The New Franklin Lady Bulldogs’ 4 x 400-meter relay team captured the team’s only first-place finish Monday during the Salisbury Open.
While finishing first in a time of 4:35.34, the team of Madi Lyons, Saundra Perkins, Molly Lyons and Madison Maupin also picked up 10 of the team’s 73 points.
Of course nobody was closed to Salisbury, who captured the team championship with 204 points. Fayette finished third with 71 points, followed by Sturgeon with 65, Cairo with 60 and Linn County with 34.
New Franklin track coach Adam Quest said this was the last  non-medal meet of the year, and for the most part, let the kids all choose which events they wanted to participate in.
“This gave some of them the opportunity to tryout some new events,” Quest said. “Because of that, we were thin in some of the events that we usually excel in. By far, the bright spot of our day was our 4 x 400-meter relay team. I think this relay has seen a different roster at every meet this year. We have moved people in and out based on what other events they were needed in, and this was one of the first times that we were able to have our four fastest kids running. The results were very encouraging. They finished first, and it happened to be our only first place finish of the day. Being the last event of the meet, it definitely left us with a positive feeling about the meet as a whole. Their time of 4:35.34 was only two seconds away from a school record. When we are able to get some warmer weather and run on an all-weather surface, I’m confident that the record will fall this season.”
The Lady Bulldogs also had several second-place finishers in the meet. Madi Lyons took second in the high jump at 4’-8”, as did Madison Maupin in the 100-meter dash in 13.8 seconds and Saundra Perkins in the 200-meter dash in 28.88 seconds.
Abagail Prewitt placed third in the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:09.37, as did Abi Schapira in the 3200-meter run in 13:53.
For the New Franklin boys, Kenneth Boggs placed second in the discus with a toss of 106’-8” and third in the shot put with a throw of 35’-3”.
In the final-team standings for the boys, Fayette and Salisbury tied for first with 107 points. Cairo finished third with 96 points, followed by Linn County with 62, Sturgeon with 59 and New Franklin with 18.
Quest said with only three boys in attendance, they were a little light on the boy’s events.
“Our only top-three finisher was thrower Kenneth Boggs,” Quest said. “He is consistently placing in the top three or so of both the shot put and especially the discus. If he keeps improving, he has a good shot of placing well at districts and perhaps beyond.”
Brookfield Relays
The New Franklin boys and girls track teams had a total of three first-place finishes while competing in the Brookfield Relays back on Friday, April 25th.
Madi Lyons captured first in the high jump with a jump of 5’-0”, as did the girls 4 x 100-meter relay team of Madison Maupin, Nicole Sandner, Grace Chambers and Saundra Perkins in 54.81 seconds. Jacob Hendrix also had the only first-place finish for the Bulldogs in the high jump at 6’-1”.
In the blue division for the girls, Glasgow captured first with 187 points. Polo finished second with 129 points, followed by New Franklin in third place with 114.50, Knox County with 80.50, Maysville with 59, Meadville with 26, Northwestern with 20, Princeton with 18, Newtown-Harris with 12 and Linn County with nine.
In the blue division for the boys, Maysville finished first with 164 points. Glasgow placed second with 131 points, followed by Polo with 93, Knox County with 68, Meadville with 55, Linn County with 42, New Franklin in seventh place with 31, Princeton eighth with 29, Northwestern ninth with 25 and Newtown-Harris in 10th place with 10.
Quest said New Franklin hadn’t been to the Brookfield Relays in around five years, and after this meet, they will definitely add it to their calendar on a more permanent basis.
“Other than our CAC rivals Glasgow, the other schools in our division were fairly new to us, and it was really nice to see some new competition,” stated Quest. “With no less than seven personal bests set at the meet, it certainly was a day to remember. At the end of the day, the story for us really revolved around our sprinters. Our sprinters had perhaps the best day I have seen in my five years of coaching. Perhaps it was the nice weather, perhaps it was the slight tailwind, but whatever the reason, our sprinters seemed to be determined like I have never see them before.
“Freshman Madison Maupin had a phenomenal day. She started off her day with a near school record performance and second place finish in the 100. Her time of 13.01 was a new personal best and was just six one-hundredths of a second away from a school record. I think that performance really set the tone for the rest of the day. She followed that up with another personal best and second place finish in the 400 with a time of 1:04.26. Madison finished out her individual events for the day with a very solid third place in the 200.”
Quest said on our boys side, they only had one medal winner, but Jacob Hendrix sure did make it count.
“Jacob came away with three medals on the afternoon,” Quest said. “His strongest performance was in the high jump, where he finished first and set a new personal best by three inches. He followed that up with a third place performance in the long jump, and fourth in the 100, with another personal best of 11.94 seconds. Despite only being a few meets this year, Jacob keeps steadily improving. If he keeps improving like this, he may make some noise in the postseason.”
Hendrix also took third in the long jump with a leap of 18’-3” and fourth in the 100-meter dash in 11.94 seconds.
For the New Franklin girls, Madison Maupin finished second in the 100-meter dash in 13.01 seconds, second in the 400-meter dash in 1:04.26 and third in the 200-meter dash in 28.58 seconds.
Madi Lyons also took second in the 800-meter run in 2:39.73 and third in the 1600-meter run in 6:04.84.
Saundra Perkins had the only other second-place finish for the Lady Bulldogs in the 200-meter dash in 27.87 seconds.
Perkins also took third in the 100-meter dash in 13.55 seconds, as did Abi Schapira in the 3200-meter run in 13:56.99 and Abagail Prewitt in the shot put with a toss of 30’-10 1/2”.
In the girls white division, Brookfield captured first with 132.50 points. Trenton finished second with 93 points, followed by Westran with 90.50 points, Clark County 83 points, Highland 67, Marceline 51, Fayette 50, Schuyler County 40, Putnam County 30, Scotland County 26, Palmyra 16, Milan 11 and Paris 5.
In the boys white division, Trenton took first with 116 points. Palmyra finished second with 84, followed by Brookfield 76.50, Highland 72 and Marceline 68.