Sean Jefferson and Nina Kraft are the Male and Female Winners of the Sixth Annual Morton Plant Mease Triathlon|
Junior Athletes Shane Deeley and Caroline Condon Earn USA Triathlon's Florida Region Junior Championship Title
CLEARWATER, Fla. (June 26, 2011) - Sean Jefferson and Nina Kraft crossed the finish line first to take the top male and female winner spots at the sixth annual Morton Plant Mease Triathlon. Approximately 1,000 competitors took part in the race held Sunday, June 26, 2011 that included a 1/3-mile open water swim in the Gulf of Mexico starting at Sand Key Park and ended with a 3.1-mile run through Sand Key Park. The start of the race was delayed about an hour and the 13-mile bike portion was cancelled due to inclement weather.
The results for the top three elite winners are:
Male Elite Age City Time
Sean Jefferson 29 Clermont 24:37
Kurt Roeser 24 Naples 26:25
William Vann 22 Fort Lauderdale 27:27
Female Elite Age City Time
Nina Kraft 43 Clermont 27:44
Kailand Cosgrove 21 Tarpon Springs 28:45
Natasha Yaremczuk 31 Clermont 29:16
USA Triathlon elite junior athletes, ages 15 to 19, were also given the opportunity to compete in the first wave with top elite athletes and for the 2011 USAT Florida Region Junior Championship title. The junior male title holder is Shane Deeley, 18, of Clearwater with a time of 26:21. The title holder for the junior female goes to Caroline Condon, 15, of St. Petersburg with a race time of 33:18.
The top five Elite/Open Division male and female finishers share a $4,000 prize purse and custom plaques were awarded to the top five male and female finishers in each division and top three relay teams. In addition to the elites and juniors, the following divisions were represented:
Age Group (14 and under, then in five year increments to 85+)
Clydesdale: 39 and under/40 & over
Athena 39: and under/40 & over
Skip Cline Society Member
Relay Teams (female/male, mixed)
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The Morton Plant Mease Triathlon is organized and presented by the Skip Cline Society of the Morton Plant Mease Foundation to benefit the pediatric services at the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease, This year's efforts will help purchase a NICU baby simulator for the nurses and physicians at Mease Countryside Hospital and to support the education services and community health events at the new St. Joseph's Children's Specialty Center at Mease Countryside.
Sponsors of the Sixth Annual Morton Plant Mease Triathlon include Outspokin Bicycles, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and Brighthouse Networks.
About Skip Cline Society
The Skip Cline Society is a dynamic group of young professionals who share a common interest in advancing the future of health care and Morton Plant Mease's pediatric services. Since 1995, the group has organized signature events such as the Morton Plant Mease Triathlon, Lobster Bake, Seawall Rodeo and the Family Friendly Fishing Tournament.
About Morton Plant Mease
Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals - Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.
About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient's lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need.
BayCare's family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Hospital-North, St. Joseph's Women's, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at www.BayCare.org.
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