NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Franklin College cross country team members Clayton Brumfield, Krista Robinson and Rachel Bowden collected HCAC All-Conference honors on Saturday at the 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Championships.
For the second straight year, Franklin claimed one of the two Freshmen of the Year awards when Robinson placed as the top freshman in the women's 6K race. The Greenwood, Ind-native capped a stellar debut season with a seventh place finish, clocking in at 23:57.76.
Competing in her final HCAC Championship, Bowden captured her first career all-conference award. The New Albany, Ind.-native clocked in with a career-best 6K time of 24:11.96, earning 11th place overall.
Freshman Grace Esterline took third on the Grizzlies' leaderboard, earning a 34th place finish with a time of 25:48.45. Junior Monica Dougherty was right on her tails, placing 41st with a time of 26:32.47.
Jayla Callens (45th/26:18.51), Meghan Yencer (59th/27:50.14) and Madeleine Correll (61st/28:07.84) rounded out the lineup for the FC women.
For the second straight year, Brumfield paced the Franklin men's team in the 8K race. The Greenfield, Ind.-native finished in eighth place for the second straight year, clocking in with a career-best 8K time of 26:42.40. Freshman Chris Graham also set a new personal best in his first career conference championship meet, finishing in 26th place with a time of 28:09.37.
Sophomore Blaine Conners was right on Graham's heels, taking 29th place with a time of 28:14.19. Junior Heath Deugan (34th/28:35.69), freshman Logan Vandermark (41st/28:58.22), sophomore Adam Rector (44th/29:08.16), junior J.T. Sargent (54th/29:53.00), sophomore Sean Groves (75th/31:50.13) and sophomore Alex Creamer (89th/34:35.98) rounded out the Franklin lineup.
The Franklin women would claim fifth place in the nine-team field, while the FC men earned a seventh place finish, nine points behind fourth-place Manchester. Rose-Hulman captured both team championships.
Both Grizzly squads resume post-season competition in two weeks, traveling to Powell, Ohio for the 2017 Great Lakes Championship on Saturday, Nov. 11. Start time is set for 11:00 a.m.