Poteau cross country teams begin season Monday in Haworth Invitational at Idabel; Lady Pirates seek sixth straight trip to state, while boys hope to make it four straight

The 2012 season for the Poteau Lady Pirates and Pirates cross country teams will begin at 4 p.m. Monday at the Haworth Invitational.The Lady Pirates return five runners who ran at last fall's Class 4A State Meet. Deven Bond was 21st (13:18.03), Sheridan Hoyer was 41st (13:39.7), Colleen Peterson was 72nd (14:17.41), Tabitha Waldrop was 78th (14:25.42) and Shandee Stanton was 87th (14:50.72).“We're looking forward to another good season,” said Tim Hall, Poteau's coach. “Leading the way are Deven Bond and Sheridan Hoyer, who placed in the top 45 (out of 109 runners at last year's Class 4A State Meet) for us last year on a team that finished 12th at the state meet.”Rounding out the Lady Pirates' team are Sonia Guerrero, Jenna Stites, Hallie Clark and Kayle Dryer as well as first-time runners Jazmine Warren, Kim Ocampo and Iris Ocampo.The Pirates were 14th at state last year, and also return many of the runners who ran at the Class 4A State Meet at Edmond's Mitch Park last fall. Returnees include Nico Hall (54th, 18:49.98), Daniel Stacy (69th, 19:18.66), Dylan Fox (79th, 19:37.39), Bobby Graham (88th, 20:02.28), Tyler White (94th, 20:16.81) and Josh Anderson (102nd, 21:03.45).“All of them went through the summer running program,” Hall said. “We're ahead of where we were at this time last year. We have three additional sophomores on the team that went through the summer program who will be pushing our seniors for starting spots.”Rounding out the Pirates' roster are Carlos Garcia, Carlos Pandero, Allen Daniels, Ashby Clark, Cuco Bustos, Alex Garcia, Christian Sanjuan, Erik Sanjuan, Grant Wilson, Hunter Martin, Daryl Callaway, Bobby Elkins, Cody White, Charles Graham, Jeff Ridner, Noah Martin, Matt Carmack, Jayson Davis, Wesley Reeves and Isaac Stacy.ScheduleDate Meet TimeAug. 27 Haworth Invitational at Idabel 4 p.m.Aug. 30 Tahlequah Invitattional 4 p.m.Sept. 6 Coweta Invitational 5 p.m.Sept. 15 ORU Invitational 8 a.m.Sept. 20 Tulsa Invitational-x 3 p.m.Sept. 29 OSU Jamboree 9 a.m.Oct. 5 Pre-State Meet-y 10 a.m.Oct. 13 Cilli Pepper Meet-z 11 a.m.Oct. 20 Regional Meet-a 10 a.m.Oct. 27 State Meet-y 10 a.m.x — At O'Brien Park.y — At Edmond's Mitch Park.z — At University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.a — At Oral Roberts University in Tulsa.