Claudia Nichols earned all-district recognition Saturday while competing for Hannibal High School in the district cross country meet at McNair Park in St. Charles.

Claudia Nichols earned all-district recognition Saturday while competing for Hannibal High School in the district cross country meet at McNair Park in St. Charles.

Nichols logged a time of 20:54 over the 5,000-meter course, which was good for 27th place.

It marked the third consecutive year that Nichols has been an all-district performer, according to HHS Coach Charlie

Newland.

As a result of her showing Nichols earned the right to compete in the sectional meet on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Rounding out the competitors for Hannibal in the girls race were: Alayna Pipkin, 33rd, 21:17; Andrew Bryant, 55th, 22:38; Alexia Gonzalez, 67th, 23:42; and Ruby Roisum, 72nd, 24:49.

In the boys race only five seconds separated Hannibal's top two runners - John Fritch and Brice Miller. Fritch and Miller finished 51st and 53rd, respectively, with times of 18:23 and 18:28.

The Pirates' other performers in the race were: Xavier Damotte, 77th,19:56; Darrell Taylor, 79th, 20:12; and  Jacob Chapman, 82nd, 20:31.

"All the kids had good efforts at the district cross country meet. The weather was perfect and I was proud of the way the kids competed," Newland said.

As for the Pirate runners whose seasons came to an end, Newland said they could "hold their heads high because they gave a good effort and ran their best races of the season."

Newland called last Saturday a day of reflection.

"Our seniors competed for the last time. They all represented Hannibal High School well over the years," he said. "They were good role models in the classroom and at practice for our younger kids. If our underclassmen emulate their seniors, the program is going to be in good shape in the years to come. Our kids' futures are bright."

As a team, the HHS girls placed ninth out of 12 teams in the district. Hannibal's boys ran 13th out of 13 teams.