Hannibal High School hosted a combined 28 boys and girls track teams for the Mark Twain/Becky Thatcher Relays Friday afternoon. For the boys’ side of the meet, the host Pirates came out on top while Palmyra won the girls’ side of the meet.

Hannibal finished the night with 126 and had seven first place finishes in the 18 events. Jacksonville, out of Jacksonville, Ill., took second with 85 points and had four first place finishes.

Markell Strickland claimed almost half of Hannibal’s first place finishes as he won the 110 hurdles, the 300 hurdles and the triple jump. Strikland finished the 110 hurdles in 0:15.2 while turning in a time of 0:40.2 in the 300 hurdles. In the triple jump, Strickland’s 44 feet, 4.5 inch jump beat runnerup Aaron Vasquez’s distance of 40 feet, 7 inches.

Also taking first for Hannibal were Dylan Powell, Carl Emmerson, and Nate Voss. Voss won the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 4 inches to beat out Jacksonville’s Devante Clark (6 feet, 2 inches) while Emmerson won the 400 meter dash with a time of 0:50.98, also beating out Jacksonville’s Clark (0:51.72).

In the shot put, Powell, a freshman, made a throw of 49 feet, 1 inch to beat Fort Zumwalt South’s J. Cook (48 feet, 11.5 inches).

The Hannibal 4x400 relay also took first place, finishing in 3:32.1 to edge out Quincy (3:33.9).

Jacksonville’s Reggie Bratton Jr. was also a multiple winner as he won both the 200 meter and the 100 meter dash. Bratton turned in a time of 0:10.57 in the 100 to set a new meet record. In the 200, Bratton finished with a time of 0:22.31. Both times, Bratton beat Illini West’s J. Shall. Jacksonville’s other two first place finishes were in the 4x100 relay (0:43.38) and the 4x200 relay (1:30.5)

Fort Zumwalt South was third with 74 points while Quincy (54) was fourth. Kirksville (39) rounded out the top five finishing schools. The bottom half of the top 10 consisted of Fort Zumwalt North (38.5), Illini West (30), Pittsfield (30), Rushville (22.5) and Monroe City (16). Placing in spots 11 through 15 were Liberty, Bowling Green, Palmyra, Western, and Highland.

For the girls, top finishing Palmyra won just two events, the high jump and the 4x200 relay. Palmyra finished the night with 71 points to edge out Bowling Green and Fort Zumwalt South who tied for second with 65 points each.

Megan Hooper took first in the high jump for Palmyra. Hooper cleared 5 feet to beat out runnerup A. Wickman of Kirksville who cleared 4 feet, 10 inches. The Lady Panthers’ 4x200 relay took first with a time of 1:51.4 to beat Fort Zumwalt North (1:52.3).

While the Monroe City girls finished seventh overall, it did have three first place finishes. Carly Spalding won two individual events for the Lady Panthers of Monroe City. Spalding won the 100 meter dash with a time of 0:12.36. Spalding also took first in the long jump, leaping 18 feet, 0.25 inches.

Spalding’s distance in the long jump set a new meet record.

In addition, Monroe City also won the 4x100 relay with a time of 0:51.95 to beat Palmyra (0:53.37).

As for the Hannibal girls, the top finish for the Lady Pirates was second place in the 4x800 relay. The Lady Pirates time of 10:12.6 finished runner up to Fort Zumwalt South (10:05.8).

The Lady Pirates also had two third place finishes. Brooke Watson was third in the 800 meter dash while the Lady Pirates’ 4x400 relay also took third.