Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

St. Petersburg's Benton keeps a healthy distance in women's half-marathon

St. Petersburg’s Christa Benton crosses the finish line more than four minutes ahead of her nearest competitor at Sunday’s Half-Marathon in downtown St. Petersburg.

EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Times

St. Petersburg’s Christa Benton crosses the finish line more than four minutes ahead of her nearest competitor at Sunday’s Half-Marathon in downtown St. Petersburg.

Christa Benton, 25 of St. Petersburg, outraced 2008 Olympic marathon runner Gabriela Traña and the rest of the field at Sunday's Women's Running magazine Women's Half-Marathon in downtown St. Petersburg.

Benton led wire-to-wire, finishing in 1:20:02, more than four minutes ahead of Traña. Palm Harbor's Tricia Brookover-Braun completed the 13.1-mile race in 1:26:03 to finish third.

St. Petersburg's Savannah Dearden was first in the 19 and under age group. She needed just 1:41:48 to outlast her nearest competitor by nearly six minutes.

In the 5K race, run simultaneously with the half-marathon, the following women won their age group: (19 and under) Courtney Condon, St. Petersburg, 23:17; (30-34) Christina Noordstar, Tierra Verde, 20:43; (45-49) Dee Gill, St. Petersburg, 26:18; (50-54) Laura Byne, Palm Harbor, 25:23; (55-59) Anna Knowles, St. Petersburg, 26:18; (70 and over) Dede Buckley, St. Petersburg, 31:22.

New Port Richey's Jacki Wachtel was the overall 5K winner in 18:27.

Swimming news: St. Pete Master's swimmer Jessica Knapp set a national record at the U.S. Masters Swimming 5K and 10K Postal National Championships.

Knapp's time of 2:15:56 in the women's 10K was the top mark in the 30-34 age group.

She teamed with Sarah Levine, Timothy Kennedy and Pat Marzulli in the 10K mixed relay to set a record (10:18:06.36) in the 18 and over age group.

Also finishing first were Knapp, Levine and Sarah Swoch (7:34:54.36) in the 18 and over women's 10K.

Levine finished first in the women's 10K 18-24 age group with a time of 2:33:33.

In the 70-74 age group, Konrad Euler (3:19:29) was first in the men's 10K.

Ironman 70.3 results: We inadvertently printed results from May's Ironman 70.3 race in Orlando instead of results from the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Clearwater (Nov. 13). The correct results are below.

Dustin Bengston, 33 of Palm Harbor, was the top Pinellas County triathlete at the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Clearwater. Bengston completed the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 4:30:56, putting him in 504th place out of 1,388 competitors.

Other local triathletes who qualified for and completed the race include: Robert Maue, Clearwater, 4:43:22; Jessica Koelsch, St. Petersburg, 4:44:53; Megan Swisher, Safety Harbor, 4:45:37; Sharon Beltrandelrio, Clearwater, 4:47:35; Matthew Thomas, Tierra Verde, 5:00:55; Clive Heke, St. Petersburg, 5:00:56; Bryan Prushinski, St. Petersburg, 5:01:41; David Weismantel, St. Petersburg, 5:07:26; Matthew Weidner, St. Petersburg, 5:08:14; Kevin Danielson, Oldsmar, 5:13:19; Marcos Alegre, Seminole, 5:21:58; Shannon Shearer, Largo, 5:23:06; Jonas Hedman, St. Petersburg, 5:24:17; Lewis Bennett, Largo, 5:27:11; Kasey Mueller, St. Petersburg, 5:30:04; Troy Ford, Oldsmar, 5:31:38; Frankie McDermond, Pinellas Park, 5:32:04; Charles Lohman, St. Petersburg, 5:36:35; Gail Lohman, St. Petersburg, 5:39:41; Keith Nelson, Treasure Island, 5:55:56; Kyle Moll, St. Petersburg, 5:57:30; David Schick, Clearwater, 6:16:08; Rick Wilson, Tarpon Springs, 6:21:03; John Goss, South Pasadena, 6:41:24; David Allbritton, Clearwater, 6:50:21; Louis Talarico, Belleair Beach, 7:45:55.

Triathletes earn the right to compete in the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship by qualifying at one of 31 Ironman 70.3 events.

Upcoming: The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is hosting its 16th annual Ride and Run with the Stars on Saturday, Dec. 5 at Fort De Soto Park.

