FRANKLIN,, Ind. – Follow a two-week hiatus from competition, the Franklin College track and field team sent two squads out on the road to compete in a pair of events over the weekend.
First up, a handful of distance runners headed to St. Louis, Mo. on Friday night for the WashU Distance Carnival. On Saturday, the Grizzly sprinters and field athletes made the short trek to Hanover, Ind. for the Hanover Invitational.
On Friday night against a massive field of 5K runners from all collegiate levels, the Franklin men were led by junior Clayton Brumfield and his 15:22.92 time that earned the Greenfield, Ind.-native a 44th-place finish. Sophomore Chris Graham placed 116th overall, breaking the tape in 16:08.51, following by Blaine Conners' time of 16:41.48 that earned him a 155th place finish.
Adam Rector (190th/17:15.50), J.T. Sargent (212th/18:38.79), Sean Groves (214th/18:56.03), Alex Creamer (215th/18:58.43) and Matthew Lee (217th/19:13.39) rounded out the times for the FC men with Creamer and Lee hitting new personal best outdoor times. Also hitting a new outdoor PR in the 5K was the lone female competitor in Taylor Wooten, who placed 131st in her race with a mark of 20:44.92.
On Saturday, the Grizzlies collected a pair of wins in the throws. The first came from junior Lamonte Richardson, who stepped onto the runway for his first career showing in the javelin throw. All the Beech Grove, Ind.-native did was record a toss of 44.15 meter, taking the top spot by more than three meters. Richardson would add an 11th-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 5.50 meters.
Franklin's other event win came in the men's shot put, with freshman Zak Wiley earning the top spot with a throw of 13.93 meters. It was one of four top-10 finishes for the freshman thrower, as he would also place third in his first career attempt in the javelin (39.88m), fifth in the hammer throw (36.78m) and ninth in the discus (37.60m). All four throws are new personal bests for Wiley.
Senior Matt Stienke nearly made it three wins for the Grizzlies in the 110-meter hurdles. The Mooreville, Ind.-native would instead settle for a runner-up finish in the event, clocking in at 16.05 seconds.
The Franklin women sent a quartet of student-athletes to the event, with each putting together strong showings across the board. Junior Sarah Miller turned in a strong showing in the javelin throw, finishing third in a packed field with a throw of 30.16 meters. Senior Kelsey Bowling racked up three top-five finishes, earning third-place in both the 100-meter hurdles (16.24) and the triple jump (10.43m) and a fifth-place finish in the long jump (5.07m).
In the throw pits, senior Laura Worthington became the program's new record holder in the hammer throw with a toss of 41.88 meters, earning a fourth-place finish. Worthington just edged out Erica Christy's previous school of 41.11 meters, set back in 2017. Later in the day, Worthington captured a sixth-place finish in the discus, recording a throw of 30.61 meters. Making her first career appearance, freshman Erikka Ededuwa claimed a four-place finish in the shot put, recording a toss of 10.03 meters.
Next up for the Grizzlies is their home event, which is set for next Saturday (Apr. 6) at Grizzly Park for the 2019 Grizzly Invitational. Start time is set for 11:30 a.m.