For most, October means Halloween is just days away and candy is on every kid's mind.

However, for runners on the Sequoyah High School cross country teams, October means another run at a state championship.

For the boys, a fifth straight state championship is at stake when the Indians prepare for the state cross country meet on Saturday in Shawnee.

Meanwhile, the girls will be looking for their second title in three years. The girls also won in 2005.

In their last meet, the boys finished second in the regional meet with 46 points behind Metro Christian's 20 points, however Sequoyah's Lee Chouteau won the race with a time of 17:55.9.

"I was happy with it," Chouteau said. "I thought I had a good strategy following the runner in front of me, letting him break the wind for me. It was real windy out there. As far as time, it wasn't my best run."

The girls' team won the meet by a slim margin. The Lady Indians finished in first with 38 points, two points ahead of Adair with 40 points.

Nicole Laconsella finished fourth to lead the Lady Indians who have been struggling with injuries this season.

"A lot of our girls are hurt right now," Laconsella said. "I was hurt for a while, but I finally got better. If everything goes alright, we might get second in state."

Head cross country coach Sam Horsechief is hopeful his teams can pull off another state championship, but he's realistic about his team's chances.

"I'd say the boys' team has a better chance than the girls' team," Horsechief said. "[The chances of winning for] the boys, 50/50 and girls, we're just hoping for a miracle. We really are."

Helping the girls to their regional win is Ashley Ross, who finished seventh, but did it with a bad leg.

"She has a small tear on her upper thigh," Horsechief said. "She's had to sit out about two weeks. She did run at regionals and we wouldn't have won regionals without her. She got the OK from the doctor, but she's not even close to what she was."

Along with Ross, other injured runners include Lisa Riddle, Tara Rabon.

Horsechief said Riddle should be available for Saturday's state meet, but Rabin is questionable.

"We have some others with some banged up knees and other injuries," Horsechief said.

Even if the boys don't win a fifth straight state championship and the girls can't win their second in three years, this campaign won't be considered a failure by the runners.

"I don't think it will be failure," Chouteau said, a senior who will be running in his last high school race. "We have a pretty young team this year and if we don't do it this year, they can do it next year."

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