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St. Petersburg runner earns consecutive victories

A week after taking command at the Clearwater Halfathon and crossing the finish line first by 11 seconds, Lee Stephens claimed another victory Saturday after winning the 19th annual Run with the Nuns in St. Petersburg.

The race had 299 finishers.

Stephens, 30 of St. Petersburg, broke the tape in 16 minutes, 36 seconds and held a 41-second advantage at the finish line.

Zach Hoge, 18 of St. Pete Beach, was second. Tyler Lewis, 16 of Largo, took third in 17:23.

Christa Stephens was more than a minute faster than her closest competitor to win the women's championship. Stephens, 26 of St. Petersburg, crossed the finish line in 18:08.

Coming in behind Stephens was Alex Eaton, 15 of St. Petersburg. Eaton finished in 19:22 and was second. Christina Noordstar, 34 of Tierra Verde, ran 20:28 to claim third.

Brian Lester was the masters champion. Lester, 52 of St. Petersburg, ran 17:39 to win.

David Meri, 40 of St. Petersburg, crossed the finish line in 19:21 to place third in the masters division.

Melody Janson, 47 of St. Petersburg, had the best performance among women's masters runners. Janson finished in 20:55 to take the women's masters championship.

Donna Nesslar, 48 of Largo, was three seconds behind Janson in 20:58 for second place.

Suzanne Holland, 40 of St. Petersburg, was third in 22:47.

Age group winners from Pinellas County include: (M10 and under) Takuma Walter, St. Petersburg, 22:24; (F10 and under) Reagan Quilty, St. Petersburg, 22:22; (M11-12) Jared McFadden, Seminole, 23:48; (M13-14) Adam Scott, St. Petersburg, 20:43; (F13-14) Bobbi LaBrant, Largo, 21:36; (M15-19) Sam Chandler, St. Petersburg, 17:28; (F15-19) Sarah Sykes, Largo, 22:53; (M20-24) Emanuele Parrino, Clearwater, 20:30; (F20-24) Ryann Iredell, St. Petersburg, 28:29; (F25-29) Mel Kartuzinski, Clearwater, 29:15; (F30-34) Christy Ford, Clearwater, 25:28; (M35-39) Don Zadrozny, Dunedin, 18:49; (F35-39) Sherry Baird, Clearwater, 26:03; (F40-44) Lisa McFadden, Seminole, 22:55; (M45-49) Jim Condon, St. Petersburg, 23:05; (M50-54) Jonathan Dunford, St. Petersburg, 19:25; (F50-54) Jean Newcomb, St. Petersburg, 23:26; (F55-59) Karen Alexeev, Gulfport, 25:42; (M60-64) Albert Wieringa, St. Petersburg, 20:24; (F60-64) Cindy Krager, St. Petersburg, 27:56; (F65-69) Linda Tonning, St. Petersburg, 33:14; (M70-74) Bill Riley, St. Petersburg, 22:21; (F70-74) Annette Frisch, St. Petersburg, 29:32; (F75-79) Carol Montgomery, Treasure Island, 46:15; (M80 and over) Pat Fitzgerald, St. Petersburg, 33:19.

ING MIAMI MARATHON: Running through the streets of Miami Beach, Coconut Grove and Miami, Sean Gallagher of Clearwater turned in a magnificent performance at the ING Miami Marathon on Sunday to place ninth overall.

Gallagher, 28, clocked in at two hours, 36 minutes and 14 seconds to finish around 14 minutes behind winner Tesfaye Alemayehu of Fayetteville, Ga. (2:12:57).

Bertrand Basle came finished in less than three hours, 30 minutes. Basle, 39 of St. Petersburg, completed the race in 3:22:53.

Steven Byrne, 57 of St. Petersburg, finished in 3:25:21 to place eighth in his age group.

Joseph Burgasser, 72 of St. Petersburg, was second in his age group after running a time of 3:26:11.

Melanie Peters of St. Petersburg was the top local finisher on the women's side. Peters, 27, crossed in 3:19:05 to place 22nd in the women's race and fifth in her age group.

Sissi Hethershaw, 42 of Palm Harbor, was 14th in her age group after finishing in 3:40:48. Erin Burgasser, 39 of St. Petersburg, completed the course in 3:41:39 to place 18th in her division.

Overall, 3,530 marathoners completed the race.

Local runner Hunter McCann had the fastest time among area participants at Sunday's ING Miami Half Marathon.

McCann crossed the finish line in one hour, 28 minutes and four seconds to win the men's 12- 14-year-old age group.

McCann, 14 of Treasure Island, was 145th overall.

Borge Osthus of Pinellas Park also had a solid showing. The 29-year-old finished the course in 1:44:25.

Patti Spence, 49 of Belleair, was the top local woman to finish. Spence came across the line in 1:36:40 to place 62nd in the women's race.

