With the district track meet less than a week away, New Franklin track coach Adam Quest wanted to use the Santa Fe Relays on Monday as a gauge of the teams progress.
What he learned is that the Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs are more than ready after placing in 11 events against a strong field of teams.
“The Santa Fe Relays provided us the opportunity to see some competition that we don’t normally see,” Quest said. “Many of these schools we were competing against for the first time this season. I was especially impressed with how well our boys team performed. Tyler Perkins came home with four total medals on the day.”
Santa Fe won both the boys and girls team title with 160 and 121 points, respectively.  The New Franklin boys, meanwhile, finished sixth overall with 51 points while the Lady Bulldogs placed seventh with 63 points.
As for first place finishes, Matney won the discus with a toss of 97’-3” while Burnett captured first in the 3200 in a time of 14:17.12.
Matney also brought home medals in both the shot put and javelin by placing second and third with throws of 34’-7 1/2” and 90’-3”, respectively.
Davi Smith also took second in the high jump at 4’-10” while the 4 x 200-meter relay team of Jordan Leighton, Nicole Blumer, Smith and Burnett finished third in 2:01.98.
For the New Franklin boys, Tyler Perkins finished second in the 1600 in 5:23.86 and third in the 800 in 2:25.57. Hayden Wiseman placed second in the 3200 in 12:04.95, as did the 4 x 400-meter relay team of Kolby Anson, David Brucks, Perkins and Luke Paddock in 4:01.78.
Placing third was the 4 x 800-meter relay team of Brucks, Paddock, Asa Fischer and Perkins in a time of 9:51.07.
St. Mary’s Relays
The New Franklin boys and girls junior high track teams each had one medal winner while competing in the St. Mary’s Relays last Saturday in Glasgow.
Capturing first for New Franklin was the boys 4 x 400-meter relay team of Tiernan Hoover, Nick Postak, Douglas Bowen and Daniel Clay in a time of 4:33.11 and Abygale Maupin in the triple jump with a leap of 32’-0”.
Second place finishers for New Franklin were Clay in the  400 in 1:03.44, Bowen in the 1600 in 6:00.88 and high jump at 4’-6”, Carly Dorson in the 800 in 2:54.10, Dakota Clark in the high jump at 4’-2”, Maupin in the long jump at 13’-11” and 100-meter dash in 14.29 seconds, and the girls 4 x 100-meter relay team of Maupin, Faith Painter, Addy Salmon and Elaina Henderson in 58.57 seconds.
Third place finishers were the boys 4 x 100-meter relay team of Bowen, Clay, Hoover and Postak in 56.42 seconds, Painter in the 100 in 14:51 seconds and 200 meter dash (no time), and the girls 4 x 400-meter relay team of Emma Clay, Dorson, Larissa Starke and Clark in 5:21.96.
New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter said she thought the boys and girls did great for their first Saturday meet. “Every meet I see more and more improvement from each individual and that is exciting to see,” Vetter said.