Lady Bulldogs also set three records while qualifying for state in eight events; Darrell Greenfield is the only state qualifier for the boys

The New Franklin girls 4 x 100-meter relay team, the defending state champions, had a little push from the Santa Fe Lady Indians over the weekend while competing at the Class 1 Sectional 3 Track Meet at the BHS Sports Complex in Boonville.
Although the Lady Bulldogs returned three of four starters from last year’s team, they were golden again on Saturday by edging out Santa Fe for the top spot in a time of 53.34 seconds. Santa Fe, meanwhile, finished second in a time of 53.82 seconds.
Of course the 4 x 100-meter relay team (Saundra Perkins, Grace Chambers, Jasmyne Boggs and Sara Montgomery) wasn’t the only state qualifier over the weekend. In all, the Lady Bulldogs qualified in eight events while the New Franklin boys had one state qualifier.
In the final-team standings for the girls,  Braymer captured first with 86.50 points, followed by Glasgow with 76, Santa Fe 61 and New Franklin in fourth place with 60. Bunceton finished 11th with 20 points while Pilot Grove took 18th with 11 points.
Meanwhile, in the final-team standings for the boys, Wellington-Napoleon captured first with 130 points while Glasgow finished second with 99 points. New Franklin took 13th overall with 14 points while Prairie Home finished 17th with 5 points and Pilot Grove 20th with 2 points.
With eight state qualifiers, junior Sara Montgomery figured into three of the eight by placing second and setting a new school record in the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:02.27 and fourth in the 200 in 27.50 seconds.
Also placing second was Madi Lyons in the 1600-meter run in 5:54.12, Abi Schapira with another school record in the 3200-meter run in 13:13.94 and Jasmyne Boggs in the discus with a toss of 104’-0”.
Lyons also finished third in the 800-meter run in 2:36.21, as did the 4 x 800-meter relay team of Grace Chambers, Abi Schapira, Madi Lyons and Molly Lyons, which set a school record in a time of 10:50.03.
As for the line state qualifier for the New Franklin boys, Darrell Greenfield placed third in the 3200-meter run in a time of 11:24.26.
New Franklin track coach Adam Quest said it is really to know where to begin with the sectional performance.
“It seemed like every time I turned around, one of our kids was doing something wonderful. With nine total events headed to state and three school records set, needless to say, we had an outstanding meet. Nearly every meet we go to, I expect that we have hit our peak. But then our kids go out and prove me wrong. Today was definitely one of those days. Our kids really do work very hard, and they deserve everything they have accomplished this season so far. I am very proud of all of them. I truly am lucky to get to work with such a great group of kids day in and day out. Hopefully, they have one more surprise performance in them, because we still have the state meet to compete in. It is tough to imagine our girls have a better day than they did. Many of our girls performances were personal best, and three of them were even school records. We only had one event finish first at Sectionals.
“However, for the first time in four years, a New Franklin boys will be attending the state meet. Darrell had a phenomenal 3200-meter run and is really a gifted runner. He seems to be able to run forever, and he never seems all that tired. He deserves all that he has accomplished.”
The Bunceton Lady Dragons track team will send two athletes on to the state meet. In the Class 1 Sectional 3 Track Meet Saturday in Boonville, junior Madeline Berwanger placed first and set a personal record in the discus with a toss of 110’-7” while junior Samantha Brandes finished first in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 52.72 seconds.
Prairie Home senior Trever Huth had his high school career prelonged for just one more week after placing fourth in the triple jump Saturday in Boonville with a leap of 38’-3 1/2”.
Note: Pilot Grove had no state qualifiers. Pilot Grove’s Allyson Weekley finished fifth in the 800-meter run in 2:36.49, as did McKalie Lorenz in the shot put with a toss of 30’-1/4”.  Kerigan Wessing took sixth in the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:05.51, while Dylan Twenter placed seventh in the high jump with a jump of 5’-6”.
The Class 1-2 Missouri State Track and Field Championships will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18 at Dwight T. Reed Stadium on the campus of Lincoln University in Jefferson City.