Griffith qualifies for NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships
MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State Athletics Charity Griffith qualified to compete in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, announced by the NCAA. She is set to compete in the high jump and pentathlon and is the sole representative of the Mid-American Conference.
Griffith is the sixth Cardinal in program history to qualify for the annual championship and the first since Amber Williams in 2009. She is one of two in the Ball State record books to qualify for multiple events over the course of of the same season, joining Patricia Soman, who competed in the long jump and triple jump in 2003.
The Arlington, Indiana native is the first student-athlete in the program’s history to qualify for the high jump and pentathlon events at the indoor championship.
Griffith’s mark of 1.85m (6-0 3/4) is currently tied for the 10th highest mark in the nation, while his 4,099 pentathlon points rank 16th.
Griffith, who was named the MAC’s Most Valuable Performer and Most Outstanding Performer, won two gold medals in the conference meet last week.
She scored 20 points for the Cardinals at the MAC Championship after winning gold in the pentathlon and high jump with record performances.
The Arlington, Indiana native racked up a Ball State-best 4,099 points to take first place in the pentathlon. She won the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.74 – a personal best – won the high jump at 5-8 (1.73 m), won the long jump at 19-1 1/2 ( 5.83m) and finished third in shooting. put (39-5, 12.01m) and fourth in the 800 meters (2:23.04).
Griffith then cleared 1.85m (6-0 3/4) in the high jump to secure his second gold of the competition and set a new program mark.
The NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held March 11-12 in Birmingham, Alabama at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
A native of Franklin, Tenn., Elliott was a quarterback and wide receiver at Miami from 2004-2007 and was on three MAC championship teams.