Joby Rosenleaf places second in half marathon

NORTH BEND, Wash. — Butte’s Joby Rosenleaf placed second overall among women runners Sunday in the half marathon of the Jack & Jill’s Down Hill Marathon & Half.

Less than two weeks before the start of practice for the 2016 high school cross country season, the soon-to-be Butte High senior finished the 13.1-mile race in 1 hour, 28 minutes, 47 seconds. Rosenleaf placed eighth overall. (Results)

Mason Brayman of Seattle won the race. He finished in 1:17:19. Shaunavee Dick of Sandpoint, Idaho, was the fastest woman finisher. She beat Rosenleaf by 23 seconds.

Rosenleaf’s father, Ozzie, finished the full marathon in 3:09:14, giving him fifth place in the men’s 40-45 age group. It also marked the 32nd state in which the older Rosenleaf has completed a marathon. He is working to complete a marathon in all 50 states.

Becky Smith of Butte placed sixth in the women’s 35-39 age group with a time of 3:33:59. That mark qualified Smith for the Boston Marathon.

Amber Wood-Jensen placed third in the women’s 40-44 division with a time of 3:44:20, while fellow Butte runner Ashley Choquette took seventh in the women’s 30-34 division with a time of 3:40:40.

Gary Hoar of Butte placed 12th in the men’s 50-54 age group by clocking in with a time of 3:57:51. The race marked the 14h state in which Hoar has completed a marathon.

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