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Fearsome Foursome: Hannibal's speed leads to track success

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Carl Emmerson, Markell Strickland, and Jahwaun Cassidy (pictured from left to right) are three fourth's of Hannibal's lethal speed this spring. Carl Emmerson, Markell Strickland, and Jahwaun Cassidy (pictured from left to right) are three fourth's of Hannibal's lethal speed this spring.

HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -- Another North Central Missouri Conference meet and another title for the Hannibal boys track team.

Monday's dominance in Kirksville marked the Pirates sixth consecutive NCMC championship.

Mark St. Clair's squad sprinted out of the gates crossing the finish line first in three of the four relays. Individually, Markell Strickland won both hurdle events while Trevor Stratton was victorious in the 200 meter dash, and Jahwaun Cassidy finished third, and Carl Emmerson captured the 400 meter title.

Hannibal's version of the 'Fearsome Foursome' has made this season one to remember in America's Hometown.

"I'm really proud of my team," Cassidy said. 

"They've really helped me to excel better. Everyone wants to be the number one guy and it's all close between us all, and I like that."

Stratton says success has come from long days and nights on the track.

"It's just been great to see how hard people have pushed themselves through the years, and so many people are getting so good at sprints. It just amazes me," Stratton explained. 

"Getting a chance to watch these younger kids, and helping them improve, is so fun."

According to Emmerson, "We're a very good team. A lot of kids are going to make it to the next level. It's good to be with a whole bunch of athletes and to be able to push each other."

As quickly as the Pirates raced to another conference championship there's little time to celebrate with preparations in full force for Saturday's district meet.

Different this season is their move to Class 4 meaning they'll face the best of the best in Missouri.

And that's just fine with Strickland.

"I told myself and the others that during this week of practice we've got to take it really seriously now that (districts are) coming along," Strickland noted. 

"We went up to (Class 4), our district and sectional changed, and we have better competition this year."

Stratton added: "It's really nerve racking. We've got butterflies in our stomach but we know other teams are out here pushing themselves too. We just have to keep going at it and keep getting better and better every day."

Hannibal is one of 12 teams heading to Troy for this weekend's district meet. For the Pirates who qualify the sectional meet is the following weekend at Parkway North.

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