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Scottie cross country team at Faith's run

With near perfect weather conditions and a familar setting in Faith's golf course near Durkee Lake, and a small but talented field of competitors, the Philip Scottie cross country team began its second 2010 competition.

Faith began with the grade school mile. Philip third grader Josie Rush tried her hand at distance running for the first time, and ran a very respectable 6:53 to place fourth among the girls and 10th among all the 22 grade school runners.

Faith ended its day with a 200 meter fun run. Though no times were kept, Philip's Grace Pekron ran second among the girls and fourth overall.

The boys' junior varsity had three Philip participants, junior Kelvin Ferguson, and eighth graders Blake Martinez and Tristen Rush. All three chose a calm start, settling in toward the back of the main group of runners. This proved to be a wise decision, as the runners who go out faster than they have trained for always come back to the field. Rush overtook all but Tanner Eagle Pipe of Mclaughlin High School, to earn the second place medal in a time of 10:55, just six seconds behind the leader. Martinez out-ran a pair of Wall Eagles to place sixth, clocking 11:52. Ferguson finished just six seconds behind Faith's Tony Simons to place 12th, stopping the clock at 12:47 over this 3,000 meter course.

Holly Iwan and Allison Pekron both ran in the star-studded girls' varsity race. Iwan began in a group of four, leading the race, while Pekron settled in with a mid-range group of eight.

At mid-race, Iwan trailed only Lemmon's Haley Froelich and McIntosh's Lydia Eagle, sixth and second respectively in the 2009 State "B" cross country meet. By race end Froelich and Iwan had pulled away to lead the field, with Iwan earning second place and shaving 42 seconds from her personal course best in a time of 16:38. Pekron ran a strong pace throughout, and it paid big dividends. She improved her course best by 1:25 to place 15th and clock 20:40.

With the second and fourth place teams from the 2009 state meet in attendence, Zane Pekron had his hands full as Philip's lone varsity boy entry. He started in the lead group and worked with 2009 state medalist Collin Huether, Wall. They exchanged words of encouragement like teammates, rather than rivals. Pekron began his final best ever finish on the Durkee Lake course, with a constant self reminder to relax and breath. He finished third to 2009 medalists Brent Hessa, Lemmon and Huether. He out-distanced the 2009 fourth place finisher, Marcus Hanson, McIntosh. Pekron's time of 18:19 improved his course best by 45 seconds.

The Scotties compete next on the Kadoka course Friday, September 10, starting at 10:00 a.m.