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Scottie boys take second place at State Track

Philip Scotties boys’ team – state runner up ... From left: coach Ralph Kroetch, coach Tom Parquet, Colin Van Lint, Tate Guptill, Karch Foley, Beau Ferguson, Jeff O’Connell, Rob Williamson, Casey Cvach, Anthony Iwan, Brandon O’Dea, William Coyle, Zane Pekron, Head Coach Jerry Rhodes and Michelle Van Tassel. Not pictured is Coach Brynn Coyle. Photos by Deb Smith

The Philip Scotties brought home a list of bragging rights from the state track and field meet: second place over all for the boy's team, two first place event medals, two second place event medals and two new Philip High School event records.

The South Dakota High School Activities Associations' boys' and girls' State High School Track and Field Meet was held May 29-30, 2009. The Class "B" preliminaries were held on Friday, May 29, at the Rapid City O'Harra Stadium. Final events were Saturday, May 30. A total of 2,388 boys and girls from class "AA", "A" and "B" schools had qualified to compete. These athletes represented 168 SDHSAA member schools. There were 417 girls and 436 boys from class "B" schools.

In the boys' 400 meter relay, the Philip team of Brandon O'Dea, Rob Williamson, Casey Cvach and Jeff O'Connell earned the first place spot with a time of 45.54 seconds. The same team went on to also win the 1600 meter relay in a time of 3:33.55.

O'Connell set a new Philip High School record in the triple jump while taking second place at state. He recorded a 44'6-1/2 effort. O'Connell also helped the Philip team with a second place in the 400 meter dash with a time of 51.12.

Josie Guptill set a new PHS record in the girls' 300 meter hurdles with a time of 49.09 seconds. This also placed her seventh in the state for "B" schools.

"The Philip athletes said that they wanted the team gold next year," said head coach Jerry Rhodes. "They are very capable of doing something like that, but, with a strong field returning from other teams, we will definitely have our work cut out for us for next year."

"This year, we knew that we had the potential of placing in the top four in state. The kids had to work hard and things had to fall together for that to happen. For the most part, it did fall into place. We got into the finals and got to run on Saturday. That is the big key. You have to get there to score points and place at state," said Rhodes.

Overall, you couldn't ask for better from both the boys and girls. They performed exceptionally throughout the season and finished out at state. One thing that I think really helped us for the boys is that we were able to stay in our own environment by staying over night in our own homes and didn't have to change our routines. Most of the other teams were taken out of their environment and didn't get their usual rest. Also, I and the kids were very fortunate to have a great coaching staff of Ralph Kroetch, Tom Parquet, Brynn Coyle and Pat Guptill.

"Overall it was a very enjoyable season. The boys being runners up in the state just highlighted the season. I felt very fortunate to have had a good group of athletes who worked extremely hard," said Rhodes.

Other state placers from Philip included Cvach taking fifth in the boys' 100 meter dash with a time of 11.18. He earned fifth at state in the 200 meter dash by stopping the clock at 23.18.

Karch Foley threw the discus 127'05" to earn 11th place. He then threw the shot put a distance of 42'2-1/4" for 16th place in the state.

Tate Guptill ran the boys' 300 meter hurdles in 47.1 seconds to claim 16th place.

Coyle took 12th place in the boys' 3200 meter run with a time of 11:13.3.

The boys' team of O'Dea, Williamson, Beau Ferguson and Anthony Iwan earned 16th place in the 800 meter relay with a time of 1:38.3.

Ferguson, William Coyle, Zane Pekron and Iwan took the 17th spot in the 3200 meter relay with a time of 9:04.9

For the girls, Guptill ran the 100 meter hurdles in 16.8 seconds to claim 14th in the state.

Holly Iwan earned 14th place in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:40.5.

With a throw of 35'1-1/2", Kenzy Pinney earned 11th place in the shot put.

The girls earned recognition in three relay events. In the 800 meter relay, the team of Kady Pinney, Kenzy Pinney, Molly Coyle and Kayla O'Connell took 18th with a time of 1:56.5. In the 1600 meter relay, O'Connell, Coyle, Kady Pinney and Guptill ran a time of 4:19.8 for 12th place. The team of O'Connell, Emily Schofield, Coyle and Iwan earned 16th place in the 3200 meter relay with a time of 10:52.2.

The boys team finished with 43 points for second place, behind Gayville-Volin's 49.5 points and ahead of Sunshine Bible Academy's 40 points.