One day after competing in the Southern Boone Relays, the New Franklin boys and girls track teams headed in a different direction will taking part in the annual Lowell Eaton Invitational Track Meet in Harrisburg.
While competing against a field of 12 schools, the Lady Bulldogs track team finished fifth overall while the New Franklin boys placed ninth in the team standings.
New Franklin coach Adam Quest said the Lowell Eaton Invitational is one of the larger meets that they go to every year, and there is some very tough competition there.
“For the first time all season, we competed against some of our conference schools, and there were also some larger schools competing as well,” Quest said. “Being that there were so many schools there, I wasn’t so much as interested in placing as I was performance. That being the case, we were able to bring home quite a bit of hardware. Our girls finished very well, coming in fifth place overall out of 13 schools in attendance.”
Salisbury girls won the meet with 143 points, followed by Westran with 102, Hallsville with 91, Harrisburg with 58, New Franklin with 54, Slater with 48, Cole Camp with 42, Sturgeon with 41, Fayette with 39, Cairo with 38, Tipton with 26, Pilot Grove with 8 and New Bloomfield with 4.
Quest said with several athletes not able to attend the meet, the only girl relay team that they fielded at this meet was the 4 x 800-meter relay team of Grace Chambers, Molly Lyons, Abi Schapira and Madi Lyons, which finished second with a season best time of 11:22.3. Quest said all four runners set season best split times, and that this team has steadily improved over the last couple of weeks.
“I have no doubt that they can improve even more, and by the end of the season, they will a very tough teams to beat,” Quest said.
As for individual performers, junior Sara Montgomery finished second in both the 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash in times of 28.7 seconds and 1:05.26, respectively. Sophomore Madi Lyons, meanwhile, placed second in the 800-meter run in 2:41.4, third in the 1600 in 6:01.2 and fourth in the high jump with a jump of 4’-8”.
Quest said Madi Lyons brought home four medals in all during the Lowell Eaton Invitational, while Montgomery had a very good day as well by placing second in the 400 in only the second time that she has competed in the race.
“Sara and Madi really are some of the leaders of our team,” Quest said, “and they both showed how competitive they are at this meet, taking on some very tough competition and meeting the challenge very well.”
Abi Schapira also placed in the meet by finishing fourth in the 3200-meter run in 13:54, while Grace Chambers took seventh in the high jump with a jump of 4’-4”.
As for the New Franklin boys track team, they came away with four overall medals at the meet, three of them individual.
In the final-team standings for the boys, Hallsville captured first with 107. Fayette finished second with 86, Salisbury third with 84, Cole Camp fourth with 81, Slater fifth with 68, Tipton sixth with 45, Westran seventh with 39, Cairo eighth with 33, New Franklin ninth with 30, Harrisburg 10th with 26, Pilot Grove 11th with 12, New Bloomfield 12th with 7, Sturgeon 13th with 5 and Salisbury 14th with 0.
As far as individual performances, Jacob Hendrix had three place finishes for the Bulldogs by finishing third in the high jump at 5’-10”, fourth in the long jump with a leap of 17’-10” and eighth in the 100-meter dash in a time of 12.5 seconds.
The 4 x 800-meter relay team, which consisted of Jared Wyatt, Ryley Lyons, Austin Ivy and Jordan Reimer, had the highest overall finish for the New Franklin boys by placing second in a time of 11:13.
Dalton Friedrich, Matt Anderton, Tanner White and Jacob Hendrix, meanwhile, finished fifth in the 4 x 100-meter relay in a time of 52.3 seconds.
Friedrich, White and Tanner White also teamed up with Tyler White to finish sixth overall in the 4 x 200-meter relay in 1:48.
Quest said the 4 x 800-meter relay team had two members of their normal relay team not attend the meet, so they kind of threw this team together at the last minute.
“Despite never having run together before, they were still able to come away with second place,” Quest said. “All four of the athletes showed some great heart in chasing down and then holding off another team.”
Quest said Hendrix also had a personal best in the high jump and despite only finishing eighth in the 100-meter dash, he was most impressed with that performance. “His time in the prelims (12.2 seconds) was a personal best, the competition was extremely tough,” Quest said. “Six of the eight boys who made it to finals ran sub 12 seconds.”
The New Franklin boys and girls track teams will compete next in the CAC Track Meet on Wednesday, April 17th. New Franklin Athletic Director Ross Dowell said if the meet in cancelled due to rain the rain date will be Wednesday, April 24th.