LOUSIVILLE, Ky. – The Franklin cross country teams made the short drive to Tom Sawyer State Park on Saturday (Oct. 5) morning for the annual Greater Lousiville Classic, hosted by the University of Louisville.
Taking on a massive field of competitors, the Grizzlies saw several competitors hit season and personal best times during the day. The men competed in an 8K race while the majority of the women's competitors were limited to running 3.9K following an error by the pace car.
Topping the leaderboard for the Franklin men for the third time this year was senior Clayton Brumfield, whose 26:25.2 was good for a season-best time and a 130th place finish in the silver race. Also recording a season-best time was junior Chris Graham, who clocked in at 27:56.2 to place 220th overall.
Senior Adam Rector was right on Graham's heels before finishing with a new PR time of 28:07.5. Senior Blaine Conners (29:14.0), freshman Jaycee Wilburn (29:22.9), senior JT Sargent (30:53.4), freshman Henry Davidson (31:18.4), sophomore Matthew Lee (31:19.5), senior Sean Groves (31:20.7) and senior Alex Creamer (34:09.9) all set season best times in the 8K.
Freshman Angelina Gregory paced Franklin in the women's shortened race, placing 187th overall with a time of 16:07.0 in the 3.9K-recorded time. Junior Grace Esterline finished second on the FC leaderboard with a time of 17:02.7, earning her a 217th-place finish.
Freshman Jill Anspaugh clocked in at 17:17.6, followed closely by Taylor Wooten's time of 17:19.0. Freshman Emma Bowling (17:25.7), freshman Makinski Pike (19:06.8) and senior Jayla Callens (19:12.6) rounded out the FC times in the shortened competition.
Three Grizzlies took place in a separate heat that finished a 5K race. Freshman Farrah Young racked up a time of 22:46.8 with fellow freshman Janae Johnson clocking in at 22:59.3. Freshman Lex Desenberg rounded out the times with a race of 23:40.0, as all three competitors set new personal records in the 5K along the way.
Franklin wraps up the regular season in two weeks, when they head to Oberlin, Ohio for the Inter-Region Rumble, hosted by Oberlin College. The first race is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m.