GREENCASTLE, Ind. – In their final weekend of competition before the conference indoor championships, the Franklin College track & field teams were scattered across the state of Indiana on Friday (Feb. 8) and Saturday (Feb. 9).
The weekend started off on a high note on Friday, with junior Clayton Brumfield re-writing the Franklin history book at the Hoosier Hills Invitational in Bloomington, Ind. The Greenfield, Ind.-native placed 14th in the 3000-meter run, setting a new program record in the event with a time of 8:50.50. His mark shattered Kris Sandin's 2013 record-setting time by more than eight seconds.
On Saturday, it was off to Greencastle for the second straight week for the 2019 DePauw Indoor Invitational. Two more Grizzly distance runners turned in strong showings at the event, starting in the 800-meter run where Michael Heading claimed a 12th place finish with a time of 2:04.90, coming up just short of matching his season best. In the mile run, sophomore Chris Graham earned a ninth-place finish with a time of 4:42.20, setting a new personal best time in the event during the indoor season.
In the throws pit, senior Nathan Adams turned in a pair of strong showings. Adams placed second in the weight throw with a toss of 17.57 meters, finishing just shy of the top mark. Later in the night, the Indianapolis, Ind.-native notched a new season-best mark in the shot put with a 12.97-meter heave and a 10th place finish in the event.
Freshman Evan Hosea set a new personal best mark in the shot put with a 11.88-meter throw. Fellow rookie Zak Wiley placed 10th in the weight throw with a toss of 14.18 meters, continuing his ascent up the Franklin top-10 list.
Senior Kelsey Bowling took home a trio of top-five finishes on Saturday against a deep field of competitors. The Osgood, Ind.-native started her day by qualifying for the finals of the 60-meter hurdles, where she finished third with a time of 9.87 seconds. In the jump pits, she added fifth place finishes in both the long jump (4.83m) and the triple jump (9.87m).
Junior Sarah Miller stepped into the throw pits for the first time this year, recording a team-best 8.50-meter throw in the shot put. The Boggstown, Ind.-native would also take part in the 60-meter dash (8.65) and the 200-meter dash (28.65).
Freshman Taylor Wooten placed first in her heat of the mile run, placing 18th overall in 5:57.64. Right on her heels was sophomore Grace Esterline, who set a new season best time in the event with a time of 6:01.74. The quartet of Miller, Bowling, Wooten and Jayla Callens took home a fifth-place finish in the 4x400 meter relay, breaking the tape in 4:34.67.
The Grizzlies will make their second trip of the indoor season to Defiance, Ohio next Saturday (Feb. 16) for the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Indoor Championships. Events get underway at 1:00 p.m.