By Rob Tetro
The Hannibal boys varsity cross country team came away with a first place finish in The Small School Event of The Tully Cross Country Invitational.
The girls varsity team didn’t disappoint either, finishing in fourth place in their event.
The story of the day was the Hannibal boys. In a race that featured 96 runners, the Warriors were led by sophomore Jason McFarland who finished in third place with a time of 17:12.2. Following McFarland was senior Ben Slate in eighth place with a time of 17:41.9, then senior Zane Pointon in 13th place with a time of 18:02.3. Next was senior Ben Raymond in 25th place with a time of 19:00.3 while Nate Raymond earned a 28th place finish with a time of 19:14.6.
Sophomore Blake Farnham earned a 32nd place finish with a time of 19:18.7 and John Motell came in 41st place with a time of 19:39.5.
In a race that featured 81 runners, the girls varsity team finished fourth. Leading the way for the Lady Warriors was eighth-grader McKenzie Mattison, who finished fifth with a time of 20:30.6. Following Mattison was eighth-grader Reilly Harris who came in 11th place with a time of 21:06.2. With a time of 21:42, junior Michela Sheldon came in 17th place. Junior Kristen D’Angelo came in 37th place with a time of 23:14.9. Freshman Paige LaFurney came in 66th place with a time of 26:41.4 while Malana Scott finished in 68th place with a time of 27:12.2.
Coach Dan Pawlewicz said it was a successful day for the entire cross country program.
Hannibal’s JV girls earned a third place finish and the JV boys came away with a fifth place in their event. Seventh-grader Emily Weaver and eighth-grader Austin Cooper helped Hannibal’s modified teams to solid performances as well.