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Cross country earns team spots at "Cactus Central"

On Saturday, September 10, the Scotties raced for the second time in three days, this time on the Kadoka Airport.

The meet’s nickname of “Cactus Central” was present in conversations afterward concerning runners having to pull cactus spines out of their shoes during and after the race. This and the weather did not stop the 140 runners from Kadoka and 10 neighboring schools from competing.

Holly Iwan was Philip’s single elementary runner out of 50 in her division’s race. Iwan finished sixth out of the 23 girls and ran the elementary course in 10:30.

Emily Schofield and Jennifer Stangle were the Philip junior varsity girls. Schofield crossed the finish line in 23:17 to earn 9th place. Stangle ran 23:31 for 10th place. Both girls earned medals.

Kyle Iwan, Cody Bouman and Erick Hoag gave Philip the three entries needed to comprise a B Division junior varsity team. Iwan led the team with a 18:40 time and a 6th place on the 4,000 meter course. Bouman clocked 19:49 to earn 9th place. Hoag finished in 22:13 for 15th place. All three runners earned medals.

Brandy Bartels led the Scotties girls’ varsity team with a 20:00 time, bettering her 2004 Kadoka mark by 1:19 and earning a 14th place medal. Katie Coyle was the second Scottie to cross the finish line; her time of 21:45 earned 19th place. Dondee Fees covered the course in 22:11, bettering her 2004 Kadoka time by 29 seconds and earned 20th place. The girls’ team earned third place, behind Kimball and White River.

Kelly Bouman led the boys’ varsity team with a 21:23 time, earning 15th place and a medal. Anthony Iwan was the only Scottie to run this race faster than his time at the Pierre race just two days before. He finished with 22:48 for 22nd place. Grant Lanning completed the course with a 24:53 and 26th place. The boys earned a fifth place team finish.