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Three Poteau Pirates senior track athletes, Nico Hall, Trevor Shankle and Troy Barnett, are hoping to make it to one more state meet. If they finish in the top three in their respective events at todayâ€™s Class 5A Regional Meet in Tahlequah, they will do just that. However, if they finish in fourth through sixth place, they can still make state with an at-large bid.
â€śThis could be my last track meet,â€ť said Hall, who will run in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs as well as some relays. â€śIâ€™m better at track than anything else. Iâ€™ve ran all my life. Iâ€™ll be running next year in college [at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith], but to run cross country. My last [high school] race will mean a lot to me.â€ť
â€śIt would mean a lot to me, especially since weâ€™ve moved up to [Class] 5A this year,â€ť said Shankle, who will throw the discus and shot put at todayâ€™s regional meet along with Barnett. â€śNow, itâ€™s even more important to me. I knew when we moved up that it was going to be a struggle, but that just meant that I was going to have to work even harder to get there.â€ť
â€śItâ€™s all about your senior year,â€ť Barnett said. â€śNo matter what you do, you get all your results from your senior year, and itâ€™s how everyone will look at you. Itâ€™s all an image of your senior year. It means the world to anyone to make state your senior year, no matter what. These are my last meets, and I want to give everything I got. Practices is what gets you to state, no matter what the sport.â€ť