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Young triathletes make most of summer competition

Young triathletes from the area continue to pile up race victories and age-group wins during competitions this summer.

Three Pinellas County triathletes topped their age division during Sunday's Youth Triathlon Series race in Tallahassee.

Seminole 9-year-old Erika Meya was the first female across the finish line for her age. She clocked in at 25 minutes and one second to win by 44 seconds.

Coleman Inglima of Clearwater finished in 23:42 to claim first place in the male 9-year-old division.

St. Petersburg's Jared Kanstoroom needed just 23:46 to take first place in the male 10-year-old age group.

Other notable performances came from Shannon Keelin of Clearwater, who came in fourth in the female 11-year-old division in 33:59, and Aaron Williams of Safety Harbor, who was third in the male 12-year old division after crossing the finish line in 30:33.

RUN 4 LIFE: St. Petersburg 15-year-old Elliot Traxler finished second overall at Saturday's River of Life's Run 4 Life 5K.

Traxler ran the course in 20 minutes, 16 seconds to earn silver. He was 43 seconds behind race champion Ian Ludden of Brandon, but 47 seconds ahead of third-place Brian Gallagher of Riverview (21:03).

Traxler was an age-group champion as well, topping the men's 15- to 19-year-old division.

The Run 4 Life 5K was held at Riverview High School in Riverview and had 207 finishers.

VENICE YMCA TRIATHLON: Arthur Halttunen of St. Petersburg was an age group winner at the Venice YMCA Triathlon on Saturday.

Halttunen completed the quarter-mile swim, 12.5-mile bike and 3.1-mile run course in one hour, 12 minutes and 12 seconds. Halttunen started strong, coming out of the water in six minutes and 55 seconds to establish a lengthy advantage through the first transition. He finished the bike in 36:46 and the run in 26:18 to complete a solid race from start to end.

Also of note, Brian Zaun of St. Petersburg placed third in the men's 35-39 group with a time of 1:08:14. Zaun was a little more than four minutes behind Venice's Joel Zalud, who topped the 35-39 division in 1:03:52.

St. Petersburg resident Tom Burgulis was third in the 65-69 group in 1:32:43.

FASTER WITH FITNITCHE 5K: Hunter McCann continues to add race victories to his ever-expanding resume.

Saturday, the Treasure Island 14-year-old traveled to Lakeland to compete in and win the Faster with Fitnitche 5K.

McCann's time was 17 minutes, 24 seconds. He led wire-to-wire and was nearly a full minute ahead of second place Tom Wodrich of Lakeland (18:36).

ST. PETE ROAD RUNNERS: Bill Mathews, the all-time winningest baseball coach in Eckerd College history, will be the featured speaker at the St. Pete Road Runners' monthly meeting on Thursday.

Mathews has been honored by the Sunshine State Conference as its coach of the year (1999), and he also served six years as a member of the NCAA Baseball Committee.

He picked up career win No. 437 in 2011 to become the Tritons' leader for all-time wins. Mathews enters his 22nd season as Eckerd's coach in 2012.

Currently, Mathews is the head coach of the Tampa Bay Rays summer baseball camp, which is attended annually by more than 1,500 bay area youths, and he is the Rays' official scorer. He holds international coaching experience as the former head coach of the Polish National Team and bench coach for the Swedish National Team.

The St. Pete Road Runners meet at the Hospice Administration Building on First Avenue S and 31st Street in St. Petersburg. Meetings are open to the general public.

.upcoming events

Sept. 17

• Crime Prevention Run and Family Festival 5K (free), 10 a.m., St. Petersburg,

• HCSO 5K Ranch Run, Temple Terrace Elementary School, or (813) 247-8115

Sept. 18

• Sand Key Lazy Daze Triathlon (⅛m/5m/2m), 7:30 a.m., Sand Key Park. Board shorts and bikinis, no aero gear allowed. Race divisions include challenged, college, Clydesdale (men over 200 lbs.) and Athena (women over 150 lbs.),

Sept. 24

• Miles for Hope cycle/run/walk 5K, 7:15 a.m., Coachman Park, Clearwater. Dual Challenge option adds a 25K ride after the run/walk, (727) 781-4673

Oct. 1

• Komen Florida Suncoast Race for the Cure, 1m/5K/10K, Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg,

Oct. 15

• Spartan Challenge 5K, 8 a.m., University of Tampa, Obstacles include tires, hay bales and net crawl

• Rattlesnake Run, 5K and 1-mile adventure runs, 8 a.m., San Antonio Restaurant,

Oct. 15

• Brooksville Cycling Classic, 8 a.m., multi-lap short-circuit course for various age groups and abilities, Liberty Street,

Oct. 16

• Brooksville Cycling Classic, 8 a.m., multi-lap race held on longer road course,

• Ace of Hearts 5K and 15K, 7:30 a.m., Del Oro Park, Clearwater,

• Longleaf Triathlon, 1.5k/37k/10k (international) or , 400m/15k/5k (sprint), 8 a.m., New Port Richey,

Oct. 22

• Suncoast triathlon (.33/10/3.1), 7 a.m., Fort De Soto Park, St. Petersburg,

Oct. 29

• Frankenfooter half-marathon and 5K, 7:30 a.m., Starkey Wilderness Park, New Port Richey,

Oct. 30

• Halloween Halfathon & 5K, Fort De Soto Park, Del Oro Park, Clearwater,,

Nov. 6

• Blue Moon half-marathon and 5K, 7:30 a.m., Pop Stansell Park, Palm Harbor,

Nov. 12

• Holiday Rotary 5K & 10K, 7:30 a.m., J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex,

Dec. 11

• Holiday Halfathon, Madeira Beach,

Young triathletes make most of summer competition 09/06/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 3:33pm]
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