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Practice making perfect for Marrero

By Sharon Robb
STAFF WRITER
Posted February 6 2005

Fernando Marrero is beginning to see progress in his training for the upcoming triathlon season.

The Hollywood Beach lifeguard defended his title in Saturday's second annual Maroone Rotary 5K Run in downtown Fort Lauderdale in 15 minutes and 59 seconds, shaving 46 seconds off last year's winning time.

Marrero topped a field of 600 runners and walkers for his second win in five weeks. He won the Orange Bowl Trek For The Coast 5K despite 20 to 25 mph winds. On Saturday morning, he enjoyed the 50-degree weather and wind along the scenic course through residential sections.

"I am very happy. I can see I am getting better, such a big difference from last year," Marrero said. "This was my first race last year when I started running. I can't race every weekend, but I am getting better and better. This is good."

Cardinal Gibbons sophomore Billy Zenga, preparing for the upcoming track season, was second in 16:54. It was his sixth and final road race before track season, which opens unofficially next weekend with the inaugural Broward County Athletic Association 3K High School Run.

"The course was nice except for the bridge ... that was steep," said a winded Zenga.

Marrero, who led the entire 3.1-mile race, has been running for one year and is training for triathlons and lifeguard competitions. He defected from Cuba four years ago, though his parents and two brothers still live there. He has been training with Boris Fernandez and Manny Huerta for the triathlon season that opens in April with the FAU Wellness Triathlon at Spanish River Park in Boca Raton.

Laura Hruby, 44, one of the nation's top masters runners and former Olympic marathon trials qualifier, won the women's title and finished sixth overall in 18:19. Kim Delaney was second in 18:36.

Hruby, former flight attendant who lives in Pittsburgh with her family, also has a place in Boca Raton and comes down a few times a year to run road races in the warmer weather. It was her third South Florida race this year and second victory.

"It's cold but I would rather be here than Pittsburgh right now, and we're not going to the Super Bowl," said Hruby who didn't start running until her late 20s when she gave up smoking. "This is great, my times are coming down and hopefully they will keep coming down.

"They said there were hills out here but being from Pittsburgh a bridge is not a hill," Hruby said, laughing. "You may not have hills, but you have headwinds."

Manuel Pietra, 45, [18:34] and Sharon Picolo, 41, [21:41] won the masters men's and women's titles.

Jeffrey Tait, 10, of Miami, won the 10-12 age group and finished 26th overall in 20:19 just six days after finishing his first half marathon at the Toyota Prius Miami Tropical Half Marathon. The fourth-grader was scored with the 14 year olds last weekend since there were no younger age groups.

5K RESULTS

MEN OPEN: 1. Fernando Marrero 15:59, 2. Billy Zenga 16:54, 3. Alcides DeQuesada 16:56; MEN MASTERS: 1. Manuel Pietra 18:34. MEN AGE GROUP: 9-and-under: 1. Andrew Iglesias 23:29, 2. Weston Broache 31:34; 10-12: 1. Jeffrey Tait 20:19, 2. Nathan Northrup 35:03; 13-15: 1. Stefon Napier 18:51, 2. Stephan Chung 19:54, 3. Ricky Campbell 25:23; 16-19: 1. Billy Zenga 16:54, 2. Allan Guevara 18:17; 20-24: 1. Li Luo 25:44, 2. Charlotte Schubert 37:14; 25-29: 1. Brian Roush 18:25, 2. Charles Wilcox 22:18, 3. Denis Goonen 22:23; 30-34: 1. Alcides DeQuesada 16:56, 2. Damon Halback 22:42, 3. Dan Kempinger 24:05; 35-39: 1. Jon Williams 17:40, 2. Seth Waller 18:25, 3. Ronald Correia 18:44; 40-44: 1. John Banke 18:36, 2. Matt Triggs 18:59, 3. Humberto Vidal 19:07; 45-49: 1. Jim Crandall 19:08, 2. Luis Acuna 21:05, 3. Shawn McManus 21:51; 50-54: 1. Edward Bates 18:49, 2. Louis Molina 19:29, 3. Gustavo Schmidt 21:34; 55-59: 1. Dan Healy 18:35, 2. Larry Starr 20:20, 3. Larry Byrne 23:22; 60-64: 1. Wayne Boynton 21:13, 2. Al Shamoun 22:09, 3. Alan Yap 22:33; 65-69: 1. Michael Goldman 23:05, 2. Ron Brant 23:47, 3. Bob Schultz 28:49; 70-74: 1. Harold Wright 28:16, 2. Harold Clare 32:26; 75-79: 1. Glenn Workman Jr. 27:22; 80-and-over: 1. Donald Marks 44:48.

WOMEN OPEN: 1. Laura Hruby 18:19, 2. Kim Delany 18:36, 3. Jennifer Costello 19:21; WOMEN MASTERS: 1. Sharon Picolo 21:41. WOMEN AGE GROUP: 9-and-under: 1. Melody Morgan 26:03, 2. Kayla Bell 26:51, 3. Samantha Fine 30:45; 10-12: 1. Ebony Rose 22:03, 2. Akeeba Rose 24:15, 3. Marisa Flit 31:20; 13-15: 1. Caitlyn Head 24:11, 2. Aubrey Hill 31:18; 16-19: 1. None; 20-24: 1. Jacquelyn Fernandez 25:06, 2. Janelle Vina 28:00, 3. Andrea Cobaugh 28:22; 25-29: 1. Heather Whitten 22:32, 2. Denise Mendez 23:06, 3. Anabel Nogueiras 24:20; 30-34: 1. Jennifer Costello 19:21, 2. Tracey Bunce 20:33, 3. Helen Thompson 21:49; 35-39: 1. Kim Delaney 18:36, 2. Joanne Gillespie 20:51, 3. Diane Calloway 21:07; 40-44: 1. Louise LaFlamme 22:39, 2. Debbie Weiner 23:44, 3. Christine Balke 23:47; 45-49: 1. Pam Derolf 23:53, 2. Patricia Gordon 24:26, 3. Nancy Goddard 25:11; 50-54: 1. Cynthia Raes-Barnard 22:13, 2. Michaela Constantin 26:08, 3. Melissa Aiello 26:09; 55-59: 1. Molly Gray 25:46, 2. Mirtha Toledo 27:16, 3. Lynne Wolf 28:53; 60-64: 1. Helga Brandenburg 24:11, 2. Traudi DeGiacomi 33:09, 3. Barbara Belluardo 38:03; 65-69: 1. None; 70-74: 1. Sylvia Weiner 30:39.

Sharon Robb can be reached at srobb@sun-sentinel.com.





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