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Suncoast Classic 10K puts locals among top 10

With the St. Petersburg waterfront the backdrop for close to 400 competitors running the Suncoast Classic 10K on Saturday, hometown racer Adam Hortian was the top local finisher, coming in sixth place and winning the 25-29-year-old male age group in a time of 31:15.

Fellow St. Petersburg runner Nathan Holden was right behind in eighth. Holden, with a time of 32:36, was the top runner in the 19-24-year-old male age group.

Christian Wagner of Rochester, Mich., won in 29:41.

Briana Whaley, 31 of Clearwater, took bronze in the women's competition. Her time of 35:18 was about a half-minute faster than the fourth-place finisher, Christa Benton (35:19), 25 of St. Petersburg.

Age group winners from Pinellas County included: (M11-14) Stephen Sawayda, Clearwater, 41:03; (M19-24) Nathan Holden, (M40-44) Brian Scott, Largo, 36:16; (M45-49) Keith Batten, Clearwater, 36:01; (M70-99) Joe Burgasser, St. Petersburg, 42:34; (F15-18) Autumn Eliason, St. Petersburg, 49:28; (F Masters) Emily Mortensen, St. Petersburg, 36:42; (F45-49) Madeleine Zolfo, Treasure Island, 39:55; (F50-54) Sandy Rogers, Largo, 49:00; (F65-69) Millie Hamilton, Redington Beach, 55:43.

Andrew Chandler, 36 of St. Petersburg, crossed the finish line sixth overall and best in the county at the Suncoast Classic 5K competition, also Saturday.

Chandler's time of 16:59 was good for first in the male 35-39-year-old age group.

St. Petersburg had two more runners with top 10 performances. Sam Chandler, 14, was eighth and 33-year-old Mark Dannis was ninth. Both posted times of 17:29 and both were age group winners.

Zach Hoge (17:32) of St. Pete Beach was 10th.

The winner was Cobi Morales, 35 of Miami Beach, in 15:44.

Melanie Peters, 26 of St. Petersburg, was second on the women's side. Her time of 17:57 was 10 seconds slower than women's champion Jacki Wachtel, 30 of New Port Richey.

Alex Eaton, 14 of St. Petersburg, took fifth in 19:12.

The 5K local age group winners were: (M25-29) Neil Wagner, Palm Harbor, 19:24; (M45-49) Alastair Baillie, St. Petersburg, 19:27; (M50-54) Casey Chandler, St. Petersburg, 20:12; (M60-64) Albert Wieringa, St. Petersburg, 19:20; (M70-99) Herb Townsend, Treasure Island, 24:38; (F25-29) Stephanie Franzen, St. Petersburg, 24:59; (F30-34) Leslie Beauchamp, St. Petersburg, 20:42; (F40-44) Connie Mendoza, St. Petersburg, 21:12; (F45-49) Claudia Junqueira, St. Petersburg, 20:30; (F50-54) Betty Ann Berger, St. Petersburg, 28:55; (F55-59) Karen Alexeev, Gulfport, 25:53; (F65-69) Cathy Dehaan, Seminole, 32:05.

FLATWOODS FOUR: Wil Lumpkin, 39 of St. Petersburg, had the fastest time among county runners at Sunday's Flatwoods Four, an off-road 4-mile race through Thonotosassa's Trout Creek.

Lumpkin's time of 25:37 was the fastest in the 35-39-year-old male age group and about a minute off the pace set by winner Tom Woermer, 16 of Waterton, Conn.

Largo's Ruben Luna came in ninth with a time of 28:18. St. Petersburg's Greg Stanek, the top runner in the 40-44-year-old age group, cracked the top 10 after crossing the finish line in 28:48.

Amy Bonham, 30 of Largo, was the lone county resident to place in the top 10 on the women's side. Her time to the line was 32:51. Bonham was the top runner in the 30-34-year-old age group.

Rae Ann Darling-Reed, 36 of Bradenton, was first on the women's side with a time of 28:49.

Also winning their age group: (F14 and under) Kayla Horvath, Palm Harbor, 42:35; (F50-54) Cheryl Russell, Oldsmar, 37:42; (M60-64) Jerry Woodward, St. Petersburg, 45:12; (M65-69) Dan Deforrest, St. Petersburg, 41:07.

DANCES WITH DIRT GREEN SWAMP RACES: Palm Harbor resident Alison Adams completed the grueling Dances With Dirt Green Swamp Ultra Marathon at Withlacoochie River State Park in Dade City in eight hours, 32 minutes and 39 seconds to place fourth among all female competitors Saturday.

Adams was the top female finisher in the 55-59-year-old age division.

The ultramarathon covered 50 kilometers and was won by Coconut Creek's Richard Nixon (6:45:51) on the men's side and Maitland's Erin Troy (7:18:20) on the women's side.

Two county residents won their age division at the Dances With Dirt Half Marathon.

Ryan Kneapler of Palm Harbor was quickest to the line among 25-29-year-old males with a time of 3:35:07. Greg Vannette of Dunedin dusted the 45-49-year-old male age division in 3:27:50.

St. Petersburg residents Bridget Whitelock (25-29-year-old female) and Cheri Greenstreet (50-54-year-old female) were second in their age groups. Whitelock ran 5:04:16; Greenstreet clocked in at 4:26:34.

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