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Cross country teams travel to Eagle Butte; host own meet

Philip at Eagle Butte

The Scottie cross country team traveled to Cheyenne Eagle Butte on Tuesday, Oct. 5, to compete in the C.E.B. Invitational and Three Rivers Conference Champion-ships. Both races are scored during the one meet.

Our first race was the girls’ varsity. Thirty-one runners started. This is an “A” Division race, so all six girls ran varsity today. Early in the race, Maggie Coyle led the Scotties with Jackie Smith directly behind her in 15th and 16th places. Katie Coyle followed in 22nd place. Stephanie Bouman and Brandy Bartels were in 27th and 28th places with Dondee Fees in 32nd. At mid-race, Maggie had moved up into 13th with Jackie in 15th, Brandy now in 20th, Katie in 24th, Steph 29th, and Dondee 30th.

At race’s end, Jackie had moved into 11th place, leading the Scotties, with Brandy finishing in 16th place. Maggie pushed through a severe side ache to place 18th. Katie finished directly behind in 19th with Steph and Dondee finishing in 22nd and 24th places, respectively.

It was a good race overall for the girls as Philip finished ahead of both Lemmon and Isabel, teams that gave Philip a rough go at the 2003 Regional finals.

The boys all raced varsity today. At the start, Anthony Iwan pushed out in second place with Zane Fees and Kelly Bouman following in mid-pack.

As the boys stretched out, Zane and Kelly ran in 19th and 22nd places, respectively, with Anthony following in 30th place.The race ended with Kelly leading the Scotties in fifth place, Zane in 18th place, and Anthony finishing with a final sprint against a C.E.B. runner for 14th place. The boys ran well with all three earning medals for their efforts.

Philip Cross Country Meet

The first race at the Philip meet on Saturday, October 9, was the elementary girls. Holly Iwan placed sixth, Molly Coyle seventh, Ellie Coyle 17th, and Brittany Bartels placed 18th. It’s great to see so many little Scotties competing for Philip.

The boys’ elementary race had Kyle Iwan and Dalton Benter competing. Both boys ran well; with Kyle trading places with a Faith runner for the lead to finally win, and with Dalton holding off a Kadoka runner for fifth place.

Breaking with tradition, Philip raced their boys’ varsity next and Zane Fees and Kelly Bouman represented PHS. Eighteen schools attended, giving this race 38 starters. Zane ran the early portion of the race in sixth place with Kelly following in 29th. Both boys finished well with Zane running 18:54, bettering his last year’s time by 11 seconds, and Kelly finishing in 19:57, bettering his last year’s time by 30 seconds. It was a solid effort by both boys and by the entire Scottie team.

Next, the girls’ varsity ran. This race allowed up to six team members so Maggie Coyle, Jackie Smith, Katie Coyle, Stephanie Bouman, Dondee Fees and Brandy Bartels all ran varsity. The girls ran well, placing fifth as a team with 18 schools represented.

Placing for Philip in 16th place was Maggie with a time of 16:44. Next came Jackie in 19th place and a time of 16:56. Then came Brandy and Katie, who had run together, helping each other early in the race. They finished in 20th and 22nd places, respectively, with times of 18:23 and 18:33. Dondee showed her strength and determination by finishing in 27th place despite enduring stomach cramps throughout the race. Steph was unable to finish her race.

Boys’ junior varsity was next. Anthony Iwan ran well, as he led this race early. Sprinting out to start a race is not uncommon, as will be seen at the state meet this year. As the race came to a close, Anthony had settled in, finishing in a time of 17:10 and 16th place.

The final race of the day was the junior varsity girls. Amanda Schofield was the lone PHS runner. Amanda ran her best time of the year, 28:15 in 21st place.

The Scotties race next in Faith on Wednesday, October 13, in the 2004 Region 5B Championships. It is a great distance, but we hope to see many Scottie fans at this event.