PALMYRA, Mo. | The Hannibal middle school cross country teams had a big day in Palmyra on Saturday with the boys team finishing first and the girls team finishing second.
Hannibal middle school cross country coach Regina Delaporte said she was very proud of how hard her two teams competed in Palmyra.
“I'm excited about the season ahead,” Delaporte said. “There's some healthy competition among both teams and I think they're going to be fun to watch, as they grow and mature as runners.”
Hannibal's Landyn Essig finished first overall in the boys race, with several other runners finishing in the top-20. Bodie Collins was seventh, Jared Locke was eighth, Kevin Westhoff was ninth, Clayton Neison was 12th, David Munger was 15th and Cooper Sott was 20th.
The Hannibal boys team finished first overall, with Marion County finishing second, Atlanta third, Clark County fourth, Mexico fifth and Palmyra sixth.
Hannibal's Emily Groth was the girls race top finisher, coming in third place. Mattie Harvey at sixth and Macy Behrens in 12th rounds out the top-20 finishers for the girls team.
Palmyra won the girls race, with Hannibal coming in second place. Winfield was third, Mexico was fourth and Marion County was fifth.