The New Franklin boys and girls track teams will live for another day after qualifying in three events over the weekend at the Class 1 Sectional 3 Track Meet in Russellville.
With the state track and field championships scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Jefferson City High School, New Franklin coach Adam Quest said he was really pleased with the week of practice that the athletes put in.
“They all had great attitudes all week, and really seemed like they were ready to compete at sectionals,” Quest said. “It was raining during the early part of the meet, but that did nothing to dampen the resolve of our athletes. They came in hungry for that start berth. In the end, all of the athletes who attended sectionals qualified for state, with three of our four events moving on.”
As for the state qualifiers for New Franklin, junior Tyler Perkins continued his string of strong finishes after placing third in the 800 meter run in a time of 2:09.14.
Quest said Perkins was a bit sore from the hard week of practice, but still ran an outstanding race from start to finish and ended up in third place. “This is the first boy we have had attend state in a running event in a long time,” Quest said. “I am excited to see Tyler compete next week.”
The New Franklin girls also had several outstanding performances, with Davi Smith placing third in the long jump with a leap of 15’-6”. Davi will also compete in the 4 x 100 meter relay along with Abby Maupin, Mallori Burnett and Shelby Breshears, which finished third in a time of 54.79 seconds.
Quest said Smith wasn’t feeling well last week at districts and just barely squeaked in to sectionals. “Davi was determined not to let the same thing happen again, and she put together four really great jumps and ended up finishing in third place. Our second event was the girls 4 x 100 meter relay. Abby gave us a really strong opening leg, Mallori and Davi kept that lead, and Shelby was able to hold off several other close competitors and finish in third place. They ended up beating the district champion of the other district we were paired with, so I was very pleased with how well they did.”
The only other event for the Lady Bulldogs came in the shot put as Breshears wound up finishing eighth with a toss of 31’-8 3/4”.
“Shelby was able to better her mark from last week but just fell short of qualifying for state,” Quest said.
In the final team standings for the girls, Russellville accumulated 96 points to win the title. Salisbury finished second with 93 points, followed by Glasgow with 88, Santa Fe 74.50, Crest Ridge 55, Appleton City 40, Drexel 37, St. Elizabeth 33, Meadville 32, Sweet Springs 28, Green Ridge 26, Leeton 20.50, Concordia 20, Green City 14, New Franklin 17th with 13, Midway 9, Calhoun 4, Lakeland and Norborne 3, Rich Hill 2 and Otterville 1.
The Russellville boys also captured the sectional championship with 71 points. Rich Hill finished second with 64 points, followed by Green City with 58, Glasgow with 56, Meadville 47, Drexel 40, Salisbury 34, Appleton City 33, Midway 33, Brunswick 31, Lakeland 31, Slater 28, Hale 26, Sweet Springs 26, Green Ridge 26, Crest Ridge 23, Santa Fe 21, Linn County 21, Prairie Home 13, St. Elizabeth 11, Concordia 10, Jamestown 8, Otterville 6, New Franklin 23rd with 6 points, Northwestern 4 and Norborne 2.