If the weather for Tuesday’s season-opener was ideal, Saturday was the opposite.


The sky was overcast for the Pirate Relays and temperature hovered in the 40s. With wind ripping through E.A. Porter stadium, it felt colder than it actually was. It didn’t matter for the Hannibal girls’ track team.


If the weather for Tuesday’s season-opener was ideal, Saturday was the opposite.

The sky was overcast for the Pirate Relays and temperature hovered in the 40s. With wind ripping through E.A. Porter stadium, it felt colder than it actually was. It didn’t matter for the Hannibal girls’ track team.

The Lady Pirates not only survived the less-than-ideal conditions, but also thrived. Hannibal won 14 of the 18 events at the Pirate Relay.

“It was a great meet,” Hannibal head coach Mark St Clair said. “Obviously the conditions were not ideal for track, but when you’re running a meet in March, it can be like that. We got a lot of good out of it.”

The distance runners had the best day in the cold. Abbey Jeffries and Emma Burditt both won their events and set meet records.

Jeffries won the 1,600-meters in 5:29.39. Madi Sante came in second in 6:20.50. Jeffries won the event by nearly 200 meters.

Burditt’s win came in the 3,200-meter run. Her time of 11:42.1 was easily the best for the girls, and would have been the fourth-best for the boys.

“The cold weather doesn’t affect those distance runners near as much,” St Clair said. “Those two ran faster than the meet records on Tuesday, so we knew they had a shot going in today.”

Burditt and Jeffries weren’t the only Pirates to win. Erin Winn won the discus with a toss of 99-feet-7-inches, beating out teammate Elaina Meyers. In the shot put, it was Winn who would take second, finishing behind teammate Rochelle Williams.

Hannibal also had success in the relay events, winning three of the four. The 4x800-meter relay team of Jacqueline Gosney, Taryn Dungan, Kallie St Clair and Burditt started things off with a win.

The 4x200-meter team of Rayanna Williams, Kallie St Clair, Daquasia Dawson and Camille Hackamack also picked up a win. In the 4x400, Hannibal placed first and third with the team of Gosney, Dungan, Kallie St Clair and Jeffries winning. Lanina Williams, Dawson, Emily Tate and Sante came in third. The 4x100-meter team of Maranda Hunter, Rochelle Williams, Addy Nemes and Kallie St Clair finished second behind Monroe City.

Rayanna Williams also took home first in the 200-meter run, beating Hackamack by nearly two seconds. Rayanna also won the 400-meter run, leading a Hannibal sweep. Tate placed second and Lanina Williams took third. Rayanna also took second in the long jump.

In the 800-meter run, Gosney placed first for the Pirates, followed by Jeffries.
Nemes placed first in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 53.70. Cassidy Trenhaile had a third place showing in the 100-meter hurdles. Nemes earned a second place finish in the high jump, finishing behind Hackmack who won for the second-straight meet. Hackamack would add another win in the triple jump, clearing 34-feet-2.25-inches.

JaLynn Gieseke took third in the pole vault for Hannibal, behind Shelby Franklin of Monroe City.

For the first time this season, Hannibal will be on the road today. At 3:30 p.m., the Lady Pirates will take on Jefferson City.