After finishing third last year in the 4 x 100-meter relay at the Missouri State Track &?Field Championships in Jefferson City, the New Franklin girls track team, minus one starter, knew they had a chance to overtake Liberal for the title on Saturday.


After finishing third last year in the 4 x 100-meter relay at the Missouri State Track &?Field Championships in Jefferson City, the New Franklin girls track team, minus one starter, knew they had a chance to overtake Liberal for the title on Saturday.

With the fastest time after the preliminaries on Friday at 52.09 seconds compared to Liberal’s 52.39 seconds, the Lady Bulldogs knew they were one race away from capturing the title. As it turned out, the foursome of Taylor Warren, Saundra Perkins, Jasmyne Boggs and Sara Montgomery bettered their time from the previous day and beat liberal by almost a full second to win the title in a time of 51.75 seconds.
Liberal, meanwhile, finished second in a time of 52.45 seconds.

Of course that was just one race. Freshman Madi Lyons, who participated in three events, finished 13th overall in the 800-meter run with a new school record in a time of 2:36.88 and 14th in the high jump with a jump of 4’-8”.  Lyons also ran a leg on the 4 x 800-meter relay team along with Kaitlin Dobson, Abi Schapira and Roxe Hendrix, which finished 13th overall and set a new school record in a time of 11:12.03.

Senior Taylor Warren, meanwhile, placed 11th overall in the 200-meter dash in a time of 27.40 seconds while teammate Sara Montgomery finished 15th in the same event in a time of 27.93 seconds. Kaitlin Dobson also took 14th in the 3200-meter run in a time of 14:02.35.

New Franklin track coach Adam Quest said what a ride it has been this season.

“Wow is all I can say,” Quest said. “Being that the season ended just days ago, I?don’t know if all of our accomplishments really have set in yet. With a team championship at the Santa Fe Relays, our first CAC championship since 1989, our first district championship in school history, seven total events qualifying for state, a state championship in the 4 x 100 relay, and four school records set, this season certainly had undoubtedly been the greatest in the history of our girl’s team.

“With seven total events qualifying for the state meet, we certainly had plenty to keep us busy. Of course the highlight of the weekend was the state championship in the 4 x 100 relay. The team, consisting of senior Taylor Warren, sophomores Jasmyne Boggs and Sara Montgomery, and freshman Saundra Perkins, finished the season undefeated. Even though we were undefeated coming into the state meet, I still didn’t feel like they had ever had their “best race”. At times, some of our handoffs were suspect, but still, they always managed to pull it off and win. That trend definitely carried through to the preliminary round of competition on Friday. Despite one handoff that barely occurred within the exchange zone, we still managed a 52.09 second performance, our best mark of the season an good enough for the top seed moving into finals. But as I said, with the bad handoff in prelims, I still didn’t feel like we had seen the best yet. We have been tirelessly working on our handoffs our the past couple of weeks, and I knew that they could do better. I also knew that if they could pull it all together in the finals, we would be very tough to beat.”

Quest said he almost couldn’t watch as the race started because his nerves were getting the best of him. But in a flash, he said it was over.

“As I had hoped for, all of our handoffs were flawless and we had won the state championship with a time of 51.75 seconds,” Quest said. “I am so very happy for our girls, especially for Taylor, a senior. The memory of seeing her go out as a champion in the final race of her career i something I will always treasure. While the championship won by our 4 x 100 relay team certainly will get the most attention, we had many great performances by all of our athletes that attended the state meet. While we weren’t able to win any other medals at the meet, we were able to come away with two new school records (Madi Lyons in the 800-meter run and the 4 x 800-meter relay team). Madi ended up breaking her own school record in the 800 and was also the anchor leg of the 4 x 800-meter relay team along with Kaitlin Dobson, Abi Schapira and Roxe Hendrix.”

In the final-team standings for the girls in Class 1, Valle Catholic captured first with 66 points. New Franklin, meanwhile, tied for 21st place with Columbia Independent with 10 points.

Meanwhile, in Class 1 for the boys, Valle Catholic again captured first with 81 points.

In the girls final-team standings in Class 2, Stockton edged Monroe City by a mere seven points 46-39.

Meanwhile, in the final team standings for the boys in Class 2, Cleveland N.J.R.O.T.C. captured first with 51 points while Lamar finished a close second with 50 points.