ST. PETERSBURG — Young guns controlled the field in the Sunrise Run on Saturday, with eight of the top 20 finishers younger than 17 years old.
Fifteen-year-old Cameron Wheeler of St. Petersburg crossed the finish line first in 18:36. He was followed eight seconds later by 14-year-old Michael Babinec of Riverview in 18:44. In third was the top female runner, Mary Middlebrooks, 36 of Wesley Chapel in 18:56.
Other top young runners included Eagle Scout Casey Dobiesz, a 15-year-old from Tierra Verde, who finished eighth overall, first in his age group, with a time of 21:07. Matthew Rodahaver, 17 of St. Petersburg, finished just behind Dobiesz, but with the same time, for ninth overall.
Rounding out the field were Matthew Montanari, 15 of St. Petersburg, 21:16, 12th overall; Hunter McCann, 11 of Treasure Island, 21:34, 14th; Brad Schaefer, 14 of Seminole, 21:35, 15th and Nico Leeper, 16 of St. Petersburg, 22:14, 20th.
Local female age group winners included: (10-14) Alex Eaton, 13 of St. Petersburg, 23:23; (15-19) Courtney Howard, 16 of St. Petersburg, 25:35; (20-24) Julia Rudolph, 24 of St. Petersburg, 22:42; (25-29) Christine Kiernan-Ditiz, 26 of St. Petersburg, 25:07; (30-34) Amy Plouf, 33 of St. Petersburg, 25:05; (35-39) Christy Nelson, 37 of St. Petersburg, 25:01; (40-44) Yvette Beauchamp, 42 of St. Pete Beach, 21:59; (45-49) Anna Reschar, 46 of St. Petersburg, 23:41; and (50-54) Debra Donald, 50 of St. Petersburg, 21:58.
Local male age group winners included: (20-24) Kyle Smith, 23 of Clearwater, 19:51; (25-29) Jason McElhaney, 28 of St. Petersburg, 24:59; (35-39) Kent Rodahaver, 39 of St. Petersburg, 21:01; (40-44) Gilbert Dolores, 43 of St. Petersburg, 22:50; (45-49) John Forney, 46 of St. Petersburg, 21:17; (65-69) Eugene Sanita, 65 of Largo, 29:27 and (70 and over) John Cox, 73 of St. Petersburg, 31:00.
The top finishers in the 1 mile were Josh Minneti, St. Petersburg, 5:54; Chris Kiernan, St. Petersburg, 6:19, and James Welch, Seminole, 6:44. The Female Master winner was Margaret Abbey, 50 of St. Petersburg, in 21:46.
Rumble Thru the Jungle
Pinellas County women dominated the Rumble Thru the Jungle 2008 5K in Tampa on Labor Day delivering several age group top finishes.
The winners included: (20-24) Rachel Misiewicz, 22 of Largo, 28:12; (40-44) Mandy Slomkowski, 44 of Oldsmar, 23:03; (45-49) Anna Reschar, 46 of St. Petersburg, 23:53; (55-59) Gail Lohman, 57 of St. Petersburg, 26:02; (60-64) Libby Burke, 64 of Palm Harbor, 37:51; (65-69) Sheila Basque, 66 of Tarpon Springs, 36:52 and (70 and over) Carol Montgomery, 73 of Treasure Island, 37:10.
In the Male Age Group (50-54), Mike Bartholomew, 51 of St. Petersburg, placed first in 20:46.
On Aug. 31, Pinellas County runners went to Clermont for the half-marathon, one event of the 2008 North, Central American and Caribbean World Masters Track and Field Championships. The course was a 2-lap run around Lake Louisa State Park.
Dennis Byron, 50 of Palm Harbor, finished second in the 50-54 age group with a time of 1:27:46. Albert Wieringa, 61 of St. Petersburg, finished second in the 60-64 age group in 1:30:23.
Duncan Cameron, a 65-year-old from Palm Harbor, recently reached a milestone.
"Today I went for my daily run like every other day except today was No. 1,000 in a row," Cameron said in an e-mail Aug. 31. "Over the past 1,000 days, I ran 6,647 total miles in some 861 hours, 11 minutes and 47 seconds."
Cameron, who works for an insurance company, typically runs 3 miles a day, but when he is feeling good he goes a bit longer. He said he feels a special kinship with runners around the world.
"To honor my achievement, I ran with my best running friend along with those million other invisible people," he said. "We beat them all. Afterwards, doughnuts and coffee."
Gary Bonacorsi, a 60-year-old from Palm Harbor, had the best cumulative score in the 60-64 age group in all three events of the Crystal River Triathlon Series. He placed second in race one with a 1:15:42, first in race two with a 1:17:17 and second in race three with a 1:16:29. On Sept. 20, he will be in Portland, Ore., competing in the USAT National Age Group Triathlon. He qualified by finishing third in the Great Clermont Triathlon Regional Championship on April 6.
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