Mid-Missouri Soap Box racers compete in Akron

Saturday, July 21, 2012 | 6:28 p.m. CDT; updated 9:02 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 21, 2012

Local winners Charles Neville II from Columbia, Hank Hilderbrand from Fayette and Haden Singleton from Boonville competed in the Stock, SuperStock and Masters divisions of the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio, on Saturday. 

Neville was eliminated early by a loss to Tanner Baugher from Virginia.  The overall champion in the Stock Division was Alexander Khachigian from California.

In the Super Stock Division, Hilderbrand won his first heat by defeating Andrew Martin from Connecticut and Brenner Furlong from Alaska. Hilderbrand lost in his second heat of the day to Alexis Willard from Ohio.  This year’s champion in the Super Stock Division was Natalie Burkert from Pennsylvania.

Singleton lost his opener to Mikala Farley from Tennessee. The overall Masters Championship went to  Nicole Stout of Ohio.

The Mid Missouri Soap Box Derby, a qualifier for the international race in Akron, is sponsored each year in Columbia by the Downtown Optimist Club in early June. The local race dates back to 1938. Anyone aged 7 to 17 from Mid Missouri is eligible to participate. Check the Mid Missouri Soap Box Derby website for more information.

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