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Youth trumps experience at Trever Miller's Mob 5K Run

Thirteen-year-old Alex Eaton, a student at the Canterbury School of Florida, beat out a slew of more experienced runners Saturday in Trever Miller's Mob 5K Run. The seventh-grader, a St. Petersburg resident, was the fastest female, finishing in 19:37.

Trey McDonald, 39 of St. Petersburg, was the overall winner in 18:09. Madeleine Zolfo, 44 of Treasure Island, was the women's master's champ, in 19:42. The grandmaster winner was Debra Donald, 50 of St. Petersburg, in 21:44.

Other local top male finishers included: (fourth) Jazz Buric, 27 of Largo, 19:24; (sixth) Chuck Stephens, 43 of St. Petersburg, 19:37; (seventh) Albert Wieringa, 62 of St. Petersburg, 20:02; (10th) Joe Burgasser, 70 of St. Petersburg, 20:48.

Top local female finishers included: (third) Melanie Wong, 20 of St. Petersburg, 21:39; (fourth) Debra Donald, 50 of St. Petersburg, 21:44; (fifth) Chris Simpson, 47 of St. Petersburg, 22:01; (sixth) Reva Moeller, 48 of Treasure Island, 22:10; (seventh) Christina Crowe, 31 of St. Petersburg, 22:52; (eighth) Melissa Cosser, 35 of Treasure Island, 24:03; (ninth) Stacey Endicott, 28 of St. Petersburg, 24:47; (10th) Michelle Kunitzer, 36 of St. Petersburg, 24:59.

Run Your Heart Out 5K

Seventeen-year-old Richard Allard of St. Petersburg won the Clearwater 5K on Saturday in 17:42.

Other top local male finishers included: (second) Anthony Melcher, 17 of Pinellas Park, 18:44; (third) Richard Allard, 46 of St. Petersburg, 19:30; (fourth) Jim Hummel, 48 of Tarpon Springs, 20:02; (fifth) Dave Dickson, 46 of Clearwater, 20:11; (sixth) Duncan Cameron, 66 of Palm Harbor, 20:13; (eighth) Heath Bukolt, 34 of Dunedin, 22:52; (10th) Fabian Gerard, 51 of Tarpon Springs, 23:12.

Leslie Stallings, a 46-year-old from Oldsmar, was first among the women with a time of 23:53. Among the top women were (fourth) Susan Hintze, 37 of Tarpon Springs, 25:39; (fifth) Cheryl Lapham, 47 of Safety Harbor, 26:17; (sixth) Cristin Buell, 26 of Seminole, 27:03; (ninth) Teresa Bodolay, 42 of Clearwater, 27:43.

Marathons in 50 states

Patricia Cunningham, a 1981 Northeast High graduate, completed her 54th marathon Jan. 25 when she finished the ING Miami Marathon. It marked the latest chapter in a running adventure that began in 2002 and took her to at least one 26.2-mile race in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Cunningham, 45, is a supervisor in the Miami Dade County school system, and ran her first marathon in Clearwater in 2002. She ran 14 in 2007, her busiest year.

Traveling triathlete

Joan Stolz, 47, of Tarpon Springs completed the St. Valentine's Day Triathlon in Clermont, sponsored by the National Training Center for Sports, Health and Fitness. She finished first in her age group (45-49), fourth overall among the women and 28th overall. Her time for the 400-yard swim, a 9-mile bike and 2-mile run was 57:23.

Rocky Raccoon

Three Pinellas County runners completed the Rocky Raccoon 100-mile foot race Feb. 7 in Huntsville, Texas. Noora Alidina, 52 of Clearwater, finished in 23 hours, two minutes; Judy Rowland, 47 of North Redington Beach, finished in 27:32; John Wood, 59 of Seminole, finished in 27:02.

Masters swimming

More than 180 swimmers from 36 teams competed at the Long Center in Clearwater on Valentine's Day weekend. Ron Collins of the St. Pete Masters won the high point award for the 45-49 age group by capturing first in four events: 200 breaststroke, 100 and 200 butterfly and 400 individual medley.

Sarah Swoch finished first in the women's 18-24 age group and won three individual events: 1,000 freestyle, 100 and 200 breaststroke. Sandy Steer, high point scorer in the 65-69 age group, won the 200 and 500 freestyle events. Paula Texel (35-39) placed first in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyles. Eric Herman (35-39) placed first in the 200 freestyle. Jessica Weinberg (18-24) won the 50 butterfly and the 100 and 200 individual medley events. Paul Scoville (50-54) took first in the 100 freestyle and the 50 breaststroke.

Other first-place finishers: Sharon Steinmann (50-54), 200 individual medley, Bob Beach (75-79), 1000 freestyle, and Alex Ramirez-Miller (80-84), 500 and 1,000-yard freestyle.

• St. Pete Masters will host its 39th Annual Short Course Yards Spring Championship meet March 27-29 at North Shore Pool. It is the longest continuous running masters meet in the world.

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up next


• Progressive Training Team, track workouts, 6:30 p.m., University of Tampa Track, Tampa. Contact Dror Vaknin (813) 846-5021,


• Chasco Challenge, run, walk, bike, 8 a.m., J.B. Starkey Park, New Port Richey. Call John Greco (888) 496-8004.

• Gaither Workout (for experienced bikers), 7:45 a.m., behind Lifestyle Family Fitness in Northdale, Tampa. Call Richard Johnson (813) 238-2464 or visit

• Gasparilla Distance Classic, 15K and 5K, 7:15 a.m., Downtown, Tampa. Call (813) 254-7866.

• Marathon Training, various group runs, 5:30 a.m., Downtown YMCA, Tampa. Contact Fred Vasconi (813) 222-1334,

• Stanley Breakfast Ride, 7:45 a.m., Seffner Elementary, 109 Cactus Road, Seffner. Contact Terry Farrell (813) 684-3503, or visit

• West Florida "Y" Runners Club, 6 a.m. at City Hall Plaza in Clearwater, 7 a.m. at John Chesnut Park in Palm Harbor. Call Michael Weiss (727) 644-7702 or visit


• Gasparilla Marathon, 13.1 miles relays, 6 a.m., Downtown, Tampa. Call (813) 254-7866 or visit

March 7

Belleair Classic Road Race, 5K and 10K, 7:30 a.m., Dimmitt Recreation Center on Ponce de Leon, Belleair. Visit,

• Strawberry Classic, 10K and 5K, 8 a.m., Temple Terrace Elementary School, Temple Terrace. Call Larry Olsen (813) 238-7226, (813) 695-3877.

• Zoo Zoom 5K, 7:30 a.m., Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa. Call (813) 935-8552, ext. 239.

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