INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Eight Franklin College track and field student-athletes were named among the list of "Athletes to Watch" by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) when the league announced its outdoor track and field coaches' polls.
Four Grizzly upper-classmen were selected to the list on the women's side with seniors Kelsey Bowling and Laura Worthington joined by juniors Sarah Miller and Jayla Callens. On the men's side, senior Matt Stienke and junior Clayton Brumfield are joined by freshmen Zak Wiley and Michael Heading among the list of the top athletes in the league.
Bowling is coming off another indoor season that saw her lead the Grizzlies in points accumulated. The Osgood, Ind.-native looks to close out her career on a high note and will be a force once again in the hurdles, the long jump and the high jump. Worthington continued her improvement in the throws during the indoor season, setting a new personal best in the weight throw during her final event of the indoor season. Miller will be counted on to lead the way for the FC sprinters while Callens leads a deep group of distance runners.
Coming off his second straight indoor championship in the hurdles, Stienke is expected to lead the Grizzlies again in the hurdles and the sprint events. Brumfield had another strong indoor season, and will be gunning for his third outdoor championship in the 1500-meter run this spring.
Wiley takes over for the departing Nathan Adams as the Grizzlies' top performer in the throws. At the HCAC indoor championships, the rookie picked up a pair of top-20 finishes in the weight throw and shot put. Heading emerged as one of the Grizzlies' top performers across a wide variety of events, picking up points in the 400-meter, 800-meter and mile runs during the indoor season.
Franklin begins the outdoor season on Saturday (Mar. 16), traveling to Terre Haute, Ind. for the Rose-Hulman Early Bird Meet. The event gets underway at 4:00 p.m.