Five Santa Cruz County cyclocross riders were named series champions over the weekend.
Scott Chapin, of Santa Cruz, closed out the 2012 Central Coast Cyclocross season by winning the elite men’s Cat 1/2/3/4 division series. He accumulated 236 points through seven races (with the lowest two scores thrown out). San Francisco’s Andrew Juiliano took second  and Los Gatos’ Julian Gomez-Villafane took third .
Both Chapin and Juiliano ride for Bicycleblue book/HRS/Rocklobster, while Gomez-Villafane rides for Ibis/Buy-cell.com.
Also from the county, Bonny Doon’s Justin Robinson [Cal Giant], who won Sunday’s season finale races in both the elite and master men’s 35-plus A-divisions at Fort Ord, took the master men’s overall title with 250 points; Santa Cruz’s Natasha Perry [Bicycleblue book/HRS/Rocklobster] won the master women’s 35-plus all-division title with 245 points; Santa Cruz’s Chance Tiner [SCJC], who also won his race Sunday, took the junior men’s 15-18 age division title with 245 points; and Santa Cruz’s Geneva Burkhardt [Georgiana Bruce Kirby-Santa Cruz] took the junior women’s division title, winning with 226 points.
Race results and series standings included in this report are from the CCCX website.
The last big swell of 2012 hit Santa Cruz over the weekend. This is a little video I put together during my shift yesterday of some Sunday morning action down at the Lane.
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.
Santa Cruz High’s Willie Eagleton won the pro-am division of the Volcom Youth Against the Establishment’s Totally Crustaceous Surf Tour stop at the Hook in Capitola on Nov. 25.
Eagleton got a cool $1,000 for his win in the Greatwhite event. JD Lewis took second in the same division, and Noah Wegrich took third.
In other divisions, Brogie Panesi won the juniors, Sam Coffey won the groms, Carley Wilson won the girls and Burkley Eggers won the squids. The killer move award called the Electric Volt Thrower [$100] went to Ryder Borton.
Results included in this report are from the Volcom YAE Totally Crustaceous Tour webpage. The next California event for the tour is scheduled for Seaslug, El Puerto, in Las Angeles. It will return to the Santa Cruz, at Steamer Lane, on Feb. 2, 2013.
For some photos of the event, check out this Santa Cruz Waves gallery.
Ben Bruce, 30, of Flagstaff, Ariz., crosses the finish line to win the Big Sur Half Marathon in Monterey, Calif., on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. (David Royal/Monterey County Herald)
Watsonville resident Jose Antonio Barba and Santa Cruz resident Julia Blanton each placed in the top 50 of the men’s and women’s divisions, respectively, of the Big Sur Half Marathon last weekend.
Barba crossed the finish line of the 13.1-mile race in 1 hour, 25 minutes, 40.7 seconds to finish 36th among men and 63rd overall.
Blanton crossed the finish line in 1:36:09.659 for 31st among women and 223rd overall.
The newlywed couple of Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce [1:12:18.975] and Benjamin Bruce [1:04:45.630] of Flagstaff, Ariz., won the race.
Results included in this report are from the Big Sur Half Marathon website.
Santa Cruz resident Catherine Philipovich placed in the top 20 among women and Scotts Valley’s Steve Croft placed in the top 30 overall in the Morgan Hill Marathon last weekend.
Philipovitch finished the marathon in 3 hours, 53 minutes, 44 seconds to be the top female runner from Santa Cruz County. She was 17th among women and 79th overall.
Croft crossed the finish line in 3:28:38 for 28th place overall and 23rd among men.
Also with top 30 finishes, Capitola resident Kelly O’Rourke placed 23rd among women and 292 overall in the Morgan Hill Half Marathon — which was run in conjunction with the full marathon — finishing in 1:49:15, and Aptos resident David Delucchi placed 26th among men and 26th overall in 1:31:42.
Results included in this report are from the Morgan Hill Marathon results page.
Once the tsunami warning was lifted for the Hawaii Islands following an earthquake in Canada on Sunday, Santa Cruz resident Kathy Frank and Scotts Valley resident Roger Kern went out and won their respective divisions in the Xterra World Championships, the crown jewel of off-road triathlon.
Frank dominated the women’s 65-69 age division in Kapalua, Maui. She finished the 1.5-kilometer open-water swim in 46 minutes, 2 seconds, the 30k mountain bike portion in 3:34:00, and the 10k trail run in 1:47:10. She led each portion for what was her second world title and a total of 6:07:12.
Kern won the men’s 70-74 age division as the only competitor, crossing the finish line in 5:30:38. He completed the swim in 48:19, the bike in 3:08:3, and the run in 1:33:34 for his first world title.
Information included in this report is according to Xterra press releases. For full results, please see its results page. To check out its Facebook photo gallery, go here.
Covewater Paddle Surf has announced its Used SUP [Stand-up paddleboard] Sale and Parking Lot Sale are set for Oct. 27-28 at its Santa Cruz location, 729 Water St.
The third annual event will have 40 used SUPs with markdowns of 30 percent or more, as well as more than 20 new paddleboards at discounted prices, according to a press release.
For more information about the event, and the swap meet where you can bring your own board for sale, visit www.UsedSUPSale.com
Santa Cruz resident Nic H’dez made it to the semifinals of Surfing America’s West Coast Prime Series stop at Church Beach in San Onofre on Oct. 6.
H’dez won his first-round heat with a 13.07 combined two-wave score and took second in the quarterfinals with a 12.50 to advance again.
In the semifinals, he put up a 12.33, but it wasn’t enough to beat eventual winner Jake Marshall [14.93] or Tyler Killen [13.67].
Results included in this report are from the Surfing America website.
The next Prime Series event is scheduled for Dec. 8-9 at T Street in San Clemente.
Heavenly and Kirkwood are co-hosting a job fair Oct. 20 and are looking to hire 1,500 and 750 employees, respectively, for the upcoming winter season, according to a press release.
Job fair attendees must register 48 hours in advance here. The event is scheduled for the California Main Lodge at Heavenly from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Much hiring will be done prior to the job fair event, so online applications are encouraged.
Kirkwood also plans to hold a separate job fair this Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Kirkwood Red Cliffs building from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.