Belleair Sunset 5K
Racing through the streets of Belleair on one of the county's most picturesque courses, Kristen Proach of Clearwater was the overall champion at Saturday's Belleair Sunset 5K.
Proach, 26, clocked in at 17:47 to win by 16 seconds.
Kathy Frailing, 43 of Largo, was second to Proach in the women's race after crossing the line in 19:13. Proach was the female masters champion.
Daniel Jewett, 17 of Largo, was the top local runner in the men's race, placing second in 18:25. Vince Tenaglia, 27 of Clearwater Beach, came in third (18:28).
Tampa's Don Donchess was the men's champion in 18:03.
Local age group winners included: (M master) Bill Cottrell, Belleair, 18:58; (M9 and under) Kip Ciampini, Clearwater, 27:52; (M10-14) Collin Thomas, Largo, 21:49; (F10-14) Fatima Abu-Rumman, Belleair Bluffs, 22:01; (M15-19) Jewett; (M20-24) Austin Curmack, St. Petersburg, 18:33; (M25-29) Tenaglia; (F25-29) Bethany Mutchler, Clearwater, 26:58; (M30-34) Tim Shaver, Palm Harbor, 22:11; (F30-34) Shannon Bostwick, Belleair, 24:38; (M35-39) Eric Thomas, Largo, 21:17; (F35-39) Amy Heflin, Clearwater, 23:39; (M40-44) Steve Williams, Largo, 19:33; (F40-44) Kristin Woodward, Largo, 22:52; (M45-49) John Matter, Palm Harbor, 19:57; (F45-49) Andrea Fortunato, Largo, 24:14; (M50-54) Dan Chechele, St. Petersburg, 19:18; (F60-64) Peg McAvaddy, Seminole, 31:30; (M65-69) James Ladig, Clearwater, 22:26; (F65-69) Brenda Hatala, Clearwater, 32:13; (M70 and over) Jim Callan, Palm Harbor, 28:29; (F70 and over) Mary Grace Ritter, Clearwater, 44:16.
FIVE POINTS OF LIFE MARATHON
Nola Johnson of Clearwater traveled to Gainesville over the weekend to participate in the Five Points of Life Marathon, earning third place in the female masters division.
It took Johnson three hours, 45 minutes and 45 seconds to complete the 26.2-mile race. She was the 16th female to cross the finish and came in 54th among all racers.
Betsy Clement of Dunedin was the fastest runner in her age group. Clement grabbed first place in the female 55-59 age group by about 18 minutes after finishing the marathon in 5:05:32.
Hunter McCann, Yvonne Bryant and Barb Cote were the only locals to claim age group victories at the highly competitive Bolt 5K in downtown Tampa.
McCann, 14 of Treasure Island, was the men's 11-14-year-old champion by more than two minutes when he crossed the finish in 18:30.
Bryant, 44 of Clearwater, was more than a minute faster than her nearest competitor to claim the female 40-44 age group in 21:59.
Cote, 59 of Palm Harbor, was the champion of the women's 55-59 age group with a time of 26:34, winning by nearly two and a half minutes.
James Osborne of Lutz was the overall champion in 16:12. Jennarae Downs of Tampa was the female winner in 19:45.
ST. PETE MASTERS
Bob Beach of St. Pete Masters swimming received all-star recognition by U.S. Masters Swimming after scoring more points in national championship meets than anyone in his age group.
Nine St. Pete Masters swimmers — Beach, Chris Burke, Zsolt Gaspar, Jessica Knapp, Sara Kwon, Carl Selles, Bill Specht, Sandy Steer and Mike Torsney — won All-American individual honors from after placing first in a national championship event in their age group.
Earning All-American relay honors were Burke, Selles, Dawn Clark, Kern Davis, Pat Marzulli, Alegra Reich, Sarah Swoch and Paula Texel.
Melanie Peters claimed first place in the 10K competition at the Flatwoods Ramble in Thonotosassa on Feb. 13. Peters, 27 of St. Petersburg, crossed the finish in one hour, 11 minutes and four seconds to win by more than three minutes. Timm Bischoff, 18 of Clearwater, was the top local male runner in the 10K. Bischoff placed third after running 1:09:19 and was first in the men's 15-19 year old age group. Tampa's Oscar Orozco was the overall winner with a time of 1:02:37.
The following local runners claimed age group championships: (M30-34) Kyle Buck, Clearwater, 1:09:39; (M40-44) Eric O'Brien, St. Petersburg, 1:22:21; (F40-44) May-Li Cuypers, Largo, 1:18:03; (F50-54) Reva Moeller, Treasure Island, 1:24:06.
One-hundred forty-four racers completed the 10K.
In the Flatwoods Ramble 5K, Tanya Taylor of Clearwater claimed third place in the women's race after running 26:04. Taylor, 31, also won the women's 30-34 year old age group.
Other local age group winners from the 5K were: (M30-34) Amory Ifill, St. Petersburg, 23:04; (F45-49) Joanne Root, Oldsmar, 29:10; (M50-54) Richard Walker, Palm Harbor, 23:34; (F50-54) Kristin Soule, Palm Harbor, 31:33; (M55-59) John Orriola, Pinellas Park, 28:47.
Jimmy Patterson of Tampa was the overall 5K champion in 20:45. Tampa's Kara Pellegrino was right behind to claim the female championship in 20:56. One hundred twenty-two runners completed the 5K.
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