It was a Florida Tech sweep in the Pirate Plunder 2-Miler on Saturday in Downtown Melbourne.
Defending Running Zone Foundation Race Series overall champion Chris Cacciapaglia, a FIT graduate student, won the sixth race in the seven-event 2016 series in 10 minutes and seven seconds.
FIT graduate and Panther Hall of Famer Sara Trane, 30, of Satellite Beach, topped the women’s field in 11:32, finishing 11th overall.
Cacciapaglia, 23, of Melbourne, beat second-place Shane Streufert, 44 of Viera, to the tape by 23 seconds.
Melissa Taylor, 38, of Indian Harbour Beach, was second among women in 11:50. Jaymes Cole, 19, of Vero Beach, was the third male in 10:32. Kim Hunger, 35, of Palm Bay was third in her gender in 12:11.
Jonathan Howse, 40, of West Melbourne took the Male Masters title in 11:36. The Female Masters victory went to Julie Hannah, 42, of Melbourne, in 12:25.
Cacciapaglia has run only three series races this season but has won them all. Trane’s victory was her first in three series races this season improving on finishes of second and third.
Cacciapaglia and Trane both are assistant coaches for FIT head track and field and cross country coach Pete Mazzone.
Pirate Plunder was the kickoff to a busy stretch for Cacciapaglia.
“This race was pretty rushed, so it seemed like I just put on my shoes and ran,” he said. “I’m running the Boston Marathon next week and Triathlon nationals the week after, then a 5K the week after that, so I was hoping (Pirate Plunder) wouldn’t be too hard of a race.”
Long Doggers Club took the team title with a time of 55:29. Wearing the colors were Cacciapaglia, Trane, Michael Fisher and Art Anderson. Team Running Zone was second in 57:08 and The Has Beens third in 1:04:56.
Westside Elementary, with 29 participants, took the School Participation award. Team Covenant was second with 23 and Indian Harbour Montessori third with 21. Twenty-one schools competed.
A total of 1,024 participants took times.
The 2015-16 season concludes with the May 7 Run for the Gecko 5K at the Wickham Park Pavilion adjacent to Eastern Florida State College’s Melborne Campus and across Wickham Road from Running Zone.
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