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Philip at Lead Competition

The Philip Scotties competed in the Lead Annual Invitational Cross Country Competition at the Tomahawk Golf Course six miles south of Lead.

This was a varsity-only “A” Division race, thus giving three Scotties their first varsity competition in 2004. An “A” Division team consists of 6 runners; the first 4 are counters, while the next two are pushers to break any scoring ties. The lower the team score, the better. The first 15 places earn medals. Athlete-friendly, but not so for spectators, the 2 1/2 mile route goes around the base of a hill.

The girl’s ran very well with Maggie Coyle finishing in 18:24 for 8th place. Jackie Smith followed in 9th place. Our final medal winner was Katie Coyle in 15th place. Brandy Bartels completed her first varsity race in 19:46 for 17th. Dondee Fees matched her last year’s time of 21:06 for 25th. Stephanie, also first time in varsity, finished in 21:35 for 26th.

The girls scored 29 points; behind Custer’s 17, but ahead of Douglas’s 32. This gave P.H.S., the only “B” school present, the runner-up position for the second consecutive year in an “A” Division race.

The boys’ varsity team now included Anthony Iwan. Partway through the course, Zane Fees again led the Scotties, with Kelly Bouman close behind and Anthony working hard to stay up in the field of 48 runners. Zane passed a Spearfish runner to finish in 11th place, thus being our only medal winner. Kelly finished well, in 20th place. Anthony finished well for his first “A” Division varsity race of 2004.

Races in the “A” Division require four team members, thus Philip did not qualify for team placing. However, all three boys ran well.

Philip at Highmore

It was still dark at 5:00 a.m. as the Scottie cross country team headed for Highmore.

This trip was a little harder on some of the kids, because the cheerleaders and football players had returned to Philip just 3 1/2 hours before from Timber Lake. Upon arrival, 3 runners are not feeling well. Kelly Bouman was unable to race.

In the junior high boys and girls race; Dalton Benton ran the mile in 6:43 for 23rd place among the boys, and Holly Iwan ran 6:49 for 4th place among the girls.

Likewise, the boys and girls junior varsity were run together. Anthony Iwan started out hard and placed 10th with a time of 16:57. Stephanie Bouman earned 6th with 21:12 and Amanda Schofield finished in 8th clocking in with 29:54. All three junior varsity earned medals.

Maggie Coyle ran in the lead group the entire race for the girl’s varsity. She finished in 16:56 to earn a 7th place medal. Jackie Smith was able to finish in 17:46 and 18th place, despite not feeling well. Brandy Bartels finished in 18:18 and 21st position. Dondee Fees bettered her last year’s time by 30 seconds to a 19:28 for 28th place. The girls’ varsity race lost one Scottie runner when Katie Coyle had to pull out.

Freshman Zane Fees was the lone Scottie varsity boy runner. Zane started his race near the back of the pack but by mid-race had moved up to 5th place. He hung onto this to finish in 19:29; easily Zane’s best effort to date.