Barry County runners score in Springfield

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Monett's Jerry Ragsdale and Cassville's Josie Stubblefield both won 5K awards in Springfield while competing in fundraiser events on Saturday, Aug. 3.

Ragsdale was the Master's champion and finished second overall with a 19:55 in the 5K division of the Habitat for Humanity Home Run.

A total of 50 runners competed in the Home Run 5K and 54 more tackled the 10K distance.

Springfieldian Paul Maness, 43, narrowly defeated Ragsdale, running 19:45.

Jon Murphy, 17, of Long Lane, ran away with the 10K race in 37:12. Richard Leiboult, of Ozark, was the men's master's champion in the 10K. The overall state record holder at 50K, Leiboult posted a strong 42:05.

Grace Klausen, a 16-year old runner from Lee's Summitt, won the women's 10K in 42:09. Becky Lowrance of Branson won the women's 10K master's division, with her 44:08.

Stubblefield took second in the women's 40-49 division of the Bentley Fund 5K and finished 42nd overall in a field of 115 runners, posting a 27:44.

"It was a pretty serious running crowd," Stubblefield reported. "The rain kept away the walkers and casual runners. It was very competitive."

Lincoln Shryack, of Springfield, was the overall champion of the Bentley Fund race, turning the wet 5K course in 17:44. Scott Podliska, of Ozark, finished third overall and claimed the men's master's prize with his 18:42.

Elizabeth Heffernan, only 10 years old and hailing from Bella Vista, Ark., rocked to 11th overall and earned the women's overall title with a stunning 21:53. Her mother, Peri Heffernan, was the women's masters champion, finishing in 23:17.

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