New Franklin’s Madison Matney and Davi Smith captured first place finishes to lead the Lady Bulldogs in the Lowell Eaton Relays Friday in Harrisburg.
While competing a field of seven other teams, Matney garnered first in the javelin with a toss of 93’-3” while Smith finished first in the high jump with a leap of 4’-10”.
In the final team-standings for the girls, Glasgow captured first with 158 points. South Shelby finished second with 141.5 points, followed by Harrisburg with 98, Paris 79, Westran 77.5, New Franklin 60, Tipton 42 and Sturgeon 33.
The Glasgow boys nabbed first as well in the team standings with 155 points. South Shelby finished second with 137 points, followed by Tipton 116, Paris 99, Harrisburg 64, Westran 59, Sturgeon 52, Slater 29 and New Franklin 13.
In addition to placing first in the javelin, Matney also took second in both the shot put and discus with throws of 34’-3” and 100’-6”, respectively.
Matney also ran a leg on the 4 x 100-meter relay team along with Jordan Leighton, Nicole Blumer and Smith, which placed third in a time of 57.75 seconds.
The only other place finisher for the Lady Bulldogs was Leighton with a second place finish in the 300-meter hurdles in 57.58 seconds and sixth in the 100-meter dash in 14.87 seconds.
New Franklin track coach Adam Quest said the wind was definitely a factor at the Lowell Eaton Relays.  
“Because of the strong winds, our times in the running events were not as fast as they usually are,” Quest said. “But the throwing events definitely benefited from the strong winds as our throwers had an outstanding day.  Specifically, senior Madison Matney had probably the best meet overall of her career.  She set two personal records and one season best.  She set a new PR and school record in the javelin with a throw of 93’-3” and a first place finish.  She followed that up with second place finishes in the discus and shot put.  Her discus throw of 100’-6” was a new PR, and her shot put of 34’-3” was a season best by 2 feet.  Madison is an outstanding athlete and thrower and it was great to see everything come together for her on the same day.  
“Junior Davi Smith had an outstanding day as well.  She has been performing well in the high jump all season, but at the Eaton Relays she was able to tie her personal best jump of 4’-10” and finish first for the first time this season.  Senior Jordan Leighton had a strong race in the 300m hurdles, finishing second.  The foursome of Matney, Leighton, Smith, and Nicole Blumer also finished a strong third in the 4x100m relay.”
As for the New Franklin boys, David Brucks finished sixth in the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:01.26 and then ran a leg on the 4 x 400-meter relay team along with Luke Paddock, Kolby Anson and Tyler Perkins, which placed fifth in 4:04.10.
Quest said Brucks may have found himself a new event to compete in.  “In his first time competing in the open 400, he ended up medaling with a sixthplace finish and a time of 1:01.26,” Quest said.  “Our boys 4 x 400 meter relay team of Brucks, Tyler Perkins, Luke Paddock and Kolby Anson also had a new season best in the event, finishing fifth with a time of 4:04.10.  Those boys really take the 4x4 seriously, and they compete very hard.  They are determined to cut as many seconds off of their time as possible.  I love seeing them get excited about competing in the race.”