CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Franklin College track and field teams kicked off the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Championships on Friday afternoon on the campus of Mount St. Joseph University.
Four Grizzlies picked up points in field events and another pair punched their ticket to Saturday's finals in the hurdles. The Grizzly women accumulated eight points on Friday with the men grabbing two points with day two to come.
Senior Kelsey Bowling started off her final outdoor championship with a pair of strong performances. In the 100-meter hurdles, the Osgood, Ind.-native stamped her pass to Saturday's finals, placing fourth in the prelims with a time of 16.45 seconds. She would then head over to the jump pits, picking up points with a fourth-place finish in the long jump after a leap of 5.04 meters.
Senior Laura Worthington collected a pair of points in the discus, with her 34.81-meter throw earning her a seventh-place finish. Freshman Erikka Ededuwa was the other point-getter for the women, earning eighth-place in the shot put with a new personal best toss of 10.49 meters.
Highlighting the evening for the Franklin men was senior Matt Stienke's performance in the preliminaries of the 110-meter hurdles. The Mooresville, Ind.-native held the league's leading time in the event coming into the weekend and showed why on Friday, placing first in the prelims with a time of 15.98 seconds.
Taking part in his first conference championships, freshman Zak Wiley earned a seventh-place finish in the discus with his throw of 40.81 meters. Wiley would add a 15th-place finish in the competitive shot put field with a throw of 11.36 meters.
Other notable finishes for the Grizzlies included: Michael Heading's ninth-place finish in the 800-meter run (2:02.93), Lamonte Richardson's 10th-place finish in the long jump (6.15m), Chris Graham's 11th-place finish in the 10K (34:09.56), Adam Rector's 11th-place finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase (10:50.94) and Sarah Miller's 11th-place finish in the 100-meter dash (13.85).
Day two of the HCAC Championships gets underway at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. Links to live results and the video feed can be found at the top of the page.