TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The outdoor season got underway on Saturday (Mar. 16) for the Franklin track and field teams, as they headed west for the Rose-Hulman Early Bird Meet.
Five Grizzlies set new personal records and two members of the women's team captured field event wins in the team's first trip outdoors. The Grizzly women placed fifth overall while the men left town with an eighth-place finish.
Junior Sarah Miller claimed the first event title of the day, setting a new personal record in the javelin with a throw of 32.65 meters. It was the first of three top-10 finishes on the day for the Boggstown, Ind.-native, as she would go on to place seventh in the 100-meter dash (13.62) and tenth in the 200-meter dash (28.17).
Senior Laura Worthington also picked up a trio of top-10 finishes in the throws, claiming the other Franklin win of the day in the discus with a throw of 32.94 meters. The Cloverdale, Ind.-native would add a third-place finish in the hammer throw (35.90m) and an eighth-place finish in the shot put (30.79m). Hunter Fields placed fifth in the shot put (9.42m) and eighth in the hammer throw (30.79m). Isabel Monnett earned 10th-place finishes in both the shot put (7.64m) and the hammer throw (24.84m), setting a new PR in the latter event.
Kelsey Bowling claimed points in three events for the Grizzly women, earning third place finishes in both the long jump (4.61m) and the triple jump (9.81m). In the 100-meter hurdles, Bowling broke the tape in 17.15 seconds, earning a seventh-place finish.
In the men's 5K race, two different Grizzly distance runners claimed new personal best times. Junior Clayton Brumfield destroyed his personal best time in the event by 21 seconds on his way to a runner-up finish in 15:12.97. Sophomore Chris Graham took home a 10th-place finish on Saturday, besting his previous career-best time by five seconds in 15:53.56.
Senior Matt Stienke opened the outdoor season with a strong start, claiming a third-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles with a dash of 16.47 seconds. Freshman Michael Heading had a solid outdoor debut in the 800-meter run, earning a fifth-place finish and setting a new personal record by two seconds with a time of 2:02.40 seconds.
Both teams will have 13 days off to rest up and get ready for their next event, which takes place on Mar. 29 in St. Louis, Mo. at the WashU Invitational.