CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Franklin College track and field teams wrapped the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday (Apr. 27) afternoon on the campus of Mount St. Joseph University.
Four different Grizzlies are bringing home medals after recording top three finishes and one Franklin distance runners set new program and HCAC Championship records on his way to a gold medal finish. Both teams collected 28 points over the two-day event.
Junior Clayton Brumfield successfully defended his championship in the 1500-meter run and made history doing so. The Greenfield, Ind.-native rolled to a first-place finish with a time of 3:56.71, setting a new Franklin program record and breaking the previous best time at the HCAC Championships by .07 seconds. It was the first time Brumfield cracked the four-minute mark in the event. Later in the day, Brumfield took 11th in the 5K with a run of 15:59.43.
The Grizzlies claimed their second gold medal came when Matt Stienke bested a competitive field in the 110-meter hurdles with a new personal best time of 15.55 seconds. It marks the third time in his career that the Mooresville, Ind.-native has claimed gold at the HCAC Championships, as he was a two-time winner of the 60-meter hurdles at the indoor championships.
After coming up just short of a podium finish on Friday, senior Kelsey Bowling collected a silver medal in the triple jump with a leap of 10.16 meters. She would also grab points in the finals of the 100-meter hurdles, taking seventh with a time of 19.11 seconds.
Junior Lamonte Richardson recorded his first career podium finish with a personal-best showing in the javelin throw. The Beech Grove, Ind.-native recorded a third-place finish after a toss of 47.60 meters. Later in the day, Richardson claimed a 10th-place finish in the long jump with a 6.15-meter leap, coming up just short of his personal best jump.
Just missing out on a spot in the top-three in the women's javelin was junior Sarah Miller, whose 31.92-meter throw narrowly missed out on a medal spot as she settled for fourth place. Senior Laura Worthington turned in a strong effort in the hammer throw on her way to a fifth-place finish and a 40.50 toss. Competing in her first outdoor championships, freshman Taylor Wooten set a new PR in the 5K, placing 11th in 20:18.64.
The Grizzlies will be back in action on May 9-10, heading to Naperville, Ill. for the Dr. Keeler Invite, hosted by North Central College.