First, first and first places for Philip Scottie cross country runners at White River meet

All in White River Prestige Run top twenty T-shirts ... The Philip Scottie cross country team earned a boys’ team first place and a girls’ team first place at the meet on Monday, September 14. Holly Iwan came in first in the girls’ varsity race. Shown, back row, from left: Tyler Dekker, Zane Pekron, William Coyle, Kelvin Ferguson, student manager Sam Stangle and coach Ralph Kroetch. Front: Allison Pekron, Holly Iwan, Emily Schofield and Jennifer Stangle.

Good, hard work posed no problem for the Scottie cross country team as the White River Prestige Run on Monday, September 14, became their third race in a five day period.

Though all three race days were filled with accomplishments, this day might be the best the Scotties have had in over a decade. Not only did the boys' varsity team win the Prestige Run for the second year running, but the girls' varsity added to the day's excitement by winning a hotly contested team title as well. This is the first time in over eight years that the girls have been meet champions.

All four girls entered the varsity race. This race offered not only medals for the top twenty placers, but also Prestige Run T-Shirts. The race started with freshman Holly Iwan trailing the early-race leader. Senior Emily Schofield began in eighth place, eighth grader Allison Pekron in 12th and junior Jennifer Stangle in 14th. Iwan soon took a commanding lead, pulling away from the field. She finished strong to earn her first varsity win, stopping the clock at 17:51. Schofield finished not far behind in third place with a time of 19:17, making this her best varsity placing in her five years of cross country. Pekron finished in a long sprint, just four seconds ahead of a closely trailing opponent, with a time of 22:06, also her highest varsity placing to date with a 10th place medal. Stangle also earned her best varsity placing for the 12th place medal. Great teamwork and effort earned the girls the championship award with just 14 team points. Second place St. Francis earned 17 points and third place White River got 29.

All of the four boys entered in the varsity race as well, and began in the top 20. Sophomore William Coyle lead the Scotties with a second place start. Junior Zane Pekron claimed sixth place in this extremely fast start. Freshman Tyler Dekker began in 13th, while sophomore Kelvin Ferguson began in the 17h position. Coyle came in third place with a time of 18:48, bettering his last year's finish on this course by one spot as well as giving him his best varsity placing to date. Pekron made a strong move to finish his race in fifth place for a time of 19:39. Dekker ran well to finish in 11th place with a time of 22:05, giving him his best varsity placing as well. Ferguson overtook three competitors to earn himself 14th place in a time of 22:50.

Our Philip boys were able to out run several full, strong teams and earn 19 points to win the title of 2009 Prestige Run Champions.

The Scotties next raced on Wednesday, September 23, on the Lake Waggoner Golf Course in a Western Great Plains Conference Race. Their next races will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 26, at Kadoka and at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29, in Lead.