Orlando athlete wins Mad Dog Tri; Cosgrove first in women's division

Kailand Cosgrove, a student at Tarpon Springs High, is the first female across the finish line at the Madeira Beach Mad Dog Triathlon. Cosgrove, 18, posted a winning time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 18 seconds in the event, which was a half-mile swim, 15-mile bike, 3.1-mile run.

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Kailand Cosgrove, a student at Tarpon Springs High, is the first female across the finish line at the Madeira Beach Mad Dog Triathlon. Cosgrove, 18, posted a winning time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 18 seconds in the event, which was a half-mile swim, 15-mile bike, 3.1-mile run.

MADEIRA BEACH — Coming off a win at the Collegiate National Championships and a strong performance at the St. Anthony's Triathlon, 24-year-old Kevin Collington of Orlando won Sunday's Madeira Beach Mad Dog Triathlon, finishing three minutes ahead of his nearest challenger.

The half-mile swim, 15-mile bike and 3.1-mile run is one of the most popular spring triathlons on Florida's west coast. Collington, who recently graduated from the University of Florida, finished in 1:06:33.

Rounding out the male elites were Nat Glachin, 26, of St. Petersburg, who was second in 1:09:38; Kerry Sullivan, 26, of St. Petersburg, who finished fourth in 1:12:29; and Andy Canning, 21, of St. Petersburg, who was fifth in 1:13:28.

In the women's elite ranks, 18-year-old Kailand Cosgrove of Tarpon Springs finished first in 1:17:18. She was followed by Tarpon Springs triathlon coach Celia Dubey, 36, in 1:17:49. Alexandria Lechner, 21, of Clearwater, was fourth in 1:20:22.

Local male age-group winners included: George Yoho, 19, Oldsmar, 1:21:54 (15-19); Bob Wagoner, 35, Seminole, 1:12:32 (35-39); Charles Anstadt, 42, Seminole, 1:13:55 (40-44); Robb Gomez, 48, North Redington Beach, 1:13:19 (45-49); Charles Sexton, 65, St. Petersburg, 1:30:42 (65-69); Don Ardell, 70, St. Petersburg, 1:30:22 (70-74); Larry Yost, 78, Treasure Island, 1:55:40 (75-79), and Charles Lasley, 87, Belleair, 2:27:58 (85-89).

Local female age-group winners included: Erin Kowal, 35, Redington Beach, 1:19:01 (35-39); Reva Moeller, 48, Treasure Island, 1:26:59 (45-49); Annette Frisch, 68, St. Petersburg, 1:49:02 (65-69); Katie Knight-Perry, 73, St. Petersburg, 2:18:18 (70-74); Sharon Miller, 75, St. Petersburg, 2:48:50 (75-79), and Laure Blume, 43, Pinellas Park, 1:17:48 (masters).

Off-road runners

Tampa road rocket Lee Stephens put his skills to the test Sunday, winning the first Picnic Island Adventure Run of the season in a record 19:55. Boston Marathon standout and St. Petersburg resident Christa Benton also broke her course record with a 21:31 performance.

Buka Harris, 17, of St. Petersburg, was fifth among males in 21:23. Clearwater's Penny Skaggs, 30, Clearwater, was fifth among females in 25:43.

Races are also scheduled for June 27 and July 25 (Fridays, 6:45 p.m.) Go to www.tamparaces.com for more information.

Adventure racers

Local West Central Florida Adventure Racers Kip Koelsch and Aaron Freeman, both of St. Petersburg, and Charlie Scott of Sarasota recently completed the 46-mile rim-to-rim-to-rim traverse of the Grand Canyon in 21 hours, 50 minutes.

Jessica Koelsch of St. Petersburg also started down the South Kaibab Trail with the group, but twisted her ankle twice on the way down to the Colorado River.

They headed west for the chance to train at altitude, which they hope will give them an edge in upcoming flatland challenges.

Kip Koelsch recently placed fourth in the Ultra-O-Gaine 24-hour orienteering race in the Prentice Cooper Wildlife Management Area, outside of Chattanooga, Tenn. In June, Koelsch will head north to compete in another 24-hour race at the U.S. Rogaine Championships outside Buffalo, N.Y.

Swimming

St. Pete Masters swimmer Sandy Steer recently won gold at the Canadian Masters National Championships in Quebec City. Steer won the 200-meter freestyle in the women's 65-69 age group. She was second in the 400 freestyle and 50 breaststroke, and third in the 50 frees and 100 and 200 breaststroke events.

Cycling

Sandy Scott, 68, of Seminole won his age group at the U.S. Cycling Federation Florida State Time Trial Championships in West Palm Beach on Saturday.

Scott, a retired airline pilot who returned to competition 11/2 years ago after fracturing his neck in a race in Gainesville, also won the title last year.

Since his return to competition, Scott has won seven state championships and broken all of the state time trial records in his age group.

Other locals who won state championships include Mark Yeager of St. Petersburg in the 50-54 age category, Jugy Pascal of Dunedin in 60-64, and Chuck Kleim of St. Petersburg in 75-plus.

Terry Tomalin can be reached at Tomalin@sptimes.com, or by calling (727) 893-8808. Send your swimming, biking, running, triathlon and adventure racing information to community.tampabay.com and click on the "Submit info" link.

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On the Web

Check out a photo gallery from Sunday's Madeira Beach Triathlon at community.tampabay.com.

Upcoming events

Friday

• St. Pete Road Runners Club 5K Beach Series, 7 p.m., behind Sirata Beach Resort, 5300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Call Tanya B. Repka at (727) 458-7103 or visit sprr.org.

Saturday

• Spring into Summer 5K, 8 a.m., Al Lopez Park, Tampa. Call (813) 966-7608 or visit active.com.

• West Florida "Y" Runners Club, 6 a.m. at City Hall Plaza in Clearwater, 7 a.m. at John Chesnut Park in Palm Harbor. Call Michael Weiss at (727) 644-7702 or visit wfyrc.com.

Sunday

• Dunedin Triathlon, 7:30 a.m., quarter-mile swim, 12-mile bike, 5K run, Honeymoon Island State Park. Contact (727) 409-3149 or dunedintri@gmail.com, or visit dunedintriathlon.com.

June 14

• Rap River Run, 5K run/walk, 8 a.m., Sims Park, New Port Richey. Call (813) 835-4166 or visit active.com.

• Sunrise Beach Biathlon, 2-mile run, half-mile swim, 1-mile run, 7 a.m., Pass-a-Grille, St. Pete Beach. Call (813) 874-7223 or visit sunsetbiathlon.com.

Send information on upcoming events to leclark@sptimes.com.

Orlando athlete wins Mad Dog Tri; Cosgrove first in women's division 06/03/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 3, 2008 4:31am]

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