GREENCASTLE, Ind. – It was a big Friday (Feb. 1) night for the Franklin track and field teams as they took part in the 2019 Tiger Small College Invitational, hosted by DePauw University.
Three Grizzlies captured event titles on the night while 15 competitors hit new personal records in their respective events. Both teams finished fifth overall on the night, with the women picking up 43 points to 41 points for the men.
Heading up the Grizzly winners were the team's two top hurdles in seniors Matt Stienke and Kelsey Bowling. Stienke broke the tape in 8.59 seconds to take the top spot, setting a new personal-best time and finishing a scant .03 seconds off of the Franklin program record. Bowling matched her personal best time in the event, finishing in 9.72 seconds. Bowling would add a pair of top-three finishes in her field events, placing second in the long jump (4.92m) and third in the triple jump (10.03m).
The Grizzlies' other win came courtesy of senior Nathan Adams in his specialty event, the weight throw. The Indianapolis, Ind.-native blew past the rest of the field with a 17.88 meter throw, besting second place by nearly three meters.
Adams wasn't the only Grizzly thrower to have a big night, as freshman Zak Wylie set a pair of new personal best throws on Friday night. Wylie's 14.94-meter throw in the weight throw earned him a second-place finish and he followed it up with a 12.44-meter heave in the shot put to set a new personal mark. Freshman Evan Hosea's 11.36-meter toss in the weight throw also set a new personal best mark.
On the women's side, senior Laura Worthington claimed third place in the weight throw with a toss of 13.65 meters, coming up just short of her personal best throw. Sophomore Isabel Monnett set two new personal best marks in the throw pits, recording an 8.60-meter toss in the shot put and a 7.77-meter throw in the weight throw.
On the track, junior Clayton Brumfield matched his fastest time in the mile run, taking second place in 4:25.79. All six distance runners taking part in the 3000-meter run set new individual best times with Chris Graham (9:28.40), Adam Rector (10:05.86), Jordan Johnson (10:25.06), Andrew Montgomery (10:35.83), Sean Groves (11:03.71) and Matthew Lee (11:18.47) competing. Freshman Taylor Wooten also set a new personal best time in the women's 3000-meter run, taking fourth place in 12:10.50).
Michael Heading set new best times in the 200-meter (25.12) and 400-meter (53.77) dash, taking fourth place in the latter. Sarah Miller earned runner-up status in the 60-meter dash (8.26) and garnered sixth in the 200-meter dash (29.38). Matt Leming was the final Grizzly to set a new personal best time, finishing the men's 60-meter dash in 7.96 seconds.
The Grizzlies return to Greencastle in eight days for their final tune-up before the conference championships. Franklin takes part in the DePauw Invitational next Saturday (Feb. 9), with the event starting at 11:00 a.m.