For the first time since 1989, the New Franklin girls track team can now say they are the Central Activities Conference champions after capturing first Wednesday at Glasgow High School.

For the first time since 1989, the New Franklin girls track team can now say they are the Central Activities Conference champions after capturing first Wednesday at Glasgow High School.

In addition to totalling 17 medals, the Lady Bulldogs also carried on the tradition for individual high point medalist as freshman Madi Lyons placed first in two events and second in two others.

In the final-team standings for the girls, New Franklin finished the meet with a total of 178 points. Glasgow placed second with 157 points, followed by Sturgeon with 138, Northeast (Cairo) with 133, Keytesville with 36 and Madison with 19.

New Franklin girls track coach Adam Quest said, “Wow, what a day! A CAC conference team championship for our girls, an individual high points medal, a new school record, and 17 total medals, I couldn’t have asked for a better performance from our high school athletes at the CAC track meet. It has been since 1989 that our girls team had won the team title. Our girls were hungry for a championship, and they have worked very hard all season to accomplish this goal. Every single member of the girls team scored in at least one event, so this truly was a team effort.
“Their excitement after winning the championship was one of the most rewarding things I have experienced as a coach. I am so proud of all of them, and I hope that this experience only makes them hungrier for success the remainder of the season and beyond. With all but one of our girls being either a freshman or a sophomore, I am hoping that we can compete for team titles for many years to come.”

As far as Lyons, the freshman standout captured first in the high jump with a leap of 4’-10” and then ran a leg on the 4 x 800-meter relay team along with Aislinn Himmelberg, Abi Schapira and Kaitlin Dobson, which also took first and set a school record in a time of 11:17.77.

Lyons also picked up points in both the 800 and 1600-meter run by placing second in both events in times of 2:45 and 6:17, respectively.

Quest said Lyons is one of the hardest worked he has ever seen and was happy for her to get the recognition that she deserves.

“Probably the biggest point earners at the meet were our sprint trio Sara Montgomery, Taylor Warren and Saundra Perkins,” Quest said. “They were able to go 2-3-4 in both the 100 and 200. Added to their first place finish in the 4 x 100 relay (Montgomery, Warren and Perkins along with Jasmyne Boggs), and a third place finish in the 4 x 200-meter relay, our sprinters were able to earn us 54 points out of our total 178 points. In the end, that turned out to be the difference maker.”

Sophomore Jasmyne Boggs also picked up two first-place finishes for the Lady Bulldogs in the triple jump with a leap of 29’-11” and long jump with a jump of 14’-5 1/4”.

Boggs also teamed up with Taylor Warren, Saundra Perkins and Sara Montgomery to finish first in the 4 x 100-meter relay in 55.65 seconds.

Second place finishers for New Franklin were Warren in both the 100 and 200-meter dash in 13.97 seconds and 29.69 seconds, respectively, and Aislinn Himmelberg in the triple jump with a leap of 29’-8 1/2”.

Finishing third were Sara Montgomery in the 100-meter dash in 14.0 seconds and 200-meter dash in 00.00 seconds, Abagail Prewitt in the 100-meter hurdles in 18.87 seconds, and the  4 x 200-meter relay team of Warren, Montgomery, Derian Dodson and Megan Borges in a time of 2:03.

As for the New Franklin boys track team, they had one second place finisher and two third-place finishers in the meet.

In the final-team standings, Glasgow captured first with 205 points. Sturgeon finished second with 113 points, followed by Northeast (Cairo) with 103, Keytesville with 63, Brunswick with 47 and New Franklin and Madison each with 42.

Quest said with only five boys in attendance, they were unfortunately unable to compete on the team level, but they still fought hard and were able to come away with three total medals.

The 4 x 100-meter relay team of Matt Anderton, Jordan Reimer, Ryley Lyons and Chris Hughes had the highest place finish for New Franklin by placing second in a time of 53.83 seconds.

Hughes also took third in the 100-meter dash in 12.73 seconds, as did Jordan Reimer in the 3200-meter run in a time of 13:58.

Quest said was the first time the Bulldogs have been able to field a 4 x 100-meter relay team this season.