The New Franklin girls track team had a meet to remember Monday while competing in the Class 1 District 5 Track Meet at Marshall.
While competing against a field of 16 other schools with the top-four finishers moving on to sectionals Saturday at Boonville High School, the Lady Bulldogs qualified in nine events while setting three school records. As for the New Franklin boys, they had three qualify in four events.
Of course New Franklin wasn’t the only area participant at districts. Pilot Grove also had four sectional qualifiers while Bunceton and Prairie Home each had one.
In the final-team standings for the girls, Glasgow won the district title with 105 points. Santa Fe finished second with 104 points, followed by New Franklin with 101, Wellington-Napoleon 66, Norborne 62, Hardin-Central 55, Slater 45, Columbia Independent 38, Pilot Grove 29, Jamestown 26, Sweet Springs 25.50, Bunceton 14.50, Malta Bend 12 and Prairie Home with 4.
As for the final-team standings for the boys, Wellington-Napoleon accumulated 165 points to nab first. Glasgow finished second with 151 points, followed by Hardin-Central with 123, Slater 60, Santa Fe 47.50, New Franklin 34, Norborne 27, Prairie Home 21, Sweet Springs 16.50, Pilot Grove 15, Jamestown 15 and Wentworth Military Academy 9.
As for the school records for the Lady Bulldogs, sophomore Madi Lyons placed first in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:34.1 and then ran a leg on the 4 x 800-meter relay team along with Grace Chambers, Molly Lyons and Abi Schapira, which finished first in 10:54. Junior Sara Montgomery, meanwhile, finished second and set a new school record in the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:03.7.
Lyons also took first in the 1600-meter run in 5:55.19 while Schapira placed first in the 3200-meter run in 13:35.87. Chambers and Montgomery also teamed up with Jasmyne Boggs and Saundra Perkins to place first in the 4 x 100-meter relay in a time of 53.72 seconds.
Boggs finished second in the discus with a toss of 99’-1”, while Molly Lyons took third in the 1600-meter run in a time of 6:21.97. Montgomery, meanwhile, placed fourth in the 200-meter dash in a time of 28.16 seconds.
Only the top-four finishers in each event qualify for the sectional meet, which will begin Saturday at 11 a.m. with field events. Running events will start at 12 noon.
As for the New Franklin boys, Darrell Greenfield captured the only first-place finisher for the Bulldogs in the 3200-meter run in 11:37.9. Jacob Hendrix finished second in the high jump with a jump of 5’-8” and fourth in the long jump with a leap of 18’-5 1/2”. Meanwhile, in the 4 x 800-meter relay and placing fourth was the team of Tad Armentrout, Jared Wyatt, Ryley Lyons and Darrell Greenfield in a time of 10:18.74.
New Franklin coach Adam Quest said the team definitely lucked out by having the district meet snowed out on Saturday, because Monday was one of the best days of weather all year so far.
Page 2 of 2 - “That definitely showed, because we had some outstanding times,” Quest said. “Of course we were all disappointed with coming oh so close to a second district championship in two years., but in the end, nobody has anything to hang their heads about as we had a phenomenal performance. At the end of the day, We had set three school records and had qualified 13 different events to the sectional meet this Saturday.”
Quest went on to say that of the nine sectional qualifiers for the Lady Bulldogs, five were first-place finishers. As for the New Franklin boys, Quest said after not sending anyone to sectionals the last two years, they came back strong this year and will send a total of four boys events to sectionals.
The Pilot Grove Lady Tigers will also send multiple athletes on to sectionals.
Sophomore McKalie Lorenz finished third and set a personal record in the shot put with a toss of 33’-5”. Kerigan Wessing also took third in the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:04.5, while Allison Weekly placed third in the 800-meter run in 2:36.
As for the Pilot Grove boys, senior Dylan Twenter finished third and set a personal record in the high jump with a jump of 5’-10”.
For the Bunceton girls, junior Madeline Berwanger finished third in the discus with a throw of 94’-7”. Meanwhile, for the Prairie Home boys, senior Trever Huth placed third in the triple jump with a leap of 39’-11”.