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Scottie cross country runners continue to improve times

Three meets in five days brought out good performances from the Philip Scotties’ cross country runners at the White River meet on Monday, September 12. All four athletes who ran on this course last year bettered their previous times.

Holly Iwan, the Philip contestant in the elementary division, gave her best performance of this season with a time of 6:45 and a third place out of 33 girls.

Emily Schofield and Jennifer Stangle ran well in the girls junior varsity race. Schofield clocked a 19:48 time on this flat course; easily her best time so far for the 2005 season. Stangle finished in 20:01, also her best time for 2005.

Kyle Iwan, Cody Bouman and Erick Hoag placed fifth as a team with 49 team points. Cooler temperatures in the 70s helped the three record their best times for this year. Iwan lead the Scotties and turned in a 15:26 time, dropping his personal best at the 4,000 meter run by 91 seconds and earning 18th place. Bouman improved his best by 2:11 with a 16:04 clocking, earning 21st place. Hoag improved his best by 3:25 to finish in 17:03 for 25th place.

The varsity girls’ team placed fifth. Traditionally high-powered teams claimed the first four teams spots; Bonesteel/Fairfax was last year’s state champions. Katie Coyle, Brandy Bartels and Dondee Fees all bettered their 2004 times on the White River course. Coyle recorded her fastest time in five years of running at White River. Coyle and Bartels raced side-by-side through the first one and a half miles. Bartels went on to place 23rd to earn a Prestige Run t-shirt awarded to the top 25 runners. Her time of 17:01 bettered her 2004 record by 2:46. Coyle placed 28th with a 17:52 time, bettering her 2004 record by three seconds. Fees improved her 2004 time by 1:15 with a 19:06 clocking to earn 33rd place.

The Philip varsity boys placed sixth as a team with 54 points. Kelly Bouman lead the Scotties on the 5,000 meter course to earn a 18:51 time, thus bettering his previous White River time by 24 seconds. Bouman took 18th place and earned a Prestige Run t-shirt. Anthony Iwan turned in his best ever 5,000 meter effort with a 20:12, thus improving his best by 2:31 and placing 28th. Grant Lanning recorded 20:17, improving by 4:13 and taking 30th place.

The Philip Scottie runners will race at home on Thursday, September 22 on the Lake Waggoner Golf Course. Philip hosts an elementary race of one mile before the junior varsity and varsity races. Anyone wishing to participate in the elementary run should arrive before 12:15 at the golf course to register.