Lady Pirate 3,200-meter relay team hopes to win state this weekend

For four Poteau Lady Pirate tracksters — junior Colleen Peterson, freshmen Jazmine Warren and Sheridan Hoyer and sophomore Deven Bond — they have a chance to end their track seasons in fine fashion this weekend.Peterson, Warren, Hoyer and Bond are the four legs of the 3,200-meter relay team, which has won every meet but one — coming in second to Vinita's 3,200 relay at the Hilldale Invitational April 13 in Muskogee.If the foursome's dominance continues, they will be state champions by the end of this weekend after running at the Class 4A State Meet, which will be Friday and Saturday at Ardmore's Noble Stadium.“We'd feel excitement,” said Bond, who is the last (anchor) leg of the relay. “We'd be proud of all our teammates, our coach (Billy Bond), the parents and the fans.”A lot of things have been a factor as to why the 3,200 relay has been so successful this spring.“Teamwork and just practicing hard every day — and determination — is what has been the key to our success this season,” said Peterson, who is the first leg of the relay.After being beaten by Vinita's two-mile relay, the Lady Pirate relay team members were going to do what was necessary to never suffer defeat again — which it has not.“It pushed us to want to work harder to where we wouldn't lose again,” said Warren, the second leg of the relay team.For Warren and Hoyer, this will be their first-ever state track meet, although Hoyer was on the Lady Pirate cross country team, which ran at state last October at Edmond's Mitch Park.“I'm excited, but I'm kind of nervous, too, though,” said Hoyer, the third leg of the relay. “I'm not going to be as nervous because I went to the (Class 4A) state (cross country) meet last fall.”The anchor leg, the final of the four runners on the relay, is always thought to be the most important. However, Bond disagrees.“I think we're all responsible,” Bond said. “We all try to run our best, and we're all important to the (relay) team.”One of the relay members, Warren, almost didn't want to run after doing so for Pansy Kidd Middle School's team, but after strong encouragement to return did so.“I actually didn't think I'd be running track this year,” she said. “Coach Bond urged me to come back out, and now I'm glad I did.”