It would be nearly impossible to have a better start to the season than the Hannibal boys’ track team did on Tuesday.


Mexico and Hannibal met up at E.A. Porter Stadium on a beautiful spring day. With nary a cloud in the sky and temperature in the 60s, Hannibal looked like a team already in mid-season form. The Pirates did well in both the track and field portion of the day and came away with a 113-12 victory.


It would be nearly impossible to have a better start to the season than the Hannibal boys’ track team did on Tuesday.

Mexico and Hannibal met up at E.A. Porter Stadium on a beautiful spring day. With nary a cloud in the sky and temperature in the 60s, Hannibal looked like a team already in mid-season form. The Pirates did well in both the track and field portion of the day and came away with a 113-12 victory.

“We really couldn’t ask for a better day for our opeing meet,” Hannibal head coach Mark St Clair said.

Hannibal controlled the meet against the under-manned Bulldogs.

“The boys competed extremely well,” St Clair said. “We had several personal records and a lot of kids that surprised themselves with how well they competed in the late part of March.”

The Pirates proved to be equally adept at both the track and field portions of the meet. Hannibal won nine track events and four field events.

Lenny Clark had quite the day for Hannibal. The senior runner competed in three events and never lost. He won both the 100-yard and 200-yard dashes and was the anchor leg on the winning 4x100 relay.

Joining Clark on the winning 4x100-yard relay were Mat Sims, Mark Nemes and Joel Shrum. The quartet crossed the finish line with a time of 46.05 to beat the Bulldogs.

Nemes picked up his second second-place finish of the day in the 200-yard dash.

Hannibal also took home first in the 4x200-yard relay. The team of Sims, JuWan Holland, Trevor Stratton and Nemes beat Mexico for the race win.

Mexico took first in the 4x800-yard relay, beating the Hannibal team of James Moffitt, Clay Allensworth, Jeremiah Gwartney and Matt Norman.

Joseph Holland led a Hannibal sweep in the 110-yard hurdles. Shrum and Markell Strickland took third. Shrum set a personal record. 

Hannibal had another sweep in the 400-yard run. Stratton came in first for the Pirates. He was followed by Jeff Bridges and JuWan Holland.

In the 1,600-yard run, Matt Norman finished second and Brady Novak claimed third for the Pirates. In the 3,200-yard run, the duo moved up one spot with Norman taking home first and Novak second.

Hannibal took first and third in the 4x400-yard relay.

Joseph Holland won the 300-yard hurdles, beating Shrum by a slim margin. Holland’s time of 44.04 was a personal record.

Mexico placed first and the third in the boys 800-yard run, but the Moffitt prevented a Bulldogs sweep. The Hannibal runner took second with a time of 2:15.85.

Along with being on the winning 4x100 relay, Sims placed first in the long jump with a leap of 20-feet-1.25-inches. Joseph Holland came in second in the long jump when he cleared 19-feet-5-inches. Nemes completed the Pirate sweep by placing third with his 19-feet-2.5-inch jump.

Caleb Alberts took first the high jump by clearing 6-feet. Pravon McBride took second for the Pirates by clearing 5-feet-6-inches

JuWan Holland gave the Pirates yet another first place finish, this time in the triple jump. JuWan Holland cleared 39-feet-9-inches for the win. Strickland placed third for Hannibal with a jump of 33-feet-2.5-inches.

In the discus, Vincent Tally of Mexico took first, but Andrew Davis and Jake Crenshaw were right behind him, placing second and third respectively. In the shot put, Davis placed second and Crenshaw third for the Pirates. The duo each hit personal bests in both events.

In the pole vault, Hannibal went one, two, three with Kyle Wessel taking home first place. Wessel cleared 14-feet-3-inches for the win. Christian Locke took second and Caleb Alberts took home third.

Wessel took home a third place finish in the 100-yard dash, finishing behind Clark and Dillon Tolivar.

“It’s a good start to the season,” St Clair said.

The boys will remain at home for the next meet. Saturday at 10 a.m. Hannibal will be hosting the Pirate relays.