INOLA — It was an historic day in Poteau High School cross country as the Pirates won their first-ever meet as they won the Inola Invitational Thursday afternoon.
The Pirates, who scored 43 points, edged out Kansas, who scored 48 points — as the lowest score wins cross country meet, with points compiled by adding the numbers of the places finished by individual runners.
Four Pirate runners medaled by being in the Top 15. Nico Hall was third overall (18.34), followed by Ashby Clark in sixth place (19:07), Dylan Fox in ninth place (19:25) and Daniel Stacy in 14th (19:45). Tyler White was Poteau's fifth-highest finisher as he was 17th (20:34).
“That was history,” said Tim Hall, Poteau's coach. “That was the first team title we've won in our cross country history. It was exciting. We ran well, and I was proud of our effort.”
Several other Pirates ran the course, but their places of finish were not known. Jayson Davis ran a 22:20, followed by Cuco Bustos (22:23), Bobby Elkins (22:25), Bobby Graham (22:41), Hunter Martin (23:18), Carlos Panduro (23:23), Wesley Reeves (23:25), Noah Martin (23:32), Isaac Stacy (24:02), Charles Graham (24:34), Dayrl Callaway (24:41), Josh Anderson (24:47), Matt Carmack (24:54) and Cody White (26:30).
One Lady Pirate medaled as she finished in the Top 15. Deven Bond was seventh (14:09).
Sheridan Hoyer had Poteau's next highest finish in the girls' race with a 15:09 to come in 23rd. Colleen Peterson was 26th (15:16), Tabitha Waldrop was 32nd (15:29), Edys Ocampo was 33rd (15:39), Kaley Dryer was 56th (16:38), Shandie Staton was 66th (17:12), Sonya Guerrero was 69th (17:20), Haley Clark was 73rd (17:51) and Kim Ocampo was 76th (18:28).
As a team, the Lady Pirates were third with 102 points. Vinita won the meet with 47 points, while Keys (Park Hill) was runners-up (90 points).
The Poteau runners will return to action next Saturday morning at the Oklahoma State University Jamboree in Stillwater. The junior varsity boys' race will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the varsity boys' race at 10:30 a.m. and the girls' race at 11 a.m.