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Cayll-Skiles stays on run

© St. Petersburg Times
published December 22, 2002

It isn't often a runner competes in back-to-back road races on a weekend.

What particularly is significant is that Largo's Dianne Cayll-Skiles, 41, finished as the fourth woman in last Saturday's Lansbrook 5K and fifth in Sunday's Gulf Beaches Halfathon, a winding 13.1-mile run from Madeira Beach to Largo's Taylor Park.

In both, Cayll-Skiles won awards as the first masters division (40-plus) woman. However, women in the same category placed among the top three overall and were not scored in the masters class.

"I only intended to do the half marathon as a training run toward Gasparilla since I planned to do 13 Sunday anyway," said Cayll-Skiles, a West Florida Y Runners Club member.

"However, that morning I decided to put some effort into it, although I felt a little sore from doing the 5K the day before," she said.

NOTES: Amy McClenathan, 43, of the Forerunners Club finished third (19:17) in the Lansbrook Classic. ... In Sunday's Halfathon, Forerunners Lisa Valentine and Kim Donaldson, both masters, placed second and third, respectively. ... Dunedin's Victor Yeager won (17:57) the Lansbrook masters division and was fourth overall. Clearwater's Jim Keppeler posted a winning time in the 50-54 group, 18:47, which was faster than the 45-49 performance. Similarly, Colman Mooney and Duncan Cameron, 1-2 finishers in 60-64, had better times than 55-59 winner David Colpitts. The pattern held up in the women's 50-54 class, in which Gulfport's Karen Alexeev won with a 22:14 performance.

YOUTH MOVEMENT: Kevin Lyons, a Clearwater Catholic senior, and Jeff Masterson, a Mitchell High School sophomore, locked horns in the Foot Locker South Regional prep cross country meet in Charlotte, N.C., on Nov. 30. Lyons was coming off a runner-up showing in the Class 2A state meet. Masterson, third in 3A, was the Sunshine Conference Runner of the Year. They crossed the Foot Locker finish line neck-and-neck, with officials initially declaring Masterson barely ahead. But, to his credit, he insisted Lyons out-leaned him for 27th. Lyons was given a time of 15:38.75, and Masterson was a fraction of a second slower. Tallahassee's Ryan Deak, runner-up to Tony Teats in July's Midnight Run in Dunedin, placed third (14:58) in Charlotte to advance to the Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego. There, Florida's Class A champion finished 12th in 15:20. ON THE ROAD: Coach Joe Burgasser ventured west for the California International Marathon. He finished 89th in 2:54:36. His winning time in the 60-64 age group was the best ever in the event's division and the fastest for an American this year. ... Duncan Cameron ran the Seattle Marathon on his 60th birthday on Nov. 24. What looked promising at the halfway point -- a 1 hour, 31-minute start -- turned sour with painful hamstrings and resulted in a 3:33 performance. ... Treasure Island's Chuck McCann competed in the Reggae (Jamaica) Half Marathon on Dec. 7, his 51st birthday. He took third (1:42:30) in his age division. ... At the Florida Senior Games in Lakeland, Clearwater's Jim Larson qualified in five events for next year's national competition. He won the 65-69 group's 10K in 46:38, placed second (21:59) in the 5K, and was a silver medalist in the 1,500 and 800 on the track. He also qualified in the triathlon.

JACKSONVILLE MARATHON: Forerunner Jim Duncan ran a personal-record 2:47:13. Erin Lynch crossed in 3:29:04.

LOCALLY: Palm Harbor's Tom Hoffman, 38, overtook Bennett Andrews, 13, at the 3-mile mark of the December Dash 5K at Countryside Country Club. The move secured the victory for Hoffman. He won by 3 seconds in 19:35. Vicky Greenwood, 45, of Trinity took the women's crown in 21:29. ... A 2002 Turkey Trot winner and runner-up captured first in the Lansbrook Lakefront Classic. Stepping down from the 10K, Clearwater's Vicki Stum won the women's championship in 18:21, 30 seconds ahead of New Port Richey's Jacki Waller. Teats went through the men's mile in 5 minutes, hoping for a 15:30 performance. But without anyone pushing him, Teats backed off for an easy 16:01 win. Danny Ayers, a River Ridge High standout who will run for USF next fall, placed second (17:29).

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