Inclement weather forced the cancellation of the bike section at Sunday's sixth Morton Plant Mease Triathlon in Clearwater's Sand Key Park.
Still, the slick conditions didn't deter the approximately 1,000 racers who participated on the abbreviated course, which featured a one-third-mile open-water swim in the Gulf of Mexico followed by a 3.1-mile run through Sand Key Park.
Winning the overall championship was Sean Jefferson of Clermont. The 29-year-old needed just 24 minutes, 37 seconds to cross the finish line. The women's champion was 43-year-old Nina Kraft, also of Clermont. Her winning time was 27:44.
Locally, Nat Glackin of St. Petersburg was the fastest Pinellas County competitor. Glackin, 29, was seventh in the men's race after coming to the finish in 28:13.
Kailand Cosgrove of Tarpon Springs earned a second-place finish in the women's race after clocking in at 28:45. Cosgrove, 21, was third out of the water but made up time over the 5K.
USA Triathlon elite junior athletes between the ages of 15 and 19 competed for the 2011 USAT Florida Region Junior Championship title. Shane Deeley, 18 of Clearwater, was the men's champion after crossing the finish line in 26:21. Caroline Condon, 15 of St. Petersburg, claimed the women's championship in 33:18.
The following local racers won their age group: (F20-24) Monique Konstantinovic, Indian Rocks Beach, 35:28; (M20-24) Grant Miller, St. Petersburg, 30:35; (M25-29) Ben Carlson, St. Petersburg, 29:35; (F35-39) Janine Bowman, St. Petersburg, 30:48; (F masters) Kathy Frailing, Largo, 31:19; (M masters) Chris Pyhel, St. Petersburg, 28:51; (F40-44) Jessica Koelsch, St. Petersburg, 34:23; (F45-49) Melody Janson, St. Petersburg, 35:01; (M45-49) David Rowland, North Redington Beach, 29:50; (F50-54) Reva Moeller, Treasure Island, 36:19; (M50-54) Anders Heidemann, Largo, 31:31; (F65-69) Roma Allen, Belleair, 59:56; (F70-74) Annette Frisch, St. Petersburg, 50:38; (M70-74) Donald Ardell, St. Petersburg, 37:50; (Athena 1-39) Lisa Charest, St. Petersburg, 38:41; (Athena 40-99) Tish Reid, Largo, 38:10; (Clydesdale 40-99) Chris Ross, Largo, 34:49; (M first timer) Ryan Hatch, Palm Harbor, 36:32.
BEAT THE HEAT 5K: Treasure Island 14-year-old Hunter McCann was the race champion at the Beat the Heat 5K in Thonotosassa on June 18.
He crossed the finish line in 17:09 to edge second-place Benjamin Mena by three seconds.
McCann grabbed silver in the 1-mile challenge, running 5:38 to finish second to Mena's 5:24.
A quartet of local runners claimed age group championships at the Beat the Heat 5K. They were: (F45-49) Pamela McCann, Treasure Island, 24:24; (M55-59) Chuck McCann, Treasure Island, 27:34; (M60-64) Albert Wieringa, St. Petersburg, 19:37; (M65-69) Silky Sullivan, Seminole, 25:52.
Beat the Heat 5K was the first in a series of three races. The other dates are July 16 and Aug. 6. All races take place at E.L. Bing Park in Thonotosassa.
PICNIC ISLAND ADVENTURE RUN: A handful of local runners picked up age group victories at the Picnic Island Adventure Run in Tampa on June 17. Finishing first were: (F30-34) Whit Lasseter, Palm Harbor, 31:00; (F40-44) Debra Leverenz-Crawford, St. Petersburg, 33:12; (M50-54) Art Singleton, Palm Harbor, 30:12; (M60-64) Craig Phillips, Clearwater, 34:40; (M65-69) Jim Ullery, Palm Harbor, 54:45.
The Picnic Island Adventure Run was the second in a three-race summer series. The final race takes place July 15.
SWIMMING OPEN WATER NATIONALS: Clearwater Beach resident Rebecca Mann earned silver in the 5K at the USA Swimming Open Water Nationals in Fort Lauderdale on June 12. Mann, who moved to the area from Illinois and trains with the Clearwater Aquatic Team, was first in the 18 and under division.
Mann, 13, also placed 11th in the 10K competition.
NATIONAL SENIOR GAMES: Sandy Scott of Seminole won a national championship in the cycling 5K time trial in the 70- to 74-year-old age group at the National Senior Games in Houston on June 20.
Scott's time of 6:02.37 was tops out of the approximately 400 cyclists among all age groups and broke a national record that had stood since 1999.