Philip cross country in Kadoka Invite

The Scottie cross country team found a small, but strong, field of competitors at the Kadoka Invitational Friday, September 10.

Other than the never-ending prairie winds, our day could have been no better, with temperatures in the high 60s and sunny skies.

Kadoka began their race day with a one mile youth run. Third grader Josie Rush, running in her second cross country race, found the competition to be big today, as schools from Faith, Lyman County and White River brought several runners each, most of which were middle school runners. This course was actually 1.25 miles long. Rush once again ran well, placing 11th among all the girls. Rush finished in 11:18.

Ethan Ferguson, a first grader at Philip elementary, was easily the smallest runner in the field, but he ran the whole way. His time was 12:38 and he placed 14th among the boys.

The boys' and girls' junior varsity runners ran together today. Freshman Allison Pekron ran junior varsity for Philip, and had her best race so far of the year, placing second among the girls and 12th overall. Pekron covered the 4,000 meter course in 22:05, bettering her Kadoka course best by 32 seconds.

Tristen Rush and Kelvin Ferguson both ran well in this 4,000 meter race, with Rush capturing his first-ever championship. He led the field after the first half mile, going on to finish in 16:51 and putting 41 seconds between himself and the second place runner, Joie Dupris from Takini. By race end, Ferguson pulled away from White River's Jaris Halligan to earn the ninth place medal in a time of 20:44.

Sophomore Holly Iwan was Philip's lone varsity girl today. Iwan began her race trailing Kadoka's Tia Carlson and Shaley Herber. Approximately one mile into the race, Iwan and Faith's Shana Selby overtook Herber. Holding off her Kadoka rivel, Iwan went on to place third, completing this 4,000 meter course in 18:26.

William Coyle, coming off of a week of doctor mandated down time, used his fresh legs and a smart race strategy to place second in the boys' varsity 5,000 meter race. Coyle ran just 10 seconds off of his course best, clocking 19:25. Zane Pekron, who challenged Wall's Collin Huether for the lead in the early portions of this race, went on to finish a strong race, placing third and stopping the clock at 19:45. As always, both young men represented Philip High School well.

Philip's next cross country race will start at 2:00 p.m. in White River.