Locals compete in one of nation's biggest races

Thursday, July 8, 2010

EUGENE, Ore. - Two southeast Missouri runners finished in the top eight percent at America's largest 4th of July 10k race. The 37th annual Aquafina Butte to Butte 10K featured nearly 2,600 runners from 31 states and the District of Columbia.

Cape Central High School cross-country and track runners, Roy Leighton, 17, and Billy Leighton, 15, finished 21st and 19th respectively.

Billy Leighton finished 3rd in the boys 15-19 division while Roy Leighton met his goal of breaking 35 minutes on the challenging course.

"I am very pleased with their results, but in the scheme of things, it was just another great training run," Delbert Marriott, their personal coach said. "Both boys are running very hard right now with very little rest. Their true results will show when they are rested in November."

The point-to-point course, which measured 6.2 miles, features a one mile, uphill run on the residential streets of Spencer Butte followed by a downhill to a flat finish at Skinner Butte Park along the McKenzie River near downtown Eugene.

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