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Evans, Ragsdale win at Running of the Squirrels

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The seventh annual Running of the Squirrels 5K in Marionville on Saturday morning featured a number of local runners. The run, along with its unique awards and shirts, is a favorite among southwest Missouri runners, and provides funding for the Marionville Comets Band Boosters.

Great weather, a fast course and a park full of those loveable white squirrels all combined for an awesome morning of racing.

Matt Wegenka, a legend on the Springfield road racing circuit, was the overall champion, cranking out a 16:31. Austin Dunn, the Jasper High School cross country coach, placed second in 16:47.

Michael Morley, 17, of Monett, was the area's top finisher, taking seventh in 19:04.

Two area runners won their age-groups: Jerry Ragsdale, of Monett, won the men's 40-49 division and was ninth overall in 19:10. Pace Evans, of Cassville, won the 9-and-under boys division with his 27:26.

Aaron Morley, 16, and Rick Sill, 55, both of Monett, finished 13th (19:59) and 15th (20:12), respectively.

Daron Evans was Cassville's top competitor, placing third in the 40-49 age group and 17th overall with a 20:42

Alicia Wimberley, of Republic, was the women's champion, finishing 18th overall in 20:55.

Josh Brown, 14, of Monett, finished second in his age group and 26th overall in 22:10.

Sophia Tharp, of Springfield and Cassville, took second in the women's 20-29 division, running 22:18.

Other area runners:

Angela Pederson, Monett, 45th; Marty Wallace, Seligman, 71st; Lee Schroeder, Cassville, 93rd; Josie Stubblefield, Cassville, 100th; Leta Shockley, Washburn, 141st; Shelly Wallace, Seligman, 142nd; Kim Chadd, Exeter, 164th; Leah Aldridge, Monett, 188th; Katie Chadd, Exeter, 193rd; Jolie Evans, Cassville, 214th; Jennifer Evans, Cassville, 215th; Jamie Wilkinson, Monett, 246th; Mary Ragsdale, Monett, 247th; Chip Beerbower, Monett, 248th; and Renee Tichenor, Cassville, 250th.

A total of 279 runners completed the course.

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