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Reynolds, Benton continue to shine in 5Ks

The West Florida Y Runners Club had another healthy crowd — 203 runners — for the second installment of the Sunsets at Pier 60 Summer Series at Clearwater Beach on Friday night.

Seventeen-year-old Wes Reynolds, who will start his senior year at St. Petersburg High in August, ran the fastest 5K in 17:02.

Kenneth City's Mark Benjamin, 19, an assistant cross country coach at Dixie Hollins High, finished second in 17:24. Rounding out the top three was Thomas McGrath, 17, of Largo in 17:43.

In the women's ranks, Christa Benton, a five-time high school Florida state champ and former All-American for USF, had the fastest time in 17:56. The 18-year-old is the only woman ever to run a sub-18:00 at any of the West Florida Y's beach races.

Other male winners included: Rayce Peters, Belleair, 33:32 (10 and under); Hunter McCann, Treasure Island, 21:00 (11-12); Cameron Wheeler, St. Petersburg, 19:31 (13-14); Rick Pluta, Clearwater, 18:12 (15-19); Joe Palmer, Palm Harbor, 18:56 (35-39); Daryl Mullholand, Clearwater, 21:11 (40-44); Keith Sawayda, Clearwater, 17:45 (45-49); Dennis Byron, Palm Harbor, 18:39 (50-54); Duncan Cameron, Palm Harbor, 21:17 (65-69).

Female age group winners included: Julia Siegel, Tarpon Springs, 27:58 (10 and under); Bobbi Marie LaBrant, Largo, 27:17 (11-12); Ashley Fornshell, Clearwater, 22:06 (15-19); Nika Merta, Palm Harbor, 22:16 (20-24); Ali Smith, Clearwater, 22:06 (25-29); Christy Ford, Clearwater, 28:53 (30-34); Pamela McCann, Treasure Island, 25:09 (40-44); Patti Spence, Belleair, 22:09 (45-49); Vickie Krivacs, Palm Harbor, 29:51 (50-54); Karen Alexeev, Gulfport, 26:36 (55-59); Millie Hamilton, Redington Beach, 28:42 (60-64); Annette Frisch, St. Petersburg, 27:50 (65-69).

Traveling triathletes

Patricia and Tom Hoffman, two triathletes from Pinellas County, recently made a trip to Fort Lauderdale to compete in the Publix Family Fitness Triathlon. Patricia, also an avid open-water swimmer, finished first in the 55-59 division in 1:19:18, despite losing five minutes to a bike crash. Tom finished sixth in the 40-44 division in 1:03:17.

Traveling runners

Madeleine Zolfo, 43, of Treasure Island was the first female finisher on July 12 at the E.L. Bing Beat the Heat 5K in Thonotosassa. Zolfo finished in 19:12.

Swimming news

Tim Kennedy, 51, of St. Petersburg traveled to Manhattan on July 5 for the annual 28.5-mile swim around the island. The event's organizers limit the field to the fastest 25 swimmers who apply. Kennedy said that at the pre-race meeting, one of his fellow contestants told race officials, "It's harder to get in the Manhattan swim than it is to get into college."

Kennedy's goal was to complete the counter-clockwise circumnavigation of Manhattan in eight hours or less. He finished in 7 hours, 51 minutes, 28 seconds — just 20 minutes behind the winner.

The performance put him in sixth place overall — he was the third male and first in his age group. His secret: just zone out.

"You try not to think too much. Otherwise, you know how far you have to go and how cold the water is," he said. "So I just zoned out, let time go by and kept my rhythm."

The St. Pete Mad Dog Triathlon Club member and St. Masters Team swimmer was accompanied by his daughter Lauren and girlfriend Carolyn Kiper.

Do you have running, swimming, biking, triathlon or adventure racing news? Send it to Terry Tomalin at or call (727) 893-8808. You can also submit news online at


Upcoming events


• Take the First Step, Summer Series No. 4, 5K, 6 p.m., Al Lopez Park, Tampa. Call Lynn Gray at (813) 453-7885 or (813) 398-2217.


• Picnic Island Adventure Run No. 3, 5K, 6:45 p.m., Picnic Island, Tampa. Call (813) 232-5200 or visit


• Gaither workout (for experienced bikers), 7:45 a.m., behind Gaither High. Call Richard Johnson at (813) 238-2464 or visit

• Marathon training, various group runs, 5:30 a.m., Downtown YMCA, Tampa. Contact Fred Vasconi at (813) 222-1334 or

• Stanley Breakfast Ride, 7:45 a.m., Seffner Elementary, 109 Cactus Road, Seffner. Contact Terry Farrell at (813)684-3503 or, or visit

• 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


• Progressive Training Team, track workouts, 6:30 p.m., Coleman Elementary, Tampa. Contact Dror Vaknin at (813) 846-5021 or

Aug. 1

• Sunset at the Pier Series No. 3, 7 p.m., 5K, Pier 60, Clearwater Beach. Contact Michael Weiss at (727) 644-7702 or

Aug. 2

• Top Gun Triathlon, 7:30 a.m., quarter-mile swim, 10-mile bike, 3.1-mile run, Fort DeSoto, St. Petersburg. Call (813) 874-7223 or visit

Reynolds, Benton continue to shine in 5Ks 07/22/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 4:30am]
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