This doesn’t really have to do with anything local other than that there must be some speed golfers in Santa Cruz. Know of any? Send them our way.
Bandon Dunes hosted the Speedgolf World Championships on Oct. 20-21, 2012. The 36-hole tournament, which consisted of 16 professionals competing for a $50K purse, will air on Saturday, April 13 (Masters Saturday), at 1:30 p.m. ET on CBS. The ½-hour show will lead up to CBS’ coverage of The Masters. Click here to view a 1-minute video see firsthand how these athletes score around par in less than an hour.
This one’s from Santa Cruz Sentinel sports editor, Julie Jag:
NVM entrant Leslie Haverstock (38, Santa Cruz, Calif.) is a veteran Special Education teacher of 16 years for the Santa Clara County Office of Education. Her students are six to eight years old.
“I run because I can,” Haverstock said. “My students have severe physical and cognitive disabilities. They would love to know how it feels to walk let alone run.”
Haverstock says she ran in high school, and a bit in college, but didn’t start running faithfully until 2004 when she set her sights on the Chicago Marathon. She dedicated that first marathon to Alex, one of her students who diligently checked in with her about her progress every Monday after her long weekend training runs. “Someday, I’m going to run a marathon, too,” Alex told his teacher. He subsequently participated in several 5K races in a motorized wheelchair before passing away.
Haverstock has now participated in numerous marathons, at least one per year. She continued: “When I think the training gets hard, or something hurts, I look at my students. They were not given strong limbs and the abilities to move about freely. Why would I take it for granted or complain that I had to go run? For these reasons, I run because I can. I’m very blessed.”
SOURCE: Press release from Mark Winitz
Watsonville’s Hugo Sanchez takes second in 5k
Davenport resident Melissa Wedlock placed fourth in the women’s race and 29th overall in the 28th annual Together with Love 10-kilometer in Pacific Grove on Sunday.
Wedlock clocked in at 43 minutes, 29 seconds, winning her age group. Kari Ann Bertrand of Gilroy won the women’s race in 38:28 for eighth overall.
Other top-20 finishers from Santa Cruz County included 11-year-old Chris Anderson of Santa Cruz, who placed in 13th [40:02]; Aptos’ Evan Randall-Goodwin, who placed 17th [41:24]; and La Selva Beach’s Bobby McKee, who placed 18th [41:27], according to Buzz Word Productions results.
In the 5k race, Watsonville’s Hugo Sanchez took second place [18:27] behind Carlos Millan [17:43] as the top runner from Santa Cruz County. There may have been other runners from Santa Cruz County in the top 20 of the 5k race, but if so their places of residence were not listed in the Buzz Word Productions results.
The Together with Love races benefit the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center.
Find photos of the races here.
Ben Lomond resident Nick Sherrell settled for second place in Brazen Racing’s Coyote Hills Half Marathon at the Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont on Sunday.
Sherrell, 19, finished the 13.1-mile race in 1 hour, 22 minutes, 2 seconds, about five minutes back of winner Brad Parker of San Jose [1:17:22]. Brian Callejas of Fremont rounded out the top three [1:24:59].
Justine Owen of Kensington won the women’s race [1:31:16].
The next Brazen Racing event is the Bay Breeze event, which includes a half marathon, 10-kilometer race, and 5-kilometer race. The event is scheduled for Feb. 8 at Quarry Lakes.
Nikia Brautovich speeds down the final stretch in the Rotary Mission 10-Miler on January 26, 2013. (Nick Brautovich/Contributed)
Aptos resident Nikia Brautovich won the Rotary Mission Ten 10-miler on Saturday, crossing the finish line of the footrace in San Juan Bautista in 1 hour, 3 minutes, 39 seconds for first place among women and 22nd place overall.
Brautovich was followed by Stephanie Kato in second place [1:04:13] and Amy Johnston in third place [1:05:15].
Michael Ramirez won the men’s title in 56:24.
Results included in this report are from the Rotary Mission Ten 10-miler website.
Aptos High used the funds it received from the Wharf to Wharf to resurface its track. (Contributed photo)
The Wharf to Wharf nonprofit corporation, which annually puts on the race by the same name in Santa Cruz in July, announced the recipients of $388,394 this week, with Soquel High and Aptos High garnering the largest chunks of money. They received $110,000 and $60,000, respectively, for track resurfacing.
