Competing for the first time in the Rob Hoefer/Husker Invitational Track Meet in Higginsville was an eye opener for the New Franklin boys and girls track team on Tuesday.
While competing against most Class 2 and 3 schools, New Franklin head coach Adam Quest said it was more about their individual performance.
As it turned out, New Franklin wound up with only four place finishers in the top five for both the boys and girls.
In the final-team standings for the girls, Trenton captured first with 103 points. Wellington-Napoleon finished second with 99 points, followed by Richmond with 94, Lexington 86.5, Lafayette County 80, Crest Ridge 64, Carrollton 50, Sherwood 41, St. Paul Lutheran 22, Orrick 18, New Franklin 11th with 15, Smithton 13, Versailles 8.5 and Concordia with 1 point.
Trenton also took first for the boys with 106 points. Carrollton finished a close second with 105 points, followed by Lafayette County with 100, Wellington-Napoleon with 97, Lexington 76, Richmond 56.5, Crest Ridge 44, Windsor 38, St. Paul Lutheran 24, Versailles 16.5, Smithton 13, New Franklin 12th with 11, Sherwood 8 and Orrick with 6 points.
As for the place finishers for New Franklin, the girls 4 x 100-meter relay team of Madison Maupin, Grace Chambers, Madison Matney and Shelby Breshears took third in a time of 55.64 seconds. Matney also finished fifth in the shot put with a toss of 32’-0”. Meanwhile, for the boys, Trevor Sanders placed fourth in the high jump at 5’-6” while Kenneth Boggs finished fifth in the discus with a toss of 117’-4”.
“Even though we didn’t bring home many medals, we saw a lot of improvement in some of our individual events. And compared only to other schools our size, some of our events finished very well. Our highest finish of the day was by the girls 4x100m relay. They finished third  with a very strong time of 55.64 seconds.
“This early in the season, I am very happy with that performance. We also had a medal won by freshman Trevor Sanders in the high jump. Being just a freshman, Trevor is usually going up against many upper classman. The fact that he is able to do so well shows what kind of competitor he is. As is becoming the norm, we also had strong performances from two of our throwers, Madison Matney and Kenneth Boggs. Both finished fifth in the shot put and discus respectively, but finished in the top one or two amongst Class 1 schools.”