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COLUMBUS

The Franklin girls track team matched Columbus North with eight first-place finishes Wednesday but still came up short of a victory.

The Grizzly Cubs fell 75-57, despite having two double individual event winners in Ally Parramore and Kloie Doublin. Parramore swept the hurdles races, winning the 100-meter hurdles in 16.3 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 47.9. Doublin won the 100 in 13.0 and the 400 in 1:02.2.

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“I thought we competed really well,” Franklin girls coach Tim Leonard said. “It’s a good meet to have going into the sectional. It would be nice to win, but we’re looking for the kids to be sharp going into next week.”

The girls also won three field events. Morgan Hoy won the long jump with a 15-foot, 6-inch leap, and Mikayla Zoellners’ 30-11 throw earned her a first-place finish in the shot put. Hayden Driver won the pole vault at 9-6. Franklin also won the 4×400 relay in 4:18.0.

Franklin’s boys fell to North 83-49. The Grizzly Cubs had six first-place finishes.

Peyton Utterback tied the school record he set last week in the pole vault at 14-1 to earn himself a first-place finish.

“We knew North was pretty good and pretty deep,” Franklin boys coach Mike Hall said. “Felt like we competed pretty well.”

Nick Riggles won the 110 hurdles in 16.3, and Tyler Fromer took the 400 in 53.1. Travis Murr beat North’s Mitchell Burton in a photo finish, coming in first in the 100 11.2. Chandler McGaha won the 800 in 1:58.1 and the 4×400 finished in 3:31.5 to place first.

“I think we caught North at a pretty good time,” Hall said. “It was a good preparation for the sectional for us. We’ve had this meet for 30 years, and I always want to have it because I want to go against the best right before the tournament.”