Palm Harbor 23-year-old Nicola MacKenzie also did well, finishing in 1:49:15.

The ING Miami Half Marathon had 13,418 finishers.

ADDITIONAL CLEARWATER HALFATHON RESULTS: A couple of local runners deserve mention for their performance at the Jan. 23 Clearwater Halfathon.

Dennis Byron, 52 of Palm Harbor, placed third in the masters division after covering the course in one hour, 24 minutes and 29 seconds.

Bruce Mann, 52 of Clearwater, was second among grandmasters runners after clocking in at 1:29:18.

Carol Bancroft, 51 of Safety Harbor, ran 1:40:18 to place second in the women's grandmasters division. Pila Cadena-Vega, 53 of St. Petersburg, was third in the same division with a time of 1:41:21.

In the 5-mile race Jan. 23 in Clearwater, Steven Williams, 44 of Largo, covered the distance in 32:44 to place second in the masters division.

Among women's masters runners, Debra Donald was third. Donald, 52 of St. Petersburg, ran 38:46.

In the grandmasters division, Denise Lloyd-Boucher crossed the finish line in 45:04 to place third in her group.

Upcoming events


• Oldsmar running club, various distances, 300 E 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


• Fishhawk Ranch 10K and 5K, 8 a.m., Lithia, (813) 685-7500

• Crusader Gallop 5K, 8 a.m., Del Oro Park, Clearwater, (727) 461-1200

• Fight for Air stair climb, 42 floors, Jacksonville, or (904) 520-7123

• Trever Miller's Mob 5K (8 a.m.) and 1-miler (8:30 a.m.), Isle of Capri Park, Treasure Island, or (727) 430-9398

• Tarpon Springs ride and run., 7:30 a.m., Total Fitness, (727) 937-6049

• WFYRC group runs: 13m at 6 a.m., Clearwater City Hall, (727) 421-7323; 5m at 7 a.m., Chesnut Park, Palm Harbor (727) 644-7702,

• Pinellas Peddlers ride, East Mease parking lot, Dunedin. Saturday: 20m, Sunday: open/fast, (813) 736-4432

• Stanley Ride, 7:30 a.m., Seffner Elementary, novices and up, minimum 23m at 12 mph, breakfast in Plant City, (813) 684-3505,

• Gaither Workout, 7:15 a.m., behind Lifestyle Fitness at Mapledale/Dale Mabry, Tampa. Experienced cyclists only (shortest route 32m), (813) 238-2464,


• Dade City half-marathon (8 a.m.), 5K (8:15 a.m.) and fun run (9:45 a.m.), or (407) 599-0568

• Tarpon Springs run, 7 a.m., flag pole at Fred Howard Park, (727) 937-6049


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

Feb. 12

• Chinsegut Run and Fun Walk 5K, 8:30 a.m., Brooksville, (352) 764-6722

• Suncoast Classic 10K and 5K, 8 a.m., Baywalk, St. Petersburg, or (727) 865-4297

• Hero 5K, 7:30 a.m., J.B. Starkey Park, New Port Richey, (813) 358-3550

• Dances with Dirt races (13.1, 26.2, 10K, 50m, 50K and 50-mile relay), 5:30 a.m., Withlacoochee River Park, Dade City, or (734) 929-9027

Feb. 13

• Chilly Willy Duathlon, 8 a.m., run 5K/bike 10m/run 5K, Fort De Soto Park, St. Petersburg, or (813) 874-7223

• Flatwoods Ramble 10-miler and 5K, 8 a.m., Flatwoods Park, Tampa, or (813) 232-5200

Feb. 19

• Belleair Sunset 5K, 5:30 p.m., 901 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Belleair, or (727) 518-3728

• Bolt Run 5-mile, 5K and 1-mile family fun race, 7 a.m., St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, or (813) 301-6855

• Scrub Jay 10K and 5K, 7:45 p.m., Oscar Scherer Park, Osprey, (941) 366-4542

Feb. 26

• Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K (7 a.m.) and 5K (9:30 a.m.), 5K walk and stroller start (9:50 a.m.), downtown Tampa, (813) 254-7866 or

• Fit at Fifty Bike races, 25 or 50 miles (two loops), 8 a.m., (727) 409-5676 or

Feb. 27

• Gasparilla Distance Classic half-marathon (6 a.m.) and 8K (9 a.m.), downtown Tampa, (813) 254-7866 or

March 5

• Countryside Clover Classic 5K and 1-mile walk/run, Countryside Country Club, Clearwater, or (727) 796-1333

• Zoo Zoom 5K, 7:30 a.m., Tampa, or (813) 935-8552, ext. 239

March 6

• Orange Blossom half-marathon (7 a.m.) and 5K (7:30 a.m.), triflorida or (352) 394-1320

St. Petersburg runner earns consecutive victories 02/01/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 3:30am]
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