Bowser, Sober lead at Kiwanis Independence 5K

July 6, 2013


Sober, Bridges take top 2 spots in women’s field

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KEYSER, W.Va, July 6, 2013 — If Ryan Bowser were an animal trainer, he might simply have been able to tell the dog days of summer, now fully upon us, to heel.

Ryan Bowser 1st overall 16:45.8

Ryan Bowser
1st overall

No matter how he did it, the 23-year-old Grantsville, Md., harrier led a field of 53 runners on a day that the oppressive heat and humidity remained at bay — at least for a short while — in the 24th annual Kiwanis Independence Day 5K (3.1-mile) double out-and-back road race. The event is staged by race director Joe Altobello and the Keyser Kiwanis Breakfast Club, which operates a number of community programs in Mineral County.

Bowser earned the win by stopping the clock in 16 minutes and 45.8 seconds, more than 26 seconds ahead of runner-up Shane May, 38, of Bedford, Pa. Bowser’s performance was more than a minute faster than last year’s winning time and the fastest winning time since at least 2008. May earned a 17:12.1 and Potomac Highlands Distance CLub member Robbie Jenkins, the 2011 winner, was third in 17:57. Jenkins, 29, of Ridgeley, W.Va., was the third and final runner under the 18-minute mark.

Former Keyser High School distance standout Joshua Biser was fourth overall. The 19-year-old finished in 18:41.3, just ahead of masters winner Bradford Deel, 50, of Scott Depot, W.Va. Deel’s time was 18:52.7 in what was arguably the most competitive age division. Deel won the men’s 50-59 group, while PHDC member Mike Meadows (56, of Martinsburg) was second in 19:19 and Neal Riemenschneider (58, of Winchester, Va.) was third in 21:18.6.

Jen Sober Top female 19:53.3

Jen Sober
Top female

Jen Sober, 40, of McHenry, was the first female across the finish line. Sober was the last of 10 runners under the 20-minute barrier with a 19:53.3. Lynn Bridges, 51, of Cumberland, was second in the women’s standings (and 18th overall) in 22:32.8 while Andie Myers, 35, of Oakland, was third in 23:05.6.


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