HANOVER, Ind. – After their opening event was rained out, the Franklin cross country teams got their season underway on Saturday (Sept. 7) morning, taking part in the Hanover Invitational.
The Franklin men were paced by senior Clayton Brumfield, who collected his first career first-place finish in the 6K race for a Grizzly squad that finished second overall with 52 points. The Franklin women were paced by a trio of top-15 finishes on their way to a third-place ranking overall with 74 points.
Greenfield, Ind.-native Brumfield turned in a career-best performance in the men's 6K race, blowing past the field to win with a time of 20:03.70, 16 seconds better than the next closest runner. His time on Saturday shattered his previous PR in the 6K by more than a minute.
Junior Chris Graham started off the year with a strong showing, taking third overall and setting a new personal best 6K time when he clocked in at 20:19.6, less than a second behind the event's runner-up. Senior Adam Rector also claimed a new personal record on Saturday, earning a 14th-place finish with a time of 21:25.6.
Freshman Jaycee Wilburn made it four Grizzlies to finish in the top-15, clocking in at 22:13.8 to earn a 15th-place finish. Another newcomer, freshman Corbin Lee, took 19th in his debut race with a time of 22:54.7.
Senior JT Sargent (20th/23:02.0), senior Blaine Conners (21st/23:07.1), sophomore Andrew Montgomery (27th/23:47.6), sophomore Matthew Lee (28th/23:50.8), freshman Ethan Bequeret (32nd/25:14.1), senior Alex Creamer (33rd/25:33.3) and freshman Zach Hamilton (38th/26:40.1) rounded out the times for the Grizzly men.
Leading the pack for the Franklin women was freshman Angelina Gregory, who placed ninth in her debut race after clocking in at 22:22.5 in the 6K event. Sophomore Taylor Wooten wasn't far behind, claiming a 12th-place finish at 22:40.8. Another freshman, Jill Anspaugh, broke the tape in 22:52.0 to earn a 13th-place finish.
Newcomer Emma Bowling finished fourth among the Grizzlies and 18th overall in the event with a time of 23:31.8. Junior Grace Esterline was a 22nd-place finisher after clocking in at 24:08.8 and was followed by Janae Johnson in 24th place at 24:22.4 and Lex Desenberg in 27th place at 24:31.5.
Senior Jayla Callens (31st/24:52.3), freshman Farrah Young (32nd/24.59.1), freshman Makinsi Pike (38th/25:48.7), and junior Morgan Clarke (43rd/26:49.3) also took part in the event for the FC women.
Both teams will have a couple weeks off before their race, which takes place on Saturday, Sept. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind. and the McNichols Invite. The opening race is set for 9:00 p.m.