Abi Schapira breaks her own record in 3200-meter run

New Franklin juniors Jasmyne Boggs and Abi Schapira led the Lady Bulldogs Saturday during the annual Santa Fe Relays in Marshall.
While the New Franklin girls wound up finishing fourth out of 16 teams, Boggs captured two first-place finishes by winning the discus with a toss of 96’-6” and then running a leg on the 4 x 100-meter relay team along with Saundra Perkins, Grace Chambers and Sara Montgomery, which captured first in a time of 55.80 seconds. As for Schapira, she broke her old record in the 3200-meter run for the second time in a week by placing second in 13:34.
In the final-team standings for the girls, Braymer captured first with 118 points. Santa Fe finished second with 93.50 points, followed by Hardin-Central with 80, New Franklin fourth with 77, Slater fifth with 68, Norborne sixth with 64.50, Sweet Springs seventh with 41.50, Concordia eighth with 41, St. Pauls ninth with 30, Lexington 10th with 24, Malta Bend 11th with 14.50, Blue Ridge C. and Smith 12th each with 13, Pilot Grove 14th with 5, Higginsville 15th with 4 and Otterville 16th with 1.
New Franklin coach Adam Quest said the Santa Fe Relays is always one of his favorite meets of the season.
“At most of our meets, we are competing against many schools that are much larger than us,” Quest said.  “This makes it difficult to judge our progress.  Nine of the 16 schools in our district were in attendance, so this was a very good gauge for how we are progressing.  I was very pleased with many of our results.  We had several athletes who performed at a very high level, which is always good to see heading into the last couple of weeks of the regular season.  We had one school record set at the meet, and two more near records.  Just one week after setting the record for the first time, junior Abi Schapira bested her own record by more than five seconds in the 3200m run, finishing second with a time of 13:34.  As well as she has been running, I don’t think this will be the last time this record is set this season.  For the second time in a week, Sara Montgomery was less than one second off of the school record in the 400m (2nd place-1:04.8).  With by far their best performance of the season, the girls 4 x 800m relay team of Grace Chambers, Molly Lyons, Abi Schapira, and Madi Lyons just missed out on the gold medal and finished only 3/10ths of a second off the school record with a time of 11:12.4.  
“Regardless of whether or not these records fall this season, the girls’ times are very strong heading into the home stretch of our season.  Despite missing one of our regular members due to an illness, our 4 x 100m relay team continued their season long unbeaten streak by finishing first again with a time of 55.8 seconds.  Freshman Grace Chambers filled in very nicely in the relay, and I am pleased that we seem to have found a very capable substitute should any of our regular members ever be out for any reason.  In somewhat of a surprise, our other first place finish of the day came in the girls discus.  Junior Jasmyne Boggs brought home the gold and continues to get better and better at the discus, and I am looking forward to seeing her compete the rest of the season.”
Junior Sara Montgomery had two second-place finishes and one fifth place finish in the relays. Montgomery took second in the 100 in a time of 13.5 seconds, second in the 400 in 1:04.8 and fifth in the 200 in 29.4 seconds.
The 4 x 800-meter relay team, which consisted of Grace Chambers, Molly Lyons, Abi Schapira and Madi Lyons, finished second in a time of 11:12.4.
Molly Lyons also placed third in the 1600-meter run in 6:25.1 while Schapira took fourth in the 1600-meter run in 6:30.
In the final-team standings for the boys, Hardin-Central won the title with 162 points.
St. Pauls finished second with 120, followed by Braymer with 58.50, Santa Fe with 54.50, Slater with 52, Blue Ridge C. with 42, Norborne with 40, Smithton with 38, Concordia with 33, Hardin’s JV with 28, Sweet Springs with 21, New Franklin with 15, Lexington with 9, Slater’s JV with six, Higginsville with 5 and Chilhowee with 1.
Darrell Greenfield was the lone medalist for New Franklin by finishing fifth in the 1600-meter run in 5:25.5.
Quest said this is Greenfield’s best time of the season so far. “He has been doing a wonderful job running distance events for us this season,” Quest said of Greenfield.