As the only two members competing at the Class 1 Missouri State Track and Field Championships over the weekend in Jefferson City, New Franklin’s Madison Matney and Davi Smith  took it as a challenge to showcase their skills for the Lady Bulldogs.
As it turned out, Matney wound up finishing ninth in the shot put with a throw of 35’-4 1/2” and 16th in the discus at 89’-4”  while Smith placed 11th overall in the high jump at 4’-10”.
Alyssa Harper of Drexel won the shot put with a toss of 39’-11 1/4” while Merrideth Spiers of Worth County captured first in the discus with a throw of 135’-9”.  Meanwhile, in the high jump, Marissa Jensen of Stanberry took first place with a jump of 5’-7 1/4”.
New Franklin coach Adam Quest said after a wonderful sectional meet, it was hard to know what to expect at the state meet.
“Both Madi and Davi had career days at sectionals and set themselves up well to medal at state,” Quest said. “But in order to do that, they were going to have to replicate or exceed their previous performances.  Both were very determined to perform well, but in the end, I think the nerves got a bit of the both of them.  Our meet started off with Davi in the high jump.  With such stiff competition, the opening height was very high.  She was able to clear two heights, but got stuck at 5 feet.  In the end, she was able to finish in 11th place with a jump of 4-10.  
“Madi came into the shot put competition seeded in second place.  She qualified for finals in the event, and was sitting in eighth place headed into the last throws.  Unfortunately the ninthplace girl pulled an outstanding throw out on her last throw, and Madi ended up finishing one place off the podium in ninth.  On Saturday, Madi also competed in the discus.  The competition was very fierce in the discus.  She ended up finishing in 16th place.  Both girls were disappointed that they didn't medal, but they were happy that they were able to compete on such a big stage.  I was very proud of how well both competed at the meet.  Being that Madi is a senior, her wonderful high school career is over.  But I think Davi will come back next season and be even more determined to get on the podium at next years state meet."
Van-Far captured the team title in Class 1 for the boys with 64 points, followed by Worth County with 47.5 and Lutheran-Kansas City, Pattonsburg and Valle Catholic tied for third with 32 points.
For the girls, West Platte and Worth County shared the title with 50 points. New Haven finished third with 44 points while Glasgow placed fourth with 40 points.