New Franklin eighth grader Jacob Hendrix captured first place finishes in four events to lead the Bulldogs to a CAC track title Wednesday in Glasgow.


New Franklin eighth grader Jacob Hendrix captured first place finishes in four events to lead the Bulldogs to a CAC track title Wednesday in Glasgow.

Hendrix, the high point individual medalist in the meet, won the 100-meter dash in 12.75 seconds as well as the 200-meter dash in 27.19 seconds, the high jump with a jump of 5'-4" and the long jump (no distance listed).

In the final-team standings, New Franklin's boys captured first with 160 points. Brunswick finished second with 134 points, followed by Glasgow with 51 points, Sturgeon with 48 points, Northeast (Cairo) with 47 points, Keytesville with 34 points and Madison with 25 points.

New Franklin track coach Adam Quest said for the middle schoolers, the CAC track meet is the biggest meet of the year. "At many of our other meets, we compete against schools that are much larger than us," Quest said. "However, at the CAC meet, all of the other schools are our own size, so we always look forward to the meet as a place where we can find lots of success. I couldn't have asked for a better performance from our middle schoolers. It seems like the season just started yesterday, but for our middle schoolers, the season is just about over. It is very nice to see some of our kids rounding out into some very fine track athletes. Both the boys and girls combined came home with 24 total medals, and, even more impressively, for the second year in a row, our boys came home with the CAC team championship. Just like he has been all season, Jacob Hendrix was our boys leader. In fact, he brought home the overall individual high points medal, coming away with a perfect swee of his events. He has been a dominant force all season long, and as I have had to write about him so much, honestly, I am running out of ways to describe his performances. Even though he is in the eighth grader, some of his times and jumps would compete well on the high school level."

The only other first place finisher in the meet for the New Franklin boys was the 4 x 100-meter relay team of Dalton Friedrich, Josh Udinyiwe, Phillip Udinyiwe and Ronnie Perkins in a time of 58.75 seconds.

Second place finishers were Kenneth Boggs in the high jump at 5'-2", discus with a toss of 97'-3" and shot put with a throw of 33'-11", and the 4 x 200-meter relay team of Kaleb Anderton, Austin Ivy, Hunter Rohlfing and Dalton Friedrich in a time of 2:05.3.

Finishing third were Kordell Hendrix in the 100 and 200-meter dashes in times of 13.48 and 28.90 seconds, respectively, Joshua Udinyiwe in the 100-meter hurdles in 19.39 seconds, Kale Harris in the triple jump at 27'-10" and Zack Evans in the 1600-meter run in 5:54.

In the final team standings for the girls, Northeast (Cairo) captured the title with 102.50 points. Brunswick finished second with 102 points, followed by New Franklin with 93.50, Sturgeon with 62, Glasgow with 55, Madison with 38 and Keytesville with 14.

Quest said despite a much smaller team, the middle school girls were still able to finish in third place in the conference. "Just like the boys, our girls were also able to bring home multiple individual medals," Quest said. "Our individual leader on the girls side was seventh grader Jasmine Himmelberg. When the season first started, we had Jasmine penciled in as a distance runner. However, as the season went on, we realized that she may be a better fit in the sprint events. She came away with three individual medals, and, along with Grace Chambers, Alex Nichol, and Molly Lyons, won first place in the 4 x 100-meter relay. To be that successful as a seventh grader really shows how good of an athlete Jasmine is."

Teagan Birdno captured first in the 1600-meter run for the Lady Bulldogs in a time of 7:08, as did the 4 x 100-meter relay team of Grace Chambers, Alex Nichol, Jasmine Himmelberg and Molly Lyons in a time of 1:03.68.

Himmelberg also finished second in the 400-meter dash in 1:15, third in the 100-meter dash in 15.11 seconds and third in the long jump with a leap of 11'-1".

Molly Lyons took second in the 1600-meter run in a time of 7:11, while Chloe Dobson placed third in the high jump with a jump of 4'-0". Grace Chambers also finished third in the 200-meter dash in a time of 33.73 seconds.