Cross country qualifies for state meet

The long trips to cross country meets are often spent sleeping or studying. On the last trip, no one slept and the only studies were recent race results. The Scotties worked on race strategies which would prove to be very successful. All seven varsity entries qualified for the 2004 State Cross Country Meet and all three junior varsity runners placed within the top six in their respective divisions.

The first races were the elementary runs which gave a glimpse of the future of cross country at Philip High School. Holly Iwan, fourth grader, raced in the girls’ run. Holly ran well, placing fifth in a field of 18 runners, and completing the mile in 6:47.

Sixth grade runner Kyle Iwan went out to win his second race in four days. With a time of 6:03, he did just that, earning first in a field of 16 competitors.

The first high school races were the girls’ and boys’ junior varsity. Eight grader Stephanie Bouman pushed out into the lead as her race started. She held on the entire race, putting distance between herself and the second place Lemmon runner. Sophomore Amanda Schofield gave a very good final effort for the 2004 season. With her second best time of the year, Amanda earned fifth place.

Eighth grader Anthony Iwan ran a very determined race, turning an impressive 18:27 time to earn sixth place in his final 2004 effort.

The White River, Lemmon and New Underwood teams had given Philip all they could handle, and at times a little more, throughout this fall season.

Seniors Maggie Coyle and Jackie Smith went out shoulder to shoulder leading the Scotties, with sophomore Katie Coyle on their heals. Freshmen Dondee Fees and Brandy Bartels followed directly behind.

As the runners started to string out, we could see Maggie in 9th place, Jackie in 15th, Katie 16th, Brandy 18th and Dondee in 21st. The runners went out of sight and upon their return Maggie was now in 7th, Jackie in 10th, Katie and Brandy side by side in 13th and 14th, and Dondee in 23rd.

With less than one mile remaining, Maggie moved up to 5th place behind three New Underwood runners, with Jackie now in 9th behind a Faith runner. Brandy was in 11th and challenging a Lemmon runner, and Katie was in 13th also working hard against a Lemmon runner. Dondee struggled with the dreaded side stitch in 23rd place and ran through the pain.

The final places and times were: Maggie Coyle - 5th place in 18:51; Jackie Smith - 8th in 19:13; Brandy Bartels - 11th in 19:39; Katie Coyle - 15th in 20:23; and Dondee Fees - 25th in 21:59.

The final team points were: White River with 9; Philip with 23; New Underwood, 26; Lemmon, 33; Isabel, 50; and Tikini with 55. The top three teams qualified for state.

The varsity boys, with just two runners, did not qualify to compete as a team, so both runners went in with hopes of qualifying individually by placing in the top twenty from a field of 39.

Early in the race, freshman Zane Fees ran in 21st place with junior Kelly Bouman in 28th. By mid-run Zane had moved into 5th, with Kelly in 20th. With a half mile remaining, Zane was in a group of five runners all battling for the same place, and Kelly was challenging a White River runner for 17th place. Zane and three others sprinted for the final chute. Kelly finished strong holding onto his state qualifying position.

The final places and times were: Zane - 7th in 19:11; and Kelly - 18th in 20:36.

The Scotties will compete in the State Cross Country Meet at 12:00 Central time at the Broadland Creek Golf Course on Saturday, October 23rd in Huron.