GREENCASTLE, Ind. – The Franklin College track and field teams were back in action on Saturday (Apr. 7) afternoon, making the short drive west for the 2018 DePauw University Outdoor Invitational.
Several Grizzlies turned in strong performances on the day with a pair of Grizzlies collecting event championships. The Franklin women earned a third-place finish with 108 points while the men placed sixth with 44 points.
Freshman Morgan Clarke turned in a pair of strong showing in sprint events, claiming first place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.83 seconds. Clarke also placed second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.94 seconds, just .02 seconds back of first place. Sophomore Sarah Miller picked up points in her three individual events, taking third in the javelin (31.98m), fourth in the 100-meter dash (13.56) and sixth in the 200-meter dash (28.70).
Junior Kelsey Bowling claimed second place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.65 seconds. Bowling would add a third-place finish in the long jump (4.87m) and a fourth-place finish in the triple jump (9.93m). Bowling, Miller, Clarke and Emily Walker would combine to take second place in the 4x100 meter relay with a time of 51.58 seconds.
Jayla Callens set a new personal best time in the 800-meter run, taking second with a time of 2:32.08. Rachel Bowden claimed third place overall in the same event with a personal best time of 2:34.12. It was the first of two personal bests for Bowden on the day, as her time of 5:11.40 in the 1500 run earned a fourth-place finish.
In the field, Laura Worthington took third in the discus with a toss of 34.93 meters, and earned a fourth-place finish in the hammer throw with a heave of 39.38 meters.
The Franklin men claimed their event title from a familiar face. Senior Nathan Adams obliterated the program's record in the weight throw with a toss of 54.68 meters, more than seven meters longer than the previous record that was also held by Adams.
Noah Dahlquist picked up points in a pair of field events, taking runner-up in the high jump after clearing the 1.75-meter mark. Later in the day, he would add a seventh-place finish in the javelin throw with a toss of 43.51 meters. Nick Uhl took third in the javelin (48.63m) and Lamonte Richardson placed sixth in the long jump (6.04m) to close out a strong showing from the Grizzly men in the field.
Sophomore Matt Stienke placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.60 seconds. Clayton Brumfield placed fourth in the 1500-meter run with a clip of 4:06.93, setting a new personal record and slotting himself second in the HCAC. Blaine Conners (4:15.38) and Chris Graham (4:20.98) also set new personal bests in the same event.
The Grizzlies will be back in action in one week, traveling back to Greencastle for the Indiana D-III Championships on Saturday, Apr. 14. Start time is set for 11:00 a.m.