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The 2011 high school cross country season will begin for the Poteau Lady Pirates and Pirates at 4 p.m. Monday at the Haworth Lions Invitational.
â€śMonday's meet will still be a preliminary meet,â€ť Poteau Coach Tim Hall said. â€śThe distances won't be quite what we'll run at the regional and state meets. But we're excited and ready to go.â€ť
The Lady Pirates were seventh at last year's state meet.
â€śOn the girls' side, we've got to replace our two-time state qualifier Brenda Felipe (who is running at Rogers State College in Claremore),â€ť Hall said. â€śColleen (Peterson, who was 45th at last year's Class 4A State Meet at Edmond's Mitch Park) is the only returner among the top seven. I have some good girls coming out to compete for our other varsity spots.â€ť
As for the Pirates, they were ninth at state in 2010.
â€śOn the guys' side, we're bringing three back from last year's top seven with Nico Hall, Daniel Stacy and Daryl Callaway,â€ť Hall said. We're hoping those three will step up and will be a strong point for us this year.â€ť
Hall was 31st at state last year, Stacy 77th and Callaway 96th.