POWELL, Ohio – The Franklin cross country teams hit the course for the final time in 2017 on Saturday morning, competing in the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional.
The Franklin men improved by 13 spots from last year's regional race, coming in 21st place in the 35-team event. The FC women's team also improved their standing from one year ago in the regional meet, placing 28th overall.
Topping the leaderboard for the Franklin men was sophomore Clayton Brumfield, who placed 44th overall with a time of 26:38.4 in the 8K race. Brumfield was nine spots off being named all-region while his time on Saturday is the 15th-fastest 8K time in program history.
Chris Graham (156th/28:26.3), Logan Vandermark (201st/29:52.1), J.T. Sargent (208th/30:20.6) and Adam Rector (219th/30:38.6) wrapped up the rest of the scores for the Grizzlies on Saturday afternoon. The encouraging finish gives the Franklin men optimism heading into next fall, as all seven competitors that ran on Saturday will be back for the 2018 season.
In her final meet of the year, senior Rachel Bowden topped the leaderboard in the 6K for the FC women with a 122nd place finish with a time of 25:01.0. Right on her heels was freshman Krista Robinson, who finished 139th among the field with a time of 25:20.7.
Freshman Grace Esterline had a strong showing in her first regional race, placing 145th with a time of 25:33.1. Jayla Callens (209th/27:40.6), Monica Dougherty (213rd/27:53.0), Meghan Yencer (217th/28:03.4) and Madeleine Correll (225th/28:36.1) rounded out the time for the FC women.
Just like their male counterparts, the Franklin women have plenty to look forward to for the 2018 season, as six of the seven Grizzly runners will be back on the course next season.