St. Petersburg's STEPHENS FOURTH AT DISNEY MARATHON
More than 13,000 distance runners suited up for Sunday's Walt Disney World Marathon, and St. Petersburg's Christa Stephens beat nearly all of them to the finish line to place fourth in the women's competition.
Stephens, 26, of St. Petersburg coasted to the finish in two hours, 54 minutes and 2 seconds. She won the 25- to 29-year-old age division and came in 39th overall.
Albert Wieringa, 64, of St. Petersburg was the fastest runner in the men's 60-64 age division. Wieringa clocked in at 3:07:43 and was nearly 30 minutes ahead of his closest competitor. Wieringa was 112th among males and 125th overall.
Brazil's Fredison Costa was the overall winner of the Walt Disney World Marathon, breaking the tape in 2:21:15. Leah Thorvilson of Little Rock, Ark., was the women's champion in 2:42:11.
MAX BAYNE 10-MILER
Hunter McCann was the overall champion at the Max Bayne 10-miler Saturday in Palm Harbor.
McCann, 14, of Treasure Island completed the race in 1:06:44 to hold off Tampa's Mark Lanzillo (1:06:49) and win by five seconds.
Largo's Steve Williams also cracked the top three. Williams, 44, was third in 1:08:56.
Terri Doheny, 52, of Clearwater was the women's 10-mile champion after cruising to victory in a time of 1:15:13.
Doheny won by nearly eight minutes.
Mary Pulaski, 59, of Largo, placed second among women after crossing the finish line in 1:23:12. Mary Stewart-Wong, 54, of Safety Harbor, was third in 1:25:47.
The following Pinellas County runners were age group winners: (M master) Matt Rogers, Dunedin, 1:12:30; (M grandmaster) Charlie Clennan, Clearwater, 1:16:32; (F grandmaster) Molly Durham-Moore, Clearwater, 1:29:08; (M15-19) Nick Potts, Tarpon Springs, 1:15:21; (M20-24) Aaron Doheny, Clearwater, 1:10:49; (F35-39) Becky Baas, Safety Harbor, 1:45:56; (F40-44) Christine Sparks, St. Petersburg, 1:47:12; (F45-49) Lisa Chamberland, Pinellas Park, 2:36:36; (F50-54) Nina Boone, Clearwater, 1:52:42; (M55-59) Mike Patterson, Dunedin, 1:24:16; (M65-69) Tom Murtaugh, Dunedin, 1:41:51; (F65-69) Lenore Rupert, St. Petersburg, 1:45:02; (F70-74) Terri Sullivan, Tarpon Springs, 2:04:16.
Forty-seven runners completed the 10-miler.
In the Max Bayne 5K competition, Jon Feltham of Clearwater was second overall in 22:27.
Chuck McCann of Treasure Island was third on the men's side in 26:04.
Among women, Laura Andrews of Palm Harbor grabbed third place in 30:32.
Brandon Gordon of Tampa (19:55) and Bianca Ullrich of Holiday (27:35) were the men's and women's 5K champions, respectively.
Nineteen runners completed the Max Bayne 5K.
MADD DASH 5K
A trio of local runners won their age group at the MADD Dash 5K Saturday in Tampa.
Regina Shalor, 43, of St. Petersburg was the top runner in the women's 40- to 44-year-old age division after crossing the finish in 24:50. Shalor was more than three minutes faster than her nearest competitor.
Lynne Krueger, 48, of St. Petersburg claimed victory in the women's 45-49 age division. Krueger also won by a sizable distance after finishing in 24:55.
Annette Frisch, 70, of St. Petersburg, ran 29:17 to win the women's 70-74 division.
There were 168 racers completing the MADD Dash 5K, which was won by Tampa residents Jeb Stewart (17:33) and Liz Gonzalez (20:33).
JWEST PROSTATE CANCER 5K
St. Petersburg resident Connie Mendoza was the women's champion at the JWest Prostate Cancer 5K for Awareness Saturday in Gulfport.
Mendoza, 42, broke the tape in 20:15. She was only eight seconds off the pace of men's champion Joe Link of Cape May, N.J. (20:07). Mendoza placed second overall.
Jon Gilbert, 27, of St. Petersburg was second on the men's side after coming in 34 seconds behind Link in 20:41.
Other local runners who won their age groups include: (M20-24) Chris Yakes, Gulfport, 25:23; (M25-29) Gilbert; (F25-29) Danielle Micklitsch, St. Pete Beach, 30:45; (F30-34) Lindsay Porter, Gulfport, 25:58; (M35-39) David Shiner, St. Petersburg, 25:31; (F35-39) Nickey Hill, St. Petersburg, 25:43; (F40-44) Maggie Murphy, St. Petersburg, 31:13; (F45-49) Pam Greene, Tierra Verde, 24:43; (M50-54) Shane Carlson, St. Petersburg, 23:20; (F50-54) Denise Lloyd-Boucher, Clearwater, 26:40; (M55-59) Steve Byrne, St. Petersburg, 20:59; (F55-59) Karen Alexeev, Gulfport, 25:57; (M60-64) David Goodyear, Gulfport, 22:32; (F65-69) Brenda Hatala, Clearwater, 34:32; (M70 and over) Joe Burgasser, St. Petersburg, 21:05; (F70 and over) Barbara Frasca, Gulfport, 34:51.
The race was completed by 110 runners.