ANACONDA — Butte runner Joby Rosenleaf won the women’s overall 3-mile title Saturday at the Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Day Race, and that is only the beginning of the story.
The Butte High senior finished the race in 16 minutes, 44 seconds to top a field of 288 women in the event. That is a pace of 5:35 per mile into a headwind.
Lisa Choquette of Anaconda placed second in 18:03. Butte’s Ashley Choquette took third in 19:25.
Rosenleaf also broke a long-standing course record for the girls’ 14-19 age group. Her blistering time broke the mark of 17:02 set by Missoula’s Julie Ham in 2001.
Several other Butte runners had a big day at the event that drew 517 runners.
Amber Wood-Jensen of Butte won the women’s 6-mile race in 38:35. Butte’s Rebecca Smith placed second in 39:50.
Butte’s Ozzie Rosenleaf, Joby’s father, placed second in the men’s 6-mile race in 36:16. Helena’s Jesse Zentz won in 31:32, and Butte’s Don Foley took third in 37:26.
Matt Choquette of Butte placed second in the men’s 3-mile race with a time of 15:31. Christopher Moreno of Dickinson, North Dakota, won in 15:30.