The New Franklin Lady Bulldogs track team picked up where they left off last year after dominating in relay events yesterday during the MSD Relays in Fulton.
While finishing second overall in the final-team standings, the Lady Bulldogs also captured first in three out of the four relay events.
North Callaway captured first in the final-team standings with 108 points, followed by New Franklin with 80, Linn at 77, Chamois at 73, Prairie Home at 39, Paris at 38, Bunceton at 37, New Bloomfield and Pilot Grove tied for eighth with 33 points, Columbia Independent with 26, Wellsville with 14 and Community with 12.
As for the New Franklin boys, they finished eighth overall with 21 points.
North Callaway won the title with 128 points, followed by Linn with 115.50, Chamois with 99, MMA with 52.50, Paris with 46, MSD with 38, Prairie Home with 23, New Franklin with 21, Calvary Lutheran with 14, New Bloomfield and Wellsville each with 12, Pilot Grove with six and Jamestown and Community with four points each.
New Franklin coach Adam Quest said with three meets cancelled due to bad weather, the MSD Invitational was the first meet of the season.
“We have been practicing for nearly six weeks with no meet, so we were very excited to get out and finally compete,” Quest said. “This was our first trip to this meet in many years, so going in, we really didn’t know what to expect.  I must say, I was very encouraged by the results!  After losing several key members of our District Champion girls team last year, I didn’t know how well we would be able to compete on the team level.  Somewhat unexpectedly, we were able to bring home the second place team trophy, losing out to only Class 3 North Callaway.  
“The strength of our meet was definitely our relay teams.  We were able to come away with firstplace in all three relays that we competed in.  After losing the strongest member from our State Champ 4x100m relay team, I didn’t really know coming in what to expect from them this year.  With Madi Lyons stepping into the vacated spot, I was very pleased with the results of our first competition.  The foursome of Lyons, Saundra Perkins, Jasmyne Boggs, and Sara Montgomery brought home first place with a time of 55.41 seconds.  This is within one second of where we were at this point last year, which gives me a lot of hope that this team will be something to be reckoned with again this year.  
“The same foursome finished first in the 800m sprint medley relay (100m-100m-200m-400m).  This is the only meet I have ever been to that has the sprint medley relay, so it was a lot of fun to change this up a little.  Our girls 4x800m relay came through with a very strong first effort by finishing first with a time of 11:57.  Our strongest individual girl performer was junior sprinter Sara Montgomery.  She came in second in both the 100m and 200m, with very strong times of 13.48 and 28.05.”
In the relay events, the 4 x 100 and 800-meter sprint medley relay team of Saundra Perkins, Madi Lyons, Jasmyne Boggs and Sara Montgomery captured first in times of 55.41 seconds and 2:04.51, respectively. Meanwhile, in the 4 x 800-meter relay, the team of Grace Chambers, Rossetti Cleeton, Abi Schapira and Molly Lyons took first in a time of 11:57.
Second place finishers were Montgomery in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash in times of 13.48 and 28.05, respectively, and Boggs in the discus with a toss of 93’-2”.
Finishing third were Abi Schapira in the 3200-meter run in 14:26 and Madi Lyons in both the 400-meter dash in 1:08.12 and high jump at 4’-8”.
For the New Franklin boys, the 1600 sprint medley team of Matt Anderton, Tanner White, Ryley Lyons and Darrell Greenfield finished second in a time of 4:20.
Jacob Hendrix, meanwhile, had the only other place finishes for the Bulldogs by placing fourth in the high jump at 5’-6”, fifth in the 100-meter dash in 12.26 seconds and sixth in the long jump with a leap of 17’-5 1/2”.
Quest said the New Franklin boys track team came into this meet with a whole lot of new faces.  
“We have several baseball players who wanted to compete in track as well, and luckily we were able to take them to this meet,” Quest said.  “Many of them have never competed in track before, and since they play baseball, they also never get to practice track.  It was a great learning experience for all of them. Our strongest boys individual performer was freshman Jacob Hendrix.  As an eighth grader last year, he completely dominated his competition at most meets.  
“Now that he is competing against older and stronger high school boys, I am very pleased that he was able to compete so well.  He came home with a fourth place finish in the high jump, fifth in the 100m, and sixth in the long jump (17-5.5).  I am looking forward to seeing great things from him this year and in the rest of his high school career.”
The New Franklin boys and girls track teams will compete next at Westran on Tuesday, April 9 starting at 4 p.m.