Thursday, May 24, 2007
Baddorf beats five-time champ in Kudzu; record number run
By BARRY BURLESON
The 20th annual Killer Kudzu set a new standard.
A record 187 runners participated in the Holly Springs event, which this year included a 5K and a one mile. The number shattered the previous high mark, 110 runners in 2005.
“We’re really happy,” said Scott Beggs of American Pacific, the company which sponsors the Killer Kudzu. “That’s a very strong increase over our past record.
“Our goal is to get over 250. That will take some time, but we’re making good progress.”
A new champion also took center stage. Bryan Baddorf dethroned Brian Pope, who had won the 5K five consecutive years. Baddorf finished the 3.1-mile run in 15:44. Ben Knoernschild was second at 15:59 and Pope third at 16:07. Pope holds the course record of 14:55.
It was Baddorf’s first time to run the Killer Kudzu. He said the hill through Hill Crest Cemetery toward the end of the race route is extremely tough.
“It’s a challenging course, very challenging,” said the Memphis resident, “especially that last mile. That’s a mean place to put a hill.
“It’s a nice run in a fun, little town. I had a good time.”
Baddorf said he runs every day, if possible, and races mainly in the Memphis area.
Wendy Ragle, also of Memphis, was the top female finisher with a time of 19:56. It was her second year in Holly Springs. She finished third a year ago.
“This is my out-of-shape season (April and May),” the avid runner said, “so I’m pleased. I like to get away to small towns like Holly Springs. This was fun.”
The race route was the same as 2006. It began on the east side of the Marshall County Courthouse on Market Street. It turned right quickly on College, went left at Walthall and traveled in front of Holly Springs High School. Runners then turned right onto Salem, went right on North Bethlehem, then right on Van Dorn, and turned briefly onto Chesterman before going left at College. The 5K then went left onto Maury, to the turnaround at the Holly Springs Primary School, and traveled its usual route up the big cemetery hill, but then took a straight shout up Market to the finish.
The course is U.S. Track and Field certified, and once again, the Memphis Runners Track Club assisted with certifying times.
It was the first year for the one-mile race, which is mainly for the children.. It was run after the 5K and was also a challenging course, according to Beggs.
The race benefits the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
Trophies were hand-crafted by American Pacific and made of poplar – in a gold finish for first place, natural for second and cinnamon for third.
Beggs thanked the many volunteers who assisted with the success of the run, including the police and fire departments. This year’s event also included entertainment by John Jones and several displays.
Trophy winners included:
Overall - first, Bryan Baddorf, 15:44; second, Ben Knoernschild, 15:59; third, Brian Pope, 16:07.
Master - Don Didonato, 17:56.
Grandmaster - Jimmy Arnold, 21:14.
Ages 12 and under - first, Cole Stockstill, 21:05; second, Kamron Potter, 22:30; third, Troy Highland, 26:30.
Ages 13-14 - first, Nathan Hall, 23:50; second, Ryan A. Sweeney, 24:43; third, Andrew Craft, 26:13.
Ages 15-19 - first, Cade Carruth, 22:15; second, Ian Prester, 23:40; third, Aaron Bishop, 23:56.
Ages 20-24 - first, Bryce McKay, 17:51; second, Zack Hubbard, 18:23; third, Josh Aycock, 21:35.
Ages 25-29 - first, Mitchell Jones, 16:13; second, Guy Batchelder, 20:11; third, Matt Wilson, 21:14.
Ages 30-34 - first, David Nahlen, 19:24; second, Thomas Pearce, 20:07; third, Beu Shaw, 24:50.
Ages 35-39 - first, Eric Butze, 18:08; second, Ronald C. Usher, 18:22; third, Jerry Brown, 20:42.
Ages 40-44 - first, Bobby Holley, 18:37; second, Whitten Ortega, 19:39; third, Bill Coulter, 21;58.
Ages 45-49 - first, Joe Zeeben, 20:55; second, Michael Bernard, 22:30; third, Bruce Stripling, 22:38.
Ages 50-54 - first, Alex Alpe, 21:41; second, Fred Richardson, 23:03; third, Ricky James, 24:09.
Ages 55-59 - first, Glenn Munson, 21:49; second, Jim Beavers, 29:06.04; third, Les Nolen, 29:06.39.
Ages 60-64 - first, Vic Thayer, 23:22; second, Charlie Orman, 23:55; third, Louis Alpe, 25:27.
Ages 65-69 - first, Andy Grass, 25:15; second, Charles Baldwyn, 30:30; third, John Colton, 31:45.
Ages 70 and over - first, Herb Perry, 25:55; second, Ivy Evans, 36:28.
Overall - first, Wendy Ragle, 19:56; second, Carolyn Koszalka, 20:20; third, Casey Vinson, 20:30.
Master - Kris Huff, 21:21.
Grandmaster - Nancy Hall, 26:16.
Ages 12 and under - first, Liza Stockstill, 34:02; second, Mazzy Hayes, 34:44; third, Ashley Reid, 40:48.
Ages 13-14 - first, Megan Isbell, 24:42.
Ages 15-19 - first, Rebekah Hairston, first, 24:35; second, Kelly Morrow, 31:21.
Ages 20-24 - first, Alicia Bradshaw, 26:39; second, Melissa Hardy, 36:28.
Ages 25-29 - first, Susan Gormley, 26:07; second, Pickett ???, 30:41; third, ??? Thomas, 33:19.
Ages 30-34 - first, Amanda McNeely, 24:59; second, Michele Chaney, 28:59; third, Julie Drery, 30:23.
Ages 35-39 - first, Mary-Ellen Kelly, 25:11; second, Lisa Overall, 29:35; third, Julie Faulkner, 30:12.
Ages 40-44 - first, Dorothy Denton, 28:24; second, T.K. Kendall, 38:37.
Ages 45-49 - first, Missy Stockstill, 27:32; second, Linda Meeks, 29:42; third, Marla Beavers, 30:05.
Ages 50-54 - first, Willie Sue Meller, 29:09; second, Kay Ryan, 31:30; third, Robbie Ethridge, 33:22.
Ages 55-59 - first, Judy Thomas, 27:55; second, Lyn Joyner, 29:22; third, Carole Arnold, 30:36.
Ages 60-64 - first, Barbara Colton, 31:54; second, Ruth Baldwyn, 44:32.
Ages 65-69 - first, Betty Davis, 31:34; second, Betty Fitch, 43:09.
Ages 70-74 - first, Janice Keen, 48:12.
One Mile Results
Overall - first, Michael Driver, 5:24; second, Josh Aycock, 6:13; third, Asika Muhammad, 6:26.
Ages 5 and under - first, Nicholas Kennedy, 12:47; second, Brennan Lane, 18:12.
Ages 6-8 - first, Charlie Highland, 9:19; second, Zuri Muhammad, 11:27.
Ages 9-10 - first, Joshua Reid, 11:26.
Ages 11-12 - first, Kamron Potter, 6:36; second, Zachary Martin, 8:45; third, Jacob Ortega, 8:54.
Overall - first, Caroline Daniels, 7:02; second, ??? Hairston, 7:40; third, ???? Hall, 8:32.
Ages 5 and under - first, Hanifah Muhammad, 13:48.
Ages 11-12 - Ashley Reid, 11:25.
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