The host Hannibal boys and girls teams each won third place Friday at the 2017 Mark Twain / Becky Thatcher Relays.
The Mark Twain and Becky Thatcher Track and Field Relays are nothing new to America's Hometown.
Despite rain Friday during the 77th edition of the event, the competition was as strong as ever.
The host Hannibal boys and girls teams each won third place in their final tuneup before the North Central Missouri Conference championships at Mexico next Friday.
“This is an event that has gone on here a long, long time and has a lot of tradition,” Hannibal coach Mark St. Clair said. “Some great athletes have participated in this. And again today, we had some tremendous performances from schools both local and far away participating, so it's kind of neat because you get to see a lot of kids out here giving effort and a lot of things happening.”
The Hannibal boys compiled 88 points to trail only Carthage (Illini West) (116) and Kirksville (93) in a 14-team field.
The Pirates 4x100 meter relay of Shamar Griffith, Billy Smashey, Jeremiah Weathers and Will Sewell shined with a first-place time of 44.05 seconds.
“We didn't particularly hit our handoffs, so you might even say it's a little surprising we won the thing,” St. Clair said. “If we ever get to where we tag our handoffs, it's hard telling how fast we might run.”
Griffith, a senior with an all-state jumping pedigree, won the triple jump at 44-08.50 and placed second in the long jump at 21-06.00.
“Those are tremendous performances,” St. Clair said. “The horizontal jumps were quite the event today. You've got to point that out. It's a pretty tough performance.”
Griffith and Weathers finished second and fourth, respectively, in the 100 meter dash before Sewell sprinted to third in the 200 meter dash in 23.13 seconds.
Junior Ayden Nichols earned fourth place in the 1,600 meters (4:31.50) and fifth in the 3,200 (10:02.77).
In throwing events, Hannibal's Mika Taganeca and Bradyn Adkins finished fourth and fifth in the shot put, while Davion Tate worked his way to fifth in the discus.
Andrew Jones (44.10) and Danny Colborn (44.48) each finished top 5 in the 300 meter hurdles, while Colborn also took third in the high jump at 5-08.00.
Daniel Lehenbauer led the Palmyra boys to an eighth-place overall finish. The Panthers compiled 26 team points.
Lehenbauer won the discus with a throw of 161-03 and placed second in the shot put at 44-10.00.
“Daniel is getting over 160 (in the discus) — the spot where he ended the year last year,” Palmyra boys coach Kevin Miles said. “We're hoping he can produce a little bit more and maybe get to 170 or 180 by the time we get to districts and state.”
Trenton Manning continued Palmyra's success by placing third in the pole vault at 11 feet even.
“Trenton is a guy who just competes,” Miles said. “If you come to this meet for a school our size on the boys side especially, if you can make the finals or you can medal, that's pretty darn impressive. He comes down there and does what he needs to do and he had some good success today.”
Also for the Palmyra boys, Tristan Gottman raced to sixth in the 400 meter dash in 55.52 seconds, while Brock Boulware earned sixth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:05.91.
The Hannibal girls finished third with 66 team points, trailing only Quincy (135) and Ft. Zumwalt South (71) in a field of 10 squads.
Autumn Bigsby turned in the Lady Pirates top individual performance with first place in the 400 meter dash. She finished the race in 1:03.90.
“Autumn is a talented athlete and she's an extreme competitor,” St. Clair said. “She's going to give effort in everything she does.”
Hannibal's 4x100 meter relay team of Bigsby, Ais'Linn Dixon, Alayna Pipkin and Kaleigh Marshall won first with a time of 4:23.83.
Pipkin also raced to third in the 800 meters in 2:28.32, while Claudia Nichols registered a fifth-place showing in the 1,600 meters in 5:39.72.
Taylor Vandelicht (9-06.00) and Kaitlyn Griffen (8-00.00) went second and fourth, respectively, in the pole vault. Griffen also finished fourth in the high jump at 4-08.00 and triple jump at 29-10.00.
The Palmyra girls squad finished sixth in the team standings with 47 points.
Sheyenne Anderson put on a clinic in the hurdles, winning the 100 meter hurdles in 17.07 seconds and placing second in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 51.52.
“Sheyenne stepped up and ran close to her best if not her best time of the year in the 100s,” Palmyra girls coach Nick Koetters said. “She did run her best time in the 300. And she even filled in for the 4x200, which was nice. She medals in almost everything she does.”
Palmyra's Kendra Maples continued her strong season and landed second in the triple jump at 31-03.00, while Bailey Lovelace (14-11.00) and Grace Watson (14-04.00) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the long jump.
Lady Panthers sophomore Morgan Ingram raced to fifth in the 100 meter dash with a time of 13.49 seconds.
“I was surprised and pleased that she ran a fifth in that,” Koetters said, lauding his runner. “I think she ran her PR for the year.”
Other top showings for the Palmyra girls included Rebecca Reinbeck (fourth in 300 meter hurdles) and Brooke Wilson (fifth in shot put).
“We've always loved this meet because it's great competition, it's awesome teams and it really gets us ready for the rest of the season,” Koetters concluded.