Philip Scottie cross country team at Faith

by Coach Ralph Kroetch

Racing back-to-back days is not often done, but the Scottie's cross country athletes showed their early season conditioning with many of these runners racing as well or better than the previous day at Winner.

Faith's first race on Saturday, September 1, featured 24 fifth and sixth graders with fifth grader Ben Stangle placing sixth in a time of 6:33 and Allison Pekron placing 13th, covering her mile in 7:52.

The second race combined the boys and girls junior varsity runners. Philip sent two girls and two boys to join the 24 other starters. Holly Iwan placed third, finishing the 3,000 meter course in 13:12 and Jennifer Stangle placed 12th with a time of 15:07.

Zane Pekron spent much of his race trading positions with runners from Takini and McIntosh as they battled for the lead position, with Pekron pulling away in the last half mile to win. He improved on his 2006 Faith time by 1:17 and finished his 3,000 meters in 10:30. Tyler Dekker, in his second race ever, was able to improve and finish in a time of 13:15 to give him the eighth place medal.

The varsity girls had a team of three Scotties entering this field of 26 runners. Leading the Scotties again, senior Brandy Bartels placed 14th and finished this 4,000 meter course in 19:05. Sophomore Emily Schofield, running second for the Scotties, would better her 2006 Faith course best by 20 seconds, placing 15th and clocking a 19:48. Senior Dondee Fees was able to race today for the first time in 2007 placing 22nd in a finishing time of 22:03, giving the girls fourth place as a team. Great job girls.

The boys varsity would bring 31 runners to the start line. Philip entered a team of three with junior Anthony Iwan leading his team throughout. He bettered his course best by 46 seconds, giving him 18th place in a time of 21:02. Another great improvement. Freshman Kyle Iwan would place 20th with a time of 21:17. Rounding out the Philip varsity team that day was eighth grader Kelvin Ferguson running this 5,000 meter coarse for the first time. Ferguson finished his race in 23:40, giving the boys' team fifth place with 55 points, bettering their last year rival Faith by three points. Great run boys.

The cross country team will next race at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, at the Western Great Plains Conference meet in Philip. They then will race in Kadoka at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, and in Lead at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25.