New Franklin junior high runner Keaton Eads finished ninth out of 66 runners last week during the Southern Boone Optimist Eagle Run in Ashland.
While turning in a time of 10 minutes and 51 seconds, New Franklin coach Adam Quest said Eads had a great race.
“He seemed very determined from the beginning to set a good pace and finish with a medal,” Quest said. “Clayton Wilmsmeyer also had a strong race, coming across the line in 25th place.”
Wilmsmeyer turned in a time of 11:40, which was just two minutes off the winning time set by Southern Boone’s Connor Burns in 9:31.55.
As for the New Franklin girls, Carly Dorson finished 22nd overall in a time of 13:27 while Hermione Pierce placed 23rd in 13:32.
Mikaela Lemelin of New Bloomfield had the fastest time in the race for the girls in 10:58.94.
Quest said Dorson and Pierce pushed each other the whole race. “It was a very strong field, with several outstanding performances at the top of the standings,” Quest said. “They medaled the top 20 places, and both Carly and Hermione finished ever so close, coming across in 22nd and 23rd place, respectively.”