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USF's Quinn picks up the pace


© St. Petersburg Times, published April 13, 2003

TAMPA -- When University of South Florida senior Tara Quinn hit the mile mark of the RYKA Take Fitness to Heart 10K in 5:25, she was not alone.

At her side was Tampa's Lara Shaw, running stride-for-stride.

Again at Mile 2, the front-runners were shoulder to shoulder in 11:04. But in the third mile, Quinn took the lead and went on to cross the finish line on the track at Pepin/Rood Stadium in 35:33.

"Actually, I wish (Shaw) had stayed with me longer," said Quinn, 23, winner of the women's Penn Relays 10K last April in a personal-record 33:37. "But if it had come down to the end, I had something left to kick in."

Quinn, from Waterdown, Ontario, made her move on the downside of the North Boulevard Bridge.

She covered 3 miles in 17 minutes and four in 22:35 en route to her second Ryka series win. In November she won the Ryka 5K in 16:56.

Shaw, who finished in 36:36, said she entered the race because she had not run a 10K in a while. She was fifth in January's Gasparilla 15K.

"I couldn't stay with her on the downhills; she's really good," Shaw, 30, said of Quinn. "This race is good for my training toward the Gulf Coast Triathlon next month and ultimately, the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii in October."

Jacki Waller of Tarpon Springs was third in 38:45, followed by Boston Marathon-bound Lisa Valentine (39:45) of Tierra Verde and Loretta Simeon (40:02), also of Tarpon Springs.

Twelve-year-old Brigithe Moreno of Tampa led the 5K event all the way to win in 19:22.

Her time was a significant improvement over her 20:09 to finish 10th in January's Gasparilla 5K.

Tampa's Stella Valitutto (21:59) was second, followed by Kattie Horn (22:03) of Lutz.

TRIATHLON: Marc Bonnet-Eymard of Orlando won the 17th annual Escape From Fort DeSoto in 53 minutes, 16 seconds. St. Petersburg native Brianne Harrington, who trains in Clermont, was the top female finisher in 1:02:28.

Clyde Ball of Tampa won the Master division for athletes 40 and older with a time of 58:04, and Tampa's Linda Musante finished second among the women in 1:03:25 to win the women's Master division.

More than 700 triathletes participated in the tuneup for the St. Anthony's Triathlon, completing a half-mile swim, 11-mile bike and 3.1-mile run.

SEMINOLE STAMPEDE: Kyle Groh, 8, of St. Petersburg won the mile event in Walsingham Park for the second year in a row. The second-grader at St. Jude's Elementary finished in 7:02.

-- Times correspondent Jessica Fish contributed to this report.

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