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Philip runners at cross country meet at Kadoka

by Coach Ralph Kroetch

The Scotties loaded up for a second race in three days. Strong winds, 58 degree and overcast skies may not seem like ideal conditions, but it proved to be just what the doctor ordered for the Scotties for the Kadoka meet on Saturday, September 8. Again, many personal bests were set and champions were crowned both individually and as a team.

In the varsity boys' race, freshman Zane Pekron, junior Anthony Iwan and freshman Kyle Iwan would compile 38 team points to finish fourth as a team. Pekron led for the Scotties, running inside the top 15 throughout this race and finishing strong, giving him 11th place in a field of 33 runners. His time of 20:19 was his first 5,000 meter effort in 2007. A. Iwan battled with another runner to help him push himself to a personal best of 20:50 and an 18th place medal. K. Iwan, finishing just 11 seconds behind his teammate, would earn the 20th and final medal. Great run gentlemen.

The Scottie girls loaded up all five girls in the 4,000 meter junior varsity race. They battled the elements and 12 girls' teams for the champion title. Holly Iwan once again went out looking for the race lead from the start. She held on against a strong Faith runner to claim her first first place medal in an excellent time of 19:00. Brandy Bartels, running second for Philip, would finish third and clock in a respectable 20:33. Emily Schofield finished in fifth place and bettered her course best by 44 seconds in a time of 21:02. Jennifer Stangle would finish strong to earn 10th place and clock a respectable 23:02. Sam Johnson would again run every step, today battling with a Little Wound runner, earning herself the 16th place medal in 28:12.

Freshman Kelvin Ferguson and seventh grader Tyler Dekker went out strong in the 4,000 meter boys' junior varsity race. Having his eyes set on first place gave Ferguson the drive to race against a much larger Wall runner. Ferguson improved his personal course best by an amazing 3:36 to earn second place in a time of 17:29. This being Dekker's fourth race, he is constantly learning race strategy and the mental strength required to compete in cross country. He finished well, clocking a 20:41 and earning the eighth place medal.

Ben Stangle was Philip's only elementary runner today. He ran well into the wind to earn 10th place in a time of 1:24 over this 1.3 mile course.

The Scotties' next race was in White River on Monday, September 10. Following that, Philip will host the Western Great Plains Conference Meet at Philip beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 20. A meet will be in Kadoka on Saturday, September 22, and another in Lead on Tuesday, September 25.