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Boonville Daily News - Boonville, MO
  • New Franklin Jr. High boys place second, girls fourth in Harrisburg Invitational

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  • The New Franklin boys junior high track team scored a total of 99 points to finish second in the Harrisburg Invitational on Tuesday.
    As for the New Franklin Lady Bulldogs track team, they finished fourth overall in the final-team standings with 54 points.
    In the final-team standings for the girls, Southern Boone’s A-team captured first with 172.66 points. Our Lady of Lourdes finished second with 151 points, followed by Southern Boone’s B-team with 60.83 seconds, New Franklin’s A-team with 54 points, Cardinals with 43 points, Harrisburg with 37 points, Our Lady of Lourdes seventh grade team with 19.50 points and New Franklin’s B-team with 18 points.
    In the final-team standings for the boys, Southern Boone’s A-team finished first with 190 points. New Franklin’s A-team placed second with 99 points, followed by Harrisburg with 93, Our Lady of Lourdes with 78.50 points, Cardinals with 72, Southern Boone’s B-team with 22.50 points, New Franklin’s B-team with 2 points and Our Lady of Lourdes seventh grade team with 0 points.
    New Franklin boys and girls junior high track coach Adam Quest said it was a tale of the tape at the Harrisburg Middle School Invitational.
    “In our first medal meet of the year, we brought home a lot of hardware, but it seemed like the track gods were against us because we couldn’t quite crack the top of the podium,” Quest said. “We lost several races at the tape, which was disappointing to to the kids I know, but I was very happy with our results. We had many athletes who left it all out there. Our strongest, and guttiest individual performance came from eighth grader Phillip Udinyiwe.
    “Phillip finished with four medals totals, three of them individual. He finished second in both the 400 and 100 hurdles by less than two tenths of a second combined. Phillip was the anchor leg of our 4 x 400 relay team as well, and again, lost out at the tape to Harrisburg. He showed a lot of heart and determination at this meet, and I am very proud of his efforts. We also had strong finishes from Caleb Phillips and Bailey Lyons. Both brought home two individual medals. At Harrisburg, we again had very strong performances from the two relay teams we entered. Both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 came in second place.”
    As for the New Franklin, Quest said the Lady Bulldogs brought home a total of six medals. He said the leaders on the team were Madison Matney and Alex Nichol, both finishing with a second and third place medal.
    “Matney performed very well in the throwing events for the second meet in a row,” Quest said. “She continues to progress and improve her technique, and I look forward to seeing her bring home some gold this season. I was also very pleased with the effort of Alex Nichol. She claims that she doesn’t like to run the 400, but in the end, I think she secretly was glad that she did since she ended up placing second. I was probably most impressed with the effort of seventh grader Sydney Dowell. She is very new to running, and I don’t think she quite knows what she is capable of yet. She showed a lot of heart in her third place finish in the 800. She always has a very strong first lap, and I didn’t know if she could hold her pace for the second lap. But she was able to hold off some who were trying to pass her, and I think she was very happy with her result. It is always great to see kids exceed their own expectations. Sydney definitely did that at Harrisburg, and I think that will give her some confidence going into the rest of the season.”
    Page 2 of 3 - Second place finishers in the meet for New Franklin were Madison Matney in the discus with a toss of 57’-1”, Alex Nichol in the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:17.2, Madison Maupin in the 100-meter dash in 14.33 seconds, Phillip Udinyiwe in the 400-meter dash in 1:01.5 and 100-meter hurdles in 19.21 seconds, Caleb Phillips in the 200-meter dash in 27.26 seconds, Bo Neef in the 100 in 13.01 seconds, the 4 x 100-meter relay team of Kale Harris, Caleb Phillips, Hunter Rohlfing and Bo Neef in 54.19 seconds and the 4 x 400-meter relay team of Tyler Hackman, Bailey Lyons, Josh Udinyiwe and Phillip Udinyiwe in a time of 4:19.65.
    Third place finishers were Madison Matney in the shot put with a toss of 23’-3”, Alex Nichol in the 75 meter hurdles in 15 seconds, Sydnee Dowell in the 800-meter run in 3:08.78, Phillip Udinyiwe in the long jump at 15’-9”, Caleb Phillips in the 100 in 13.25 seconds, Bailey Lyons in the 800 in 2:33.93 and 1600-meter run in 5:31 and Josh Udinyiwe in the 400-meter dash in 1:04.97.
    Salisbury Junior High Track Meet
    Friday, April 5
    The New Franklin  boys junior high track team finished second only to Salisbury and Fayette last Friday while competing in the Salisbury Middle School Track Meet.
    Salisbury captured first with 133 points, followed by Fayette with 120, New Franklin with 94, St. Pius of Moberly with 57, Slater with 46, Higbee with 45, St. Mary’s of Glasgow with 20, Linn with 13 and St. Joseph of Salisbury with 6 points.
    New Franklin track coach Adam Quest said it is always interesting going to the first middle school meet of the year.
    “With many of our athletes never having even seen a real track before, it really is a guessing game as to how they will perform,” Quest said. “While the Salisbury meet wasn’t a medal meet, there were still nine schools in attendance, and our boys and girls both faced some very stiff competition. It was a good mixture of big schools and small schools, so we were able to get a very good gauge on how far we have progressed heading into the meat of our season.  
    “The biggest surprise of the afternoon had to be the performance of our boys team as a whole. They finished in a strong third place. Coming off back to back conference championships, most of our big point producers moved on to high school. Luckily it seems like we have a great group of new faces to fill those spots, and we should be very competitive as a team again this year. As for the girls, with only two girls returning from last year, we had a lot of new faces.”
    First place finishers in the meet for New Franklin were Bailey Lyons in the 1600-meter run in a time of 5:37 and the 4 x 400-meter relay team of Tyler Hackman, Bailey Lyons, Josh Udinyiwe and Phillip Udinyiwe in a time of 4:13.
    Page 3 of 3 - Second place finishers for New Franklin were Madison Matney in the discus with a toss of 60’-2”, the girls 4 x 100-meter relay team of Jordan Leighton, Nicole Blumer, Alex Nichol and Madison Maupin in a time of 1:02.58, Bailey Lyons in the 800-meter run in 2:33, Bo Neef in the 200 in 26.94 seconds, Phillip Udinyiwe in the 400 in 1:03 and the boys 4 x 100-meter relay team of Kale Harris, Hunter Rohlfing, Caleb Phillips and Bo Neef in 55.12 seconds.
    Finishing third were Madison Matney in the shot put with a toss of 27’-2”, Bo Neef in the 100 in 13.05 seconds and Phillip Udinyiwe in the 100-meter hurdles in 19.24 seconds.

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