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ST. ANTHONY'S WIN GOES DOWN TO WIRE

A $65,000 purse was on the line as a number of professional and amateur triathletes descended on downtown St. Petersburg for Sunday's St. Anthony's Triathlon.

Crossing the finish line first on the international distance course, which featured a 1.5-kilometer swim, 40K bike and 10K run, was Filip Ospaly, who nudged two-time St. Anthony's champion Matt Reed by 14 seconds.

Ospaly, a 35-year-old from the Czech Republic, completed the race in one hour, 41 minutes, 22 seconds.

Reed, 35 of Boulder, Colo., was second in 1:41:36.

Sarah Haskins of Colorado Springs, Colo., was the women's winner, edging Liz Blatchford by 39 seconds.

Haskins, 30, had a winning time of 1:52:28. Blatchford, 31 of Queensland, Australia, was second.

Kailand Cosgrove of Tarpon Springs won the women's elite amateur division in 2:01:06, crossing more than a minute and a half faster than her nearest competitor. Cosgrove, 20, was the top local female runner and managed to beat a couple of the professional women competing.

Nat Glackin, 28, of St. Petersburg, was the top men's runner locally after finishing in 1:55:09.

John Cornish of Palm Harbor was the top runner in the Clydesdale 50 and older age division. Cornish, 50, won by nearly four minutes after crossing the finish line in 2:21:51.

St. Petersburg's Savannah Dearden won the women's 15- to 19-year-old age group by nearly 14 minutes. Dearden, 17, finished with a time of 2:13:42.

Jennifer Sullivan, 46, of Safety Harbor, took first in the women's 45-49 group in a time of 2:18:39, winning by 30 seconds.

Larry Yost of Treasure Island was the men's 80-84 group champ after completing the race in 3:51:58.

The race had 3,124 finishers.

Local triathletes who finished second in their age group were: (Athena 30-39) Erin Westberg, Clearwater, 2:42:11; (F15-19) Kacy Seynders, Palm Harbor, 2:27:12; (M25-29) Vince Tenaglia, Clearwater, 2:00:43; (M45-49) John MacEdo, Clearwater, 2:03:18; (M50-54) Anders Heidemann, Largo, 2:06:56; (M55-59) Ron Murawsky, Clearwater, 2:16:29; (F60-64) Gail Lohman, St. Petersburg, 2:42:06; (M60-64) Arthur Halttunen, St. Petersburg, 2:14:03; (M70-74) Donald Ardell, St. Petersburg, 2:29:33.

Finishing third in their age group were: (Clydesdale 40-49) Ronald Wordon, Palm Harbor, 2:22:39; (F Char) Chelsea Fulford, St. Petersburg, 2:40:14; (F20-24) Amanda Bachman, St. Petersburg, 2:22:25; (F35-39) Amy Keener, Clearwater, 2:14:30; (F40-44) Jessica Koelsch, St. Petersburg, 2:16:19; (F45-49) Claudia Junqueira, St. Petersburg, 2:21:24; (F50-54) Roberta Klar, Clearwater, 2:24:28; (F65-69) Sandy Guenzel, Largo, 3:08:16; (M65-69) Chuck Lohman, St. Petersburg, 2:30:51.

In the relay division, the local team of Michael Drexler, Anthony Vasilas and Jessi Menzel took first in the coed competition after completing the race in 1:59:24.

Jeannie Lucas, Patti Spence and Tricia Moses combined to win the women's masters relay in a time of 2:17:46.

Sam Miller, Ted Bradley and Blake Arnold were the men's masters relay winners after crossing in 1:56:47.

MEEK AND MIGHTY TRIATHLON:Ava Sykes of Largo was the girls champion in the 7-10 at Saturday's Meek and Might Triathlon in St. Petersburg. The race had 605 finishers.

Ava, 9, completed the 100-yard swim, 3.6-mile bike and half-mile run in 20 minutes and 30 seconds.

Coleman Inglima, 9, of Clearwater, placed second in the boys race in a time of 20:06 and was tops locally.

Quinn Teeples of Cartersville, Ga., won the boys race after breaking the tape in 18:41.

For ages 11 and older, the triathlon course consisted of a 200-yard swim, 5.4-mile bike and 1-mile run. Age group winners from Pinellas County were: (F13) Summer Kanstoroom, St. Petersburg, 28:05; (M13) Mitch Irwin, Oldsmar, 27:24; (M15-19) Kyle Deschenes, Largo, 29:09; (F20-24) Allison Shirley, Largo, 31:12; (F30-34) Heather Anderson, St. Petersburg, 34:19; (M30-34) Christian Mills, St. Petersburg, 34:04; (F35-39) Annie Hayman, St. Petersburg, 26:36; (M35-39) Quinn Henderson, St. Petersburg, 38:06; (F40-44) Brodie Hislop, St. Petersburg, 33:48; (M40-44) John Nicely, Clearwater, 37:42; (M45-49) Terry Wright, Tierra Verde, 33:10; (M50-54) James Sheets, Largo, 28:15; (F60-64) Peg Atamian, St. Petersburg, 38:38; (M60-64) Greg Wey, St. Petersburg, 54:33; (F70-74) Sandy Steer, St. Petersburg, 50:51; (M70-74) Richard Nelson, St. Petersburg, 45:12; (F75-79) Mary Thomas, St. Petersburg, 53:17; (M80-84) Ronald Milne, St. Petersburg, 53:01.

- bburns@sptimes.com

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