DEFIANCE, Ohio – The Franklin College track and field teams headed east on Saturday (Jan. 26) for the Defiance Small College Invitational in the George M. Smart Center, the first of two trips to Defiance for the Grizzlies this year.
A handful of Grizzlies are coming back home new personal bests as the men's team finished fifth and the women placed eighth. Franklin's lone event winner of the night was junior distance runner Clayton Brumfield, who crossed the line in 2:00.79 to best the field. Right on his heels was freshman Michael Heading, who won his heat and placed third overall with a time of 2:04.25. Logan Vandermark won the opening heat of the 800-meter, breaking the tape in 2:15.32.
Sophomore Chris Graham captured second place in the 3000-meter run with a time of 9:35.79 and junior Adam Rector scored in the same event with a seventh-place finish and a time of 10:09.39. Matt Stienke turned in a strong showing in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 8.97 seconds to take fourth place overall.
In the throwing events, senior Nathan Adams finished second overall and first among all affiliated competitors in the weight throw with a toss of 17.01 meters. Freshman Zak Wylie set a new PR in the event and earned ninth place with a toss of 13.93 meters and fellow newcomer Evan Hosea's toss of 11.27 meters was also a new personal best.
On the women's side, senior Kelsey Bowling picked up points in four separate events on the day. On the track, she claimed sixth in the 400-meter dash (1:08.54) and added a seventh-place finish in the finals of the 60-meter dash (8.56). The Osgood, Ind.-native would then head to the jumps where she finished second in the long jump (4.91m) and ninth in the high jump after clearing the 1.22-meter bar.
Junior Sarah Miller picked up a pair of top-10 finishes, placing seventh in the 400-meter dash (1:08.99) and ninth in the 200 (29.66). A trio of distance runners also scored for the Grizzlies, starting with Jayla Callens' sixth-place finish in the mile run with a time of 6:48.11. In the 3000-meter run, sophomore Grace Esterline crossed the line in 12:15.39 and was followed closely by teammate Taylor Wooten at 12:18.54. The duo finished second and third in the event, respectively.
Senior Laura Worthington recorded a pair of new personal records in the throw pits. She placed fifth in the weight throw with a toss of 13.92 meters and followed it up with an 8.75-meter toss in the shot put.
Both Grizzly teams will have six days off before their next competition, when they head to Greencastle, Ind. for the DePauw Tiger Small College Invitational on Friday, Feb. 1. The action gets underway at 6:00 p.m.