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Cross country region 5B championship meet hosted by Philip Scottie team

The youth run began the day with Holly Iwan as Philip's lone entree. Iwan ran at the front of the 25-runner field through most of the race. With a time of 5:40, she finished second to Kadoka's Shalee Herber. The junior/senior high team looks forward to her officially joining them next year.

The boys' varsity consisted of seventh grader Kelvin Ferguson, eighth grader Zane Pekron, eighth grader Kyle Iwan and tenth grader Anthony Iwan. These Scotties pressed themselves, attempting to push their young team ahead of the Faith, which slipped past them in 2005 by just one point.

K. Iwan once again lead his team, earning 7th place in a time of 19:40. A. Iwan finished in 11th place in a time of 20:04. Pekron finished in 12th place with a 20:17 clocking. Ferguson finished in a sprint versus a Jones County runner, to earn Ferguson 22nd place in a time of 24:53.

As hard as these young men pushed, the Scotties placed 4th for the second consecutive year. Faith was third by just two points; second went to White River, and first went to Takini.

The girls' varsity run was next, with 8th grader Jennifer Stangle, 9th grader Emily Schofield, 11th grader Dondee Fees, 11th grader Brandy Bartels, and Philip's senior Katie Coyle who finished her 6th year at the varsity level.

Bartels began this race at a full sprint alongside White River's M. Moreno and Takini's Deidra Iron Hawk. At the one mile mark, Bartels and Schofield were fighting to stay in the top 20, with the other Scotties trying to close the gap. The first 20 finishers qualify for state.

Bartels finished 19th in 17:35. Fees ran her best 2006 course time to finish 24th overall, cutting her course personal best by 25 seconds for a time of 18:45. Schofield finished just eight seconds back for 25th place, clocking 18:53. Stangle, running another eight seconds back, finished in 26th place with her time of 19:01. Coyle, finishing a year hampered by an injury, placed 25th in a time of 19:46 and reducing her 2006 course best by 52 seconds. The girls placed 7th as a team.

The four Scottie qualifiers will race in Huron on Saturday, October 21, beginning at 12:00 CT.