Races include a 25-mile bike ride, a 10K family bike ride and a 5K run with medals to the top age group finishers. All races start at 8 a.m.

Registration is $20 before the event and $25 the day of. Proceeds benefit the Sheriff's Christmas Sharing Project, which assists disadvantaged families through the holidays and year round.

The event also will feature a fun walk, silent auction, a kids bike rodeo, a climbing wall, food and special drawings. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by sheriff's helicopter at 10 a.m. To sign up, visit www.pcsoweb.com.

upcoming events

Wednesday

• Progressive Training Team, track workouts, 6:30 p.m., University of Tampa Track, Tampa. Contact Dror Vaknin (813) 846-5021, coachdror@aol.com.

Thursday

• Times Turkey Trot, 10K, 5K and 1 mile, Clearwater H.S. Stadium, Clearwater. Contact Skip Rogers, (727) 442-5838.

• YMCA Tampa Gobble Run, 10K and 5K, 7:30 a.m., Al Lopez Park, Tampa. Call (813) 229-1305.

Saturday

• Autumn Fest 5K, 7 p.m., Safety Harbor Marina. Contact Fred Rzymek, (727) 420-4666.

• Pilgrim Paddle, 9:15 a.m., relay-style stand-up paddleboard race for teams of two, Spa Beach, downtown St. Petersburg waterfront. Visit www.standupfitnessinc.com.

Sunday

• Jingle Bell Run, 5K and 1 mile, 7:30 a.m., dog friendly, International Mall, Tampa. Call 1-800-672-0882 or www.runnergirl.com.

Dec. 5

Gaither Workout (for experienced bikers), 7:45 a.m., behind Lifestyle Family Fitness in Northdale, Tampa. Contact Richard Johnson (813) 238-2464, www.tbfreewheelers.com.

• Marathon Training, various group runs, 5:30 a.m., Downtown YMCA, Tampa. Contact Fred Vasconi (813) 222-1334, xelint@aol.com.

• Stanley Breakfast Ride, 7:45 a.m., Seffner Elementary, 109 Cactus Road, Seffner. Contact Terry Farrell (813)684-3503, terry@farrellpiano.com, www.tbfreewheelers.com.

• West Florida "Y" Runners Club, 6 a.m. at City Hall Plaza in Clearwater, 7 a.m. at John Chesnut Park in Palm Harbor. Contact Michael Weiss (727) 644-7702, www.wfyrc.com.

Dec. 6

Brandon half-marathon, 7 a.m., Brandon. Call (813) 684-0224, ext. 212.

Dec. 9

• Boley's Jingle Bell Run, 3 miles, 7:30 p.m., Clearwater. Contact Karen Juarez (727) 821-4819, ext. 5200.

Send information on upcoming events to leclark@sptimes.com.

St. Petersburg's Benton keeps a healthy distance in women's half-marathon 11/24/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 3:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Bucs journal: Simeon Rice gives master class on sacks to defensive ends

    Bucs

    TAMPA — As the Bucs seek their first 10-sack season from a player since Simeon Rice in 2005, who better to help that cause than Rice himself?

  2. Bucs' annual Women of RED preseason party attracts nearly 2,000

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Theresa Jones is primarily a college football fan, but she wanted to get a taste of the Bucs. So the 46-year-old Tampa resident bought a ticket for the team's Women of RED Ultimate Football Party at Raymond James Stadium on Friday.

    Lee White of Seminole tries on a helmet at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on Friday, August 18, 2017.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers female fans descended upon Raymond James Stadium for the ultimate football party, the 2017 Women of RED: The Takeover, supported by Moffitt Cancer Center. CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times

  3. Rays vs. Mariners, 1:10 Sunday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Today: vs. Mariners

    1:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Blake Snell
  4. Bucs' Ali Marpet: Move to center could pay off big

    Bucs

    TAMPA — No player works as closely with Jameis Winston as the center. Only those two touch the ball on every play. Together they make — if you will — snap judgements about defensive alignments.

     Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Ali Marpet #74 warm up prior to preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on August 17, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) 700069805
  5. Inside the Rays continuing historically bad slump

    Blogs

    The numbers tell the story of the Rays inexplicable ongoing offensive slump, and the words detail how tough it has been to deal with.