Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Lutz man, Wisconsin woman win Gasparilla Distance Classic 8K

TAMPA— Holly Ochs, a 30-year-old from Milwaukee, flew to Florida for a vacation with a friend who wanted a running partner.

Sunday she left Tampa for Miami with a course record and first-place finish in the final race of the Gasparilla Distance Classic, the 8K.

"I was thinking I should just stay with them," Ochs said of the other women at the starting line. "But then I realized I could go faster, so I did."

Ochs, who ran at Wisconsin-Whitewater, also set a personal record with her time, 30 minutes, and was the 10th-fastest finisher overall.

Jacki Wachtel, 32, of New Port Richey, finished second in the women's race at 31:20, and Bradenton's Rae Ann Darling Reed, 38, was third (34).

Ochs' running buddy, Ted Shue of Glendale, Wis., ran in all four weekend races (15K, 5K, half marathon and 5K) and came in 17th in the 8K in 32:02.

Lutz's Oscar Orozco, 23, finished first overall with a time of 26:42, also a course record. The Leto graduate and USF junior, who said he wasn't fast enough to be recruited out of high school and now runs with a club team, set a personal record in Saturday's 15K as well.

"I kind of buried myself in Saturday's race and let it all out on the road and tried to just do the best I could (Sunday)," he said.

"I was thinking about just going out with just with the lead pack and trying to conserve. I felt pretty good, took it out, ran my own race and pushed the pace."

Dan Monteau, 48, of Gainesville, finished second in 27:37, and St. Petersburg's Nat Glackin, 29, came in third at 28:10.

Lutz man, Wisconsin woman win Gasparilla Distance Classic 8K 03/04/12 [Last modified: Sunday, March 4, 2012 10:18pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. For starters: Rays vs. Angels and Trout, with Odorizzi on mound

    Blogs

    After losing Sunday's game but winning a third straight series, the Rays open a four-game series tonight against the Angels and Mike Trout.

    RHP Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays, RHP J.C. Ramirez for the Angels.

    Evan Longoria is getting a DH day, so the Rays have rookie Daniel …

    Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays.
  2. Lightning's Swedes live their dream in Worlds

    Blogs

    You could see it in his face.

    Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman screamed as he hoisted the World Championship trophy Sunday afternoon in Cologne, Germany, and it looked like an exhale that was years in the making. Stralman kissed the forehead of Swedish teammate Joel Lundqvist, the joy unmistakable.

  3. Starting at top: O.J. Howard becomes first Bucs rookie to sign

    Blogs

    The Bucs have begun the process of signing their rookie draft picks and they started at the top.

    Alabama tight end O.J. Howard has signed a four-year contract with a fifth-year club option with the Bucs.
  4. Hey, somebody really ought to write about this Aaron Judge guy

    Blogs

    He can catch, too.

    It's no tall tale.

    Aaron Judge, The Amazing Colossal Man, has come and gone, but not before he stunned the Rays with a diving, game-saving catch in the sixth inning of Yankees 3-2 win Sunday at Tropicana Field. The 6-foot-7, 282-pound Judge robbed Evan Longoria of an RBI double and helped …

    Aaron Judge stunned the Rays with a diving, game-saving catch in the sixth inning of Yankees 3-2 win Sunday at Tropicana Field.
  5. FSU, Gators, USF and Miami all in Athlon preseason top 25

    Blogs

    The college football preseason magazines are trickling in, as our Joey Knight wrote earlier.