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Fast pack churns out Gasparilla 15K record

A guy with two left feet could never win the Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K, and neither could a guy with two left shoes.

But that's what Phillimon Hanneck pulled out of his suitcase Friday night after arriving in Tampa. He mistakenly left his right running shoe at his home in El Paso, Texas.

So using a pair of training shoes he borrowed from the elite runner he shared a hotel room with, Hanneck won the Gasparilla with a course-record time of 42 minutes, 35 seconds.

And the roommate who loaned him the shoes? That just happened to be runner-up Jon Brown of Wales, who finished four seconds behind Hanneck in one of the most competitive Gasparilla races ever.

"I was a little bit upset," Hanneck said of the shoe snafu. "(His) shoes were kind of big for me. But I just said "It happened, there's nothing I can do.' "

The race wasn't decided until the last 400 meters when Hanneck pulled away from Brown and third-place finisher Ronaldo DeCosta of Brazil.

In the women's field, South African Elana Mayer made her American debut a successful one by easily defeating defending champion Carmen de Oliveira. An estimated 13,400 runners participated in the 17th annual event, which included a wheelchair division and a 5K competition.

Hanneck overcame his shoe shortcomings and a cold to earn the $10,000 first-place prize. He said he was sick with sinus problems and a cold on Friday, and complained of a headache after bolting across the finish line in a full sprint Saturday.

But none of those ailments detered the 22-year-old Zimbabwe native.

"Mentally, I didn't let it bug me," Hanneck said. "I was very sick yesterday, so I said this race would just be part of my training. I guess if I wasn't sick, I could have broke the world record (42:28)."

Hanneck's time was two seconds better than the previous record set by Mexico's Marcus Barretto, and one of the reasons was a blistering early pace set by a pack of runners on the Bayshore Boulevard course.

Kenyans Simon Karori and Joseph Machuka led early as a large pack covered the first 2 miles in 8:51. Machuka, a 19-year-old running for a group of green-clad Kenyans known as Team Stick, tried to break away early and had a five-second lead at the 5K mark, which a pack of 15 covered in a phenomenal 13:52.

Machuka came back to the pack shortly after the 4-mile mark. The next 2 miles were covered in 9:17, and still there were 14 runners on the pace. Hanneck and Brown, part of that pack, were running comfortably just behind the leaders.

"I didn't know how to run a 15K," said Hanneck, running in his first race at that distance. "I didn't know if the pace was right or bad. I just followed behind people. People didn't want to break away, I don't know why."

The pack didn't separate, but several elite performers failed to keep up. Six of the top 10 seeded runners had already fallen off the pace at the 6-mile mark. Two-time defending champion Valdenor Dos Santos, former winners Jon Halvorsen and Keith Brantly and eighth-seeded Alejandro Cruz were out of contention.

"We went through the 5K at 14 minutes and I knew all those guys wouldn't go through the 10K at 28," said Brown, a former Iowa State runner. "We were running a 4:30 pace and I was quite comfortable with that. I thought I would let people just drift way."

But few drifted. The pack of 14 went through the 10K mark at 28:20 with Machuka and Alfornce Mundi leading the way. At the 12K mark near Bayshore Boulevard and Howard Avenue, a prize-money pack of 10 had formed, and it was clear the race would come down to a sprint finish.

That favored runners like Hanneck and Brown who are accustomed to running shorter distances. Hanneck has a 5K personal best of 13:22 and was a 1992 Olympian in the 1,500 meters. Brown said he's primarily a track runner whose best events are the 5K and the 10,000 meters.

"It was very competitive," Brown said. "It showed how good the depth was and how good of shape the people were in. Everyone wanted to win this road race. It was the most competitive race I've ever been in."

With a mile left, DaCosta made his move but Brown and Hanneck followed. Brown tried to pull away but it was Hanneck who took the final lead and stormed home.

Given his obstacles, the performance was impressive, but Hanneck, a computer science student at Texas-El Paso taking 19 hours this semester, did not seem overjoyed.

"I'm happy about setting the course record, but if someone breaks the record next year, I'll still be happy," Hanneck said. "Running is like playing cards, you never know who's going to win. Now I'm going to go home and go rent a movie."

