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Ace of Hearts winner aces field in Clearwater 15K

right on pace: Annette Frisch earned a first-place finish in her age group in the Health First Sprint Triathlon.

JOSEPH GARNETT JR. | Times (2008)

right on pace: Annette Frisch earned a first-place finish in her age group in the Health First Sprint Triathlon.

Buka Harris, 18 of St. Petersburg, was the only racer to run the Ace of Hearts 15K from Clearwater's Del Oro Park in less than an hour Sunday.

Harris' time of 57:31 secured first in the 15K; Tampa's Joe Torzok came in second at 1:00:14.

Dennis Byron, 51 of Palm Harbor, was third in 1:00:49. Albert Wieringa, 63 of St. Petersburg, ran 1:04:07 to come in sixth, and James Russell, 40 of Oldsmar, was a spot behind in seventh after crossing the finish line in 1:05:10.

In the women's 15K, Christina Noordstar, 33 of Tierra Verde, was within a minute of leader Lois Waite of Tampa but couldn't close the gap. Noordstar grabbed second in 1:06:36. Waite was first in 1:06:00.

Terri Doheny, 51 of Clearwater, finished in 1:15:54 to place seventh, and Nola Johnson, 41 of Tarpon Springs, was eighth in 1:16:25.

Also turning in impressive performances were the following age group winners: (male racewalker overall) Andy Cowing, Redington Beach, 2:00:24; (female racewalker overall) Heather Mitchell, Largo, 1:53:11; (female racewalker 54 and under) Lynn Lewis, Largo, 1:53:12; (male racewalker 55 and over) Thom Holloway, Seminole, 2:00:27; (M20-24) Aaron Doheny, Clearwater, 1:07:01; (F30-34) Noordstar; (M40-44) Russell; (F40-44) Johnson; (M50-54) Byron; (F50-54) Doheny; (M55-59) Dan McClenathan, St. Petersburg, 1:18:51; (F55-59) Rosalyn Randall, Oldsmar, 1:26:43; (M60-64) Wieringa; (F60-64) Stephanie Bessette, Dunedin, 1:42:28; (M65-69) Duncan Cameron, Palm Harbor, 1:11:29; (F65-69) Millie Hamilton, Redington Beach, 1:31:07.

In the 5K race at Sunday's Ace of Hearts competition, Mary Margaret Mason, 14 of Safety Harbor, was nearly a minute faster than the field to capture the women's championship in 22:51. Tampa's Mandy Jedlund (23:45) was second.

Krystyna Godek, 29 of Pinellas Park, placed third in 23:51, Elizabeth Mason, 15 of Safety Harbor, was eighth in 25:32 and Stacy Sarini, 31 of Clearwater, was 10th in 25:43.

Bobby La Brant, 39 of Largo, was second in the men's 5K after finishing in 19:32, nearly a minute behind first-place finisher Roddy Bernard (18:24) of Tampa.

Other top 10 finishers in the men's 5K: Ken O'Day, Palm Harbor, 19:42, third; Chris Meyer, St. Petersburg, 20:53, fourth; Steve Williams, Largo, 20:56, fifth; Andrew Elsey, Clearwater, 21:33, sixth; Mike Phillips, Palm Harbor, 22:46, ninth.

Age group winners from Pinellas: (male master) O'Day; (male racewalker overall) William Clark, Safety Harbor, 38:41; (M10-14) Elsey; (F10-14) Keegan Lapham, Safety Harbor, 34:25; (F15-19) Elizabeth Mason; (M20-24) Meyer; (F25-29) Godek; (M30-34) Phillips; (M35-39) La Brant; (M40-44) Williams; (F40-44) Eileen Hodges, St, Petersburg, 28:17; (M45-49) John Cornish, Palm Harbor, 24:16; (F45-49) Brenda Brunelle, Gulfport, 29:40; (M50-54) Andrew Sasso, Clearwater, 25:19; (F50-54) Joann Lycett, Largo, 35:25; (M55-59) Peter Brady, Clearwater, 27:07; (M60-64) Josh Magidson, Clearwater Beach, 30:52; (F60-64) Elaine Clark, Safety Harbor, 42:22; (M65-69) Ron Weiszmann, Seminole, 31:43.

Deja vu for Benton: For the second week in a row, Christa Benton, 25 of St. Petersburg, recorded a 5K time of 17:37 to easily win an event.

Saturday, Benton captured first at the 15th annual Tampa Police Memorial 5K at Lykes Gas Light Park in Tampa, beating Lindsey Kelly (21:12) of Tampa by more than 31/2 minutes.

Benton ran 17:37 a week earlier at the Lipham Keswick Classic.

Melanie Wong, 21 of St. Petersburg, finished third at the Tampa Police Memorial 5K after crossing the finish line in 21:43.

The following runners finished top of their age group: (M10-14) Hunter McCann, Treasure Island, 20:46; (M35-39) Wil Lumpkin, St. Petersburg, 19:40; (F40-44) Yvonne Bryant, Clearwater, 25:46; (M70 and over) Donald Ardell, St. Petersburg, 21:29.

Triathlon results: Pinellas triathletes made the trek to Florida's east coast to take part in Sunday's Health First Olympic and Sprint Triathlon. Treasure Island resident Clare Kelley finished first in the female 50-54 age group after completing the Olympic course — 1.5-kilometer swim, 43K bike and 10K run — in 3:22:04.7. Reva Moeller, also of Treasure Island, was the fastest female in the 45-49 age group. Moeller completed the Olympic course in 2:55:11.8.

In the sprint competition, which consisted of a quarter-mile swim, 15.9-mile bike and 3.1-mile run, Annette Frisch of St. Petersburg was first in the women's 65-69 age group (1:49:23.9).

Julia's Run for a Reason: A number of Pinellas residents took top honors in their age group at Julia's Run for a Reason 5K on Saturday.

St. Petersburg's Takuma Walter (25:01) was the first 9-and-under male to finish and was more than 15 minutes faster than his nearest competitor.

Dunedin's Mike Atkin ran 20 minutes to take first in the male 35-39 group. He was third overall.

Mark Myron of Palm Harbor (23:58) was more than three minutes ahead of the field in the male 45-49 group, and Clearwater's Sandi Levi took first in the female 50-54 group in 35:29.

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