FRANKLIN, Ind. – The outdoor season came to a close for the Franklin track and field teams on Thursday (May 16) evening, with the Grizzlies taking part in a pair of last chance meets. A handful of distance runners competed in the North Central College Gregory Final Qualifier while a group of hurdlers and field athletes took part in the Great Lakes Final Qualifying Meet in Delaware, Ohio.
A pair of seniors ended their careers on a high note at the Great Lakes Last Chance Meet, with Matt Stienke and Kelsey Bowling hitting new personal best times in their respective events.
In the prelims of a stacked 110-meter hurdles field, Stienke broke through with a time of 15.18, finishing 10th overall and besting his previous PR by .37 seconds. Bowling soared past her previous career-long in the triple jump, going for 10.68 meters to earn a fourth-place finish. One of the top point scorers in program history, Bowling also placed first in the long jump (5.01m) and ninth in the 100-meter hurdles (16.75).
Zak Wiley earned a fifth-place finish in the discus throw with a toss of 38.62 meters and an eighth-place finish in the javelin with a heave of 36.84 meters. Sophomore Hunter Fields took eighth in the women's hammer throw with a throw of 37.56 meters.
In Naperville, Ill. at the North Central meet, freshman Michael Heading put the cap on a strong rookie season with a time of 2:00.61 in the 800-meter run, good for a 20th-place finish and his second-best time of the year in the event. Junior Clayton Brumfield brought home a 23rd-place finish in the 1500-meter run, clocking in at 4:07.69. Sophomore Chris Graham took part in the men's 5K, finishing in 17:00.91.