New Franklin’s Madison Matney had what head coach Adam Quest called “the best day of her outstanding career” Saturday during the Class 1 Sectional 1 Track Meet at Oakville High School.
While leading the Lady Bulldogs in points all season, Matney delivered when it counted the most over the weekend by placing first and breaking the school record in the shot put with a toss of 37’-10”.  She also placed fourth in the discus with a toss of 105’-3”.
Of course Matney wasn’t the only state qualifier for New Franklin. Davi Smith also finished second in the high jump with a leap of 5’-1”.
New Franklin coach Adam Quest said the sectional track meet really was a day of extreme highs and extreme lows.  
“It definitely was a roller coaster of emotions for our athletes,” Quest said. “On one hand, we had some exceptional things happen.  Senior thrower Madison Matney had the best day of her outstanding career.  In her first event, the shot put, she put herself on a different plane altogether.  She ended up breaking the school record in the event with a throw of 37-10 and in the process won herself a sectional championship.  She followed that up with a new personal best in the discus, throwing 105-3, finishing 4th.  Madi has always performed well, but she definitely raised the bar to a whole new level at this meet.  She put herself in position to really make some noise next weekend at State in the shot put.  
“And speaking of setting the bar at a new level, Davi Smith had a career day in the high jump.  After a back and forth battle between her and another competitor, she ended up finishing in 2nd place, but with a new personal best jump of 5-1.  She was disappointed that she didn’t win, but I think she even surprised herself with the new PR. I am very much looking forward to seeing both Madi and Davi compete next weekend.”
New Franklin’s Tyler Perkins also came within seconds of moving on to state by placing fifth in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:08.94.
Quest said with Matney and Smith being the definite high points of the day, the Bulldogs had an extremely close call in the boys 800, and the results were heartbreaking.  
“Tyler Perkins made a late charge in the last 150m of the race, and he and a boy from Knox County were right together at the finish line,” Quest said. “But in the end, Tyler ended up finishing in fifth place by .05 seconds.  In fact, first through fifh place was decided by less than a second in the race.  He annihilated his old PR, but it was so heartbreaking to see him get so close to making it to state.  But being just a sophomore, I have no doubt that the best is yet to come for Tyler.”
Van Far captured the team title with 176 points. Valle Catholic finished second with 114 points, followed by Knox County with 75, Harrisburg 40.50, Viburnum 38, Paris 37, Sturgeon 31, Clopton 26, New Haven 22, Cairo 22, Higbee 21, La Plata 20, New Franklin 14th with 13, Breshear 13, Madison 13, Wellsville 11, Fulton School at St. 10, North Shelby 5, Oran 4.50, Barat Academy 4, Bevier 3, Marion County 3, Bell City 3, Delta 3, Scott County Central 2 and Canton 1.
For the girls, New Haven finished first with 129 points.
Paris took second with 67 points, followed by Knox County 56, Harrisburg 50, Brashear 49, Valle Catholic 38, Crystal City 35, Van Far 35, Barat Academy 28, New Franklin 10th with 27, North Shelby 26, La Plata 25, Clopton 22, Van Buren 22, Viburnum 14, St. Paul Lutheran (Farmington) 13, Bevier 13, Scott County Central 12, Community 11, Cairo 9, Marion County 9, Higbee 8, Atlanta 7, Madison 7, Silex 6, Oran 5 and Sturgeon 3.