Clearwater's Briana Whaley is accustomed to winning nearly every race she enters locally, yet Saturday she found herself in an unfamiliar position as she crossed the finish line at the Tampa May Classic 5K — looking at the back of another female runner.
Still, Whaley's blazing time of 16 minutes, 50 seconds was good for second place (11th overall). Whaley, 31, finished seven seconds back of female race winner Lindsay Sundell of Jacksonville (16:43).
Clearwater resident Kristen Proach, 25, took bronze with a time of 17:43.
Among masters competitors, 50-year-old Victor Yeager of Dunedin was third among males after running 18:32. Debby Farias, 43, of Largo took second among women in 20:51.
Local age group winners: (M10-19) Sam Chandler, St. Petersburg, 16:57; (M20-29) Lee Stephens, St. Petersburg, 16:18; (F40-49) Yvonne Bryant, Clearwater, 21:59; (F50-59) Debra Donald, St. Petersburg, 21:49.
RUN FOR SHELTER: Nate Swenson, 28, of St. Petersburg was the county's fastest runner at the 13th annual HCPA Run for Shelter 5K Friday night in Ybor City.
Swenson's time of 20:04 was good for an eighth-place finish.
Lisa Williams, 31, of Largo earned bronze in the women's competition in 20:35. Williams was only 30 seconds off the women's winning pace.
Debra Donald, 51, of St. Petersburg, was sixth among women's in 22:02, and Meredith Ludwig, 27, of St. Petersburg came in right behind Donald in seventh place, in 22:09.
YOUTH TRIATHLON SERIES: A number of young county triathletes traveled to Fishhawk Ranch in eastern Hillsborough County on Saturday and earned top finishes at the second race in the Youth Triathlon Series.
Jackson Mehr of Clearwater was the top competitor in the 8-year-old male division. Mehr completed the 100-yard swim, two-mile bike and half-mile run in 13:26.
Alexis Hernandez of Clearwater was the 8-year-old age division's female winner. Running the same course, Hernandez finished in 13:52 to edge Erika Meya of Seminole by seven seconds.
Jared Kanstoroom of St. Petersburg beat Cory Wilhelm of Clearwater to the finish line by a nose to take the 9-year-old male division. Kanstroroom came across the line in 12:43.2. Wilhelm's time was 12:43.5.
Clearwater's Stephanie Hernandez was the top 10-year-old female in 11:55.
The course for 11 to 14-year-old competitors consisted of a 200-yard swim, four-mile bike and mile run. Ashley Ellingham won the girls 11 category in 24:35, more than a minute faster than second-place Ally Murray (25:39) of Palm Harbor.
Summer Kanstoroom of St. Petersburg was the fastest in the female 12-year-old category after in 19:29. Oldsmar's Mitch Irwin made it a sweep for the county in the 12-year-old bracket as he was the top male in a time of 18:41.
Among male 13-year-olds, Michael Hajek of St. Petersburg won by a couple of steps, in 23:55.
CYCLING TIME TRIALS: Three county residents captured titles at the Florida State Cycling Time Trial State Championships, Saturday in Jacksonville.
Sandy Steer, competing in the men's 70 and over age division for the first time, shattered the record for 20 kilometers by three minutes, 49 seconds with his time of 32:05. The win was Steer's 12th state championship since returning to competition after suffering a fractured neck in a bicycle race at the end of 2005.
Rose Marie Ray, a Seminole resident, successfully defended her championship in the women's 60 and over division, completing the time trial in 41:49.
Steer and Ray are members of the Florida Masters Cycling.
Largo's Sheila Lopez grabbed the women's 40-44 age division by more than two minutes, in 1:07. Lopez is a member of the Bike America Racing Team.
ST. PETE ROAD RUNNERS: Dawna Stone, the founder, president and publisher of Women's Running magazine, will be the guest speaker May 13 at the St. Pete Road Runners meeting. The meeting is open to the public and will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast Service Center, 3050 1st Ave S.
OMISSIONS: The St. Anthony's Triathlon and Meek & Mighty results printed last week excluded two participants who posted superior times.
John-Gerard Farese, 14, was one of nine St. Petersburg residents to finish in under two hours, 30 minutes. Farese's time was 2:24:51.
Patrick Farese, 12, completed the Meek & Mighty in less than 35 minutes, one of 10 St. Petersburg residents to do so. His time was 34:30.
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