Woods Way 5K draws large number of participants

Shawn Hull
now has a gold shoe. The William Woods
University history professor won it for being the fastest faculty member in the third annual Woods Way 5K. His time was 23:21.

The event,
held March 24, was open to the public and drew nearly 60 participants.  Some walked, some ran, and all seemed to have
a good time.

“I feel good about it,” Debbie Schick, one of the organizers, said. “We
have a steady growth, starting with 30 the first year, 40 last year and now 60.”

The winners
weren’t the only ones benefiting from the 5K. Schick mentioned that the Woods Way Wellness Committee uses the proceeds to encourage wellness for the WWU
community.  For example, this year they purchased
pedometers for campus employees who want to keep track of their steps.

First place
overall was Mitch Beck, a junior physical education major from Jefferson City, with a time of 18:58. Erik Stone of Fulton came in second at 19:20 and George Yates of Fulton, a WWU alumnus, took third with a time of 21:27.

First place
for females was Patrica Chapman of Mokane, who finished the race in 29:28. Heather Kruse, a junior equestrian science major from Byron, Ill., was second with a time of 29:46.  Constance Hesse of Farber, Mo., came in third at 29:50.