WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Two weeks after their first race of the year, the Franklin College men's and women's cross country teams were back on the course on Friday afternoon, heading north to Purdue University for the Indiana Intercollegiate Championships.
Both Franklin teams competed in the Little State races. The FC men finished ninth overall in their first 8K race of the year while the Grizzly women took 12th place in their first 6K event of the season.
A pair of sophomores led the way for the Franklin men, with Clayton Brumfield topping the FC leaderboard. Brumfield took 46th place overall, clocking in with a time of 28:36.4. Right on his heels was fellow sophomore Blaine Conners, who earned a 55th place finish with a time of 28:51.4.
Freshman Chris Graham finished third on the Grizzlies and 78th overall after breaking the tape with a time of 30:11.0. Junior J.T. Sargent (104th/31:56.1), freshman Logan Vandermark (109th/32:22.7) and sophomore Adam Rector (111th/32:28.8) rounded out the times for the FC men.
Rose-Hulman took the men's "Little State" title, just edging out UIndy for the top team spot among all non-Division I teams. Wabash's Dominic Patacsil topped all individuals from the "Little State" schools with a time of 25:39.0.
Topping the leaderboard for the Franklin women was senior Rachel Bowden. The New Albany, Ind.-native clocked in with a time of 26:55.4, taking 66th place. Senior Meghan Yencer finished second on the year and 79th overall with a time of 28:29.0 and one spot behind her was freshman Grace Esterline, whose 28:32.5 gave her an 80th place finish.
Junior Monica Dougherty (92nd/29:28.5), senior Casey Tranter (101st/30:51.7) and freshman Madeleine Correll (110th/32:11.8) rounded out the lineup for the Franklin women.
The top spot among "Little State" schools on the women's side went to DePauw University, who finished with 62 points to best UIndy and Rose-Hulman by 30 points each. Vincennes' Anais Da Silva was tops among all non-Division I runners with a time of 23:13.0.
Both Franklin teams will have two weeks off before heading to Louisville, Ky. for the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday, Sept. 30. The first race is set to begin at 9:30 a.m.