St. Petersburg's Christa Benton, the 2007 and 2009 Gasparilla 15K champ and former All-American for USF, finished 28th overall in this year's Boston Marathon.
Benton, one of the top American women in this year's race, ran a 2:50:05, a personal record. Last year, Benton finished 20th (2:51:03).
This year's field was much tougher, and Benton probably would have run faster had it not been for a strong head wind that adversely affected the 25-year-old's performance.
Other top local female finishers included Denise Skinner, 53 of St. Petersburg, 3:36:11 and Jennifer Laplante, 35 of St. Petersburg, 3:48:49; Heather Ellison, 37 of Clearwater, 4:06:16; Millie Hamilton, 65 of Redington Beach, 4:36:27.
Top local males included Rod Henning, 44 of Clearwater, 3:03; Ben Kreloff, 31 of Clearwater, 3:24:40; John Dunford, 49 of St. Petersburg, 4:10.
St. Anthony's Triathlon
Local elite amateurs held their own in this weekend's St. Anthony's Triathlon.
The top male finishers included Nat Glackin, 27 of St. Petersburg, 1:34:19; Kerry Sullivan, 27 of St. Petersburg, 1:43:04; Rob Boos, 40 of Belleair, 1:45:21; Roberto Lombilla, 38 of Dunedin, 1:54:00.
Top female finishers included Laure Blume, 44 of Pinellas Park, 1:47:54; Kathy Frailing, 42 of Belleair, 1:49:16; Megan Swisher, 31 of Palm Harbor, 1:51:50; Kailand Cosgrove, 19 of Tarpon Springs, 1:57:39; Erin O'Connor, 24 of St. Petersburg, 2:07:51.
David Schick, 59 of Clearwater, won the male physically challenged division in 2:24:25. Safety Harbor's Jennifer Sullivan, 44 was the female master's champion (1:54:49). Steven Baltic, 23 of Clearwater, was the male novice champion (1:45:28).
Local male age group winners included (30-34) Traveller Hill, 32 of St. Petersburg, 1:40:42. (50-54) Dan Chechele, 50 of St. Petersburg, 1:44:37; (70-74) William Riley, 73 of St. Petersburg, 2:01:19. Local female age group winners included (35-39) Erin Kowal, 36 of Redington Beach, 1:54:02.
The local male Clydesdale winner was (40-49) Larry Witt, 46 of Palm Harbor, 1:51:20.
Earth Day Run
Local runners turned out in force Sunday to celebrate Earth Day with a 5K run at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor.
Top male finishers included Arnaud Glacet, 35 of Clearwater, 19:38 (second); Jim Hummel, 48 of Tarpon Springs, 19:59 (third); Matt Haenel, 15 of Clearwater, 20:39 (fifth); James Coghlan, 29 of Clearwater, 22:08 (sixth); Tom Miller, 28 of Clearwater, 22:10 (seventh); Austin Lewis, 15 of Oldsmar, 22:15 (ninth); Jed Stills, 47 of Clearwater, 22:24 (10th).
Top female finishers included Sissi Hethershaw, 40 of Palm Harbor, 23:27 (third); Gail Gillett, 48 of Tarpon Springs, 26:45 (fifth); Erica Rogers, 28 of Dunedin, 26:58 (sixth); Claire Laseter, 51 of Palm Harbor, 27:23 (seventh); Beth Goodbread, 55 of Palm Harbor, 27:48 (eighth); Jen Kozlowski, 36 of Oldsmar, 28:27 (ninth).
Four members of the SUN Masters Team of Dunedin recently competed in the YMCA National Masters competition in Fort Lauderdale.
Betty Lorenzi (80-84) swept all of her events and broke four U.S. Masters and five YMCA national records in the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke and the 500 and 1,650 freestyle. Nancy Durstein (75-79) took first in the 1,650 free, 100 and 200 IM events and the 200 butterfly. Joan Campbell (75-79) placed first in the 500 and 1,000 events. Don Puchalski (70-74) won the 200 and 400 IM.
Several Pinellas County residents headed to Pasco County on Saturday for the annual 5K run that celebrates this small burrowing rodent. Desiree Dorrie, 24 of Palm Harbor, won the women's 20-24 age group with a time of 28:45. In the men's ranks, Jim Hummel, 48 of Tarpon Springs, was the fastest man (45-49) in 20:04. Tom Murtaugh, 66 of Dunedin, won his age group (65-69) with a 29:09.
Alex Lechner, a TriGator from Clearwater, finished eighth among all females at Collegiate Nationals on Saturday in Lubbock, Texas, with a time of 2:24:06. The water temperature was 53 degrees, the air 38 degrees, yet the warm-blooded University of Florida female team still finished a respectable eighth in the nation. Ryan Repp, a TriGator from Palm Harbor, finished 25th among male graduate students in 2:24:14.
Terry Tomalin can be reached at email@example.com.