Hannibal Courier-Post

Hannibal's Nichols takes fifth in Tom Oakley Invite

By Thorn Compton, for the Courier-Post
Posted: Oct. 6, 2019 12:01 am

QUINCY, Ill. — The Hannibal and Palmyra cross country teams were given great conditions to run in the Tom Oakley Invite at Bob Mays Park on Saturday and took full advantage.

Pirates senior Claudia Nichols in particular excelled, running a time of 20 minutes, 42 seconds in the girls race to place fifth overall.

“It was definitely very nice today, which I was thankful for,” Nichols said. “I do a little better in the cooler weather so that was really nice.”

Katie Locke and Alexia Gonzalez also placed 32nd and 35th for the Pirates, respectively.

“We definitely did well as a team, I feel like we have just been getting better every meet as a team,” Nichols said.

On the boys side Hannibal placed fifth as a team with a score of 116. Sophomore Xavier Damotte was 15th individually with an 18:14 and freshman Cameron Nichols 19th with an 18:33.

“They are really young kids, mainly freshmen and sophomores,” Hannibal coach Charlie Newland said. “As they get older we will raise the expectations, mileage and intensity, but they are doing a really good job considering their age and inexperience.”

Palmyra placed third in the girls race with a score of 79. Aly Noland paced the Panthers by placing seventh in 21:34 and Lauren Reid was 11th in 22:01.

Noland and Reid enjoy competing together and against each other for the top placing.

“I think it helps both of us, it's nice to have someone in the race that you know you should be with and that pushes you,” Reid said.