Running through the streets of her Tarpon Springs hometown, 20-year-old Kailand Cosgrove captured the women's championship at the picturesque Beach to Bayou 5K on Saturday. The race had 425 finishers.
Cosgrove made it across the finish line just under the 19-minute mark. Her time was 18:59, nearly a minute faster than second-place Madeleine Zolfo of Treasure Island. Zolfo, 46, ran 19:51. She was the women's master's champion as well.
In the men's race, Timm Bischoff of Clearwater came across the finish line in 18:26 to earn a finish in the top three. Bischoff, 18, was third overall, only seven seconds back of second place, and was the winner of the men's 15- to 19-year-old age division.
Age group winners from Pinellas County include: (M grandmaster) Duncan Cameron, Palm Harbor, 21:44; (M14 and under) Michael Risola, Tarpon Springs, 21:57; (F14 and under) Amanda Elsom, Clearwater, 23:40; (F15-19) Anastacia Zamara, Tarpon Springs, 30:43; (F35-39) Colleen McLaughlin, Clearwater, 21:53; (M40-44) Steven Williams, Largo, 20:08; (F40-44) Pam Bracken, Tarpon Springs, 25:06; (M45-49) Ken O'Day, Palm Harbor, 19:19; (F45-49) Yvonne Bryant, Clearwater, 21:47; (M50-54) Bruce Mann, Clearwater, 20:01; (F50-54) Reberta Klar, Palm Harbor, 22:54; (M55-59) Fred Rzmek, Safety Harbor, 25:06; (F60-64) Stephanie Bessette, Dunedin, 29:06; (F65-69) Millie Hamilton, Redington Beach, 27:56; (M70-74) Herb Townsend, Treasure Island, 23:34; (F70-74) Mary Hanley, St. Pete Beach, 31:36; (F75-79) Carol Montgomery, Treasure Island, 42:50.
Matt Kinback of Tampa was the overall winner after breaking the tape in 17:14.
SHORT-COURSE YARDS CHAMPIONSHIP: St. Pete Masters Swimming hosting the 41st annual St. Pete Masters Short Course Yards Championship Meet — the self-proclaimed longest continuous masters meet in the world — this weekend at North Shore Pool with the home team claiming victory.
St. Pete Masters won the event with 2,027 points. Tampa Metro Masters were second with 1,011 points.
High point winners form St. Pete Masters were: (18-24) Keshia Vazquez; (25-29) Sarah Swoch, Shannon O'Brien; (30-34) Adrienne Forkois; (35-39) Shannon Orrell; (45-49) Dawn Clark, Ron Collins; (50-54) Bill Specht; (60-64) Fred Lewis; (80-84) Bob Beach.
Second-place finishers were: (25-29) Ted Bradley, (35-39) Monica Emory; (40-44) Paula Texel; (45-49) John Galloway; (80-84) Mike Torsney.
Suzanne Sanchez (45-49) and JoAnn Harrelson (55-59) came in third place.
AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Long Center in Clearwater hosted the Florida Swimming Age Group Championships on Feb. 17-20, and a number of Pinellas County swimmers were named to the Florida Swimming All-Star Team.
Making the cut were: Gabby Delp, Noa Heron, Kristen McGurk, Amanda Burrows, Peyton Palsha, Antor Pinero-Crespo, Sarah Freeman, Mackenzie Hubbard, Macy Marshburn, Katherine Mayer, Tim Reisinger and Stefen Spiric.
SUNCOAST SPRINT: A handful of local runners were age group winners at Saturday's Suncoast Sprint 5K in New Port Richey.
Emily Sullivan was first in the women's 9 and younger division by more than 10 minutes with a time of 25:40.
Palm Harbor's Theodore Cohen took the men's 15-19 group by more than five minutes after running 19:18.
Lilly Cohen, 16 of Palm Harbor, was the winner in the women's 15-19 group in 25:40.
Laura Healy, another Palm Harbor resident, edged out the rest of the field in the women's 50-54 group after running 25:48.
Tommy Brown of Lutz outraced 237 other runners to the finish line to win the race in a time of 17:29. Kari Grippo, 14 of Hudson, was the women's champion in 18:12.
ACE FOR SIGHT 5K: Savannah Dearden of St. Petersburg was the women's champion at the 10th annual Race for Sight 5K in Ybor City on Saturday.
Dearden, 17, ran 18:30 for the win.
Local age group winners were: (F masters) Deb Robinson, St. Petersburg, 24:27; (M14 and under) Hunter McCann, Treasure Island, 18:06; (M15-19) Zachary Heller, Seminole, 18:30; (F25-29) Melanie Peters, St. Petersburg, 18:31; (M45-49) Marty Slade, St. Pete Beach, 19:35; (M65-69) James Ladig, Clearwater, 22:13; Joe Burgasser, St. Petersburg, 21:10.
STRAWBERRY CLASSIC: Carol Glasscock of St. Pete Beach was the women's 5K champion at the 30th annual Strawberry Classic in Temple Terrace on March 19.
Glasscock, 44, ran 20:09 for the win and was eighth overall out of 283 runners.
Age group winners at the Strawberry Classic 5K were: (F masters) Loretta Simeon, St. Petersburg, 20:39; (M9 and under) Takuma Walter, St. Petersburg, 20:47; (F40-44) Yvonne Bryant, Clearwater, 21:08; (M70-74) Don Kohler, St. Petersburg, 29:08.
Locals who were first in their age group in the 10K race were: (F20-24) Kristin Fisher, Clearwater, 48:50; (M25-29) Bret Sapp, St. Petersburg, 48:44; (M40-44) Steve Williams, Largo, 40:37; (F45-49) Tina Rosato, Palm Harbor, 48:49; (F50-54) Denise Lloyd-Boucher, Clearwater, 54:10; (M55-59) Dan McClenathan, St. Petersburg.
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