Abygale Maupin had her best finish in the long jump to lead the New Franklin girls middle school track team in the Harrisburg Invitational on Tuesday.
Maupin finished second in the long jump with a leap of 13’-5” and then came back to place seventh in the 200-meter dash in a time of 31.26 seconds.
Mallori Burnett also continued her strong run in both the 800 and 1600-meter run by placing fifth in the 1600 in 6:08.60 and sixth in the 800 in 2:47.43.
Meanwhile in the 4 x 100-meter relay and placing sixth in a time of 1:02.27 was the team of Keota Boren, Dakota Clark, Layla Robinson and Abygale Maupin.
As for the New Franklin boys, Garrett Hampton finished sixth in the 1600 in a time of 5:41.66 and then ran a leg on the 4 x 400-meter relay along with Tysen Dowell, Tiernan Hoover and Tyler Jennings, which placed seventh in 4:52.06.
In the final-team standings for the boys, Paris captured first with 102.5 points. Southern Boone finished second with 89 points, followed by Sturgeon at 76, Our Lady of Lourdes 75, Harrisburg 60.5, Westran 45, North Callaway A team 38, Salisbury 33, North Callaway B team 14, Columbia Independent 13 and New Franklin in 14th place with 6 points.
For the girls, Southern Boone’s seventh grade finished first with 112 points. North Callaway A-team placed second with 78, followed by Our Lady of Lourdes with 75, Paris 69, Salisbury 51, Harrisburg 46, Our Lady of Lourdes seventh grade 43, Southern Boone eighth grade 33, Glasgow 29, North Callaway B-team 23 and New Franklin 11th with 21 points.
New Franklin coach Adam Quest said there was some really tough competition at the Harrisburg Invitational.  
“There were several larger schools in attendance, and some schools even put two teams into the meet,” Quest said.  “Mallori Burnett ran two outstanding races, and didn’t even finish in the top three.  Her times in the 1600 and 800 would have competed well at many high school meets that we attend, and both were personal records, but due to the stiff competition, she finished fifth in the mile and sixth in the 800.  
“Our best performance of the day came from seventh grader Abby Maupin.  She couldn’t get her steps right in the approach to the long jump.  After I was able to help her figure it out, she ripped out a huge final jump and ended up in second place.  We also had a good showing from our girls 4x100, who finished in sixth place. Our boys were led by our distance runners.  Garrett Hampton had another strong performance in the 1600 and set a new personal best in the event.  We also had a gritty performance by our 4x400 team.  They were forced to run in a heat all by themselves and were able to shave 10 seconds off their previous best time.”