The Hannibal boys’ and girls’ track and field teams finally got to begin its season Thursday afternoon as the Pirates and Lady Pirates hosted Mexico at Porter Stadium. The Pirates beat the Bulldogs 110-32 while the Lady Pirates came out on top 84-55.
“It was good to just get out and run a meet after all the bad weather we have had to start the season,” Hannibal coach Mark St Clair said. “I was pleased with our effort and both teams had some very fine performances.”
Of the 18 events on the day, the Pirates took first place in 15 of them. Three Pirates won multiple events. Brent Curtis won both the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles. Curtis bested Mexico’s Anderson in the 110 hurdles but just over one full second. Curtis’ time was 15.98. In the 300 hurdles, Curtis turned in a time of 43.30, almost 4 seconds ahead of teammate Devin Thomas (47.20).
Junior Carl Emerson took first in both the long jump and the 400. Emmerson finished ahead of Wyatt King. Emmerson jumped 18 feet, 11.75 inches while King’s best jump was 18 feet 9.5 inches.
“Carl Emmerson competed well in his first varsity meet,” St Clair said. “Carl ran a solid 400 meter and took first in the Long Jump.”
Freshman Dylan Powell, competing in his first varsity track meet, won the shot put and the discus. Powell heaved the shot put 43 feet and 4 inches, a good foot and two inches further than second place finisher Zach Riley. Powell’s discus throw went 119 feet, 2 inches, 7 feet, 3 inches further than Mexico’s Austin Oetting.
“Dylan Powell won both throwing events,” St Clair said. “He had two solid performances in his first varsity competition.”
Also earning individual first place finishes for the Pirates were Mitch Nichols, Brandon Hackamack, Taylor Brown, Trevor Stratton, Nate Voss, and Paul Golian.
Nichols won the 100 dash with a time of 11.41, just edging out a second place finishing Emmerson (11.46). Hackamack took first in the triple-jump, leaping 36 feet, 2.5 inches while Brown won the pole vault, clearing 11 feet.
Stratton finished first in the 200 dash with a time of 23.3, edging out the speedy Jahwaun Cassidy (23.62). Voss jumped 6 feet, 2 inches to win the high jump while Golian turned in a time of 11:04.87 to win the mile run.
The Pirates also took first in three of the four relays. Hannibal won the 4x100, 4x200, and the 4x400 relays.
Stratton, Cassidy, King, and Voss completed the 4x200 with a time of 1:36.43 to take first place while Nichols joined Stratton, Cassidy, and King in finishing first in the 4x100 with a time of 44.48. Voss, Curtis, Mike Vaia, and Christian Blane ran the 4x400, finishing first with a time of 3:43.16.
On the Lady Pirates’ side of the meet, Hannibal finished with 11 first place finishes.
Melanie Blase was the only Lady Pirate to win multiple individual events. Blase won both the long jump with a distance of 15 feet, 2.75 inches while also taking first in 200 dash with a time of 28.17.
“Melanie Blase had four quality performances,” St Clair said. “Her long jump was great for a first meet.”
Blase was also a member of the first place finishing 4x200 relay and the first place finishing 4x100 relay. The 4x200 turned in a time of 1:58.84 while the 4x100 finished in 54.44. Joining Blase on the 4x200 was LaNina Williams, Julie Colborn and Julie Zeiger. The 4x100 consisted of Williams, Colborn and Morgan Hall.
Other first place finishers for Hannibal included Gabbie Wiley, Brooke Watson, Olivia Strickland, Sydney Bennett, and Hall.
Wiley took first in the high jump, leaping 5 feet, 2 inches. Bennett took first in the 400 dash while Watson won the 800 dash with a time of 2:30.52.
Watson’s time was 1:12.44, just barely ahead of runner up Zeigler (1:12.71).
Strickland won the 300 hurdles with a time of 55.2 while Hall took first in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.40.
“Brooke Watson ran three tough races,” St Clair said. “(Watson) clocked a fine 2:30 in the 800 meter. Gabbie Wiley won the high jump with a solid 5 feet, 2 inch jump. Overall, just a good effort from the girls.”
The two relays Blase did not participate in, Hannibal won those as well. The Lady Pirates took first in the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:28.5 while the 4x800 finished first with a time of 11:09. Watson, Wiley, Sydney Bennett and Williams ran the 4x400 relay while Sydney Bennett, Taylor Bennett, Watson, and Abby Jeffries ran the 4x800.
Next up for Hannibal, the Pirates and Lady Pirates will host Quincy Senior High on Tuesday, April 2, at Porter Stadium.