By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
MEXICO, Mo. — The Hannibal boys track and field team won three events to capture the team championship at the Ron Whittaker Invitational Saturday.
Christian Blaine won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 42.07 seconds.
The Pirates' other two wins were in field events -- Nate Voss, who won the high jump in 6 feet, 3 inches, and Dylan Powell, who won the shot put with a toss of 49-0.
Hannibal also placed second in three events.
Brandon Hackamack turned in a leap of 41-4 1/4 in the triple jump, good for second place.
Jerry McBride, Wyatt King, Voss and Blaine teamed up to place second in the 4x200 relay in 1:33.8, while Mike Vaia, Brendon Watson, Dylan Behl and Daniel Delaporte were second in the 4x800 (8:41.5).
The Pirates' other top finish was the 4x100 team of Shamar Griffith, King, McBride and Mitch Nichols which placed third in 45.48.
Hannibal scored 95 1/2 points, while Columbia Battle was second with 84.
Quincy High School was sixth with 52 points.
The Blue Devils had five top-three finishes.
Carson Gay was second in the long jump (19-11 1/2) and Tony Tyler was second in the discus (132-4).
Joshua Castle, Brody Francis, Cameron Gay and Carson Gay were second in the 4x100 in 45.32.
Third-place finishes went to Carson Gay in the 100 (11.45) and Derek Rowand in the pole vault (12-0).
The Hannibal girls won two events and placed fifth as a team with 65 points.
Quincy was seventh with 54 points.
Hannibal freshman Taya Burse won the 100 hurdles in a time of 16.24 and teamed up with Anasia Elder, Melanie Blase and Kimmiesha Watts to win the 4x200 in 1:52.87.
Brooklyn Watson placed second in the 1,600 (5:32) and Burse was third in the triple jump (33-3 1/2).
Two Hannibal relay teams placed third. Julie Colborn, Elder, Blase and Jackie Dowil ran a time of 54.01 in the 4x100, while Watson, Watts, Rachel Davis and Sydney Bennett turned in a time of 10:48.1 in the 4x800.
Makenna Baker of Quincy won the shot put in 36-5, while Thomeisha Woodson was second in the 100 in 13.32.