In other divisions, Martin Mondragon won the men's masters title with a time of 45:12, edging Nick Rose of England.

The Sports Unlimited Tampa Bay Cup, awarded to the first male finisher who is a full-time resident of Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk or Sarasota counties, went to Thomas Swierz of St. Petersburg, who produced a time of 49:13.

The People's Gas Florida Cup, given to to the first male Florida resident, went to Robin Rogers of Tallahassee. Prior winners of the two cups are not eligible.

Recent winners

Men

Year: Runner 15K time

1994: Phillimon Hanneck 42:35

1993: Valdenor Dos Santos 42:41

1992: Valdenor Dos Santos 43:10

1991: John Halvorsen 43:14

1990: John Halvorsen 43:25

Women

1994: Elana Mayer 48:11

1993: Carmen de Oliveira 49:03

1992: Wilma Van Onna 49:11

1991: Jill Hunter 49:00

1990: Judi St. Hilaire 49:26

Gasparilla results

Gasparilla 15K male

1. Phillimon Hannack, Zimbabwe, 0:42:35; 2. Jon Brown, Bridgand Wales, 0:42:39; 3. Ronaldo DaCosta, Brazil, 0:42:41; 4. Alfonce Huindi, Kenya, 0:42:43; 5. Luckatz Swartbooi, Namibia, 0:42:44; 6. Lazarus Nyakcraka, Kenya, 0:42:45; 7. Benjamin Paredes, Mexico, 0:42:45; 8. Jose Castillo, Peru, 0:42:51; 9. Joseph Machuka, Kenya, 0:42:56; 10. William Koech, Kenya, 0:43:12; 11. Dionicio Caron, Mexico, 0:43:16; 12. Godfrey Kiprotich, Kenya, 0:43:20; 13. Thomas Osano, Kenya, 0:43:22; 14. Andres Espinosa, Mexico, 0:43:24; 15. John Kagwe, Kenya, 0:43:49 16. Luis Dos Santos, Brazil, 0:43:54; 17. Kevin Brantly, Ormond Beach, 0:43:56; 18. Lameck Aguta, Kenya, 0:44:07; 19. Herder Vasquez, Colobia, 0:44:15; 20. Valdenor Dos Santos, Brazil, 0:44:18; 21. Simon Karori, Kenya, 0:44:26; 22. Phillip Langat, Kenya, 0:44:32, 23. Sammy Nyangincha, Kenya, 0:44:33; 24. Alejandro Cruz, Mexico, 0:44:54; 25. Delmir Dos Santos, Brazil, 0:44:57.

Gasparilla 15K female

1. Elana Meyer, South Africa, 0:48:11; 2. Carmen de Oliveira, Brazil, 0:48:38; 3. Anne Marie Letko, Glen Gardner, NJ, 0:48:43; 4. Colleen DeReuck, South Africa, 0:49:13; 5. Lisa Ondiski, Flagstaff, AR, 0:49:36; 6. Annette Peters, Eugene, OR, 0:49:44; 7. Laura Mykytok, Gainesville, 0:49:54; 8. Valentina Yegorova, Russia, 0:50:21; 9. Gitta Karlshoj, Denmark, 0:50:39; 10. Lisa Weidenbach Gig Harbor, WA, 0:50:57; 11. Nadia Prasad, France, 0:51:34; 12. Tatiana Zueva, Ukraine, 0:52:05; 13. Karolina Szabo Hungary, 0:52:15; 14. Silvana Paraira, Brazil, 0:52:18; 15. Wilma Van Onna, Netherlands, 0:52:31; 16. Judy Mercon, Clearwater, 0:54:50; 17. Bonnie Ramsdell, S. Pasadena, 0:54:59; 18. Mickey Kawohi, Boca Raton, 0:55:04; 19. Marilu Salazar, Peru, 0:55:22; 20. Sirje Eichelman, Boynton Beach, 0:55:57; 21. Louise Fairfax, Australia, 0:56:24; 22. Bethany Morse, North Port, 0:56:38; 23. Catherine Lempesis, Columbia, SC, 0:56:43; 24. Carol Virga, Delray Beach, 0:56:56; 25. Kimberly Bruce, Bradenton, 0:57:11.

