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March 30, 2008

Ballinger leads Eagles to 11th-place finish in outdoor opener

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Mary Ballinger

ST. LOUIS, Mo.Sophomore Mary Ballinger (Chesterton, Indiana) led the University of Southern Indiana women's track and field team to an 11th-place finish in its outdoor opener this weekend at the Washington University Invitational.

Ballinger finished first in the 5,000 meters with an NCAA II provisional qualifying time of 17 minutes, 25.22 seconds.

Allison Shafer

As a team, the Screaming Eagles produced 21 points and five top-10 finishes. Junior Allison Shafer (Plainville, Indiana), who redshirted in cross country and indoor track, returned to USI's lineup with a third-place finish in the 10,000 meters.

Freshman Carmisha Leary (Indianapolis, Indiana) was sixth in the shot put with an outdoor school-record heave of 38 feet, while sophomores Christy Dixon (Owensboro, Indiana) and Sarah Whiteman (Bloomington, Indiana) were seventh and 10th, respectively, in the 5,000 meters.

The Eagles return to action Friday and Saturday when they compete in the Gatorade Classic in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

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