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Cross country prepares at White River

White River hosted the 24th annual Prestige Run on Monday, September 13.

The first cross country race began at 1:00 p.m. This run begins by making a tour of White River's rodeo arena and airport, around the public park, finishing back at the arena - a flat, fast course. Each varsity medalist received a place medal and a commemorative t-shirt today.

Girls' varsity competitors, freshman Allison Pekron and sophomore Holly Iwan, each chose a different game plan. Iwan went out with a lead group of five runners, while Pekron used White River's Dellia Whiting to set her pace. With the first four runners all "A" division runners, Iwan was the first "B" division finisher, clocking 18:04 to place fifth. Pekron finished in a sprint with one White River and one Red Cloud runner, placing 14th and clocking 22:37.

Philip ran a complete team of five for the first time this year, eighth graders Tristen Rush and Blake Martinez, juniors Kelvin Ferguson and William Coyle and senior Zane Pekron. Coyle lead the Scotties out of the arena area in third place, Pekron in fifth, Rush in his first ever varsity race in 13th, Martinez also in his first varsity race ran 20th, with Ferguson in 23rd.

As the runners came through the park and to the finish, Pekron, now the Philip leader, was holding on to fifth, with Coyle running strong in seventh place. Rush moved up for an 11th place finish. Martinez finished his first 5,000 meter race in 21st position, with Ferguson the next finisher in 22nd place. Times respectively - 18:41, 19:00, 20:10, 23:19 and 23:34.

The Scottie boys' team placed third with 18 points, to Wall's 16 points and meet champion Red Cloud's 12 points.

The boys are beginning to gel, rookies with veterans, to make a strong competitive team as we go into our conference championships in Wall, Wednesday, September 22.