TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Franklin College track and field teams stepped into action for the first time in 2018 on Friday night, taking part in the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Invitational inside Rose Hulman's Sports and Recreation Center.
One program record fell on Friday night as the Grizzlies combined for 10 top-five finishes overall. The women's team finished in fifth place with 45.5 points and the men took sixth place with 26 points.
For the second straight event in the indoor season, Franklin senior thrower Nathan Adams set a new program record in the weight throw. The Indianapolis-native broke his own school record with a heave of 15.99 meters, earning third place overall in the event.
Junior Kelsey Bowling turned in a strong showing for the Grizzlies, picking up three top-five finishes. The Osgood, Ind.-native took third place in both the women's long jump (4.83m) and the triple jump (9.87m) and added a runner-up finish in the women's 60-meter hurdles with a time of 10.10 seconds.
Dillon Hankins took third place in the men's long jump with a leap of 5.80 meters. Hunter Fields earned the Grizzlies' final top-five finish in the field, taking fourth place in the women's high jump by clearing the 1.40-meter mark.
A pair of Franklin sprinters found their way into the top-five in their respective events. Freshman Morgan Clarke earned a fourth-place finish in the women's 200-meter dash with a time of 28.39 meters. Sophomore Matt Stienke also picked up a fourth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.06 seconds.
Two Franklin distance runners also cracked their respective top-fives in the 3,000-meter run. Sophomore Clayton Brumfield picked up fourth place in the men's 3K race with a time of 9.04.84, while freshman Grace Esterline earned a fifth-place finish in the women's event, clocking in with a time of 11.38.68.
The Grizzlies will be back in action next Friday (Jan. 26), when they return to the Sports and Recreation Center in Terre Haute for the Engineer Invitational. Start time is set for 6:00 p.m.