GREENCASTLE, Ind. – Several new personal records were set by members of the Franklin track and field teams on Saturday (Apr. 13) at the Indiana DIII Championships, hosted by DePauw University.
The first new PR of the day came when freshman Michael Heading broke the two-minute mark for the first time in his career, placing 10th overall with a time of 1:59.83. The top finisher of the day on the men's side was senior Matt Stienke, who took third overall in the finals of the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.65 seconds.
Junior Lamonte Richardson got in on the PR party, taking fifth in the javelin with a toss of 45.42 meters. Freshman Zak Wiley set a new personal best throw in the discus at 41.57 meters. Logan Vandermark's time of 2:14.36 in the 800-meter dash was a new individual best, as was freshman Matthew Lee's time of 18:56.12 in the 5K. Junior Clayton Brumfield turned in a strong showing in the 1500-meter run, taking sixth in 4:03.12.
On the women's side, sophomore Hunter Fields claimed new top personal marks in both events she took part in. The Morgantown, Ind.-native placed ninth in the javelin with a toss of 27.32 meters and followed it up with an 11th-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 9.83 meters. Junior Amanda McKinney also claimed a new personal record in the hammer throw, sending the rock 33.81 meters.
Senior Kelsey Bowling continued her strong spring with three top-four finishes on Saturday. The Osgood, Ind.-native had her best showing in the triple jump, placing second with a 10.14-meter leap. She would go on to collect a pair of fourth-place finishes in both the long jump (4.70m) and the 100-meter hurdles (16.48). Junior Sarah Miller placed seventh in the javelin with a 27.86-meter toss, while senior Laura Worthington took seventh in both the discus (34.12m) and the hammer throw (38.60m).
The Grizzlies will have their final tune-up before the conference championships on Friday (Apr. 19), heading to Terre Haute, Ind. for the Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet. Start time is set for 4:30 p.m.