SHELBYVILLE, Ind. – The Franklin College cross country teams descended on Blue River Park for the third time this season, taking part in a frigid NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Saturday (Nov. 10) morning.
Both teams saw several runners set personal records and improve their career best time in a regional meet. The Franklin men placed 26th at the event while the Grizzly women finished 31st overall.
Topping the leaderboard for the Franklin men was junior Blaine Conners, whose 8K time of 26:19.2 earned him a 54th place finish. The Franklin-native improved 58 spots from his performance at last year's regional, improving his previous best regional time by nearly 80 seconds. Not far behind was fellow junior Clayton Brumfield, who clocked in at 26:29.3, making a nine-second improvement from his 2017 regional performance.
Sophomore Chris Graham shattered his previous best time on Saturday, clocking in with a time of 27:17.2 to improve 24 spots from last year's regional and set a new personal record by 24 seconds. Junior Adam Rector made the biggest strides from last year's regional, finishing 15 spots higher and 1:40 faster with a time of 28:58.1 and a 204th place finish. Freshman Andrew Montgomery (229th/29:52.8), sophomore Logan Vandermark (239th/30:29.8) and junior Sean Groves (251st/31:33.5) rounded out the Franklin men's lineup.
Sophomore Krista Robinson led the way for the Franklin women, taking 160th place in the 6K race with a time of 25:34.0, besting her previous season-best time by 29 seconds. Freshman Taylor Wooten closed out her debut season on a high note, setting a new personal record by 22 seconds with a time of 26:30.8 on her way to a 186th place finish.
Sophomore Grace Esterline took 187th place with a time of 26:33.0, matching a season-best time. Junior Jayla Callens finished 198th with a time of 27:02.6, followed by senior Meghan Yencer's 205th place finish and a mark of 27:25.9. Freshman Morgan Timmons took 227th after clocking in at 28:59.9 and sophomore Madeleine Correll's time of 30:43.2 was a season-best time by 25 seconds, earning her a 234th place finish.