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2011 Press Releases
Sean Jefferson and Nina Kraft are the Male and Female Winners of the Sixth Annual Morton Plant Mease Triathlon
06/26/2011

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

Novice

Skip Cline Society Member

Physically Challenged

Relay Teams (female/male, mixed)

For more results, visit: www.altavistasports.com

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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