Monterey residents Christopher Calzetta and Carmella Cuva were the men’s and women’s winners, respectively, of the Forest of Nisene Marks Marathon in Aptos on Saturday.
Calzetta completed the hilly state parks course in 2 hours, 55 minutes, 23 seconds. Benjamin Walker of Santa Margarita finished runner-up in 3:10:17 and Salinas’ Sean Curry was third in 3:24:38.
The top male finisher from Santa Cruz County was Santa Cruz’s own Joey Cassidy, who crossed the finish line in 3:27:50.
Cuva, who was 14th overall, upset defending women’s champ Judy Shanley of Monterey. Cuva crossed the finish line in 4:02:08, while Shanley followed in 4:04:51. San Jose’s Katharine Flexer placed third [4:21:30].
Danielle Glagola was the only female runner from Santa Cruz County. She finished 47th overall and seventh among women [5:14:15].
Watsonville’s Michael Young won the 5-kilometer race run in conjunction with the marathon. He finished in 17:06, ahead of runner-up Eric Yepez of Watsonville [18:13] and third-place finisher Greg Hales of Santa Cruz [18:38]. Watsonville’s Margaret Fahl was the fastest woman, crossing the finish line in 20:46, and Prunedale’s Kathy Nitayangkul was second [22:19] while Aptos’ Rachel Lewis was third [23:12].
Santa Cruz’s Stefano Profumo won the half marathon in 1:25:27. Christopher Ratliff, also of Santa Cruz, placed second in 1:26:09 and Barry Farrara placed third in 1:27:34. Arroyo Grande’s Jessica Dahlberg was the top finisher among women and seventh overall [1:33:50]. Capitola’s Katharine Garkey was second [1:35:12] and San Luis Obispo’s Carin Serba was third [1:36:09] among women.
Proceeds from the races benefit the Santa Cruz Host Lions, an organization which helps the seeing-impaired in the community.
Earlier results posted on this blog, regretfully, were incorrect and have been removed.
This post includes results posted on the Santa Cruz Track Club’s website.
— Christina Gullickson on Twitter @CGullTweets