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Shift in mindset allowed Ball State's Charity Griffith to qualify for NCAA Championships

MUNCIE, Ind. — Making it to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships is no small feat, but Charity Griffith always knew she'd get to this point.

She had respectable — some what she called "mediocre" — marks in various events in high school. Griffith, an Arlington, Indiana native, finished 10th in the high jump at the 2018 IHSAA Girls State Track and Field Championships before moving on to Ball State.

Her first two years in college were respectable, but Griffith took a major step forward this season. First-year head coach Adrian Wheatley remembers Griffith setting a new program record during at the Jim Green Invitational at Kentucky, clearing 6-0 1/2, breaking Regan Lewis' 2017 mark of 5-11 1/4.