Dezarae Owens jumps through an inflatable obstacle course during a three-hour block party as part of the fundraising event.

Justin Brown, a former cross country state champion at Mountain Grove High School, edged Colin Hayes by two seconds to win Saturday’s Undivided Hearts 5K.

Brown finished the 3.1-mile course through Houston in 21 minutes, 7 seconds to take overall honors as well as the men’s 20-29 year old division.

Hayes’ time of 21:09 was second overall and first in the men’s 11-19 division. Clay Ashworth, a senior at Houston High School, finished third overall in 22:14.

Krista Elliott won the women’s competition with a time of 24:21. She was followed by Holly Atterberry (25:59) and Heather Sponsler (26:19).

Medals were awarded to the top three male and female runners as well as the first-place competitors in five age divisions.

Kevin Reed of Houston finished first in the 30-39 men’s division in 23:54. Bert Werner was first in the 40-49 division with a time of 28:28 and Mark Rhoades won the over-50 group in 31:08.

Abby Casper and Tori McCloud tied for top honors in the 11-19 women’s division with an identical time of 30:17. Jamie Reynolds finished in 26:43 to win the 40-49 division and Cheryl Thurman finished first in the over-50 category in 35:02.

Prior to the 5K, children 10 and under competed in a half-mile kids’ race. Tyson Elliott was the boys’ winner and Chloe Wright finished first among the girls.

William McNutt finished second in the boys’ group and Micah Munson was third.

Janae Huff was the girls’ runner-up and Trinity Elliott finished third.

The event also included a 5K walk and block party to benefit Undivided Hearts, a youth ministry comprised of local youth leaders.

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