New Franklin’s Madison Matney and Shelby Breshears set personal records last Friday in the annual Lowell Eaton Invitational in Harrisburg.
While competing against a field of 14 teams, Matney finished third and set a personal record in the discus with a toss of 96’-5. She also placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 32’-1”.
As for Breshears, the sophomore standout took fifth with a personal record in the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:07.89.
The girls 4 x 200-meter relay team of Breshears, Madison Maupin, Jordan Leighton and Nicole Blumer also finished third in a time of 1:58.03. Meanwhile, in the 4 x 100 and placing fourth in a time of 57.47 seconds was the team of Breshears, Blumer, Leighton and Chloe Hampton in 57.47 seconds.
The only other place finish for New Franklin came in the 100-meter dash as Maupin turned in a time of 14.30 seconds.
New Franklin track coach Adam Quest said being that the Lowell Eaton Invitational was the second meet of three in three days, he wanted to make sure he  didn’t over expose anyone to potential injury.  
“I only put each athlete in a couple of events,” Quest said.  “Despite that, we were still able to have a good outing.  There was some very good competition at the meet, and there were several larger schools in attendance.  But two of our girls relays were able to compete very well.  Our girls 4 x 200m relay ended up finishing third.  When Breshears took the baton for the anchor leg, she was in fourth place but she was able to track down and overtake the Fayette runner and secure a top three finish.  
“Our 4 x 100m relay also finished with a medal, coming across the line in fourth place.  Individually, Madison Matney continued her strong showings in the throwing events.  She had a new PR in the discus and followed that up with a fourth place finish in the shot put.  Shelby Breshears finished fifth in the 400 with a new PR, and Madison Maupin finished sixth in a very strong 100 field.”
As for the New Franklin boys track team, Quest said they were  not able to bring home any medals, but Trevor Sanders came away with a new PR in the 200  in a time of 27.11, and Hayden Wiseman continued his improvement by setting a new PR in the mile in a time of 6:22.54.
In the final-team standings for the boys, Hallsville captured first with 110 points while South Shelby finished second with 107 and Glasgow third with 101.5. New Franklin boys placed 14th overall.
As for the standings for the girls, Hallsville again nabbed the top spot with 110 points. Glasgow finished second with 87 while South Shelby placed third with 86. New Franklin girls finished 10th with 29 points.