Despite high temperatures, the Hannibal cross country team got its season underway Wednesday with a fifth place finish at the Fleet Feet at Quail Ridge meet.
“I was pleased with our kids’ performance at our opening meet,” Hannibal coach Charlie Newland said. “I thought that the boys and girls performed well considering the warm conditions.”
Paul Golian placed 17th overall and was the top finisher for the boys, turning in a time of 11:10 on the two mile course. Tyler Janes was not far behind, placing 24th with a time of 11:36. Mike Vaia was 26th at 11:41 while Sean Jones was 31st with a time of 11:53. Nigel McIntosh rounded out the Pirates’ top five finishing boys with a 32nd finish and a time of 11:55.
“Our split between our No. 1 runner, Paul Golian and our No. 5 runner, Nigel McIntosh was 45 seconds,” Newland said. “As long as I have been the coach, we have never opened up our season with a split that narrow before and that is very encouraging.”
Also turning in varsity times for the Hannibal boys were Alex Brown and Daniel DeLaporte. Brown was 41st overall with a time of 12:13 while DeLaporte was 47th with a time of 12:23.
The junior varsity boys top finisher was Jacob Roisum who turned in a 14th place finish with a time of 12:48. Kyle Allen was 31st (13:32) and Evan Lewis was 52nd (14:48). Ryan Novak was 55th with a time of 14:50 and Brad Curl was 57th at 14:53. Toby Tobias and Isaac Lichty just missed finishing under 15 minutes. Tobias was 61st with a time of 15:01 while Lichty was 62nd at 15:04.
Hannibal does not have a girls team, so Rachel Davis and Gracie Douglas ran as individuals. Davis finished 31st overall in varsity with a time of 13:44 while Douglas turned in a time of 19:34 for 91st on the JV side.
“It was good for the kids to be put in a competitive environment,” Newland said. “But, we’re still quite a ways off from where I think we can be fitness wise. If we stay healthy and continue to push each other in practice, this should be a fun season.”
Hannibal will have its next meet on Sept. 7 in Mexico.