Jim Knaub of Long Beach, Calif., barely held onto first place in a furious sprint to the finish line of the 9.3-mile wheelchair race. His time of 32 minutes, 21.10 seconds established a Gasparilla record.
Mustapha Badid of France was a split second behind in 32:21.79 as the first 10 finished within five seconds of each other. Last year's winner, Doug Kennedy of Alabama, was 10th this year in 32:26. There were 100 racers who competed on a new course.
Connie Hansen, 27, of Denmark, repeated as women's champion, finishing in 37:40, a minute under last year's time.
"I actually preferred last year's course, because it had some hills in it and that tends to spread the athletes out more," said Hansen, who took the lead at the turnaround point on Bayshore Boulevard. "I didn't plan to take the lead there, but it's a good spot because you can see if others are going to try to stay with you."
Danielle Jutzeler of Canada was second in 38:35, followed by DeAnna Sodoma of California.
In the division for quadriplegics, Wiley Clark dethroned last year's winner, Clayton Gerein, by 1.75 seconds in 39:48.
Rupert wins battle in 5K
Tyson Rupert of Atlanta dueled with Gary Peters of St. Petersburg over the last 400 meters of the men's 5K before surging to a win in 15:19.
Peters, who was coming off a 2:21 marathon in Las Vegas two weeks ago, held back during the first two miles, letting a pack of five set the pace. He built a lead on Rupert, Ronnie Holassie of Miami and Tim Patrick of Tampa and appeared strong enough to carry it through, but Rupert had another gear.
"When I see the finish line, I can usually kick in," said Rupert, a 1983 graduate of Tampa Jesuit High. "I just tried to stay with him as long as possible."
Jenny Glapinski, from Atlanta, finished 27th overall and first in the women's division of the 5K. Her time was 17:48. Loretta Simeon of Tampa placed second (18:01), followed by Sue Malloy of Wellington in 18:23.
Rose sets masters record in 15K
Englishman Nick Rose, 40, ran a world-best time of 44:28 _ a 4:46 mile pace _ in the 15K masters division. The previous record (44:44) was held by Artemio Navaro of Mexico, set at the Cascade Runoff in Oregon last June.
Rose is a former NCAA cross-country champion at Western Kentucky. His margin of victory was one second over Manuel Vera of Mexico. Rodolfo Gomez, a former Olympic marathoner from Mexico, took third in 47:42.
Priscilla Welch of England and Boulder, Colo., repeated as the women's masters winner in 53:45.
"I'm just getting back into it after getting burned out toward the end of last year," said Welch, 47, who won the New York City Marathon in 1987. "I've got the endurance now but not the speed."
Nancy Grayson of Columbia, S.C., placed second in the masters division in 54:08, followed by Carol Virga (55:41) of Boca Raton.
Prize money of $1,000, $500 and $250 went to the top three masters men and women.
Jarnagin, UF's Vaknin win Florida Cup
In competition among full-time Florida residents, University of Florida assistant cross-country coach Dror Vaknin won in 45:39 (36th overall). Tom Sweirsz of St. Petersburg was second in 48:14.
The women's winner was Barbara Jarnagin of Clearwater. She won (54:12) by a second over Judy Mercon, also of Clearwater.
Former cup winners, such as Lisa Vaill of Brooksville, who clocked 52:20, were not eligible for the winner's award, a trip to the Crescent City Classic in New Orleans.