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EDMOND â€” The Poteau Lady Pirates and Pirates cross country runners wanted to run their best races of the season in Saturday afternoon's Class 4A State Meet at Mitch Park. For the most part, they did.
Most of, if not all, Poteau runners equaled or bettered their personal-best times of the season.
For the Lady Pirates, Deven Bond had the highest finish, coming in 21st (13:18.03), followed by Sheridan Hoyer in 41st (13:39.7), Kaitlin Standridge in 60th (13:58.89), Colleen Peterson in 72nd (14:17.41), Tabitha Waldrop in 78th (14:25.42), Shandee Staton in 87th (14:50.72) and Samantha Galetka in 91st (14:53.82).
â€śThe girls ran well,â€ť Poteau Coach Tim Hall said. â€śWe had several who ran their best times all year. That's what I asked them to do â€” to save their best races for the last race. A lot of them did that. This will be something for them to strive for in the future.â€ť
For the Pirates, Nico Hall's 54th-place finish was the highest (18:49.98). Daniel Stacy was 69th (19:18.66), Dylan Fox was 79th (19:37.39), Will Longenbaugh was 86th (19:58.24), Bobby Graham was 88th (20:02.28), Tyler White was 94th (20:16.81) and Josh Anderson was 102nd (21:03.45).
â€śWe finished our best race,â€ť Hall said. â€śI'm really happy with them.â€ť
The Poteau runners were stunned that their good times was not enough to get them higher team finishes in the state meet. The Lady Pirates were 12th (230 points), while the Pirates were 14th (313).
â€śThe competition at the state (meet) level is the best teams and runners in the state,â€ť Hall said. â€śThe competition at that level is the best in the state.
But Hall could not be any happier for the way the 2011 season came to an end.
â€śPoteau has all its runners coming back next year,â€ť he said. â€śWe'll be ready. I'm extremely happy. I loved working with these kids every day in practice. We can't wait to get started again (next fall).â€ť