Ten members of the Hannibal track and field program earned medals Saturday at the Class 4 District 4 championships in Mexico.
Keaton Bartz went the first three years of high school without competing in track and field.
The Hannibal senior is glad he changed his mind this year.
The newcomer set a personal record in the pole vault by clearing 11 feet, 9 inches on Saturday at the Class 4 District 4 championships in Mexico to keep his season alive.
“With this being my first year, it was cool to come out here as a senior and get further than districts,” Bartz said. “It's really nice to get to continue to sectionals.”
Bartz is one of 10 Hannibal athletes who qualified for the state sectional in a total of 11 events. The top four in each event advanced.
The sectional meet is scheduled for next Saturday at MICDS in St. Louis.
“Keaton has really done a great job for us,” Hannibal coach Mark St. Clair said. “Coming out as a senior, he's been a good leader, and it's nice to see somebody like that qualify.”
Ayden Nichols motored his way through districts in both the 1,600 and 3,200.
The Pirate senior earned runner-up honors in the 1,600 with a time of 4:33.90 and third in the 3,200 in 10:25.81.
“His 1,600 was a really good race, and in the 3,200 he was just running to qualify and did that easily,” St. Clair said.
Adreke Brumbaugh also moved on in a pair of events for the Pirates.
The sophomore finished third in both the 110 hurdles (15.33) and 200 (23.47).
Noah Whelan placed third in the shot put at 42 feet, 10 ½ inches despite not even being seeded in the top eight.
Trenton Roland landed fourth in the long jump at 19 feet, 8 inches.
Alayna Pipkin, Autumn Bigsby, Claudia Nichols and Elle Hudelson represented the Hannibal girls by winning the 4x800 in 10:02.20.
The Lady Pirates relay won by more than 12 seconds.
“All four girls had solid outings,” St. Clair said. “We're looking forward to seeing what they can run down the road.”
Pipkin also won the 800 and moved one step closer to reaching state in the race for the second time in her career.
The junior ran a time of 2:24.22 to edge Reina McMillan of Parkway North by five-hundredths of a second.
“She ran a season best,” St. Clair said of Pipkin.
Nichols raced to second in the 3,200 in 12:32.39.
Cami Bross punched her ticket to the sectional in the high jump.
The freshman placed fourth at 4 feet, 10 inches.
“I was really excited because I'm a freshman and I've never been to districts before,” Bross said. “When I cleared 4-10, I was really hyped because it was on my last attempt.”
Sydney Hart just missed the sectional cut in four different events, placing fifth in both the pole vault and long jump as well as sixth in both the triple jump and 100 hurdles.
Other top performances for Hannibal included Bartz (fifth in boys 400), Bradyn Adkins (fifth in boys shot put), Breanna Gonzalez (sixth in girls discus), boys 4x200 (fifth) and girls 4x400 (fifth).
The Hannibal boys and girls both took sixth in the team standings.
"We had several quality efforts, and it was a tough district," St. Clair said. "We always want more to qualify, but the kids that did now have another week of track. We'll see what they can do."