FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College track and field teams welcomed four teams to Grizzly Park on a beautiful Saturday (Apr. 6) afternoon for the 2019 Grizzly Invitational.
It was a big day for both teams with one new program record falling for both the men and women's teams and four different competitors combining for five event titles. Both Grizzly squads finished in third place overall.
The first program record fell in the women's hammer throw, when senior Laura Worthington broke the program's previous top mark for the second straight week. Worthington's throw of 42.26 meters was nearly three meters better than the runner-up finisher and edged out her previous record-breaking throw of 41.48 meters just one week ago. Worthington would also add a fourth-place finish in the discus with a toss of 34.57 meters.
Clayton Brumfield captured the other new program record on Saturday with his performance in the mile run. The Greenfield, Ind.-native crossed the finish line in 4:21.37, winning the event and breaking Sean Kennedy's 11-year old program record in the event by .12 seconds.
Junior Sarah Miller captured first place in the 200-meter dash, breaking the tape in 28.39 seconds. The Boggstown, Ind.-native would also add runner-up finishes in both the 100-meter dash (13.20 seconds) and in the javelin throw (31.96m).
Senior Kelsey Bowling claimed first place in two events in the final home event of her career. The Osgood, Ind.-native picked up her first win in the long jump with a leap of 4.78 meters and followed it up with a winning triple jump distance of 10.18 meters. On the track, Bowling placed second in the 100-meter hurdles, clocking in with a time of 16.52 seconds.
Also in the hurdles, senior Matt Stienke set a new PR in the 110 hurdles, finishing second overall in 15.74 seconds. Later in the day, he would add a fourth-place finish in in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:08.70.
Jayla Callens recorded a season-best time in the 400-meter dash, taking third place with a time of 1:06.70. Taylor Wooten finished fourth in the 800-meter run in 2:41.90 and moved into the program's top-10 in the mile with a time of 5:58.41.
Both men's and women's 4x400 meter relay teams placed fourth overall. The women's team of Callens, Wooten, Miller and Bowling broke the tape in 4:34.94 while the men's quarter of Michael Heading, Brumfield, Logan Vandermarks and Dillon Hankins posted a time of 3:44.49.
In the field, Lamonte Richardson brought home a runner-up finish in the javelin with a toss of 41.19 meters. Zak Wiley continued his strong spring with third-place finishes in the shot put (11.65m), discus (38.92m), hammer throw (38.15m) and javelin (40.86m), setting three new personal best marks on the day.
Erikka Ededuwa took third in the shot put with a throw of 10.23 meters, a place matched by Hunter Fields in the javelin after her 24.27-meter launch. Hankins also placed third in the long jump after a 5.61-meter jump and Evan Hosea scored points in the hammer throw, taking fourth with a heave of 34.87 meters.
Next Saturday (Apr. 13), the Grizzlies head to Greencastle, Ind. for the Indiana DIII Championships, hosted by DePauw University. Competition gets underway at 11:00 a.m.