INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The indoor season opened up for the Franklin track and field teams on Friday (Dec. 7) night, with the Grizzlies making the short trip north to the University of Indianapolis and the UIndy Winter Break Meet.
Highlighting the list of Grizzlies to compete on Friday was senior Kelsey Bowling, who turned in a trio of top-three finishes that included a pair of new personal records. Bowling started off the evening with a third-place finish in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles, setting a new personal record with a time of 9.76 seconds.
After that, it was off to the jump pits for the Osgood, Ind.-native, where she started things off with a third-place finish in the long jump and a new PR of 5.00 meters. She closed out her day with a runner-up finish in the triple jump at 10.46m, missing out on her program record by .03 meters.
Also setting a new personal best mark on Friday night was senior Laura Worthington. The Cloverdale, Ind.-native let loose a 13.43-meter throw in the shot put, earning a sixth-place finish overall. Morgan Clarke took part in a pair of events, finishing sixth in the long jump (4.60m) and 14th in the 200 meter dash (28.59).
Junior Matt Stienke punched his ticket to the finals of the men's 60 meter hurdles, finishing in eighth place with a time of 9.04 seconds. Freshman Michael Heading made his indoor debut in the mile with a run of 4:52.62, earning runner-up status in the event. Senior Levi Spaniolo claimed sixth in the mile, finishing behind his teammate with a time of 6:21.01.
Junior Lamonte Richardson placed sixth in the long jump with a leap of 5.75 meters. Freshman Zak Wiley competed in his first career indoor meet, taking 12th in the shot put (11.15m) and 15th in the weight throw (12.11m).
The Grizzlies will be off for over a month waiting on their next competition, which takes place on Jan. 12 in Crawfordsville, Ind. at the Wabash Indoor Invitational.