Hannibal boys win Pirate Relays
The Hannibal track teams finally got a chance to hold the Hannibal Relays Tuesday, making up the event that was originally scheduled for March 23. Palmyra, Clopton, and Quincy all made the trip to Porter Stadium for the days’ track meet.

In the boys’ meet, the Pirates won 13 of the 18 events. Quincy had three first place finishes while Clopton and Palmyra each won one event.

Markell Strickland had two first place finishes on the day. Strickland won both the triple jump and the 110 hurdles. Strickland turned in a time of 15.31 to beat out teammate Brent Curtis who finished in 15.93. In the triple jump, Strickland lept 40 feet, 9.75 inches to take first.

Carl Emmerson also won multiple events for the Pirates. Emmerson took first in the long jump and the 400 dash. In the long jump, Emmerson jumped 19 feet even and then turned in a time of 52.32 in the 400.

The Pirates’ relay teams won three of the four relays. Hannibal took first in the 4x100, 4x200, and the 4x400 relays, beating runner-up Quincy in all three.

In the 4x100 relay, Strickland, Trevor Stratton, Jahwaun Cassidy, and Wyatt King broke the school record with a time of 44.49. The previous record (44.98) was set in 2003.

The 4x400 also broke a record. King, Strikland, Cassidy, and Emmerson finished in 3:34.3, breaking the record of 3:39.45 that was set last year.
The only relay Hannibal did not win was the 4x800, which Quincy won.

Hannibal had several individuals place first in one event. Freshman Dylan Powell won the shot put with a distance of 44 feet, 11.5 inches. Powell finished second in the discus to Quincy’s Rowand.

Stratton took first in the 200 dash with a time of 23.52 while Paul Golian won the half mile, finishing in 4:54.80. Also taking first place were Nate Voss who won the high jump with a height of 6 feet, 2 inches and King in the 100 dash. King finished in 11.52.

On the girls’ side, Palmyra won nine events while Hannibal won seven. The other two first place finishes went to Quincy.

Hannibal won both long distance events. Abbey Jeffries won the mile, finishing over a minute ahead of her runner-up with a time of 12:31.9 while Rachel Davis took first in the half mile. Davis turned in a time of 5:57.69, beating teammate Bennett by just over 10 seconds.

In the relays, Hannibal won both the 4x800 and the 4x400 relays.

Also placing first for Hannibal, Brooke Watson won the 800 with a time of 2:32.39 while Lauren Ihms placed first in the pole vault, reaching 7 feet, 6 inches and Megan Bode won the shot put (33 feet, 3.5 inches).

As for Palmyra, Evie Miles lead the way with three first place finishes.
Miles won the long jump, the 100 hurdles and the 300 hurdles. Miles jumped 15 feet, 2.25 inches while turning in times of 17.05 in the 100 hurdles and 52.66 in the 300 hurdles.

Kelsey Martin was also a multiple winner, taking first in both the 100 and 200 dash. In the 100, Martin finished in 13.13, beating out teammate Alexis VanNostrand while in the 200 she turned in a time of 27.27, edging out Hannibal’s LaNina Williams.

Other Palmyra winners included Hannah Smith in the triple jump (30 feet, 4 inches) and Katee Hinkle in the 400 dash. Hinkle turned in a time of 1:04.68 to beat Hannibal’s Olivia Mack by just over 4 seconds.

Palmyra also won the 4x100 and the 4x200 relays, beating out Hannibal both times.

Hannibal competitive at Capitol City Relays

Voss was the only member of the Hannibal track team to earn a meet championship Saturday when the Pirates and Lady Pirates traveled to Jeff City over the weekend for the Capitol City Relays.

Voss won the high jump, beating his competition by 6 inches. Voss had cleared 6 feet, 4 inches while Quincy Senior’s Connor Stack came in second at 5 feet, 10 inches. Emerson took fourth for the Pirates with a height of 5 feet, 8 inches.

While no-one else finished first, the Pirates did have some solid finishes.

Jerry McBride and Devan Thomas, both freshmen, finished third and sixth overall in the pentathlon. The pentathlon comprises five events, the high jump, 100 meter dash, shot put, long jump, and the 800 meter run.

McBride finished with 2,666 points while Thomas scored 2,285 points in the five combined events.

Taylor Brown set a personal record in the pole vault, clearing 12 feet and finished fifth while the 4x100 relay team had a seasons best time of 44.61 to take third.

Stratton had a seasons best in the 200 dash, finishing in 22.71, good for third place as Strickland (41.37) and Curtis (41.84) each recorded seasons best times in the 300 hurdles to place third and fourth. In the high jump, Strickland took second overall and Cassidy placed sixth.

In the shot put, Powell made it to the finals where he finished third with a personal best distance of 46 feet, 8 inches

Overall, the Pirates finished second with 80 points in the 11 team boys’ competition.

As for the Lady Pirates, their performance was not as successful. The Hannibal girls finished 10th out of 11 teams, placing ahead of last place finishing Glendale.

Davis finished third in the mile with a time of 12:37.08 while the 4x400 relay team also took third, finishing with a time of 4:41.92. In the 4x800 relay, the Lady Pirates took fourth overall with a time of 10:12.43