RECAP | Cross Country Teams Compete Against National Powers, Deep Fields on Saturday

Clayton Brumfield (left) and Jill Anspaugh. Photos: Kevin Lanke
Clayton Brumfield (left) and Jill Anspaugh. Photos: Kevin Lanke

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – After a two-week break, the Franklin cross country teams returned to competition on Saturday (Sept. 21) morning, heading to the Laverne Gibson Park for the 2019 John McNichols Invite, hosted by Indiana State University.

Facing off against a field that featured a slew of national powerhouses from both Division I and Division III, the Grizzlies relished the chance to put their hard work to the test against a competitive field.

Up first was the men's 8K race and a familiar face led the way for the Grizzlies in the opener. Senior Clayton Brumfield galloped his way to an 117th-place finish, breaking the tape with a time of 26:48.8. Fellow senior Adam Rector took second on the club and 218th overall, finishing with a time of 29:25.5. Right on his heels was freshman Jaycee Wilburn, whose time of 29:32.0 earned him a 224th-place finish.

Those three were joined by a slew of other Grizzlies on the course Saturday. Senior JT Sargent (31:10.9), senior Sean Groves (31:42.7), senior Blaine Conners (31:56.6), freshman Corbin Lee (32:00.2), sophomore Matthew Lee (32:27.0), sophomore Andrew Montgomery (32:44.9), freshman Henry Davidson (33:30.2), senior Alex Creamer (35:07.3) and freshman Ethan Bequeret (35:33.3) rounded out the times for the Grizzly men.

The women's 5K race followed and for the second straight event, freshman Angelina Gregory topped the Franklin leaderboard. The Indianapolis, Ind.-native ended the event with a time of 22:01.4, finishing 185th against the massive field of competitors. Not far behind in second place for the Grizzlies was sophomore Taylor Wooten, whose time of 22:36.1 was her second-highest career 5K finish and earned her a 194th place finish. Freshman Jill Anspaugh made it three Grizzlies to break 23 minutes, finishing with a mark of 22:51.9.

Junior Grace Esterline (23:08.2), senior Jayla Callens (23:53.2), freshman Lex Desenberg (24:49.1), freshman Makinsi Pike (24:50.8), freshman Farrah Young (25:04.3), freshman Janae Johnson (25:06.1) and freshman Emma Bowling (25:11.4) rounded out the remaining times for the FC women.

The Grizzlies will be back in action in two weeks, traveling to Louisville, Ky. on Saturday, Oct. 5 for the Greater Louisville Classic. The opening race is set to start at 9:30 a.m.