CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – For the first time in 2019, the Franklin track and field teams were in action when they made the short trip to the campus of Wabash College for the Robert H. Little Giant Open.
The Grizzlies picked up two event wins and four program records fell in their first competition of the new year. No team scores were kept at the event.
The first record to fall was the top mark in the men's weight throw. Senior Nathan Adams shattered his former program record with a toss of 18.29 meters, winning the event and moving into sixth place among all competitors in Division III. Adams wasn't done after the event, picking up a seventh-place finish in the shot put with a heave of 12.40 meters.
The other program record to fall was in the men's 4x800 meter relay, as the quartet of Clayton Brumfield, Michael Heading, Logan Vandermark and Levi Spaniolo combined to finish second overall in 9:32.94. The final person to etch their names as the new record holder in the women's 300-meter dash was Sarah Miller, who dashed to the finish line in 48.77.
Junior Clayton Brumfield claimed the top spot in the 1000-meter run, besting the field with a time of 2:38.75 which also moves him into fourth place all-time in FC history. Freshman Michael Heading joined his teammate near the top of the leaderboard in the 1000-meter run, taking fourth place with a time of 2:45.31, good for eighth in program history.
Taylor Wooten took second place in the 3000-meter run, clocking in with a time of 12:47.45. Right behind her in third place was sophomore Grace Esterline, who finished at a 13:07.21 pace. In the same event on the men's side, Chris Graham finished sixth with a time of 9:38.36.
Senior Kelsey Bowling picked up three top-five finishes on Saturday. Her first came on the track in the finals of the 60-meter dash, where she placed third with a time of 10.13. She added a runner-up finish in the triple jump (9.97m) and a fifth-place finish in the long jump (4.82m). Laura Worthington had a strong showing in the weight throw, finishing second overall with a toss of 12.95m.
Matt Leming placed fifth in the 60-meter dash at 7.98 seconds, one spot ahead of senior Matt Stienke's finish in the 60-meter hurdles where he finished in 8.99 seconds. Dillon Hankins took fourth in the long jump at 5.45 meters and Zak Wylie collected sixth place in the weight throw with a 12.32-meter toss.
The indoor season resumes on Friday (Jan. 18) night, when the Grizzlies pack up and head west to Terre Haute, Ind. for the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Invitational. Action begins at 6:00 p.m.