Hannibal boys take first in Mexico
For the sixth straight year, the Hannibal boys’ track team finished first at the Mexico Bulldog Relays. However, this year was a little different as the Pirates had to share their first place finish with Helias as each team recorded 145 points.

Kirksville was 36 points back of Hannibal and Helias to finish third. Moberly took fourth with 99 points and Quincy rounded out the top 5 with 67 points. Relay host Mexico was sixth overall with 60 points while Centralia finished seventh with 35 points. Rockbridge (23 points) and Fulton (6 points) were the final two teams in the meet finishing eighth and ninth.

Markell Strickland and Brent Curtis finished in the top two spots of both the 110 and the 300 hurdles.

In the 110 hurdles, Strickland was first with a time of 15.51 while Curtis took second with a time of 16.18. Then in the 300 hurdles, Strickland and Curtis finished 1-2 again with Strickland barely edging out Curtis. Strickland finished the 300 hurdles in 41.02 while Curtis had a time of 41.12.

The hurdles weren’t the only event Strickland won though. In the triple jump, Strickland lept 43 feet, 9.5 inches to take first.

In the high jump, Nate Voss added another victory to his collection this season as he beat out Quincy’s Kyle Holtmeyer. Both Voss and Holtmeyer cleared 6 feet, 4 inches, but Voss got the win with fewer misses.

In the long jump, Trevor Stratton beat out Helias’ Collin Caywood. Stratton lept 18 feet, 11.5 inches to beat the second place finisher by 2.5 inches.

In the relays, the Pirates’ 4x100 relay took first, beating Helias. Runing in the 4x100, Hannibal’s Jerry McBride, Jahwaun Cassidy, Wyatt King, and Stratton finished in 45.06.

On the girls’ side of the meet, Hannibal finished sixth out of nine teams.

The Lady Pirates 58 points was 73.5 points behind top finishing Kirksville.
Hannibal did not have any individuals or relays finish first. However, the Lady Pirates did have a second place and third place relay as well as fourth place individual. Hannibal also had five fifth place finishes.

Megan Bode was the Lady Pirates best individual finisher, taking fourth in the shot put. Bode’s throw went 33 feet, 4 inches. The first place throw was 37 feet and 0.5 and inches.

The fifth place individual finishes came from Rachel Davis, Olivia Mack, and Brooke Watson. Davis ran the mile and turned in a time of 12:58.6, more than a minute (11:47.7) behind Mexico’s first place finishing Jami Brandow while Mack finished fifth in the 400 meter dash. Mack turned in a time of 1:07.75. Watson, the Lady Pirates final fifth place finisher, turned in a time of 2:30.9 in the 800 meter run.

In the relays, Hannibal took second in the 4x800 and third in the 4x400. The 4x800 relay was run by Watson, Sydney Bennett, Abbey Jeffries, and LaNina Williams while the 4x400 was run by Watson, Williams, Bennett, and Mack.

Hannibal also had two relays take fifth. Julie Colborn, Williams, Bennett, and Morgan Hall finished fifth in the 4x100 with a time of 55.77 while Bennett, Williams, Colborn, and Jackie Dowil took fifth in the 4x200 with a time of 1:59.40.

Hannibal is scheduled to cross the Mississippi today to participate in the Quincy Relays. The meet is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.