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Scottie boys take 1st at Kadoka CC meet

by Coach Ralph Kroetch

The Philip Scottie cross country team faced many of their regional opponents on the Kadoka golf course/airport. The Philip athletes brought out their best efforts to date, as every Scottie set a new course best. Many runners improved on their life-time personal bests and recorded a fourth team championship in 2008.

The junior high/elementary combined race had Jasmine Ferguson as its only Philip runner. She completed the approximately one mile course in 9:57. This was a four second improvement over her previous course best and earned her fifth place in the race.

The JV boys and girls were also combined. Allison Pekron was the only PHS runner in this group of 14. Pekron bettered her previous course best, set two weeks ago, by 1:57 to place fifth among the girls in a time of 23:51.

The girls' varsity had 19 entries from five region 5B schools. Eighth grader Holly Iwan, junior Emily Schofield and sophomore Jennifer Stangle made up today's team. Iwan put herself just behind the Kadoka trio of Niehoff, Carlson and Herber. Schofield was just a few spots back battling a pair of Isabel runners. Stangle was racing Jones County's Thorne.

Nearly two miles into the race, Iwan found herself in a position new to her in 2008, as she cracked the trio for the first time, overtaking Kadoka's Carlson to finish third in her personal course time of 17:15, a 1:47 improvement over her 2007 meet time.

Schofield again battled with Boyle of Jones County; both girls pushing to course bests. Schofield earned the 14th place medal in 19:39, an improvement of 1:31 over last year's meet time. Stangle put a big gap on Thorne to earn the 18th place medal and better her 2007 course time by :29. The girls' work paid off with a third place team finish with 31 points.

The boys' varsity started with 24 runners from nine of region 5B's 14 schools. The Scottie varsity team consisted of Kelvin Ferguson, William Coyle, Marcus Martinez and Zane Pekron.

A group of six runners, including Pekron, broke away from the field with Coyle leading the main pack in seventh, Martinez in ninth and Ferguson holding strong in 17th. One mile in, the lead group broke down to three, Heather of Wall, Ingles of Faith and Pekron. In seventh, Coyle trailed Takini's Franco and Widow. Martinez stayed with Lemmon's Bierwagon and Schopp for 11th. Only Bison's Burkholerter separated Ferguson from his teamate.

Coming off the runway, the lead was now Heather and Pekron with Coyle now in fifth and Martinez trailing Widow in 11th and Ferguson in 13th alongside Tikini's Baldeagle.

Pekron earned his first varsity win, finishing in 18:14 and cutting an amazing 2:51 from his 2007 course best set two weeks ago. Martinez, with a finishing kick, overtook and held off Widow for ninth place in his second-ever varsity race, clocking 20:36. Ferguson finished his race battling Lemmon's Pelofer, clocking 21:20 to earn the 13th place medal and cut his course best, set two weeks ago, by 19 seconds. The boys compiled 13 points to earn the team title, edging out the Lemmon team.