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Running: At 14, Hunter McCann collecting victories

Treasure Island 14-year-old Hunter McCann has had a productive season on the summer racing circuit.

McCann has won multiple races over the past few months, and his good form continued Sept. 11 at the Ace of Clubs 5K race in Clearwater.

McCann was the overall winner, leading wire-to-wire as he traversed the hilly course in 17 minutes, 51 seconds. No other runner was within shouting distance of McCann as he crossed the finish line; second place Gavin Reisinger of Tampa clocked in more than two minutes after McCann in 17:53.

St. Petersburg 15-year-old Flint Troxler found his way into the top five. Troxler ran 20:40 and was fourth overall.

Palm Harbor 8-year-old Isabella Pawloski cracked the top five in the women's race, placing fourth in 23:27. Pawloski was 15th overall.

The women's champion was Jennifer Howitt. The Tampa 30-year-old broke the tape in 20:59 to win by nearly 40 seconds.

Pinellas County age group winners were: (F9 and under) Pawloski; (F10-14) Amanda Elsey, Clearwater, 25:41; (M15-19) Troxler; (M20-24) Richard Allard, St. Petersburg, 21:26; (F20-24) Amanda Nagy, Clearwater, 32:52; (M35-39) Matt Dreger, Treasure Island, 22:20; (M40-44) Jimmy Nicholson, Clearwater, 22:23; (F40-44) Tania Errett, Safety Harbor, 27:02; (M45-49) Aldelmo Lopez, Palm Harbor, 22:43; (F45-49) Andrea Fortunato, Largo, 25:04; (F50-54) Tina Rosato, Palm Harbor, 24:03; (F55-59) Debra Lombardozzi, Tarpon Springs, 26:55; (F60-64) Laura Swanson, Clearwater, 32:00; (F racewalker) Sharon Haley, Clearwater, 37:24.

The Ace of Clubs 5K saw 178 runners finish.

In the Ace of Clubs 10K, Lisa Williams of Largo had the best finish among local competitors. Williams, 32, placed second in the women's race, finishing in 42 minutes, 20 seconds.

The only woman faster than Williams? Tampa's Terri Rejimbal, the women's champion in 40:06.

On the men's side, 39-year-old Palm Harbor resident Oliver von Tempski had the fastest finish among local runners, placing ninth in a time of 42:04.

Eric Stuber of Lansing, Mich., was the overall champion in 35:51.

Local age group winners in the 10K were: (M15-19) Andrew Elsey, Clearwater, 43:11; (F15-19) Alisha Cancio, Palm Harbor, 1:41:27; (M20-24) Kellen Leja, Oldsmar, 42:17; (F20-24) Erin McElravy, Clearwater, 55:14; (M25-29) Michael O'Rourke, Largo, 43:52; (F30-34) Williams; (M40-44) Ben Wright, Palm Harbor, 44:23; (M50-54) Craig Hutchison, St. Petersburg, 45:43; (F50-54) Cheryl Lapham, Safety Harbor, 52:43; (F55-59) Mary Stewart-Wong, Safety Harbor, 51:44; (F60-64) Stephanie Bessette, Dunedin, 1:04:25; (M65-69) Gar Flisek, Tarpon Springs, 54:30; (F racewalker) Lynn Lewis, Largo, 1:11:59.

There were 289 runners that finished the Ace of Clubs 10K.

UNIVERSITY PARK CC 4-MILER: A pair of Pinellas County runners were age group champions at the University Park Country Club 4-Miler Saturday in University Park.

Silky Sullivan, 67, of Seminole, was the fastest runner in the men's 65-69 year old age division after finishing in 33:23.

Lenore Rupert, 68, of St. Petersburg, was the women's 65-to 69-year-old champ in 45:00.

St. Peterburg's Sean Connolly broke into the top 10, finishing 10th in the men's race with a time of 27:08.

The course was completed by 187 competitors.

