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Roun ekes out close victory at Run Your Heart Out 5K

Running along the cart paths on the Pine course at Countryside Country Club, Kyle Roun, 18 of Pinellas Park, slipped past Oldsmar's Michael Weiss by two seconds at the finish line to take first place at the Run Your Heart Out 5K on Saturday.

Roun's winning time was 17 minutes, 52 seconds. Weiss was second in 17:54. Anthony Merher was third in a time of 18:40.

Kit Van Allan, 45 of Palm Harbor, was the female champion after crossing the tape in 22:42. She edged fellow Palm Harbor resident Beth Wonicker-Cook (23:02), who grabbed second. Clearwater's Barb Wojdan (23:34) captured third on the women's side.

County residents who won age group awards include: (males 10 and under) Drake Daugherty, Tarpon Springs, 41:05; (females 10 and under) Lauren Wonicker-Cook, Palm Harbor, 32:31; (M10-14) Andrew Elsey, Clearwater, 20:46; (F11-14) Keegan Lapham, Safety Harbor, 38:22; (M15-19) Anthony Merher, Pinellas Park, 18:40; (M20-29) Nathan Maggio, Clearwater Beach, 27:57; (F20-29) Cristin Buell, Seminole, 24:53; (M30-39) Robert Lord, Indian Rocks Beach, 21:05; (F30-39) Debbie Cardwell, Clearwater, 26:48; (M40-49) Weiss; (F40-49) Beth Wonicker-Cook; (F50-59) Ellen Kohn, Palm Harbor, 24:18; (M60-69) Duncan Cameron, Palm Harbor, 20:33; (M70 and over) Richard Brown, Safety Harbor, 29:44; (F70 and over) Judy Wood, Clearwater, 45:46.

Bruce Johnson of Tarpon Springs was the one-mile male winner in 10:40; Peggy Dupee of Clearwater was the female one-mile winner in 18:10.

CIGAR CITY CLASSIC: Lisa Williams, 31 of Largo, traveled across the bay to top female competitors in Sunday's Cigar City Classic at Tampa's Al Lopez Park.

Williams' winning time of 20:19 positioned her comfortably ahead of Madeira Beach's Connie Mendoza at the finish. Mendoza, the top runner in the female 40-44 year old age group, was second in 20:46.

In the men's competition, Hunter McCann was the top county finisher in 18:46. McCann, the winner of the male 14 and under age group, was third overall. Joshua Epperson, 18, of Tampa won the Classic in 16:51.

Clearwater's Dustin Ford ran 20:56 to win the men's 20-24 year old age group. Herb Townsend of Treasure Island topped the men's 70-74 division in 23:54. Carol Montgomery, another Treasure Island resident, was the best 75 and over runner in the female competition after crossing the line in 42:57.

RUN WITH DONNA MARATHON: Terri Tankel, 52 of Dunedin, broke the four-hour barrier at the Run With Donna Marathon, the National Marathon to Fight Breast Cancer, Sunday in Jacksonville Beach.

Tankel completed the 26.2-mile competition in 3:54:27. She was fourth in the women's 50-54 year old age division.

Among breast cancer survivors, Palm Harbor residents Cynthia Sweeney, 53, and Malinda Fusco, 47, completed the marathon, Sweeney in a time of 4:52:36 and Fusco in 5:26:04.

Stefanie Silvers, 40 of St. Petersburg, was the top finisher locally in the half-marathon after completing the 13.1 mile race in 1:45:07. She was sixth overall in the women's 40-44 age division.

Other Pinellas residents with good showings: Eric Neumeier, 26 of St. Petersburg, 1:52:36; Susan O'Connell, 42 of Dunedin, 2:00:17; Stephanie Giparas, 21 of St. Petersburg, 2:13:25.

EDISON FESTIVAL OF LIGHT 5K: Debra Donald, 51 of St. Petersburg, was the female grand master champion at the Edison Festival of Light 5K in Fort Myers on Saturday.

Donald's time was 21:29.

Donald Ardell, 71, of St. Petersburg, was also a 5K age group winner. Ardell took the 70-and-over division in 21:04.

Carol Ardell, 54 of St. Petersburg, was third in the female 50-54 group after coming in at 24:42.

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