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    Kaye outlasts competition in tight races

    By DAVE THEALL
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published January 31, 2002

    St. Petersburg's Kathy Kaye, 43, has won two races by narrow margins the past two weekends.

    Kaye, a member of the St. Pete Mad Dogs triathlon club, eked out a three-second margin in the 10K event held in conjunction with the Gulf Beaches Marathon. She won in 40 minutes, 51 seconds and was followed by Linda Gabor of Clearwater.

    Then Saturday on a hilly course outside Brooksville, Kaye won the women's division in the Flatlanders Challenge 10K.

    After going back and forth with Jennifer Schmidt of Inverness during the early part of the race, Kaye pulled away for a 43:18 finish. Schmidt was second, 43:31.

    "She (Schmidt) was a stronger downhill runner than I was, so that's where she closed on me," said Kaye, who works in accounting and analysis for CIGNA Health Care.

    "It was a hard race. There were times when my muscles were tightening up that I was thinking I might have to stop, but I never did.

    "I was lucky to win both races because a lot has to do with who shows up," Kaye said.

    "If I had run the Ybor City race (5K) on Friday night, I never would have beaten Donna Nesslar (18:41), Loretta Simeon or Jeanne Lesniak. But I wanted to run a longer race, the 10K, to get ready for Gasparilla."

    Kaye placed 35th (1:03:45) in Gasparilla last year. This year, she thinks she can improve that time -- perhaps getting under 1:01.

    "It's not realistic for me to think about breaking an hour," Kaye said.

    "I only broke 40 (minutes) once last year, at December's Hidden River Classic, so it's not likely that I'll break an hour. I just hope it's a cold day; the weather is the main factor at Gasparilla."

    MORE RESULTS: Clermont's Peaty Nokomis won the men's division in Flatlanders in 35:27, two minutes slower than Mike Greiwe's winning time last year.

    Pinellas age-group winners included Victor Yeager of Dunedin, 40-44; Dennis Gatto, South Pasadena, 65-69; and Bonnie Theall, Dunedin, 55-59.

    Greiwe, a second-year medical student at the University of South Florida, out-kicked Kevin Lyons of Palm Harbor to win the Run For The Shelter 5K at Ybor City on Friday night.

    Greiwe, a pre-race favorite at Gasparilla, won at Ybor in 15:21. Lyons, 16, ran a personal-record 15:34. Steve Justo took third in 16:49, a tick ahead of Seminole's Brian Scott.

    NAPLES HALF MARATHON: With $15,000 in prize money on the line, the Road Runners Club of America's state championship event drew a strong field.

    Two Olympic marathoners, both 35 and from Madison, Wis., finished first and second.

    Rod DeHaven, the only Olympic marathon qualifier from the United States in 2000, won in 1:04:38. Mark Coogan trailed in 1:05:16. Coogan ran the Atlanta Olympic marathon in 1996.

    Tony Teats of Oldsmar was the first local finisher, 12th in 1:09:17.

    St. Petersburg's Joe Burgasser won the 60-plus division in 1:24:10, good for 65th in a field of 1,700.

    Other noteworthy area men were Admiral Farragut's John Biffar in 27th, Steve Wilcox, 28th; Dan Ecker, 34th; and Jim Burgasser, 51st.

    Bill Riley, a winter resident from Massachusetts, won the 65-69 division. Al Treichel of Spring Hill captured the 70-plus title.

    Clearwater's Jim Larson took the fifth-place award for the 65-69 group.

    Despite stomach problems, Christy Phillips of St. Petersburg put on a burst to grab 11th in a star-studded field dominated by Russian women.

    Phillips finished in 1:22:10, just 15 seconds off her personal best. She was third in the 35-39 division.

    Ramilia Burangeulova, 40, who trains in Gainesville during the winter, won and placed 22nd overall in 1:14:08. She captured the title last year and was the winner of December's Holiday Classic 10K in Clearwater.

    Other Pinellas women include the 45-49 second-place performance (1:29:58) of Mary Ann Protz, who was followed by Denise Skinner in third in 1:30:25.

    Lisa Kothe (1:37:19) took fifth, 40-44, and Erin Lynch was timed in 1:38:33. Ginger Herring, 59, ran 2:06:58, and Lizzie McLain, 12, was fourth in her division, which included runners as old as 18.

    Complete results can be found online, www.naplesnews.com.

    MARATHON RECAP: The members of the first relay team in the Jan. 20 Gulf Beaches Marathon were Mike Ferreira and Sandy Shelton of the Forerunners Club. They ran 2:54:31.

    Close behind were Judy Maguire and Darrell Edrich of the Dianetics Team (2:55:06). They won the coed masters division.

    Kim Donaldson and Karen Alexeev (3:17:14) were third in female masters, well ahead of the first men's squad.

    COMING UP: Gasparilla will have the 13 runners who have competed in all 24 races for the 25th anniversary event Feb. 9.

    They will stay at the nearby Hyatt Hotel the night before.

    The group includes Lewis Harris of Palm Harbor and Tampa's Dorothy Laker. Other Tampa invitees are Millard Shumate, who is 81; Stu Carrier, Pete Crellin, George McConnell, G. Weiland Rodgers, Ken Clark, Mike Shaver, Gus Mejia and Tom Singletary. There also is Allen Vess of San Antonio and Lakeland's Rob Mason. GASPARILLA REMINDER: The pre-race pasta dinner, hosted by Carabba's Italian Grill, is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Tampa Convention Center parking garage.

    The races start earlier this year. The 15K is at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K at 10.

    SCHEDULE CONFLICT: Lyons, the Times 2001 Pinellas Cross Country Runner of the Year, will miss Gasparilla because he's been invited to an indoor track meet the same day at the University of Nebraska.

    He finished second to Berkeley Prep's Rolf Steier in the Gasparilla 5K last year.

    Lyons, a junior at Clearwater Central Catholic, has been recognized by USA Track & Field as the No. 3 junior road runner for age 15 for 2001. His ranking is based on his Edison Festival of Light 5K time of 15:48 in February.

    Christa Benton was a Keswick Christian senior in February when she ran 58:46 at Gasparilla. That earned her third among girls 17. And Melissa Kotchman of Indian Rocks Christian is fourth, age 13, based on her 18:29 in April's Draft Day 5K. The USATF publication that lists the top juniors, On The Road, also names the nation's top road runners for 2001.

    The men's award went to Meb Keflezighi. He broke the American 10K record with a 27:13.98 at Stanford in May.

    Women's winner Deena Drossin won the national championship for 15K in Jacksonville in March and set an American first-time marathon record of 2:26:58 in last fall's New York City Marathon.

    This year's Gate River Run in Jacksonville will be March 9.

    For registration information, go online to www.firstplacesports@mindspring.com.

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