WILMINGTON, Ohio – The Franklin cross country teams brought a close to their regular season on Friday (Oct. 12) afternoon, taking part in the Jenna Strong Fall Classic, hosted by Wilmington College.
Seven different runner set new personal records and a pair of Grizzlies earned spots in the program's top-10 times list against two fields of more than 350 runners. The men's team finished 16th overall while the women's team earned a 24th place finish.
Up first was the women's 5K race with senior Meghan Yencer leading the field for the Grizzlies. The Poneto, Ind.-native finished with a season-best time in a 5K, taking 138th place with a time of 21:25.9, her fastest recorded time in three years. Sophomore Krista Robinson placed second on the team and 161st overall at 21:46.3, while Grace Esterline earned a 173rd place finish with a time of 21:56.9.
Jayla Callens placed 195th overall with a new personal record time of 22:23.3. Also setting new personal best times were freshmen Taylor Wooten (22:28.4) and Morgan Timmons (23:25.2), earning them 202nd and 229th places, respectively. Madeleine Correll rounded out the FC lineup with a time of 25:22.3, taking 272nd place overall.
For the second straight event, juniors Clayton Brumfield and Blaine Conners blew past their personal best 8K times and improved their standing on the program's top times list. Brumfield placed 22nd overall in the 363-man field, finishing with a time of 25:50.0, giving him the sixth-fastest 8K time in program history. Conners also turned in another personal best performance, taking 30th place overall with a time of 26:08.8, moving him into eighth place on the program's list of top performances.
Sophomore Chris Graham placed 153rd with a time of 28:04.1, followed by junior Adam Rector's personal-best time of 28:35.7 that earned him a 186th place finish. Logan Vandermark (237th/29:39.8), Andrew Montgomery (249th/29:52.6), Sean Groves (296th/31:23.7) and Alex Simon (349th/34:41.6) rounded out the Franklin lineup, with all setting new personal best times at the event.
Both teams will have two weeks to rest up before taking part in the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Championships at Blue River Park in nearby Shelbyville, Ind.