Scotties run well while hosting simultaneous cross country meets

Philip High School hosted two events simultaneously on Thursday, September 22. The West River Classic and the Three Rivers Conference Championship cross country meets drew 16 schools and 117 runners to the Lake Waggoner Golf Course.

With the home course advantage, Scottie runners improved season and personal bests. The boys’ varsity team placed fourth in the Classic and third in the Conference. The varsity girls’ team placed third in the Classic and third in the Conference.

The elementary runners were first, with Holly Iwan placing second of 18 girls and fifth overall among the 28 boys and girls competing. Iwan ran her personal best with a time of 6:01 for the mile, bettering her old time by 41 seconds.

Philip followed the elementary run with the varsity boys’ competition. For this meet, the Scotties had four varsity boys with Zane Fees coming off the injured list for the first time this season. Fees started hard and lead his teammates, placing 19th in the Classic and 10th in the Conference with a time of 18:31, his new personal best. Kelly Bouman placed 24th in the Classic and 12th in the Conference, finishing in 19:08. Grant Lanning finished 34th in the Classic and 14th in the Conference with a time of 20:58. Anthony Iwan rounded out the Scottie team, placing 36th in the Classic and 15th in the Conference with a time of 21:01.

The Philip girls’ varsity team had Emily Schofield and Jennifer Stangle joining Brandy Bartels and Dondee Fees on the varsity team for the first time. Bartels lead the Scotties throughout, earning a 17th place in the Classic and a 9th in the Conference. She finished the course in 17:35, bettering last year’s course time by 48 seconds. Fees finished with a 18:04 time, bettering her 2005 season best by 1:02. This effort earned her an 11th place medal in the Conference. Schofield placed 12th in the Conference while improving her rookie time in the 4,000 run by 1:06 with a personal best of 18:41. Stangle rounded out the team with a rookie best of 18:43, improving by 1:18 and earning a 13th place medal in the Conference.

The final race of the day had the boys and girls junior varsity competing at the same time. Kyle Iwan and Cody Bouman proudly took 2nd and 5th placings, respectively, in the Conference and 3rd and 5th, respectively, in the Classic. Iwan set a course personal best of 15:36 with Bouman shaving 13 seconds off of his best time.

The next meet for the Philip Scotties cross country team was Tuesday, September 27, at the Tomahawk Golf Course at the Lead Invitational. The next meet will be on Saturday, October 1, in Highmore.