The Cardinals travel to South Bend for the Meyo Invitational

SOUTH BEND, IN – The Ball State track and field team will compete at Loftus Sports Center in South Bend, Indiana for the Meyo Invitational on Friday, February 3rd and Saturday, February 4th.

The Cardinals earned two first-place finishes last weekend at the IU Relays, raising their indoor total to 12 tournament wins for the season. Ball State student-athletes faced tough competition at the IU Relays, setting them up for another weekend of challenging matches at the Meyo Invitational.

The Cardinals have 19 student-athletes competing in nine events on Friday, Feb. 3. The first event, the pentathlon, is scheduled for noon EST.

There are 15 student-athletes who will compete in six events on Saturday, February 4th. Day two of competition is scheduled to begin at 10:25 a.m. EST with the 3,000-meter run.


Friday, Feb. 3
Pentathlon (12:00) – Lea-Marie Didike, Charity Griffith, Jenelle Rogers
Long Jump (16:00) – Moriah Johnson
Bullet (4:00 p.m.) – Malena Higgins
60m Hurdles – Preliminaries (16:30) – Mackenzie Kramer, Mary Porter, Jenna Rogers
60 M Dash – Prelim (17:10) – Moriah Johnson, Jenna Oriani, Alana Springer, Lindley Steele
600 m run (5:50 p.m.) – Leila Williams-Molitor
Distance mixed relay (18:10) – Kayla Jones, Evie Noel, Juliana Stogsdill, Vivian Van Eck
200 meters run (18:40) – Taylor Hickman, Moriah Johnson, Jenna Oriani, Alana Springer, Lindley Steele, Alison Valaday
5000 m run (7:40 p.m.) – Jenna Schifferer, Carly Spletzer

Saturday, Feb. 4
3000m run (10.25am) – Shelby Christman, Sarah Machnensmith, Juliana Stogsdill
Triple Jump (11:00 a.m.) – McKenna Sinnott
Mile Run (11:10am) – Grace Dean
400 meters run (12:40 p.m.) – Taylor Hickman, Emma Potter, Alexis Thigpen, Alison Valaday
800 m run (1:30 p.m.) – Grace Dean, Kayla Jones, Evie Noel
4×400 m relay (3:45 p.m.) – A – Emma Potter, Alison Valaday, Jenna Oriani, Jenelle Rogers
B – Leila Williams-Molitor, Grace Dean, Taylor Hickman, Vivian Van Eck

Semi-final times for Saturday, February 4
60m Hurdles Half Time (11.40pm)
60 M Dash Semi (12:00 pm)
60m hurdles final (2.05pm)
60 meters final (14:15)
400 meters final (14:25)
800m run (14:35)
Mile Run Final (14:50)
3000 m run (3:10 p.m.)

With two tournament wins and several personal best performances at the IU Relays last weekend, 11 Cardinals find themselves ranked in the top 16 on the MAC scoring list. Six Cardinals are ranked in the top five in their respective events.


With 11 Cardinals ranked in the top 16 on the MAC efficiency list, both Charity Griffith (high jump) and Kayla Jones (800 m) lead in their respective disciplines.
60 m: 2. Jenna Oriani (7.54), 7. Alana Springer (7.62)
200 m: 3. Jenna Oriani (24.59) 6. Alana Springer (24.68)
400 m: 5. Kayla Jones (56.68), 8. Jenna Oriani (57.16), 9. Emma Potter (57.17), 16. Alison Valaday (58.13)
800 m: 1. Kayla Jones (2:10.00)
60 obstacles: 7. Jenna Rogers (8.75), T-11. Jenelle Rogers (8.81) T-11. Charity Griffith (8.81)
4×400 relay: 5. State of the ball (3:53.19)
Distance medley relay: Carly Spletzer, Jenna Oriani, Emma Potter, Sarah Machnensmith (12:00.21)
High jump: 1. Charity Griffith (1.85 m / 6-0.75)
Long jump: 5. Charity Griffith (5.91m / 19′-4.75″), 6. Jenelle Rogers (5.88m / 19′-3.5″)
Bullet: 14. Malena Higgins (13.06 m / 42′-10.25″)


The Cardinals also have one student-athlete ranked in the Top 100 on the NCAA Division I Performance List. Charity Griffith is seventh in the high jump (1.85 m / 6-0.75).
High jump: T-7. Charity Griffith (1.85 m / 6-0.75)

The Cardinals have a total of 12 contest wins from seven different student-athletes this season. The student-athletes posted two more event victories last weekend in Bloomington, Ind., with Jenelle Rogers earning his first event victory of the indoor season while Charity Griffith counted his third. Griffith and Jenna Oriani lead the team with three wins each in the tournament.

IU relays
Long jump: Charity Griffith (5.91 m / 19-4.75)
60 m hurdles: Jenelle Rogers (8,802)

Gladstein invited
3000 m: Carly Spletzer (10:11.62)
60 m: Jenna Oriani (7.58)
600 m: Kayla Jones (1:30.69)
200 m: Jenna Oriani (24.59)

Hawkeye Invitational
High jump: Charity Griffith (1.85 m / 6-0.75)

Tom Wright Open
60 m: Jenna Oriani (7.58)
200 m: Alana Springer (25.18)
60 m hurdles: Jenna Rogers (8.78)
Long jump: Charity Griffith (5.71 m)
800 m: Kayla Jones (2:12.51)

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