PREVIEW: Ball State track and field travels to Cincinnati for Oliver Nikoloff Invitational
This weekend, Ball State track and field will be traveling to Cincinnati for the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational.
Last weekend, the Cardinals went to North Carolina State for the Raleigh Relays and finished with seven top 10 finishes.
Head coach Brian Etelman said the meet at North Carolina State was what the team needed to get its season rolling.
Begins with women’s hammer competition at 12:30 p.m. and ends with the Women’s 10,000-meter run at 5:45 p.m.
Begins at 10:00 a.m. with women’s javelin and ends with the men’s 4x400 at 5:00 p.m.
"It has been so cold here,” Etelman said. “The 70-degree weather last weekend might have been more important for our team than the meet itself.”
At the Raleigh Relays, Etelman said freshman Brooke Talhelm “probably had the best day.” Talhelm ran in the 1500-meter, the 4x400 relay and the 4x1500 relay.
“I actually did not realize I did that well,” Talhelm said, “It boosts my confidence a lot knowing that I can put together three solid performances it's reassuring.”
Along with Talhelm, freshman Peyton Kneadler ran the 1500-meter, the 4x400 relay and the 4x1500 relay.
“I think that the meet last weekend gives us the confidence that we can compete with the big teams and big schools,” Kneadler said. “But at practice we are going to get after it and put some fast times together this weekend.”
Sophomore high jumper Regan Lewis was named Mid-American Conference field athlete of the week after her performance at the Raleigh Relays. She cleared a career-best outdoor height of 1.70-meters. the height was an automatic qualifying mark for the 2017 MAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships which will be held on May 11-13. Her jump currently ranks first in the MAC and 14th in the Division-I East preliminary round qualifying list.
In the invitational this weekend, 14 teams will be competing. Among those are MAC schools Toledo, Bowling Green and Miami.
Junior Adrienne Mayfield had a great weekend in the season opener at Butler University. She had a personal record despite the 30-degree weather. But, she was not able to compete in the meet last weekend at North Carolina State.
“Mayfield will compete this weekend,” Etelman said, “She has been doing well in practice and we think that she will be ready to roll this weekend.”
The Invitational is named after Oliver M. Nikoloff, who dedicated 42 years of service as a teacher and coach to Cincinnati.