TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Franklin track and field teams opened their outdoor season on Saturday (Mar. 17) afternoon, taking part in the Rose-Hulman Early Bird Meet.
The Grizzlies turned in a strong performance in their first trip outdoors, picking up several top-10 finishes. The FC women earned a fourth-place finish after earning 62 points while the Franklin men took sixth place with 34 points.
Junior Kelsey Bowling collected the Grizzlies' lone event title of the afternoon, grabbing first place in the women's 100 meter dash with a time of 17.19 seconds. Bowling would add a fourth place finish in the long jump with a leap of 4.82 meters.
Freshman Morgan Clarke collected a trio of top-five finishes for the FC women. Clarke was runner-up in the 200-meter dash (27.14) and placed third in the 100 meter dash (13.28). In the long jump, Clarke picked up a fifth-place finish with a 4.75 meter jump.
Sarah Miller added a second place finish in the javelin throw (30.43m) and a fourth place finish in the 100 meter dash (13.28). Emily Walker gave the Grizzlies three top-five finishes in the 100 meter dash, taking fifth place with a time of 13.82 seconds.
Jayla Callens took sixth place in the 800-meter run (2:34.06). Laura Worthington earned a pair of seventh place finishes in the hammer throw (38.64m) and the discus (31.74m), with her mark in the hammer throw setting a new personal record.
The Franklin men brought home a pair of runner-up finishes in the field. The first came from senior Nathan Adams, who set a new outdoor program record in the hammer throw with a toss of 51.09 meters. Nick Uhl added a second-place finish in the javelin throw with a heave of 44.85 meters. Uhl would collect a seventh-place finish later in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.84 seconds.
Noah Dahlquist added a third place finish in the high jump after clearing the 1.69-meter mark. Coy Flynn took fifth place in the long jump, setting a new personal best with a jump of 6.09 meters.
On the track, Matt Stienke placed fifth in the 110 hurdles with a time of 16.31 seconds. Clayton Brumfield (15.43.46) and Blaine Conners (15:47.78) cracked the Franklin top-10 list with their performances in the men's 5K run.
Next up for the Grizzlies is a trip to Richmond, Ind. on Thursday (Mar. 22) evening for the Earlham Duals. Start time is set for 4:00 p.m.