TRACK: Ball State notches four wins at Indiana State meet

Jenna Schmitmeyer wins 400-meter hurdles, sets personal best time, for 2nd straight week

The Ball State University track and field team has continued to build some momentum heading into the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships.

The Cardinals claimed four first-place finishes and had 15 top-five showings Saturday at the Pacesetter Invitational hosted by Indiana State University.

Leading the way for Ball State was senior Jenna Schmitmeyer, who for the second straight week not only won the 400-meter hurdles, but set a career-best time. Schmitmeyer finished in 1:01.14, the third-best time in the MAC this season.

Ball State also took the top two spots in the 400-meter dash. Sophomore Renyae Owsley took first place with a career-best 56.26, while teammate Judah Smith, a freshman, also logged a career-low 56.26 to finish in second place.

Sophomore Thekla Lorenz and senior Sarah Kehe rounded out the Cardinals' first-place winners on the day. Lorenz's 18-10 in the long jump was tops in the field, while Kehe finished first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

The Cardinals now have nearly two weeks to prepare for the MAC Championships, which are hosted by the University at Buffalo May 13-15.

Ball State results:

100m Hurdles
2nd - Katie Johnson (14.30/wind 1.0mph)
6th - Ra'Jae Marable (14.87/wind 1.0mph)
7th - Thekla Lorenz (14.90/wind 1.0mph)

400m Dash
1st - Renyae Owsley (55.65)
2nd - Judah Smith (56.26)
5th - Brandi Robinson (59.99)

400m Hurdles
1st - Jenna Schmitmeyer (1:01.14)

800m Run
9th - Brittany Ade (2:20.05)
10th - Emilee Zets (2:20.14)
11th - Christine Talhelm (2:20.63)

1500m Run
4th - MaryKate Mellen (4:46.23)
5th - Brittany Ade (4:47.18)

3000m Steeplechase
1st - Sarah Kehe (11:52.19)

5000m Run
3rd - Kelsey Nielsen (18:29.01)
4th - Lisa Arrowsmith (18:32.51)
5th - Vanessa Gilbert (18:32.52)
6th - Madeline Goheen (18:46.11)

Long Jump
1st - Thekla Lorenz (18-10/5.74m/wind 0.6mph)
4th - Lindsay Bangert (16-8/5.08m/wind 2.1mph)

Triple Jump
3rd - Megan Cherry (36-2.25/11.03m/wind 1.9mph)

10th - Tyra Schantz (117/35.66m)

Hammer Throw
4th - Tyra Schantz (152-6/46.49m)
6th - Jordan Puckett (143/43.58m)