RECAP | Grizzlies Bring Home Two Gold Medals at HCAC Indoor Championships

Matt Stienke (middle) on the podium after his win in the 60 meter hurdles (Photo courtesy of Anderson University)
Matt Stienke (middle) on the podium after his win in the 60 meter hurdles (Photo courtesy of Anderson University)

ANDERSON, Ind. – The Franklin College track and field teams traveled north on Saturday (Feb. 17) for the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships on the campus of Anderson University.

The Grizzlies are heading back home with some hardware in tow, collecting two event championships and recording four podium finishes over the course of the day. The FC men collected 40 points while the women finished the day with 26 points.

The first win of the day came in the finals of the men's 60-meter hurdles. Sophomore Matt Stienke edged out two runners by less than .10 seconds, winning with a new personal best time of 8.70 seconds. That time is the second fastest in program history.

Sophomore Clayton Brumfield claimed his second straight indoor conference championship in the mile run. The Greenfield, Ind.-native raced past the field with a time of 4:25.86, besting the next best time by more than two seconds.

Senior Nathan Adams picked up a bronze medal in the men's weight throw with a toss of 16.28 meters, breaking his own program record for the fourth time during the 2018 indoor season. Sophomore Reed Sauter also brought home a third-place finish in the 800 meter run, clocking in with a time of 1:59.72.

Noah Dahlquist picked up a sixth-place finish in the men's high jump after clearing the 1.73 meter mark. Franklin's men's distance medley team of Logan Vandermark, Blaine Conners, J.T. Sargent and Chris Graham finishes seventh in the relay with a time of 11:34.95. Conners added a ninth-place finish in the men's 5K race, clocking in at 15:57.04.

The Franklin women's 4x200 meter relay team of Emily Walker, Kelsey Bowling, Sarah Miller and Morgan Clarke set a new team-best time in the event at 1:50.37, just missing out on a podium finish in fourth place overall.

Bowling would rack up points in two other events for the Grizzlies on Saturday. The first came in the finals of the 60 meter hurdles, where Bowling's time of 9.94 seconds earned a fifth-place finish. The Osgood, Ind.-native added a sixth-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 4.68 meters.

In the women's mile run, senior Rachel Bowden took fourth place with a time of 5:44.87. Freshman Grace Esterline took sixth place in the same event with a time of 5:49.17. Clarke added a fifth-place finish in the finals of the 60-meter dash after clocking in at 8.30 seconds.

With the conference championships in the rear-view mirror, the Grizzlies will have two more chances to qualify athletes for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. The first comes next Saturday (Feb. 24), when the Grizzlies head back to Anderson for the Fred Wilt Invitational. Start time is set for 1:00 p.m.