TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The indoor season continued for the Franklin track and field teams on Friday night with a trip to the Rose-Hulman Sports and Recreation Center for the second consecutive week and the 2018 Engineer Invitational.
Taking on teams from both Division II and Division III, both Grizzly teams took sixth place when the event came to a close. The Franklin women accumulated 40 points while the men's team finished with 32 points on the night.
The Franklin women had a pair of athletes pick up points in three different events on Friday night. Junior Kelsey Bowling was the first after taking sixth place in the finals of the 60m hurdles (10.10), seventh place in the triple jump (9.75m) and ninth place in the long jump (4.69m). Sophomore Morgan Clarke was the other after finishing seventh in the 60m dash (8.40) and 200m dash (28.01) and taking eighth in the long jump (4.72m).
Hunter Fields claimed fourth place in the women's high jump, clearing the 1.46m bar. Laura Worthington also picked up points in the weight throw with a toss of 12.39m, earning a sixth-place finish in the event.
On the track, the Grizzlies' 4x200m relay team claimed a second place finish with a time of 1:53.02, finishing .25 seconds back of the top team on the track. A pair of women's distance runners had strong showings in the one mile with senior Rachel Bowden (5:41.78) and freshman Grace Esterline (5:44.68) taking third and fifth place, respectively.
The Franklin men picked up the bulk of their points on the track on Friday night. In his first event of the indoor season, sophomore Reed Sauter placed third in the 400m dash with a time of 51.43 seconds. Also picking up a third place finish was fellow sophomore Blaine Conners, whose mile time of 4:37.77 set a new personal best for the indoor season.
Sophomore Matt Stienke claimed a fourth place finish in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.90 seconds. Fellow sophomore Clayton Brumfield earned a fifth place finish in the 800m run, clocking in with a time of 2:01.63. Senior Nathan Adams was the lone Grizzly to pick up points in the field, taking fourth place in the weight throw with a heave of 15.35m.
The indoor season rolls on for the Grizzlies in one week, when they open up the month of February on Friday night with a trip to Greencastle, Ind. for the Tiger Small College Invitational, hosted by DePauw University. The action gets underway at 6:00 p.m.