Gasparila 15K wheelchair male

1. Paul Wiggins, Australia, 0:32:09; 2. Thomas Sellers, Ormond Beach, 0:32:09; 3. Philippe Couprie France, 0:32:10; 4. James Briggs, Champaign, IL, 0:32:10; 5. Jim Knaub, Long Beach, CA, 0:32:11; 6. Paul Nunnari, Australia, 0:32:11; 7. Bob Molinatti, Huntington Beach, 0:32:11; 8. Chad Guzman, La Quinta, CA, 0:32:11; 9. Jan Mattern, Arlington, TX, 0:32:12; 10. Eric Neitzel, San Diego, 0:32:12.

Gasparilla 15K wheelchair female

1. Louise Sauvage, Australia, 0:35:57; 2. Connie Hansen, Denmark, 0:36:46; 3. Jean Driscoll, Champaign, IL, 0:36:47; 4. Tanni Grey, England, 0:39:07; 5. Rose Hill, England, 0:40:16; 6. Ann Walters, Champaign, IL, 0:40:18; 7. Chantal Petitclerc, Canada, 0:43:21; 8. Diane Roy, Canada, 0:46:32; 9. LeAnn Shannon, Orange Park, 0:48:35; 10. Tracy Lewis, England, 0:48:40.

Gasparilla 5K male

1. Ronnie Holassie, Miami, 0:14:46; 2. Michael Meyer, South Africa, 0:15:16; 3. Gregory Green, Philadelphia, 0:15:19; 4. Rich Boatwick, Pitmon, NJ, 0:15:22; 5. Mark Tensing, Cincinnati, 0:15:32; 6. Patrick Samples, Carrollton, GA, 0:15:37; 7. Steve Souse, Portland, OR, 0:16:08; 8. Scott Griffith, Clearwater, 0:16:11; 9. Sean McManus, Hernando, 0:16:19; 10. Damian Wilson, Pensacola, 0:16:28; 11. Erik Lipham, Madeira Beach, 0:16:36; 12. Frank Bousack, Tampa, 0:16:41; 13. Eric Omdahl, Spring Hill, 0:16:43; 14. Mike Perry, Mount Tabor, NJ, 0:16:46; 15. Michael Cain, Ormond Beach, 0:16:47; 16. Mikolisa Ramkissoon, Largo, 0:16:54; 17. Eddie Hensley, Frostproof, 0:16:58; 18. Brian Lovshin, Canada, 0:17:01; 19. Gary Peters, Clearwater, 0:17:02; 20. Chad Fugere, Citrus Springs, 0:17:07.

Gasparilla 5K female

1. Susan Anderson, Tampa, 0:18:09; 2. Erin Giesa, Clearwater, 0:19:11, 3. Julie Weaver, Miami, 0:19:19; 4. Erica Thiemann, Palm Harbor, 0:19:27; 5. Jennifer Hoke, Tampa, 0:19:32; 6. Jacqueline Brace, Great Britain, 0:19:34; 7. Cynthia Raes-Barnard, North Lauderdale, 0:19:52; 8. Sharon White, Goldsboro, NC, 0:20:10; 9. Caroline Annis, Tampa, 0:20:32; 10. Dot Diclemante, St. Petersburg, 0:20:40; 11. Lori Diego, Ormond Beach 0:20:48, 12. Jeanni Cimino, Tampa, 0:20:57; 13. Tracy Montgomery Carrollton, GA, 0:21:12; 14. Sheryl Parez, Tampa, 0:21:23; 15. Kim Donaldson, St. Petersburg, 0:21:29. 16. Sue Macaulay, Brandon, 0:21:32; 17. Lisa Miller, St. Petersburg, 0:21:25; 18. Donna Strong, Tampa, 0:21:40; 19. Missy Loft, Indialantic, 0:21:48.