HCSO RANCH RUN: Saturday marked the seventh annual Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Ranch Run, and a number of area residents produced successful results at the 5K race.

Hunter McCann had the fastest time as well as the best finish among all local participants. McCann was third in the men's race after crossing the finish line in 17 minutes, 11 seconds. He was also the 14 and under age group winner.

Colleen Ficco, 29, of Palm Harbor, was eighth in the women's race in 22:13. Ficco was first in the 25-29 year old age group.

Chuck McCann, 59 of Treasure Island, joined his son Hunter on the winner's podium after capturing a win in the men's 55-59 year old age group in a time of 26:19.

Laura Healy, 51, of Palm Harbor, was also first in her age group, running 25:11 to top the women's 50-54 year old division.

GALLOWAY CAPTIVA TRIATHLON: Miguel Roura of St. Petersburg topped his age group at Sunday's Galloway Captiva Triathlon on Captiva Island.

Roura was the men's 25-29 year old champion after covering the quarter-mile swim, 10-mile bike and 3.5-mile run course in 1 hour, 7 minutes and 44 seconds.

Roura won his age group by nearly five minutes.

.upcoming events


• Oldsmar running club, various distances, 6 p.m., 300 East State St., Oldsmar, 727-420-4666.

• Tarpon Springs track workout, Tarpon Springs High, 5:30 a.m., (813) 690-8989.

• Tarpon Springs swim, 5:30 p.m., Total Fitness Health Club, (727) 938-8552.

• Progressive Training track workout, Wednesdays 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., University of Tampa track, (813) 846-5021,


• Tarpon Springs swim, 7 a.m., Total Fitness, (727) 938-8552.


• Miles for Hope cycle/run/walk 5K, 7:15 a.m., Coachman Park, Clearwater. Dual Challenge option adds a 25k ride after the run/walk. Info: (727) 781-4673.

• One Step Closer to the Cure 5k/1 mile run walk, 7:30 a.m., Albert Whitted Park, St. Petersburg. Info:


• Tarpon Springs swim, 5:30 p.m., Total Fitness Health Club, (727) 938-8552.

• Temple Terrace YMCA adult swim program, Monday-Thursday, various times. $45/month. Info: (813) 506-6623.


• Triathlon Open Water Swim Clinic, coached workout, all skill levels, 6 p.m., until daylight savings time change, Sand Key Park, Clearwater, (727) 723-2453,

• Clearwater High track workout, 5 a.m. Info: Skip Rogers, (727) 442-5838.

Oct. 1

• Komen Florida Suncoast Race for the Cure, 1m/5K/10K, Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg,

Oct. 15

• Spartan Challenge 5K, 8 a.m., University of Tampa, Obstacles include tires, hay bales and net crawl.

• Rattlesnake Run, 5K and 1-mile adventure runs, 8 a.m., San Antonio Restaurant,

Oct. 15

• Brooksville Cycling Classic, 8 a.m., multi-lap short-circuit course for various age groups and abilities, Liberty Street,

Oct. 16

• Brooksville Cycling Classic, 8 a.m., multi-lap race held on longer road course,

• Ace of Hearts 5K and 15K, 7:30 a.m., Del Oro Park, Clearwater. Info:

• Longleaf Triathlon: 1.5k/37k/10k (Int'l) or 400m/15k/5k (sprint), 8 a.m., New Port Richey,

Oct. 22

• Suncoast triathlon (0.33/10/3.1), 7 a.m., Fort DeSoto Park, St. Petersburg,

Oct. 29

• Frankenfooter half-marathon and 5K, 7:30 a.m., Starkey Wilderness Park, New Port Richey. Info:

Oct. 30

• Halloween Halfathon & 5K, Ft. De Soto Park. Info: Del Oro Park, Clearwater. Info: FloridaHalloween

Running: At 14, Hunter McCann collecting victories 09/20/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 4:31am]
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