63m)
10. Elizabeth Flinner (35.47m)
12. Lywanna Melvin (34.15m)

Javelin Throw
2. Thekla Lorenz (34.38m)


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