Archives for the day of: April 15, 2012

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: In this handout photo provided by the International Triathlon Union, New Zealand's Kris Gemmell celebrates his seventh-place finish at the opening round of the 2012 ITU World Triathlon Series on April 14, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (ITU/Contributed)

Santa Cruz resident and two-time Olympic medalist Bevan Docherty, who is hoping to represent his home country of New Zealand in triathlon at the Olympic Games this summer, missed out on a qualifying spot Saturday in Australia.

Docherty needed to finish in the top eight as the top New Zealander at the Dextro Energy World Triathlon in Sydney, but he ended up placing 12th as the second Kiwi. He crossed the finish line in 1:52:03 while fellow countryman Kris Gemmell was seventh in 1:51:42, according to results on the International Triathlon Union website.

Docherty — who told the New Zealand Herald he purposefully did not plan his training to peak now, but instead is keeping his focus on the Games — completed the Olympic-distance swim in 18:02, the bike in 1:00:28 and the run in 31:43.

There is still a chance he will make the New Zealand team for the Games. The selections are based on race finishes as well as discretionary picks, and are also dependent upon how many athletes the country can send (right now, New Zealand is on pace to be able to send three).

Germany’s Steffen Justus won in Sydney in 1:51:04.

– Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Soquel's Ashley Lindsey crosses the finish line of the American River 50-miler. She was the top female finisher from Santa Cruz County.
(Deanna McCarthy/Contributed)

Fresh off a win in the Woodside Ramble 50-kilometer race, Santa Cruz’s Chris Wehan placed 10th in the American River 50-mile cross country footrace from Sacramento to Auburn on April 7, according to results on Ultrasignup.com.

Wehan carried some momentum from a busy March, when he won the Woodside Ramble and the Montara Mountain 50k — and had top-10 placings in the Way Too Cool 50k, and Canyon Meadow Winter 50k, the Rodeo Valley Trail 50k.

Wehan crossed the American River finish line in 6 hours, 33 minutes, 51 seconds as one of several Santa Cruz County finishers who made the top 20.

New Zealander Vajin Armstrong won the race with a sub-six hour time [5:53:32].

Also from Santa Cruz County, Sean Lang, 30, of Santa Cruz placed 20th in 7:03:18; Soquel’s ultra-marathon mom, Ashley Lindsey, who runs despite a heart condition, placed 18th among women and 172th overall [9:06:42]; and Aptos’ Angela Rebol finished 20th among women and 175th overall [9:08:42].

Canadian Ellie Greenwood won the women’s title in 6:18:47. She was fifth overall.

– Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

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