Forsee, Collins Win Laurels at Blue Angel Marathon
By Master Sgt. Stephen Barrett, USA
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, March 4, 1997 Bridget Collins of Naperville, Ill., and David Forsee of Indianapolis claimed top honors at the 14th annual Blue Angel Marathon, held Feb. 22 in Pensacola, Fla.
Collins, who works at a veterans hospital in Naperville, broke the Pensacola course record in winning the women's title. The 35-year-old runner crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 51 minutes, 23 seconds, cutting more than three minutes off Brenda Walton's 1990 record of 2:54:37..
Finishing nearly 13 minutes behind Collins was Patt Loggins of Charleston, S.C., who logged a time of 3:04:49. Pensacola's Heather Turner was third, finishing at 3:05:37, while Kris Clark-Setnes of Eagle, Wis., crossed two minutes later. Allison Eagen of Tallahassee, Fla., finished fifth.
Forsee, 28, ran the 26.2 mile course in 2:33:21 in winning the men's competition. An employee with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Forsee finished nearly seven minutes ahead of his closest competitor, Curt Rogers of Derby, Kan. (2:40:02).
Whitney Miller of Carmel, Ind., finished third, crossing the finish line at 2:41:35. Jim Clabuesch of Cary, N.C., was three seconds behind Miller, while Matthew Lameyer of St. Petersburg, Fla., recorded a 2:43:24 for fifth place.
In other competitions, Ray Workman of Salt Lake City captured the men's masters title for runners over 45. His 2:43:38 placed him seventh. The women's masters title went to Kathy Gruber of Indian Rocks Beach, Fla. She recorded a 3:18:31 and finished ninth among women competitors.
Todd Robinson and Julia Wallace captured top wheelchair honors. Robinson stroked his way to 2:19:05 to win the men's title. Wallace, the women's wheelchair winner at the 1996 Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, recorded a 2:19:43 in claiming her title.
Runner Hometown Time
1. David Forsee Indianapolis, Ind. 2:33:21
2. Curt Rogers Derby, Kan. 2:40:02
3. Whitney Miller Carmel, Ind. 2:41:35
4. Jim Clabuesch Cary, N.C. 2:41:38
5. Matthew Lameyer St. Petersburg, Fla. 2:43:24
6. Timothy Wandervlugt Cottage Grove, Ore. 2:43:38
7. Ray Workman Salt Lake City 2:43:38
8. Scott Parker Hoover, Ala. 2:46:54
9. John Davidson Yorktown, Va. 2:47:12
10. Dennis Wallach Eden Prairie, Minn. 2:48:24
Runner Hometown Time
1. Bridget Collins Naperville, Ill. 2:51:23
2. Patt Loggins Charleston, S.C. 3:04:49
3. Heather Turner Pensacola, Fla. 3:05:37
4. Kris Clark-Setnes Eagle, Wis. 3:07:42
5. Allison Eagen Tallahassee, Fla. 3:09:59
6. Beth Valenzuela Cantonment, Fla. 3:14:44
7. Terri Fussner Pensacola, Fla. 3:16:06
8. Kellie Smith Birmingham, Ala. 3:17:45
9. Kathy Gruber Indian Rocks Beach, Fla. 3:18:31
10. Marianne Lameyer St. Petersburg, Fla. 3:19:21
(Mike Antoine of the Pensacola Naval Air Station Gosport contributed to this article.)