CROSS COUNTRY: Former Ball State distance runner hired as assistant

Former Ball State long distance runner Ali Bishel was named the new cross country and track & field assistant coach. The three-time NCAA Championship participant has moved from student athlete to student coach and is now settling in as the new assistant coach for the program this fall.


CROSS COUNTRY: Bishel falls 20 seconds shy of being All-American

Despite shedding three seconds off her season-best six-kilometer time, redshirt junior Ali Bishel finished in 67th place at the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Championships on Monday afternoon."You go into it to run the best race and beat as many people as you can," cross country coach Randy Heisler said. "Realistically you know your PR and those of the other people. It was a season-best time for Ali; so from that perspective she did well."


CROSS COUNTRY: Bishel the lone Cardinal at Regionals

 As the top finisher for Ball State University in her four races this year, redshirt junior Ali Bishel carried the cross country team on her back. Saturday, Bishel will again be asked to deliver as the lone representative for her team in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional hosted by Indiana University.  


ATHLETICS: Triple threat

When senior Sarah Kehe walked into morning swim practice Monday, she was greeted by her teammates like a long lost friend.When the women's swimming and diving team began practicing the second week of the semester, they started without Kehe.The senior missed preseason training because she was preparing for the cross country season. In all, Kehe participates in three sports: cross country, swimming and track.


CROSS COUNTRY: Cards finish 11th at MAC Championship

For the second straight season, the Ball State University cross country team finished in 11th place at the Mid-American Conference Championships on Saturday.Junior Ali Bishel led the Cardinals with a fourth place finish overall on the 6K course. Her time of 22:33 was under 15 seconds behind winner Ari Fisher from the University of Toledo in a tightly contested front pack.

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