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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 Results at the time of this post were still considered preliminary.

Aptos resident Nikia Brautovich took second place among women in the Salinas Valley Half Marathon on Sunday.

Brautovich finished the Salinas half in 1 hours, 25 minutes, 41.143 seconds to cross the finish line about five minutes behind Brooke Wells. Wells, of San Francisco, won in 1:20:26.918.

San Jose’s Stephanie Kato rounded out the top three [1:27:21.810]. Castroville’s Daniel Tapia won the men’s race [1:07:17.613]. Cristian Soratos of Salinas was second in 1:10:34.130, and Michael Young, who declined to state where he was from, placed third [1:15:21.813].

Watsonville’s Irma Leal Cervantes placed 18th among women [1:41:01.610] as the only other Santa Cruz County runner to place within the top 20 of his or her division.

Results included in this report are from the Salinas Valley half’s website.

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