Gasparilla open team 15K

1. NationsBank, 2:40:32, (Chuck Lotz, Scott Gove, Gonzalo Gonzales, Anthony Pizzuti); 2. City of Tampa, 2:55:10, (Brad Baird, Alexander Awed, Jim Bledsoe, James Brewer); 3. GTE Data Services, 2:56:34, (Roy Prasad, Frederick Dorsey, William Salamun, James Wiley).

Gasparilla female team 15K

1. NationsBank, 3:01:28, (Lisa Kotha, Kim Kauls, Patricia Murphy, Susan Ostello); 2. Barnett Bank, 3:28:43, (Ruth Bunch, Ann Campbell-Haya, Elizabeth Hoppenjany, Emma Weisman); 3. GTE Data Services, 3:34:27, (Cristi Purpura, Rozanna Miller, Marte Kelly, Karen Nichols).

Gasparilla mixed team 15K

1. Barnett Bank, 2:59:40, (Hal Garyn, Scott Becker, Cindy Cook, William Penney); 2. GTE Fitness Center, 2:59:56, (Bonnie Ramsdell, James Babcock, Steve Wright, Veronica Lowry); 3. Tampa Electric Co., 3:01:19, (Andrew Hanson, Steve Cassidy, Gregory Kieniger, Robin Sessions).

Gasparilla masters team 15K

1. Delta Airlines, 2:51:01, (Wes Wessely, Tom O'Connor, Stan Yasuhare, David Abbott); 2. NationsBank, 2:58:27, (Randy Mandat, Richard Pattigrew, Mark Wellner, Joe Martin); 3. Tampa Electric Co., 3:06:11, (Joseph Thomas, Dennis Trosky, David Mickelson, Robert Wobkirk).

Age groups 15K male

(15-19) 1. Lazarus Nyakeraka, Kenya, 0:42:45; 2. Joseph Machuka, Kenya, 0:42:56; 3. Stanley Kimutai, Kenya, 0:46:43; 4. Sean Mather, Gainesville, 0:50:22. (20-24) 1. Phillimon Hannack, Zimbabwe, 0:42:35; 2. Jon Brown, Wales, 0:42:39; 3. Ronaldo DaCosta, Brazil, 0:42:41; 4. Alfonce Huindi, Kenya, 0:42:43; 5. Thomas Osano, Kenya, 0:43:22. (25-29) 1. Luckatz Swartbooi, Namibia, 0:42:44; 2. Dionicio Caron, Mexico, 0:43:16; 3. Godfrey Kiprotich, Kenya, 0:43:20; 4. Luis Dos Santos, Brazil, 0:43:54; 5. Herder Vasquez, Colombia, 0:44:15. (30-34) 1. Benjamin Paredes, Mexico, 0:42:45; 2. William Koech, Kenya, 0:43:12; 3. Andres Espinosa, Mexico, 0:43:28; 4. Kevin Brantly, Ormond Beach, 0:43:56; 5. Simon Karori, Kenya, 0:44:28.

(35-39) 1. Jose Castillo, Peru, 0:42:51; 2. Steve Jones, Wales, 0:45:57; 3. John Kotyk, Oviedo, 0:48:42; 4. Lester Wyborny, Ann Arbor, MI, 0:51:13; 5. Bill Bustin, MacDill, 0:52:28. (40-44) 1. Martin Mondragon, Mexico, 0:45:12; 2. Nick Rose, England, 0:45:24; 3. Pierre Lavisse, France, 0:45:36; 4. Manuel Vera, Mexico, 0:47:20; 5. Joseph Nzau, Kenya, 0:48:00. (45-49) 1. Hector Chavez, Mexico, 0:50:41; 2. Wes Wessely, Lilburn, GA, 0:53:27; 3. David Bowden, Tampa, 0:54:45; 4. Tom O'Connor, Smyrna, GA, 0:54:47; 5. James Keppeler, Clearwater, 0:54:57. (50-54) 1. Francisco Martinez, Mexico, 0:51:42; 2. Peter Scott, Clearwater, 0:56:24; 3. Dennis Featherstone, Canada, 0:56:58; 4. Bill Springer, Fort Lauderdale, 0:57:19; 5. Matt Cucchiara, Fort Lauderdale, 0:57:49. (55-59) 1. Joe Burgasser, St. Petersburg, 0:54:13; 2. Don Ardell, Orlando, 0:56:22; 3. Jim Larson, Tampa, 0:59:08; 4. Dick Ruzicka, St. Petersburg, 1:00:11; 5. Fred Fiala, Sarasota, 1:03:02.

