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Philip school track/field season begins

With almost 40 students out for track and field, Philip head coach Jerry Rhodes has high hopes for the excellent talent on the Scottie team this season.

Rhodes heads the team with assistant coaches Tom Parquet and Ralph Kroetch, and junior high coach Brynn Coyle. Volunteer coach Pat Guptill will help out, especially in the hurdle events. Michelle Van Tassel will be the student manager and statistician.

Only three seniors are currently on the team. "On the girls' team, Kayla O'Connell, a returning letter winner, will lead others like her who are very versatile in various events," said Rhodes. "Kayla is quite the team asset and provides excellent leadership. Senior boy Anthony Iwan is also a returning letterman and one of the this school year's excellent cross country members who could do very well in the distance races. Tate Guptill is our third senior member, who will provide some excellent leadership."

Other returning lettermen for the boys are Casey Cvach, Karch Foley, Rob Williamson, Beau Ferguson, Jeff O'Connell, Brandon O'Dea, Zane Pekron, Kelvin Ferguson, Marcus Martinez, William Coyle and Tyler Dekker. Other members of the boys' team are Colter Cvach, Tate DeJong, Gavin Brucklacher, Ryan Van Tassel, Seth Haigh, Colten Triebwasser and Brian Pfeifle.

"We have high hopes for the boys, who are returning a crew that won the region last year," said Rhodes. "We picked up a couple more older athletes who weren't out last year who could really help the team this year. We also have some unknown runners at this point, but looking good in practice. I am, so far, pleased with everyone's' work ethics and they show a lot of promise. The team has good, excellent talent and potential," said Rhodes.

"We should be strong in a couple of relays this year, with the 4x100 state qualifying team returning, consisting of Williamson, Ferguson, O'Connell and O'Dea. With additional help and experience, I think we have a potential to be strong in all the relays. In individual events, we have a state placer in the triple jump, O'Connell, who placed sixth in the state last year. And we have a state qualifier in the long jump, O'Dea. Foley, Colin Van Lint, Casey and Colter Cvach will provide excellent depth for the team.

"Our cross country team members are coming off an excellent season and should have a good year in the distances. Pekron, A. Iwan and W. Coyle will be leading the way, with help from Dekker.

"The girls' team lacks the depth this year, but returning are some excellent talent and state qualifiers from last year. Previous year's state qualifiers are Kayla O'Connell in the 300 hurdles, 4x800 relay and 4x400 relay. Josie Guptill qualified in the 300 hurdles and the 4x400 relay. Holly Iwan and Molly Coyle qualified in the 4x800 relay. Kady Pinney qualified in the 4x400 relay. Others who qualified in previous years are Marissa Mann in the shot put and Kenzy Pinney in the 100 meter dash.

"Emily Schofield and Holly Iwan are coming off of an excellent cross country season and should do quite well in the middle and distance races. Coyle, Kianna Knutson, LaRae Van Tassel and Colby Smith are solid team members who provide a lot of versatility to the team anywhere from hurdles, sprints and middle distances. Others looking very good in practices and working very hard are Kaci Olivier, Krista Wells, Jordyn Dekker, Allison Pekron and Shelby Bergeson.

The most up-to-date schedule so far for the 2009 track season is:

April 3 @ Winner

April 4 @ Douglas

April 14 @ Kadoka 10:00

April 16 JH @ Kadoka 4:30

April 17 Bennett County @

Mission 10:00

April 17 JH @ Lemmon

(tentative)

April 18 @ Belle Fourche Invite

April 21 @ Kadoka 10:00

April 24 @ Custer 9:00

April 25 @ Chamberlain 10:00

April 25 JH @ Kadoka

(tentative)

April 30 @ Kadoka

May 2 @ Lead

May 2 JH @ Lemmon or at Kadoka

May 5 Western Great Plains @ Kadoka 12:00 noon

May 9 @ Sturgis

May 12 JH WGP @ Kadoka 2:00

May 16 "Last Chance Meet" @

Kadoka 10:00

May 21 Region @ Kadoka

May 29-30 State @ Rapid City