GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The 2019 cross country season came to a close on Saturday (Nov. 16), when the Franklin cross country squads took part in the 2019 Great Lakes Regional.
Senior Clayton Brumfield became the first Grizzly male to earn all-region honors since Brandon Welti in 2008, finishing inside the top-35 in the first race of the day. Franklin's men placed 29th overall while the women's team took 31st against the field.
Greenfield, Ind.-native Brumfield capped a stellar senior campaign with an 8K time of 24:52.8, earning him a 33rd-place finish and his first career all-region honor with a top-35 placing. It caps a wonderful career for the FC harrier, as he adds to his personal trophy case that includes four all-conference awards, four top-10 finishes at the HCAC championships and an HCAC Freshman of the Year award in 2016.
Fellow senior Adam Rector recorded his best regional finish, placing 171st overall and setting a new career-best 8K time with 27:06.0. Junior Chris Graham put a bow on his season with a 198th place finish after breaking the tape in 27:44.6.
Freshman Jaycee Wilburn placed 213th overall in his first career regional, finishing with a time of 28:15.3. Senior JT Sargent (28:34.8) placed 221st in his final regional and was followed by Sean Groves (29:03.1) in 229th and sophomore Matthew Lee (30:30.3) in 241st place.
Freshman Angelina Gregory topped the leaderboard for the Franklin women, finishing 153rd overall with a time of 25:02.9 in the 6K race to finish with her second-fastest time of the fall. Not far behind in 180th-place was sophomore Taylor Wooten, whose time of 26:00.1 gave her a 179th-place finish and a new career-best time in the 6K.
Junior Grace Esterline finished 190th overall after hitting the end line in 26:31.5, a season-best time in the 6K. Right on her heels was freshman Emma Bowling, who placed 193rd in 26:39.4, missing out on a season-best time by three seconds. Senior Jayla Callens (26:54.4) finished in 199th, freshman Makinsi Pike (26:55.0) placed 200th and freshman Lex Desenberg (28:33.3) took 219th to round out the times for the FC women.