OBERLIN, Ohio – The Franklin cross country teams closed out regular season competition on Saturday (Oct. 19) with strong showings by members of both teams at the Inter-Region Rumble, hosted by Oberlin College.
Senior Clayton Brumfield was the big star of the day, setting a new program record in the men's 8K race and helping the Grizzlies to a 14th-place finish in a stacked field of competitors. The Grizzly women took 15th overall in the 6K race to open the day with eight runners recording personal best times.
Greenfield, Ind.-native Brumfield bested Kris Sandlin's eight-year old program record by one second and shattered his previous personal-best time with a 25:25.9 to earn 37th place finish against a 339-competitor field. Brumfield also bested all HCAC competitors in the field.
Junior Chris Graham recorded a season-best time in the 8K, breaking the tape in 27:39.7 to earn a 49th-place finish. Right behind him with a career-best time was senior Adam Rector, whose 27:54.0 was good for 66th overall.
Freshman Jaycee Wilburn bested his former PR with a 28:15.7 to take 92nd overall, a feat senior Sean Groves also achieved on his way to a 149th-place finish with a 29:16.5. Senior JT Sargent (29:18.8/151st), sophomore Matthew Lee (30:54.5/205th), freshman Corbin Lee (31:25.5/217th), freshman Henry Davidson (32:05.8/226th), freshman Ethan Bequeret (33:10.0/238th) and senior Alex Creamer (33:24.6/241st) rounded out the FC times.
Both Lee brothers and Bequeret set new PRs while Sargent and Creamer his new season-best marks.
In the first race of the day, freshman Angelina Gregory continued her strong rookie season with a new personal best time of 24:53.5 and a 53rd-place finish. The Indianapolis, Ind.-native also nudged her way onto the program's best times list and now owns the 25th-best 6K time in school history.
Senior Jayla Callens put together a career-best showing, finishing in 26:22.7 to break her former PR by 10 seconds and earn a 108th-place finish. Freshman Emma Bowling took 119th with a 26:36.3 finishing less than a second ahead of teammate Taylor Wooten who claimed 120th place with a 26:36.4. Junior Grace Esterline was the next Grizzly in with a time of 26:56.4 to earn 134th place. All three set new season-best times.
Franklin's five remaining freshmen all set new season-best times on Saturday. Jill Anspaugh (27:28.7) placed 155th, Farrah Young (27:51.6) took 167th, Makinsi Pike (28:19.9) finished in 179th, Janae Johnson (28:46.6) finished 188th and Lex Deserberg (28:50.6) rounded out the lineup in 190th place.
The Grizzlies are off for 15 days to get ready for the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Championships, which are set to take place on Nov. 3 in Terre Haute, Ind. The first race of the day is set for noon.