clearwater runner 16th in first junior elite
Participating in his first Junior Elite draft legal triathlon, Cody Sandford of Clearwater placed 16th among men's runners at the 2011 Clermont Triathlon Junior North American Championships on Saturday.
Sandford completed the 750-meter swim in eight minutes, 26 seconds. He finished the 20-kilometer bike in 29:29 and capped the triathlon with a time of 18:02 in the 5K run. Sandford's overall time was 57:31.
John Farese, competing in his first Junior Elite race after three years at the Youth Elite level, was third out of the water with a time of 7:30. Farese, of St. Petersburg, placed 29th in the men's race in a time of 1:02:20.
Largo's Sarah Sykes was 19th in the women's race. Sykes, also a first time Junior Elite race participant, finished the swim in 9:40, the bike in 37:48 and the run in 22:24 for an overall time of 1:11:56.
Savannah Dearden of St. Petersburg also competed but was lapped out.
All four local triathletes are training for the Junior Elite Nationals in San Diego in August. They are members of Triton Elite Multisport, a USA Triathlon designated High Performance Team based out of St. Petersburg and Tampa.
Octavio Oliveros (53:36) and Adriana Barraza (1:00:23), both from Mexico, were the men's and women's winners at Saturday's Junior North American Championships in Clermont.
LOWRY PARK ZOOZOOM
A number of local runners found success at the sixth annual Lowry Park ZOOZoom in Tampa on Saturday, which had 458 finishers.
Winning their age group in the 5K were: (M15-19) Phillip McCauley, Safety Harbor, 20:12; (F15-19) Amelia Wong, Safety Harbor, 22:16; (F35-39) Gina Baker, Seminole, 25:27; (F50-54) Mary Stewart-Wong, Safety Harbor, 23:22; (F60-64) Stephanie Bessette, Dunedin, 28:21; (M65-69) James Ladig, Clearwater, 22:28; (M70-74) Herb Townsend, Treasure Island, 23:06; (F75-79) Carol Montgomery, Treasure Island, 41:55.
Daniel Carmack of Baltimore was the overall race champion in a time of 19 minutes. Jessica Ayers of Tuscaloosa, Ala., was the women's race winner in 20:33.
ESPN THE WEEKEND 5K
Telly Concepcion of Pinellas Park placed 29th out of 1,872 runners at Saturday's ESPN The Weekend 5K in Kissimmee.
Concepcion, 24, crossed the finish line in 21 minutes, 10 seconds. He was 26th among all men's finishers and 22nd in the 20- to 24-year-old age group.
Registration for the sixth annual Morton Plant Mease Triathlon, set for June 26 at Sand Key Park in Clearwater, is open.
The Morton Plant Mease Triathlon features a third-mile open-water swim in the Gulf of Mexico, a 13-mile bike over Sand Key, Belleair Causeway and Memorial Causeway bridges and a 3.1-mile run to finish in Sand Key Park.
Triathletes can register at mpmtriathlon.org. Registration is $75 for individuals and $90 for relay teams.
ST. PETE ROAD RUNNERS general meeting
Frank Adornato will be the guest speaker at this month's St. Pete Road Runners general meeting.
He has been a competitive triathlete for more than 25 years and has finished five Ironman triathlons, including two finishes at the World Championship Ironman Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii.
Adornato, who has been coaching endurance athletes since 1995, has written articles on fitness and training and has authored two books on fitness.
The St. Pete Road Runners general meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The meeting will be held at the Hospice Administration Building on First Avenue S and 31st Street in St. Petersburg and is open to the public.