The Wharf to Wharf is a 6-mile footrace from near the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf to the Capitola Wharf. This year marked it’s 40th anniversary.
“The Wharf to Wharf is far more than a yearly running event. In fact we are one of the largest charitable organizations in the county,” Race Director Scott McConville said. “Our main goal annually is to promote the health and fitness of the youth of Santa Cruz County.”
The other Santa Cruz County-area schools and programs receiving money are as follows:
|Aptos High School track / football / cheer /Softball
|Harbor High School track / football/ water polo/cheer
|Monte Vista Christian track & field
|Pajaro Valley High School track & field
|Santa Cruz High School track & field / girls basketball
|Scotts Valley High School track & field / girls basketball
|SLV High School track / girl’s softball / football
|Soquel High School track /football/baseball/cheer/water polo
|Watsonville High School track & field
|Saint Francis High School track & field
|Salesian Sisters School
|Twin Lakes Christian School
|Pacific Collegiate School
|New Brighton Middle School
|Branciforte Middle School
|Pajaro Valley Middle School
|Delaveaga Elementary School
|Linscott Charter School
|Soquel Elementary Schools
|Aptos Junior High School
|E.A. Hall Middle School
|Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League
|Mission Hill Middle School
|Scotts Valley Middle School
|Soquel Stadium Track Resurfacing Fund
|Soquel Stadium Equipment Fund
|Student/Athlete Scholarship Fund
|Capitola Junior Guards
|Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Reserve
|Aptos High School Track Resurfacing
|Soquel High School Track Resurfacing
|Coast County Athletic League
|Santa Cruz Track Club
|TOTAL 2012 DONATIONS:
Aptos’ Marc Erik Lowe won for the second straight year and and Soquel’s Michelle Kern dominated the women’s field in the Jingle Bell Rock Toys for Tots 5-kilometer race at the San Lorenzo River Levee in Santa Cruz over the weekend.
Lowe crossed the finish line in 18 minutes, 59.6 seconds to defend his title. He was followed by Kern, who crossed the finish line in 19:34.1 for the women’s title and second place overall. Chris Anderson was second among men and third overall [20:13.8], and Josh Mader was third among men and fifth overall [20:20.3].
Kern was followed by Abbey Meck, who placed second among women and fourth overall [20:14], and Margaret Ellis took third among women and seventh overall [20:36.4].
Results included in this report are from Finishline Productions.
Aptos resident Jennifer Willoughby won the Summit Rock Half Marathon women’s race and and Aptos’ Gareth Ewing made the top 10 of the men’s race in Sanborn County Park in Saratoga on Saturday.
Willoughby finished the race in 2 hours, 11 minutes, 24 seconds for the win and 25th place overall. She was followed by Tiffany Meyer, who was up from Eugene, Ore., and finished in 2:16:27 for second place [37th overall], and Zhimin Yang of San Jose who finished in 2:19:26 for third place [40th overall].
Ewing took sixth overall, crossing the finish line in 1:53:13. San Carlos’ Leor Pantilat won in 1:33:27.
Watsonville’s Mark Thompson placed 19th in the 5-kilometer race [actually 3.3 miles], which was run in conjunction with the half marathon, in 32:13. The 5k was won by Manuel Calero.
Results included in this report are from the Brazen Racing website.
Daniel Tapia (24) runs in the pack at the 10-mile mark of the California International Marathon on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, in Fair Oaks, Calif. Tapia, a member of the Sacramento Running Association’s elite team went on to win the 30th California International Marathon. (AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Paul Kitagaki Jr.)
Castroville resident Daniel Tapia, a UC Santa Cruz alum, won the California International Marathon over the weekend, according to preliminary results.
Tapia crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 16 minutes, 29 seconds — with a 37-second lead over second-place finisher Tesfaye Alemayehu [Antioch]. Christopher Kipyego [Kenya] was third in 2:17:58.
Alisha Williams of Colorado Springs, Colo., won the women’s race in 2:34:57. Clara Peterson of San Anselmo took second [2:35:36] and Natalia Sergeeva [New York] took third [2:38:20].
LaSelva Beach’s Peter Stanger, 60, was the sole person from Santa Cruz County to place in the top 10 of an age division. He was seventh in the men’s 60-64 age group, finishing in 3:37:32.
Results included in this report are from runsra.com. Results at the time of this post were still considered preliminary.