Whit Lasseter, 30 of Palm Harbor, braved frigid conditions Sunday morning to outdistance the rest of the women's field at the Kiwanis Adventure Run on Dunedin's Honeymoon Island.
Lasseter completed the 5-mile race in 39:27 to glide across the finish line moments ahead of Alicia Aldridge, 17 of Palm Harbor, who finished in 39:52.
Also among the top 10: Erin O'Connor, St. Petersburg, 41:15 (fourth); Reva Moeller, Treasure Island, 41:25 (sixth); Noora Alidina, Clearwater Beach, 42:35 (ninth); Emily Snyder, Palm Harbor, 42:49 (10th).
Matt Thomas, 32 of Tierra Verde, was the county's top male runner. Thomas captured second place with a time of 31:35. Tampa's John Robida ran 31:03 to claim the overall race championship.
The following Pinellas runners finished in the top 10: John Astrab, Safety Harbor, 34:25 (third); David Meri, St. Petersburg, 34:31 (fourth); Blake Arnold, Pinellas Park, 36:01 (sixth); Tyler Savoie, Palm Harbor, 36:38 (ninth).
Additionally, the following runners were age group winners: (M15-19) Arnold; (F15-19) Aldridge; (F20-24) O'Connor; (M25-29) Astrab; (M30-34) Thomas; (M35-39) Meri; (F45-49) Moeller; (F55-59) Karen Bouchard, Dunedin, 44:41; (M60-64) Jon Feltham, Clearwater, 40:50; (F60-64) Stephanie Bessette, Dunedin, 52:23.
WALT DISNEY WORLD MARATHON: Christa Benton, 25 of St. Petersburg, placed second out of 8,152 female runners at Sunday's Walt Disney World Marathon.
Benton covered the 26.2-mile course in 2:56:43 and was the only county marathoner to finish in less than three hours. Benton came in 47th overall. Japan's Lisa Mizutani was the female winner in 2:51:20.
Among male competitors, John Austin, 27 of St. Petersburg, had the county's top finish. Austin, who completed the course in 3:10:33, was 147th overall.
The overall winner was Brazil's Adriano Bastos in 2:22:08.
Pinellas runners who completed the marathon in less than four hours include: Bryan Prushinski, St. Petersburg, 3:16:47; Melanie Peters, St. Petersburg, 3:18:22; Marty Slade, St. Pete Beach, 3:26:56; Joseph Burgasser, St. Petersburg, 3:28:36; Cathy Krajnik, St. Petersburg, 3:29:42; Daryl Mullholand, Clearwater, 3:32:30; Charles Schauer Jr., Kenneth City, 3:36:45; Matthew Rooney, St. Petersburg, 3:36:58; Gabriele Gerghel, St. Pete Beach, 3:39:05; Pablo Kogan, Palm Harbor, 3:39:37; Phil Edelen, Redington Shores, 3:44:04; Kevin Kennedy, North Redington Beach, 3:48:51; Brian Aungst Jr., Clearwater, 3:50:57; Steven Gyurkovics, Largo, 3:51:05; Kevin Jones, Seminole, 3:51:15; Ward Edwards, Largo, 3:51:17; Michael Goymerac, Safety Harbor, 3:52:22; Allison Coletti, Belleair, 3:52:28; David Chrzan, Dunedin, 3:52:40; Meredith Ludwig, St. Petersburg, 3:56:01; Ryann Matthews, St. Petersburg, 3:56:44.
Brian Darrow, 33 of St. Petersburg, was the top local finisher in the Walt Disney World Half-Marathon on Sunday. Darrow completed the 13.1-mile course in 1:29:11 to place 120th overall and 102nd among male competitors.
ST. PETE MASTERS SWIMMING: Jessica Knapp, 33, set two individual U.S. Masters swimming national records in the 3,000 and 6,000-yard swim at North Shore Pool as part of a national postal event sponsored by United States Masters Swimming.
Knapp shaved more than a minute off the 3,000-yard record (33:42.51) after finishing in 32:40.73. In the 6,000-yard swim, her time of 1:07:26.99 broke the mark of 1:08:51.32.
In addition, Knapp helped set two records in relay events. She teamed with Regina Macolino and Sarah Swoch to swim the 6,000-yard event in 4:08:04.97, breaking the record of 4:54:40.52. In the mixed 6,000-yard relay, Knapp, Swoch, Tim Kennedy and Kern Davis combined to obliterate the previous record (5:37:17.93) in 5:01:38.15.
Other St. Pete Masters swimmers who won events include: (18 to 24, men's 3,000) Sean Esterly; (25 plus, women's 3,000 relay) Knapp, Alegra Reich and Paula Texel; (25-34, 3,000 mixed relay) Knapp, Davis, Ted Bradley and Charlotte Petersen; (18-24, women's 6,000) Swoch; (65-69, women's 6,000) Elaine Bromwich; (70-74, women's 6,000) Katie Knight-Perry; (65 plus, women's 6,000 relay) Bromwich, Knight-Perry, Sandy Steer.
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