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Santa Cruz’s Jacob Albrecht, who races as an independent rider, won the boys varsity race in the NorCal High School Mountain Bike League’s second South Conference event of the season at Fort Ord near Monterey over the weekend.

Albrecht, the defending NorCal champion completed five laps on the five-mile course in 1 hour, 23 minutes, 14 seconds, according to preliminary results posted on the league’s website. He was followed by fellow Santa Cruzan Chance Tiner [Independent], who finished in 1:25:27. Felton’s Tom Foxx also placed in the top five of the varsity race, taking fourth in 1:26:21, the same time as third-place finisher Alex Chamberlin [Monte Vista High School].

Other winners from Santa Cruz County were as follows: Kyle Petersen [Kirby Santa Cruz], who went 15 miles in 1:10:46 in the sophomore boys race for Division 2; Maddie Ortenblad [Independent], who went 15 miles in 1:23:48 in the JV girls race; Steffen Andersen [Santa Cruz COMP], who went 20 miles in 1:08:22 in the boys JV race for Division 2; and Emily Forsberg [Santa Cruz COMP], who went 10 miles in 1:00:37 in the girls frosh race.

All results in this report are from the league’s website, which only had preliminary results at the time of publication. No team results were available.

Big Win

Zephyr Dew celebrates his giant slalom win on his birthday, March 8. (Contribut

Bay View Elementary School student Zephyr Dew swept five Ruggie Boys divisions (for those 7 and under) in the United States of American Snowboard Association South Tahoe Series, including giant slalom, slalom, halfpipe, slopestyle and boardercross this season.

Dew [Giro], who is fifth in the USASA National Overalls rankings for his age group, secured his final victory of the season in the giant slalom on March 8, which was also his birthday.

He expects to receive a 2013 USASA National Championships invitation. Nationals will be held in Copper Mountain, Colo., March 31-April 5.

 

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.

Santa Cruz native and current Newport Beach resident John Mel won the boys 14-and-under division in the Surfing America Prime West contest at Upper Trestles over the weekend, the Orange County Register reported.

Mel, son of big-wave surfer Peter Mel, beat Ventura’s Eithan Osborne, Pacific Beach’s Ryland Rubens, and Venice Beach’s Noah Hill in the final heat, according to results posted on the OCR website. The OCR also has a photo gallery up of the contest.

Santa Cruz resident Shaun Burns won the pro-am division of the Totally Crustaceous Surf Tour’s Greatwhite contest at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz on Saturday.

Burns, who secured a $1,000 check for his victory, was followed by Tyler Morrish in second place, Willie Eagleton in third, Jonah Carter in fourth, Logan Banks in fifth and Peter Mueller in sixth.

With the 1,000 points he earned with his win Saturday, Burns sits in 19th place in the Crustaceous standings, with two remaining contests in other California conferences this month. Saturday marked the third and final Greatwhite contest of the season.

The championships are scheduled for May 9-11 at 54th st Newport Beach. The top 25 ranked in California qualify to compete against those from other states.

In other divisions Saturday, Shelby Detmers won the girls, Richie Schmidt won the juniors, Jake Marshall won the groms and Sebastian Mendes won the squids.

Banks took home the “Electric Volt Thrower” award, which comes with $100, for most awesome move of the contest. Adam Bartlett garnered the “Watermelon Sportsmanship Award.”

Results in this report are from the Volcom results page. For photos, visit Santa Cruz Waves’ gallery.

Santa Cruz resident Katie Melena placed fourth in the women’s 35-39 age division of the UCI Masters Cyclo-cross World Championships in Louisville, Ky., on Friday.

Melena [Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster] completed four laps in 43 minutes, 3 seconds to take fourth behind Krystal Boni [USA, Rapid Racing], who won in 40:18; Melissa Baker [USA, GS Boulder/Studio 1 Dental/Orga], who finished runner-up in 41:14; and Jane Burlew [USA< Asheville Cyclocross], who took third in 41:49.

Aptos’ Ron Riley [Bike Station Aptos] also competed. He placed ninth in the men’s 70-plus age division, finishing two of three laps Thursday. James Wagner [USA, Bike Masters- WA] won, going three laps in 42:52.

Results included in this report are from the UCI Masters Cyclo-cross World Championships website.

Santa Cruz’s Tobin Ortenblad, 19, finished last in the Under-23 elite race in the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday.

Ortenblad suffered a mechanical issue during the second lap that pushed him to the back of the course before he was eventually pulled, according a post on his Facebook account. Ortenblad finished in 39th place with no time for Team USA.

The Netherlands’ Mike Teunissen, 21, won in 48 minutes, 40 seconds.

This was the first time all the Cyclo-cross World Championships races were held in the U.S. Ortenblad also said via Facebook that he had never before heard such loud cheers for someone at the back of a race.

Results included in this report are from the UCI website.

Promotional image (Candice Covello/Contributed)

Promotional image (Candice Covello/Contributed)

Did someone say free chocolate? That might have been Epicenter Cycling, which is hosting its inaugural Ladies Night at 6-9 p.m. Feb. 28.

The shop, located at 1730 Mission Street in Santa Cruz, will have free chocolate, wine, bike maintenance clinics and bike fittings as part of the event, as well as marked down cycling clothing for the event.

“It is a celebration of woman cyclist, as well as an invitation for ladies new to cycling to get connected in the cycling community,” Candice Covello of Epicenter wrote in an email.

For more information, visit www.epicentercycling.com

SWATCH

Santa Cruz native Cody Townsend was selected in mid-January to captain Team Americas, which will face Team Europe, for the 2013 Swatch Skiers Cup in Zermatt, Switzerland.

The competition, scheduled to be held Feb. 10-15, pits some of the best big mountain, free skiers and slopestyle athletes against each other. This will be the third annual Skiers Cup and first held in Europe.

Townsend will lead teammates KC Deane, Rory Bushfield, Charley Ager, Logan Imlach, Timy Dutton and Josh Daiek, with an eighth rider to be announced.

Together, they face the Team Europe skiers: Captain Kaj Zackrisson, Markus Elder, Paddy Graham, Richard Permin, Sverre Liliequist, Nicolas Vuignier, Fabio Studer, as well as an eighth to be announced.

For more information, check out the official site.

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