The New Franklin Lady Bulldogs track team garnered two first place finishes Thursday during the MSD Invitational in Fulton.
While competing against a field of 22 teams, Madison Maupin finished first in the 200-meter dash in a time of 29.32 seconds while Madison Matney placed first in the shot put with a toss of 33’-10”.
Van Far captured first in the final-team standings for the boys with 119 points. North Callaway finished second with 79 points, followed by Hermann with 70, Paris 56, Linn 53, Russellville 52, Glasgow 47, African Centered 39, Calvary Lutheran 21, Jamestown 19, New Franklin 15, Wellsville 8, Chamois 6, MSD 1 and Arkansas School for the deaf, Bunceton, Columbia Independent, Community, Douglass, Jacksonville, Kingdom Christian Academy and the Fulton School at St. Alban 0.
In the final-team standings for the girls, Glasgow captured first with 100 points. North Callaway finished second with 85, followed by African Centered 40, Van Far 39, Calvary Lutheran and Paris 38, Herman, Linn and Russellville 36, Chamois 32, Jamestown and New Franklin 29, Columbia Independent 20, Wellsville 12, Jacksonville and MSD 8 and Arkansas School for the Deaf, Bunceton, Community, Douglass, Kingdom Christian Academy and the Fulton School at St. Alban 0.
Maupin also placed sixth in the long jump with a leap of 14’-1/2” and ran a leg on the 4 x 100-meter relay team along with Grace Chambers, Madison Matney and Shelby Breshears, which finished third in 57.55 seconds. Breshears, meanwhile, placed fifth in the high jump with a jump of 4’-6”.
As for the New Franklin boys, Kenneth Boggs placed second in the discus with a toss of 114’-4”. Trevor Sanders finished third in the high jump at 5’-2” while Dalton Friedrich took sixth in the 200-meter dash in a time of 25.61 seconds.
New Franklin coach Adam Quest said the MSD Invitational is one of his favorite meets of the year.
“Not only do we get to see a lot of schools that we don’t normally see, but we usually seem to perform pretty well also,” Quest said. “This year it was no different. We definitely had our best meet of the year so far. We came away with eight total medals, five of which were placed in the top three. We had two girls that brought home first place finishes. Due to some nagging injuries, Madison Maupin has had a slow start this season. She was finally able to break through at MSD and come home with a hard fought victory in the 200. This was her first time competing in the event this season, and I know she was happy to perform so well. We also had a victory from thrower Madison Matney, who continued her strong season by finishing first in the shot put with a new season best throw of 33’-10”. Due to some very high winds, the time for our girls 4 x 100 wasn’t their best of the season, but I felt like they ran their strong races so far. They ended up finishing third, but were within four-tenths of a second off the win.”
On the boys side, Quest said the Bulldogs were again led by senior thrower Kenneth Boggs. Despite the windy conditions, Quest said Boggs was able to compete very well in the discus.
“Freshman Trevor Sanders continued his success in the high jump as well,” Quest said. “The competition finished in the middle of a downpour, so it was especially meaningful that he was able to finish in third place, again surpassing several much older boys. Senior sprinter Dalton Friedrich has been getting better and better all season long. He was close to medaling several times, but was always stymied by boys from much larger schools. He was finally able to break through and win that elusive medal at MSD, bringing home sith place in the 200. Out of all of the medals won at the meet, this one may have been the most exciting for me. I was very happy to see him finally be rewarded for all of his hard work this season.”