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Ribbon and Plaque Galore at Franklin Junior High Track Meet

Samantha Bonifas

May 03, 2019


The junior high Mustangs came prepared for their third track meet of the season at Franklin on April 16. As soon as the team took their first steps off of the bus, they were focused and ready to compete. Teams competing at the meet included Alma, Wilcox-Hildreth, Franklin, Blue Hill, Red Cloud, and Silver Lake. To start off the long afternoon of track, team members headed to field events first. Brooklyn Meyer set a personal record in high jump with a jump of 4’10”.  Eric Blythe and Manuel Fontes both jumped 4’8” and took fourth place and fifth place respectively. Also placing in high jump was Josi Sharp in fifth and Sydney Bartels in sixth, jumping 4’2” and 4’0 respectively. Meyer earned another first place in long jump with a jump of 13’7”. Jake Knehans jumped 16’2” for a third place in long jump, and 33’9” for a second place in triple jump. Cody Pankoke jumped 14’4” to receive fourth in long jump. In triple jump, Sharp brought back a second place in triple jump, jumping an impressive 27’9”. Logan Shockey placed first and received a personal record with a throw of 35’ 7 ¼” in shot put. Adrian Gomez threw 32’10” and slid in at third. For the girls side of shot put, Marissa Erickson threw 21’10 ½” and placed fourth. Samantha Bonifas received fifth with a throw of 21’1 ½”.  Gomez and Shockey gathered more points in discuss. Shockey threw 85’7” and got fourth while Gomez threw 85’4” and got fifth. Georgi tenBensel was proud of her team and the way they competed at the meet. She commented, “Our team is great about showing support for each other. When we’re not competing, we are always cheering each other on, and seeing that makes me so proud.” By the time field events were completed, the Mustangs had accumulated several team points. To start off the last half of the meet, runners got ready for the 1600 meter run. Morgan Dinkler finished the race first with a time of 6:38. On the boys end of the mile, Keaton Karr placed third with a time of 5:57 and Manuel Fontes placed fourth with a time of 5:59. In the 100 meter hurdles Georgi tenBensel crossed the finish line at second and Reagan Rust crossed the finish line fourth with times of 18.2 seconds and 19.1 seconds respectively. The 100 meter dash was the event with the most competitors and anyone in it faced tough competition. Reagan Rust showed off her sprinting skills, placing third with a time of 14.64 seconds. Logan Shockey ran the race with a time of 14.2 seconds to place sixth. Jake Knehans added 10 points to the team with his first place finish in the 800 meter run. Brooklyn Meyer crossed the line sixth with a time of 3:08. Running a time of 31.4 seconds in the 200 meter dash was Emily Monie, which gave her third place. Reagan Rust ran the 200 hurdles in 34.72 seconds and earned second place. For the boys in the 200 hurdle event, Keaton Karr slid into sixth with a time of 34.81 seconds. Taylor Hanson sprinted the 400 meter dash with a time of 78 seconds which gave her fifth place. The boys took two places in the 400 meter dash with Cody Pankoke finishing first and Jacob Borgman finishing third with times of 65 and 71 seconds respectively.  The girls 4x100 meter relay team consists of Sharp, Bartels, Lexi Wengler, and Monie. Monie was the last leg of the relay team and crossed the line fourth. The boys took third, with their team of Blythe, Gomez, Borgman, and Shockey. To end the long day of events, the 4x400 meter relay was started. Meyer was the first leg of the relay, followed by Dinkler, Monie, and Rust. The team ran the race in a time of 5:10 and finished second. The boys ended the day first with Knehans, Karr, Fontes, and Pankoke running a time of 4:27. While the officials added points, the Mustangs waited in anticipation. It was announced that the girls racked up 98 points and the boys totaled 100 points, which gave both teams second at the meet. The team will go back to work as they prepare for the TVC meet at Sandy Creek on Saturday, April 27. 

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