The Hannibal boys’ and girls’ track teams finished first and second at the Quincy Invite Wednesday evening. The boys had 12 first place finishes while the girls took home four top finishes.
“The boys won the meet with a good team effort,” Hannibal coach Mark St Clair said. “The girls ran tough finishing a very close second. It was good to get a meet in. We need some warm weather and some good practice days.”
Markell Strickland paced the Pirates with three individual first place finishes and one more as a member of a relay team.
Strickland took first in both the 110 and 300 hurdles as well as the triple jump. In the 110 hurdles, Strickland turned in a time of 16.27 to beat out Rushville’s Brady Crane (16.96). Then in the 300 hurdles, Strickland again edged out Crane with a time of 42.81 to 43.30. Strickland’s final individual first was his most decisive. Strickland lept 40 feet, 9 inches in the triple jump to beat out Quincy’s Kyle Holtmeyer (38 feet, 11 inches) by almost two feet.
In relay action, Strickland was part of the Pirates 4x400 relay that placed first, finishing in a time of 3:41. The Pirates edged Rushville (3:42.80) by almost two seconds.
Strickland wasn’t the only multiple winner for Hannibal though. Carl Emmerson took first place in the 400 meter dash and the long jump. In the 400, Emmerson finished with a time of 52.79 to beat out Quincy’s Conneor Mellon (53.48) while Hannibal teammate Christian Blane took third (55.90). In the long jump, Emmerson’s jump of 19 feet, 6.5 inches beat Quincy’s Carson Gay (19 feet, 6 inches) by half an inch.
Also claiming individual first place finishes for Hannibal were Dylan Powell, Nathan Voss, Mike Vaia, and Trevor Stratton.
Powell beat out Illini West’s Peyton Ryner by almost a foot in the shot put with a throw of 46 feet, 9 inches. Ryner’s top throw was 45 feet, 10 inches.
Voss won another high jump as he cleared 6 feet 4 inches and Vaia took first in the half mile with a time of 2:11.92. The Pirates final individual winner was Stratton who placed first in the 200 meter dash. Stratton finished with a time of 24.15 to beat out teammate Jahwaun Cassidy (24.35).
In relay action, Hannibal won the 4x100, the 4x200, and the 4x400. Hannibal took third in the 4x800.
Wyatt King, Stratton, Jerry McBride, and Cassidy finished a close race in the 4x100 (44.95) to beat out Rushville (45.16). In the 4x200, Hannibal had another close race. Cassidy, King, Stratton, and Voss finished in 1:32.11 to beat Quincy (1:32.81).
The Pirates’ final winning relay team was the 4x400.
For the Hannibal girls, the Lady Pirates won one relay and three individual events.
Abbey Jeffries beat out teammate Rachel Davis in the mile run. Jeffries finished with a time of 5:44.29 while Davis was second (6:02.81). Jeffries and Davis were both members of the Lady Pirates’ 4x800 relay which took first, beating out Quincy by almost a minute. Brooke Watson, Sydney Bennett, Jeffries, and Davis turned in a time of 10:38.93 while Quincy was second at 11:21.76.
Also finishing with individual firsts for the Hannibal girls was Watson and LaNina Williams. Watson took first in the half mile run (800 meters) with a time of 2:30.50 to beat out Rushville’s Blake McWhorter (2:34.39) while Williams was first in a very close 200 meter dash. Williams turned in a time of 29.52 to beat Quincy’s Tomisha Woodson (29.68).
In addition to the Lady Pirates’ four first place finishes, the Hannibal girls also had four second place finishes.
Jackie Dowil took second in the triple jump, leaping 29 feet, 4 inches while Julie Colburn was second in the long jump with a distance of 14 feet, 7.5 inches. The Lady Pirates’ final second place finisher was Williams in the 400 meter dash. Williams’ time of 1:04.00 was a close second to Camp Point Central’s Matelyn Rhea (1:04.43).
Next up for the Hannibal track teams in the Mark Twain/Becky Thatcher Relays on Friday.