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Runners set personal bests

On Thursday, September 8, the Philip Scottie cross country team raced on the Hillsview Golf Course in the Pierre Invitational Meet.

The flat, winding course was run by 148 athletes representing 15 schools in four divisions. With the temperature in triple digits, and the humidity high with the nearness of the Missouri River, the race proved challenging for the Scotties.

The junior varsity girls, Emily Schofield and Jennifer Stangle, continued marked improvement. The 4,000 meter race ended with Schofield improving by 2:07 with a time of 22:25 and a place-winning 13th spot. Stangle improved by 1:15 with a time of 23:48 and 18th place.

The junior varsity boys’ team members – Kyle Iwan, Cody Bouman and Erick Hoag – ran in a field of 40 competitors. Iwan finished in 18th place with a time of 18:16. Bouman, running the 4,000 meter race for the first time, paced along side Iwan much of the race to earn 22nd place in a time of 18:17. Hoag, despite shoe problems, improved his time this year by 40 seconds, finishing in a time of 20:28.

Philip’s varsity girls – Katie Coyle, Brandy Bartels and Dondee Fees – were among 46 entries. Bartels was able to better her 2004 Hillsview time by 90 seconds to finish in 19:18 and 28th place. Coyle would run second that day for Philip High School, clocking a time of 21:09. Fees completed the run in 21:41, a 22 second improvement over her 2004 time on this course.

Kelly Bouman, Anthony Iwan and Grant Lanning ran for the Scotties in the boys’ varsity race. Bouman led the team throughout the race, earning a 20th place finish while bettering his 2004 Pierre course time by 30 seconds. Iwan reset his personal best by taking 14 seconds off of his 5,000 meter time with a clocking of 23:21 and earned 34th place. Lanning also set a personal best of 24:33, dropping 24 seconds, and earning 38th place.

The Scotties would run again in just two days on Saturday, September 10, at the Kadoka Airport.