ADA, Ohio – The Franklin College track and field teams closed out their indoor season on Saturday (Mar. 2), taking part in the Polar Bear Final Qualifier, hosted by Ohio Northern University.
It was a big weekend for senior Kelsey Bowling, who competed in the pentathlon for the first time in her career. The Osgood, Ind.-native made the most of her trip to Ohio, setting a new program indoor record in the pentathlon with 2,618 points over the five-event competition. She broke Emily Young's previous school record of 2,592 points, set back in 2015.
Five Grizzly men took part in the final event of the indoor campaign, with Michael Heading leading off Saturday's competition by taking third place in the 400-meter run. The Brazil, Ind.-native set a new personal best time in the event, clocking in at 52.58 seconds. Junior Clayton Brumfield also collected a new personal best time in the mile, breaking the tape in 4:21.75 to earn a runner-up finish in the event. Chris Graham earned an 11th-place in the mile, clocking in at 4:45.09.
Competing in his final indoor meet, senior Matt Stienke collected a fifth-place finish in the finals of the men's 60-meter hurdle, clocking in at 8.83 seconds. In his final career events, Nathan Adams placed second in the weight throw with a toss of 17.66 meters. Adams would add a seventh-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 13.01 meters.
The Grizzlies open the 2019 outdoor season in two weeks, heading to Terre Haute, Ind. for the Rose-Hulman Early Bird Meet on Mar. 16. Start time is set for 4:00 p.m.