St. Petersburg Times Online: Sports
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather

printer version

McManus, Schmidtput rest to good use

Sean McManus and Jennifer Schmidt cut back on their training and it pays off with a victory.


© St. Petersburg Times,
published July 8, 2001

INVERNESS -- At Saturday's inaugural Citrus Summer Showdown, fresh legs prevailed.

After graduating from Notre Dame in May, Sean McManus didn't run for five weeks. After competing in her first Boston Marathon in April, Jennifer Schmidt cut her training schedule in half.

All that rest paid big dividends for both.

McManus, a former cross-country and track star at Lecanto High, finished the 3-mile course at Whispering Pines Park in 15 minutes, 23 seconds to beat 117 runners and claim the title. Schmidt, a 31-year-old from Inverness, was the women's champion (20:12).

"I ran well," McManus said. "It was a decent time."

Neither winner is a stranger to success.

McManus won a state cross-country title as a high school junior and was a two-time state champ in the 3,200. He spent the past five years at Notre Dame, where he earned All-Big East honors as a junior. A lower back injury slowed McManus his senior season, and he figured that some time off from running would so some good.

"I read about (the race) in the paper," McManus said. "I run out (at Whispering Pines Park) two days a week and some of the guys I run with talked me into racing."

McManus defeated a strong field. Ocala's Ryan Ripley, a standout runner at Belleview High, finished second, four seconds back. Daniel Martin, one of several runners to make the five-hour drive from the metro-Miami area, was third at 15:38, followed by Florida's Cory Presnick (15:46), a former Citrus High standout.

"Ryan (Ripley) led for about the first mile and a half, but I was content to run my pace," McManus said. "He slowed up at about the halfway point, but he never fell more than five or six seconds back. I started watching for him to pull up beside me with a quarter-mile left."

But Ripley never did.

Schmidt, who placed 209th in the women's division at this year's Boston Marathon, never was seriously challenged. While training for the marathon, she ran two to three times a day. Schmidt now runs six times a week.

"I was wondering how hard the competition would be," Schmidt said. "I'm happy. I like to win. I started fast because I didn't want somebody to go back and forth with."

Schmidt's closest competitor was 33-year-old Deirdre Byrne of Crystal River, who finished in 21:27. Karen Tyler of Hernando was third (21:36).

"I don't know (Schmidt) well," Byrne said, "but I know she's a good runner."

Citrus Summer Showdown

(3 miles at Whispering Pines Park)

MEN: 1. Sean McManus, Lecanto, 15:23

2. Ryan Ripley, Ocala, 15:27

3. Daniel Martin, Hialeah, 15:38

4. Cory Presnick, Inverness, 15:46

5. Vinny Ambrico, Alta. Springs, 15:58

6. Kevin Lyons, Palm Harbor, 16:07

7. Alex Brutvan, Boca Raton, 16:09

8. Jaime Calzada, Miami, 16:10

9. Jordan Adler, Miami, 16:12

10. Daniel Daly, Boca Raton, 16:14

WOMEN: 1. Jennifer Schmidt, Inverness, 20:12

2. Deirdre Byrne, Crystal River, 21:27

3. Karen Tyler, Hernando, 21:36

4. Holly Hofer, Gainesville, 21:51

5. Amber Presnick, Inverness, 22:08

6. Karen Blacher, Miami, 22:21

7. Sara Carbiniern, D. Beach, 22:34

8. Tiffany Wisecup, Ocala, 22:39

9. Stevie Uribe, Gainesville, 22:46

10. Diane Walters, Miami, 22:58

Back to Sports
Back to Top

© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
Contact the Times | Privacy Policy
Standard of Accuracy | Terms, Conditions & Copyright

From the Times sports desk

Hubert Mizell
  • Dream World Series: Cubs-Red Sox

  • Terry Tomalin
  • Never take risk with lightning

  • Darrell Fry
  • Williams pushes, but not enough

  • Rays
  • Lopez pitches like ace at last
  • Rays' Tyner rises above expectations
  • Club MVP not satisfied
  • Rays Tales: At the All-Star Break

  • Arena football
  • Backup QB leads Storm to 70-47 rout

  • Mutiny
  • Mutiny rallies, then falls 3-2

  • Tennis
  • Ivanisevic closes in, then so does rain
  • Clinton entertains soggy crowd

  • Sports Etc.
  • Son also rises to occasion
  • Rays blame game should include McRae
  • Week in sports
  • Highs and lows
  • Baseball this week on TV
  • Baseball briefs
  • Adversity gives Phelps new life
  • Truth, justice and Torre's way
  • First half in review
  • Soccer briefs
  • NBA briefs
  • WNBA briefs
  • Daily fishing report
  • Outdoors calendar
  • Around Pinellas
  • Masset's progress coming along fine
  • Around Hillsborough
  • Juncal, Bennett shine for Florida
  • McManus, Schmidtput rest to good use
  • Four West Pasco teams shining at state tourney
  • NBC finishes well in debut
  • Drivers' thoughts also turn to Irwin
  • Race strikingly resembles Big E's last

  • From the wire

    From the state sports wire
  • Jacksonville's Spicer placed on IR after leg surgery
  • FIU-Western Kentucky game postponed because of Jeanne
  • Brown anxious to face old team for first time
  • Dolphins' desperate defense readies for Roethlisberger
  • Former Sarasota lineman sheds tough-guy image with Michigan
  • Rothstein rejoins Heat as assistant
  • No. 16 Florida has history on its side against Kentucky
  • FSU and Clemson QBs both off to slow starts