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St. Petersburg's Benton snares another win

Aflac Iron Girl Clearwater Start (10K and 5K)

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Aflac Iron Girl Clearwater Start (10K and 5K)

St. Petersburg's Christa Benton added another victory to her race resume on Saturday in the Aflac Iron Girl in Clearwater. Benton covered the 6.2-mile course in 36:31.

Local 10K age group winners included: (30-34) Megan Swisher, 30 of Palm Harbor; 43:20; (35-39) Jen Wrightenberry, 37 of Clearwater, 43:19; (40-44) Sharon Beltrandelrio, 41 of Clearwater, 42:56; (45-49) Patricia Farese, 47 of St. Petersburg, 46:32; (50-54) Laura Williams, 51 of Indian Shores, 47:14; (55-59) Kathy Dodd, 57 of Clearwater, 51:02.

Maria Ghizzoni, 42 of St. Petersburg, won the 5K in 19:25. Local age group winners included: (9-under) Lauren Wonicker-Cook, 9 of Palm Harbor, 30:18; (10-14) Alex Eaton, 13 of St. Petersburg, 20:59; (20-24) Shannon Bryant, 20 of Palm Harbor, 25:17; (25-29) Wendy Arnold, 27 of Clearwater, 23:11; (40-44) Madeleine Zolfo, 44 of Treasure Island, 20:39; (65-69) Millie Hamilton, 65 of Redington Beach, 28:40; (70-74) Pat Linn, 73 of Dunedin, 38:34; (75-79) Anna Babyak, 75 of Dunedin, 47:30.

Max Bayne: Last month's Max Bayne 10-miler and 5K in St. Petersburg drew a strong crowd and some fast times.

Jon Mott, a 22-year-old from St. Petersburg, was the first to finish in 58:57. Not far behind was Michael Lamb, a 19-year-old from Bradenton, in 59:16. Also from Bradenton, in third place, was 48-year-old Mickey Hooke in 1:01:11.

Among the women, 41-year-old Leslie Sanderson of Ontario finished nearly 10 minutes ahead of her nearest competitor in 1:05:50. Jennifer LaPlante, 35 of St. Petersburg, came in second with a 1:14:21, followed by Darlene Chapman, 45 of Nova Scotia in 1:15:50.

Oldies but goodies: Carol Bancroft, 49 of Safety Harbor, was the top female master's runner, covering the course in 1:20:19. She was followed by Clearwater's Noora Alidina, 52, in 1:24:16 and St. Petersburg's Sharon Kalember, 47, in 1:24:43.

The male grandmaster winner was 57-year-old Joe Link of Cape May, N.J., in 1:08:20. He was followed by local favorites Albert Wieringa, 62 of St. Petersburg in 1:09:03 and Duncan Cameron, 66 of Palm Harbor, in 1:11:22.

The female grandmaster winners was Clearwater's Molly Durham-Moore, 51, in 1:27:32. She was followed by Seminole's Lorrie Park, 51, in 1:27:54 and Palm Harbor's Terry Repp, 55, in 1:30:14.

Age Group Winners: Local male age group winners included (14-under) Tyler Lewis, 14 of Largo, 1:09:54; (15-19) Gabe Ramos, 18 of Largo, 1:03:29; (20-24) Andy Canning, 21 of St. Petersburg, 1:02:53; (35-39) Eric Sager, 37 of South Pasadena, 1:03:41; (45-49) Jim Hummel, 48 of Tarpon Springs, 1:10:44; (55-59) Jon Feltham, 59 of Clearwater, 1:17:13; (70-74) Herb Townsend, 70 of Treasure Island, 1:19:46.

Local female age group winners included (30-34) Samantha Nevins, 33 of St. Petersburg, 1:22:04; (35-39) Heather Ellison, 37 of Clearwater, 1:21:18; (45-49) Anna Reschar, 47 of St. Petersburg, 1:25:37; (65-69) Annette Frisch, 68 of St. Petersburg, 1:38:50.

In the 5K, 14-year-old Blake Arnold of Pinellas Park won in 18:01. Other top locals included Sam Chandler (second), 14 of St. Petersburg, 18:18; Shane Carlson (fifth), 50 of St. Petersburg, 22:05; Rich Kelly (19th), 39 of Largo, 32:22; Oliver Klebe (20th), 44 of Palm Harbor, 33:24; Steve Owen (26th), 53 of St. Petersburg, 35:45.

St. Petersburg's Katrina Grenon, 39 of St. Petersburg, was the fastest woman on the short course, finishing in 22:47; Kathy Olson (second), 48 of Largo, 24:14; Kelly Newbill (fifth), 35 of Largo, 25:20; Fallon Arnold (sixth), 12 of Pinellas Park, 25:47; Tiffany Severance (seventh), 33 of Clearwater, 27:03; Aminta Owen (13th), 47 of St. Petersburg, 29:44; Cristina Ramos (14th), 23 of Clearwater, 30:59; Kate Kennicutt (16th), 31 of Seminole, 33:00; Sheri Bazany (19th), 39 of St. Petersburg, 37:18; Alex Cline (20th), 33 of St. Petersburg, 37:38; Liz Lopez (21st), 38 of St. Petersburg, 49:38.

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


• Escape from Fort DeSoto Triathlon, 7 a.m., half-mile swim, 10-mile bike, 4-mile run, North Beach, Fort DeSoto. Call (813) 874-7223.

• Gaither workout (for experienced bikers), 7:45 a.m., behind Lifestyle Family Fitness in Northdale, Tampa. Contact Richard Johnson (813) 238-2464 or visit

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

• Run for Innocence, 5K and 1-mile kids fun run, 7:15 a.m., St. Pete Times Forum. Call (813) 727-0786 or visit

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• Spring into Speed, run training program, 6:15 p.m., North Pinellas YMCA, led by certified running and triathlon coach. Contact Lora Lewis at (727) 940-4775,

April 17

HCPA, Run for Shelter, 5K night race, 7 p.m., Ybor City. Call (813) 874-7223.

April 18

• Stop Child Abuse, 5K run and walk, 8 a.m., Walsingham Park, Largo. Call Kerri Pedersen (727) 544-3900, ext. 168.

St. Petersburg's Benton snares another win 04/07/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 7, 2009 4:30am]
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