st. petersburg runner places fifth
St. Petersburg's Andrew Chandler was the first local competitor to complete the second annual Florida Beach Half-Marathon in Tierra Verde on Sunday.
Chandler, 37, took fifth place overall. He finished the race in one hour, 17 minutes and seven seconds. He was the champion of the men's 35- to 39-year-old age division.
Other age group winners from Pinellas County included: (F master) Madeleine Zolfo, Treasure Island, 1:32:10; (M grandmaster) Dennis Byron, Palm Harbor, 1:25:02; (F grandmaster) Pila Cadena, St. Petersburg, 1:43:27; (F15-19) Amani Morcos, Clearwater, 2:00:27; (M20-24) Kellen Leja, Oldsmar, 1:33:17; (M30-34) Trey Howell, St. Petersburg, 1:19:33; (F30-34) Lisa Williams, Largo, 1:31:48; (M40-44) Michael Lisman, Palm Harbor, 1:23:07; (M50-54) Victor Yeager, Dunedin, 1:31:04; (F65-69) Millie Hamilton, Redington Beach, 2:02:39; (M70 and over) Herb Townsend, Treasure Island, 1:47:09.
Anthony Calingo of Tampa was the overall winner in 1:13:46. The women's champion was Sara Petrick of Apollo Beach in 1:19:20.
The race had 666 total participants.
In the 5K race, Lee and Christa Stephens pulled the husband-and-wife double. Both runners crossed the finish line in 18:09 to win their respective championships.
Lee Stephens was the men's winner by 15 seconds. Christa Stephens came across the finish line four minutes and 19 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.
Local age group winners were: (F master) Mary Hanlon, St. Petersburg, 25:19; (F grandmaster) Carol Jean Vosburgh, Treasure Island, 27:00; (M14 and under) Kylar Barrett, Dunedin, 21:09; (F25-29) Karina Gardano, St. Petersburg, 23:39; (F30-34) Tanya Taylor, Clearwater, 24:44; (M45-49) Charles Novak, St. Petersburg, 28:37; (F45-49) Aminta Owen, St. Petersburg, 28:55; (F50-54) Carol Dates, St. Petersburg, 30:39; (M55-59) Bira Conrado, Largo, 22:50; (M65-69) James Ladig, Clearwater, 22:39; (F65-69) Bonnie Theall, Dunedin, 29:47; (F70 and over) Dede Buckley, St. Pete Beach, 33:04.
The 5K had 321 finishers.
GATOR HALF-IRON TRIATHLON
St. Petersburg resident Bryan Prushinski survived the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13-mile run at the Gator Half-Iron Triathlon in Sarasota on Sunday and was able to pick up a medal for his efforts.
Prushinski, 42, won the men's 40-44 division in a time of four hours, 43 minutes and two seconds. He finished more than eight minutes ahead of his nearest competitor.
At the Gator International Distance Triathlon, which featured a 1.5-mile swim, 40K bike and 10K run, a handful of Pinellas County triathletes were age group winners.
John Cornish of Palm Harbor won the men's 50-54 group in 2:30:46. Seminole's Gary Bonacorsi was the top runner in the men's 60-64 group after running 2:56:50. Lewis Bennett of Clearwater Beach claimed first place in the men's 65-69 group in 2:48:09. Mark Parish of Clearwater took the men's 70-74 group title in a time of 3:26:37. Cheryl Forgang, 47 of Safety Harbor, was the women's master's champion after clocking in at 2:55:01. Erin Westberg, 33 of Clearwater, was the top Athena runner after crossing the finish line in 3:01:55.
YMCA SPRING SPRINT TRIATHLON
A pair of local triathletes were age group winners at the East Pasco YMCA Spring Sprint Triathlon in Zephyrhills on Saturday.
Brian Morris of Seminole completed the 300-yard swim, 11-mile bike and 3.1-mile run in one hour, seven minutes and 44 seconds to take first place in the men's 55-59 group.
William Steinberg, 70 of St. Petersburg, was the winner of the men's 70-74 group with a time of 1:23:38.
Tyler Lewis claimed the race championship at the Shamrock'N Run 5K in Largo on Friday, March 11. The race had 372 finishers.
Lewis, 16 of Largo, broke the tape in 16:55 to win by 21 seconds.
Treasure Island's Hunter McCann was third overall in 17:53. He was also the champion of the 11-14 division.
Kristen Proach, 26 of Clearwater, was the women's winner by nearly two minutes, crossing the finish line in 18:08.
Lisa Williams, 32 of Largo, came in second in the women's race in 20 minutes and was the top runner in the women's 30-34 division.
Local runners who won their age group were: (M master) Steve Williams, Largo, 19:35; (F grandmaster) Pamela Stine, St. Petersburg, 25:04; (M10 and under) Coleman Inglima, Clearwater, 23:08; (F10 and under) Ava Sykes, Largo, 24:40; (F11-14) Fatima Abu-Rumman, Belleair Bluffs, 23:47; (M15-19) Brandon Anderson, Seminole, 18:06; (F15-19) Shayna Hartmann, Clearwater, 25:02; (F20-24) Michaela Bridges, St. Petersburg, 27:57; (M35-39) Bill Lynch, Largo, 19:30; (F40-44) Molly Rohrer, Palm Harbor, 24:02; (F45-49) Maureen O'Sullivan, Palm Harbor, 24:13; (M50-54) Ward Edwards, Largo, 21:49; (F50-54) Julide Burak, Seminole, 25:24; (F60-64) Bobbe Masem, Seminole, 29:36; (M65-69) James Ladig, Clearwater, 22:55; (F65-69) Millie Hamilton, Redington Beach, 28:41; (M70-74) John Verel, Clearwater, 36:13; (F70-74) Mimi Fournier, Clearwater, 44:44; (M75-79) Don Hammond, Indian Rocks, 31:29.