Area women win local road races

By wire services
Published April 2, 2006

A woman as the overall winner of a road race is rare.

On Saturday, it occurred twice in the bay area.

Jacki Wachtel, 26, of Tarpon Springs led all the way, winning the Rally to Remember 5K in New Port Richey in 18 minutes, 14 seconds over a mixed field of 92. Dave Hoock49, of Jacksonville was second on 19:19.

At the Temple Terrace 10K Road Race, Christa Benton, 22, a former All-American at the University of South Florida, ran a 6-minute per-mile pace to win in 37:19. David Delong, 48, of Tampa was the runnerup in 38:25 among a field of 65.

- DAVE THEALL, Times correspondent U.S. tips Irish in thriller

Pete Fenson drilled the winning point as the U.S. defeated Ireland 6-5 in extra ends in Draw Two of the Men's World Curling Championships in Lowell, Mass. The teams were tied 5-5 after 10 ends. It was the first match of the tournament for the U.S.

In other matches, Switzerland beat Germany 9-4, Japan defeated Denmark 8-6 and Finland edged Norway 8-7.


BOXING: Sherman Williams scored a third round knockout over David Na'il to win the NBA World Heavyweight Title late Friday night in Tampa. In other matches, IBO and NABA world champion Stevie Johnston stopped Roberto Ortega at 2:21 of the fifth round; William Guthrie won a four round decision over Vince Harris; Alfredo Escalera Jr. stopped Joe Johnson in the third round; and Antwone Smith knocked out Jesse Freancisco at 46 seconds of the first round.

NFL EUROPE: Former Florida State kicker Xavier Beitia kicked a 27-yard field goal with 6 seconds left in regulation to help the Berlin Thunder tie the Hamburg Sea Devils 17-17.

SOCCER: Kenny Cooper's first MLS goal gave host FC Dallas a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Fire in the first game of the league's season.

SYNCHRONIZED SKATING: Finland's A team, known as Marigold Ice Unity, placed first in the short program and free skating, collecting 197.29 points, and won the gold medal in the world championships in Prague, Czech Republic. Defending champion Sweden's A team, known as Surprise, finished second with 188.57 points. Finland's B team was third with 180.32 points. The United States' A team was fourth, with Russia fifth.

YACHTING: American skipper John Kostecki has replaced Britain's Neal McDonald as skipper aboard Ericsson Racing Team's 70-foot sloop, which is last among six boats heading into today's 5,000-mile Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Rio de Janeiro to Baltimore. The Dutch boat ABN AMRO ONE leads the competition.

TODAY ON TV: Bowling, PBA Great Lakes Classic, 1, ESPN.