The New Franklin boys cross-country team had a first on two occasions over the weekend while competing in the Class 1 District 2 Cross-Country Meet at McNair Park in St. Charles.
While sending a school-record three individuals to the state cross-country meet, the Bulldogs will also send the entire team after placing second only to Wellsville.
In the final-team standings, Wellsville placed first with a total of 47 points while New Franklin finished a close second with 54 points. Clopton was third with 58 points, followed by The Fulton School at St. Albans High School with 85 points and Chamois with 98 points.
New Franklin coach for the first time in their program's history, the boys were able to compete as a team at the district meet.  
“Since there were several schools in our district from the St. Louis area that we hadn't seen before, it was hard to know what to expect,” Quest said. “I knew that if we were going to be able to compete well, everyone would have to have a good day.  I really challenged the boys to step up and make something special happen. In the end, I couldn't have been happier with the way they all performed.  We had battled some injuries the last week, and to a man, they all dug deep and were able to bring home a 2nd place district trophy.  We had a couple of PR's at the meet, and the boys were all very excited that for the first time ever, we will be heading to the state meet as a team.  Regardless of how we perform next week, I think we have put a big exclamation point on our season with our performance today."
The New Franklin definitely put an exclamation point on Saturday’s meet with three runners in the top 15 and five in the top 20.
Tyler Perkins turned in the fastest time for the Bulldogs by placing sixth overall in a time of 19 minutes and 24 seconds. Sam Ridgeway finished 11th overall in 19:49.87, followed by Douglass Bowen in 13th place in 20:10.97, Asa Fischer in 16th place in 20:53.13, Hayden Wiseman in 17th place in 20:53.23 and Logan Pierce in 39th place in 28:03.06.
Donovan Denslow of Clopton had the fastest time in the meet in 17:33.77. Jace Cavness of The Fulton School of the St. Albans High School finished second in 17:55.37 while Rowan Musick of Columbia Independent placed third in 18:23.81, Richard Schaperclaus of Chamois in fourth place in 18:59.43 and Keaton Mayes of Wellsville in fifth place in 19:16.83.
The Missouri State Cross-Country Championships will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3rd at Oak Hills Golf Course in Jefferson City.
Class 4 girls will run first in the state meet at 9 a.m., followed by Class 3 girls at 9:35, Class 4 boys at 10:10, Class 3 boys at 10:45, Class 1 boys at 11:20, Class 2 boys at 11:55, Class 1 girls at 12:30 p.m. and Class 2 girls at 1:05 p.m.