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RECAP | Stienke's Gold Medal Highlights Grizzlies' Showing at HCAC Indoor Championships

Photo courtesy of Defiance College Athletics
Photo courtesy of Defiance College Athletics

DEFIANCE, Ohio – On Saturday (Feb. 16) afternoon, the Franklin College track and field teams packed up shop and headed east for the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Defiance College.

Saturday's competition was highlighted by the Grizzly seniors competing in their final indoor championships. Franklin seniors grabbed four podium finishes, securing one gold medal and four different personal records on the afternoon. The Franklin men finished eighth with the women placing ninth overall.

Senior hurdler Matt Stienke captured gold in the 60-meter hurdles, edging out the rest of the field in the finals of the event with a time of 8.79 seconds. It marks the second straight year the Mooresville, Ind.-native stood atop the podium in the 60-meter hurdles at the indoor event.

Fellow senior Kelsey Bowling made the most of her final indoor championships, picking up a trio of top-five finishes for the Grizzly women. In the finals of the 60-meter hurdles, the Osgood, Ind.-native matched her personal best time for the third time this year, clocking in at 9.72 seconds to finish fifth overall. She would then move over to the long jump where her best jump of 5.07 seconds set a new personal record and earned a third-place finish. She added another bronze medal finish in the triple jump, recording a distance of 10.26 meters.

Nathan Adams closed out his indoor career with another strong performance in the throws. The Indianapolis-native earned a silver medal in the weight throw with a toss of 17.56 meters and added a sixth-place finish in the shot put after a 13.45 meter heave, setting a personal-best mark in the latter. Freshman Evan Hosea also set a new PR in the shot put with a 11.27-meter throw.

The lone senior thrower on the women's side, Laura Worthington left the event with new personal best throws in both events. The Cloverdale, Ind.-native earned a fifth-place finish in the weight throw with an impressive toss of 13.97 meters. In the shot put, she recorded a toss of 9.06 meters, finishing just outside of the top-10.

On the track, junior Clayton Brumfield clocked in with a new personal record in the mile run, taking fourth place overall with a time of 4:25.94. It was the first of two top-10 finishes for the Greenfield, Ind.-native, as earlier in the night he placed eighth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:04.56. Freshman Michael Heading took eighth in the 400-meter dash with a new individual-best time of 53.27 seconds.

With the conference championships in the past, the Grizzlies turn their attention to the first of two last chances to qualify for the indoor national championships. The first comes next Saturday (Feb. 23) at the Fred Wilt Invitational, hosted by Anderson University.