Chase Ballard
Chase Ballard
Year: SO/SO
Hometown: Columbus, Ind.
Position: Distance
Last School: Columbus North HS
Experience: 1L

Outdoor 2016: Competed in five outdoor meets ... Recorded a top-20 finish to open the season in the 3000m at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational ... Placed eighth in the 5000m at the Bellarmine Invitational ... One of only three Bruins to compete at the historic Jesse Owens Track Classic, taking 13th in the 5000m with a season-best time of 14:56.86 ... Ran a season-best 8:42.55 in the 3000m at the highly competitive Billy Hayes Invitational to take fourth overall ... At the OVC Outdoor Championships placed seventh in the 10,000m ... Earned OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll distinction.

Indoor 2015-16: Competed in three indoor meets ... Finished 21st in deep 3000m field at the Commodore Indoor Invitational ... Top Belmont finisher in the 3000m at the Vanderbilt Invitational ... Raced at the highly competitive Meyo Invitational, recording a top-30 finish in the 5000m.

Prior to Belmont: Prepped at Columbus North High under coach Rick Weinheimer ... Two-time All-State Cross Country and Track ... Helped CNHS to finish as state runner-up in 2012 ... Helped CNHS to state championship title in 2011.

Personal: Born February 20, 1997 ... Son of Scott and Beth Ballard ... Has two siblings, Parker and Kirsten ... Lists favorite athletes as Mo Farah, Ben Blakenship and Futsum Zienasellassie ... Favorite singers are Donald Glover and Hozier ... Lists greatest sports thrill as going 1-2 with his high school teammate at semistate ... Interested in majoring in Economics.

Personal Records
3000m (Indoor): 8:34.18
5000m (Outdoor): 14:56.86
10K (Outdoor): 31:13.91