The New Franklin boys and girls track teams didn’t do as well as they would have liked over the weekend while competing in the Class 1 District 6 Track Meet at Lafayette County High School in Higginsville.
But if you consider that District 6 was one of the toughest in the state in Class 1, the Bulldogs will take anything they can get at this point in the season.
As it turned out, New Franklin qualified in four events (3 girls and 1 boys) for the Class 1 Sectional 3 Track Meet this coming Saturday at Russellville High School. Only the top four finishers in each event will move on to the state track meet on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18 at Jefferson City High School.
New Franklin coach Adam Quest said going into any district meet, it is very difficult to know what to expect.  
“There are many schools that we haven’t seen before, and many athletes perform at a higher level than we are used to seeing,” Quest said. “Add to that the jitters that come naturally with competing at a meet such as this, and it’s hard to know how athletes are going to react.  Our district was also probably the strongest Class 1 district in the state.  We had many events that performed very well that would have qualified in any other district, but because of the high level of competition in our district, they fell short.  We ended up with four hard fought events going through to sectionals next Saturday.”
The Salisbury girls track team finished first in the district by accumulating 137 points. Glasgow placed second with 129 points, followed by Santa Fe with 116, Sweet Springs 62, Concordia 47, Green City 45.5, Meadville 43, New Franklin and Northwestern tied for eighth with 33, Slater 27, Brunswick 18, Norborne 15.50, Hale 8, Malta Bend 6, Keytesville 3 and Linn County 1.
In the final team standings for the boys, Glasgow captured first with 126 points while Salisbury, Green City and Meadville tied for second with 82 points. Santa Fe took fifth with 59 points, followed by Sweet Springs with 55 points, Brunswick and Slater 54, Hale 31, Linn County 28, Concordia 28, New Franklin 12th with 20, Northwestern 14, Norborne 9, Bucklin 5 and Keytesville 4.
As for the sectional qualifiers for New Franklin, junior Tyler Perkins continued his strong run in the 800 by placing second in a time of 2:07.77.
“Our best performance of the meet definitely goes to Tyler Perkins, who ended up finishing second in the 800 with a new personal record of 2:07.77,” Quest said. “Tyler has been steadily improving in the 800 all season long, and he fought very hard at districts.  Despite finishing second in our district, his time puts him in the top 8 or so in the state, so I am excited to see him keep competing next week, and hopefully beyond.”
As for the New Franklin girls, Davi Smith and Shelby Breshears qualified in two events each.
Smith finished third in the long jump with a leap of 14’-11 3/4” while Breshears placed fourth in the shot put with a toss of 30’-8 3/4”. Smith and Breshears also competed in the 4 x 100 meter relay along with Abby Maupin and Mallori Burnett, which finished third with a season best time in 54.77 seconds.
Quest said this is the first season that both Smith and Breshears have competed in the long jump and shot put.
“It was great to see them find success,” Quest said.  As for the 4 x 100 meter relay team, while they set a new season best time, I don’t think we have seen the best that this group of girls can do.  I expect them to do even better next week at sectionals.”