Two meets into the season, one thing is clear: the Hannibal Pirates boys’ track and field team is good.


On a chilly Saturday at E.A. Porter Stadium the Pirate boys competed in the annual Pirate Relays. Running against five other schools — Monroe City, Canton, Wright City, Clopton and Western — the Pirates lapped the competition. Of the 18 events at the Relays, Hannibal took first in 16.


Two meets into the season, one thing is clear: the Hannibal Pirates boys’ track and field team is good.

On a chilly Saturday at E.A. Porter Stadium the Pirate boys competed in the annual Pirate Relays. Running against five other schools — Monroe City, Canton, Wright City, Clopton and Western — the Pirates lapped the competition. Of the 18 events at the Relays, Hannibal took first in 16.

“We ran well, there’s no question that we were competitive and very solid in just about everything,” Hannibal head coach Mark St Clair said. “I was very pleased with the way we competed. I think it showed the that the first meet was not a fluke — that we have a very good track team.”

Andrew Davis got things going for Hannibal in the field portion of the meet. The Hannibal thrower surpassed the field in both the shot put and the discus. Jake Crenshaw placed behind Davis in the discus, earning second place.

Kyle Wessel went 2-for-2 on the season in the pole vault. After clearing 14-feet-3-inches on Tuesday, Wessel couldn’t clear 14-feet in the windy conditions on Saturday. He did get over the bar at 13-feet-3-inches to place first. Christian Locke placed second after he successfully cleared 13-feet, a personal record.

Caleb Alberts continued the Hannibal success in the high jump. Alberts jumped over the bat at 5-feet-8-inches for the win.

The long jump once against belonged to Mat Sims. The Hannibal senior landed in the sand pit with a distance of 19-feet-3-inches to clinch first. Teammate Joseph Holland came in second in the event with a jump of 18-feet-4.5-inches.

JuWan Holland made it a Pirate sweep in the field events in the triple jump. He posted a mark of 39-feet-8.5-inches for the victory.

The field events weren’t the only ones in which Hannibal earned multiple wins. The boys 4x800-meter relay team of James Moffitt, Clay Allensworth, Brady Novak and Matt Norman beat the field in 9:00.90.

In the 110-meter hurdles, Joseph Holland crossed the finish line first for the second time this week. Coming in third was Markell Strickland of Hannibal.

Lenny Clark won the 100-meters by the slimmest of margins. In a tight race to the end, Clark claimed first in 11.15 seconds. The second place finisher from Canton crossed the line in 11.17.

The Pirates 4x200-meter relay team of Sims, JuWan Holland, Trevor Stratton and Mark Nemes became the second relay team to win. Joseph Holland, Nemes, Sims and Clark made it three-for-three in the relays with a win in the 4x100-meter race. The 4x400-meter relay team of JuWan Holland, Sims, Moffitt and Stratton completed the relay sweep in their relay event. They beat Monroe City and the other Hannibal team of Allensworth, Jeremiah Gwartney, Derek Bridges and Kyle Roberts.

Hannibal also swept the distance events. Matt Norman had no trouble in the 1,600-meter run. His time of 4:55.86 beat the second-place finishers by 16 seconds.

Brady Novak won the 3,200 meter run, despite trailing much of the race. While the runner from Wright City tired, Novak didn’t wear down and won the race.

Stratton continued the Hannibal success by winning the 400-meter run. In the 800-meter run, Moffitt came in first, nearly five seconds ahead of the second place finisher.

The 300-meter hurdles and the 200-meter run were the only two events Hannibal didn’t claim first. However, Brent Curtis took third in the 300-hurdles and Quinton Jones and Nemes went second and third in the 200-meters.

Next up for the Pirates will be a road meet. Hannibal will travel to Jefferson City today. The meet will start at 3:30 p.m.