(60-64) 1. Norm Green, Wayne, PA, 0:55:49; 2. David Long, Chuluota, 0:59:37; 3. Frank Robinson, Louisville, KY, 1:00:30; 4. Jack Taylor, Tampa, 1:03:02; 5. Jim Blount, Winter Park, 1:03:42. (65-69) 1. Myron Meyer, N. Fort Meyers, 1:03:26; 2. Bill Fortune, Pearl River, NY, 1:06:16; 3. Jack Haar, New York, 1:09:12; 4. Emry Jewell, Tampa, 1:11:25; 5. Don Kureger, Sarasota, 1:12:28. (70 plus) 1. Millard Shumate, Tampa, 1:16:07; 2. Charles Lasley, Belleir, 1:17:14; 3. Gordon Johnson, Dundee, 1:17:56.

Age groups 15K female

(15-19) 1. Gina Bowden, Brooksville, 0:58:52; 2. Stephanie Santoro, Tampa, 1:06:22; 3. Alison Cafiero, Sarasota, 1:07:35; 4. Susan Joy, Port Orange, 1:08:43; 5. Holley Cooper, Greensville, SC, 1:11:13. (20-24) 1. Anne Letko, Glenn Gardner, NJ, 0:48:43; 2. Kim Kauls, Charlotte, NC, 0:59:39; 3. Jennifer Earnholth, Lakeland, 1:04:56, 4. Patricia Danneer, Temple Terrace, 1:05:42; 5. Susan Steakley, Lutz, 1:06:26. (25-29) 1. Elana Meyer, South Africa, 0:48:11; 2. Carmen de Oliveira, Brazil, 0:48:38; 3. Colleen DeReuck, South Africa, 0:49:13; 4. Annette Peters, Eugene, OR, 0:49:44; 5. Nadia Prasod, France, 0:51:34.

(30-34) 1. Lisa Ondiski, Flagstaff, AR, 0:49:36; 2. Valentina Yegorova, Russia, 0:51:21; 3. Gitte Karlshoj, Denmark, 0:50:39; 4. Lisa Weidenbach, Gig Harbor, WA, 0:50:57, 5. Marilu Salazar, Peru, 0:55:22. (35-39) 1. Tatiana Zueva, Ukraine, 0:52:05; 2. Judy Mercon, Clearwater, 0:54:50; 3. Sirje Eichelman, Boynton Beach, 0:55:57; 4. Nancy Marquette, Minneapolis, 0:57:50; 5. Tina Pontoni, Sarasota, 0:59:31. (40-44) 1. Louise Fairfax, Australia, 0:56:24; 2. Catherine Lemesis, Columbia, SC, 0:56:43; 3. Carol Viga, Delray Beach, 0:56:56; 4. Karen Miles, Fort Myers, 0:57:57; 5. Susan Given, Roanoke, VA, 0:59:14. (45-49) 1. Barbara Evers, Jacksonville, 1:04:40; 2. Vickey Imes, St. Petersburg Beach, 1:06:07; 3. Carrol Friedland, Brooksville, 1:06:07; 4. Ruth Bunch, Jacksonville, 1:07:36; 5. Carrol Vosburgh, Seminole, 1:08:30.

(50-54) 1. Susan Isbell, Tampa, 1:06:51; 2. Judy Powell, Crystal River, 1:10:01; 3. Lerone Rupert, Tampa, 1:11:06; 4. Donna Hiatt, Daytona Beach, 1:11:43; 5. Ginger Herring, St. Petersburg, 1:12:17. (55-59) 1. Wen-shi Yu, Kew Gardens, NY, 1:09:21; 2. Elenor Canty, Fairfax, VA, 1:16:25. (65-69) 1. Whayong Semer, Freemont, OH, 1:13:14; 2. Doris Aronson, Venice, 1:15:19; 3. Margretta Lutz, Saxonburg, PA, 1:15:30.

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