SHELBYVILLE, Ind. – Post-season competition for the Franklin cross country teams began on Saturday (Oct. 27) afternoon with the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Championships at Blue River Park.
The Grizzly men saw two runners earn all-conference honors on their way to a fifth place finish with 117 points. The FC women collected 197 points in their race, finishing seventh overall.
In the men's 8K race, junior Clayton Brumfield became a three-time First Team All-HCAC honoree after finishing with a time of 26:15.1, earning a fourth-place finish. For the Greenfield, Ind.-native, it also marked a personal-best finish at the conference championships after he recorded two straight eighth place finishes.
Not far behind was fellow junior Blaine Conners, who picked up his first career First Team All-HCAC award with a seventh-place finish and a time of 26:33.9. Not only was it his best finish at the conference meet, but it was also the second-best 8K time in the Franklin-native's career.
Sophomore Chris Graham placed 26th in the race with a time of 27:41.9, setting a new personal best time in in 8K race by less than three seconds. Junior Adam Rector came in fourth on the team and 46th overall with a 29:34.5, followed by Logan Vandermark's time of 20:18.9 which was good for 52nd place.
Finishing at the top of the FC women's lineup was sophomore Krista Robinson, who came in with a time of 26:03.2 to earn a 36th place finish. Just a few spots back was sophomore Grace Esterline, whose time of 26:31.4 earned her a 42nd place finish.
Freshman Taylor Wooten's first conference championship ended with a 48th place finish and a time of 26:52.2, a new personal-best time in a 6K race. Junior Jayla Callens (26:52.7) and senior Meghan Yencer (26:58.8) followed Wooten in the rankings, with 49th and 50th place finishes, respectively. Senior Kelsey Bowling (69th/28:40.8), freshman Morgan Timmons (28:48.6) and sophomore Madeleine Correll (81st/31:08.6) rounded out the lineup for the Grizzly women.
With the conference championship behind them, the Grizzlies can turn their attention to the 2018 Great Lakes Regional, which will be held at Blue River Park in two weeks on Nov. 10. The first race is set for 11:45 a.m.