RECAP | Grizzlies Compete in Friday Night Spikes Event at Rose-Hulman

RECAP | Grizzlies Compete in Friday Night Spikes Event at Rose-Hulman

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Franklin track and field teams resumed their indoor season on Friday (Jan. 18) night, taking part in the Friday Night Spikes Invitational, hosted by Rose-Hulman.

Taking on schools from Division II, Division III and the NAIA, the Grizzlies took two event titles and recorded six top-five finishes on the night. The men's team finished seventh overall while the women placed eighth.

The two event winners were repeat winners from one week ago. Junior distance runner Clayton Brumfield won his second mile run in a six-day period, besting the field with a time of 4:25.74, just a slim .25 seconds better than the runner-up. Franklin's other event title came in the men's weight throw, where senior Nathan Adams just squeaked by the 19-man field with a toss of 17.66 meters.

Despite just missing out on Franklin's third event win of the night, Matt Stienke turned in a strong showing in the 60-meter hurdles, taking second overall with an 8.84-second finish. Other top-10 finishes on the men's side included a 10th-place finish for Dillon Hankins in the long jump (5.98m), a spot matched by freshman Zak Wylie in the weight throw (13.03m).

Senior Kelsey Bowling turned in three top-four finishes to pace the Grizzly women. On the track, Bowling set a new personal record in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles, clocking in at 9.72 seconds to earn third place overall. She would then turn her attention to the jumping pits, where she claimed third place in the long jump (4.97m) and fourth place in the triple jump (10.20m).

Other top-10 finishers for the Grizzly women included senior Laura Worthington, who claimed sixth place in the weight throw with a heave of 12.40 meters. Junior Sarah Miller just missed out on qualifying for the finals of the 60-meter dash, taking ninth place with a time of 8.75 seconds.

The Grizzlies will have the next eight days off before heading to Ohio on Saturday, Jan. 26 for the Defiance Small College Invitational. The event gets underway at 11:00 a.m.