Scottie CC earns 2nd at Western Great Plains Conference

by Coach Ralph Kroetch

It was 95 degrees and a searing, cloudless day that efforted many racers at the Western Great Plains Conference cross country meet in Philip on Thursday, September 25.

For the boys' varsity race, Philip's roster was sophomore Zane Pekron and freshmen Kelvin Ferguson, William Coyle and Marcus Martinez. Martinez was running his first-time in varsity. This race began with a very enthusiastic pair of Pekron and Coyle leading the entire field. Pekron advising Coyle not to go out too fast because of the heat. Martinez worked with Ferguson near the middle of the pack; Martinez using Ferguson's varsity experience to get off to a good start.

At mid-race, three Cheyenne Eagle Butte (CEB) runners led the field, followed by two Wall runners. Philip's Pekron was in sixth, with Coyle in ninth, Ferguson in 15th and Martinez in 16th.

The heat began to take its toll, but Pekron made a strong finish for fifth place. He would be one of very few to improve on last year's conference time, finishing 19:42, with an improvement of 56 seconds. Coyle learned to deal with the heat and finished in 10th place with 21:26 for his first conference meet. Martinez placed 15th with 24:35 in his first ever 5,000 meter competition. Ferguson, suffering from the flu, finished in 26:16 for 18th place.

CEB were team champions with a perfect six points. Philip's boys edged out the 2007 Region 5B champions, Wall, by one point with 27 to Wall's 28 for the conference runner up position.

The girls' varsity ran next. Eighth grader Holly Iwan, sophomore Jennifer Stangle and junior Emily Schofield again made up the Philip roster. Iwan and Schofield began side-by-side just behind Kadoka's front four. Stangle strided out to lead the rest of the pack. Iwan spent most of this race along side of CEB's Lawrence, while Schofield traded positions several times with Jones County's Boyle. Stangle worked against Wall's Heather.

Iwan ended her race in ninth place with a 17:38. Schofield sprinted past and put a 14 second gap between her and Boyle through the last 400 meters, to earn an 11th place medal and a time of 18:30, bettering her 2007 conference time by nine seconds. Stangle finished in 16th place and a time of 22:27.

The girls placed third as a team with 35 points.

The boys and girls' JV ran together with seventh grader Allison Pekron as Philip's only representative. She put on a great early burst as she climbed a steep hillside to overtake a Lyman County runner and go on to finish well. Pekron sprinted to the finish earning her the seventh place medal with a time of 26:05.