January 17, 2009
Ballinger leads Eagles in opener
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Junior All-American Mary Ballinger
(Chesterton, Indiana) finished first in the mile to lead the University of Southern Indiana women's track and field team in its indoor season-opener Saturday at the SASF Invitational.
Ballinger finished the race in an NCAA II provisional qualifying time of five minutes, 2.38 seconds, nearly seven ticks faster than fellow teammate Christy Dixon
(Owensboro, Kentucky), who was second with a time of five minutes, 9.29 seconds.
In all, the Screaming Eagles had four of the top eight finishers and five of the top 11 in the mile. Junior Allison Shafer
(Plainville, Indiana) was sixth in the event, while fellow classmate Lacy Williams
(Haubstadt, Indiana) was eighth.
Freshman Adrienne Curtis
(Louisville, Kentucky) ran the 3,000 meters in 10 minutes, 42.21 seconds to finish second in the event. She was one of six Eagles to post top-10 finishes Saturday.
The Eagles are slated to resume action January 23-24 at the Gladstein Invitational in Bloomington, Indiana.
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