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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 [205] and Los Gatos’ Julian Gomez-Villafane took third [204].

Both Chapin and Juiliano ride for Bicycleblue book/HRS/Rocklobster, while Gomez-Villafane rides for Ibis/

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.

Oakland resident Caitlin Smith won the Dirt Inspires Trail Half Marathon with a sizable lead and Michelle Kern was the top finisher from Santa Cruz County at Nisene Marks State Park in Aptos on Sunday.

Smith finished the hilly women’s race in 1 hour, 34 minutes, 57.4 seconds, while runner-up Janelle Stevens of Mission, Kan., crossed the finish line in 1:46:22.2. Kern, a Soquel resident, rounded out the top three in 1:50:18.

In the Dirt Inspires 4-miler, the leaderboard was packed with Santa Cruz County runners: Santa Cruz’s Hallie Carl won in 29:56, Capitola’s Jessica Caldeira was second in 30:08.6 and Watsonville’s Meredith Hawkins placed third in 30:08.6.

In the Dirt Inspires 8-miler, San Francisco’s Sara Tanza won [1:03:46.6], Pleasanton’s Carrie Rassmussen was second [1:08:30.6], and Santa Cruz’s Emily Coonerty placed third [1:11:40.6].

A small selection of men braved the event. Monterey’s William Fleming won the  men’s division of the 8-miler in 1:50:32.3 out of two entrants, and Mountain View’s Stephen Boesch won the 4-miler in 28:33.1, also out of two entrants.

The results included in this report are from

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.

Aptos resident Dent Earl  was the top Santa Cruz County finisher in the San Francisco Marathon and Watsonville’s Natalia Cordoba-Velasquez was the top county finisher in the 5-kilometer on Sunday.

Earl, 32, crossed the finish line of the 26.2-mile race in 3 hours, 36 minutes, 37 seconds to place inside the top 1,000. He was 756 overall and 654 among men.

Just under 6,500 runners finished the race. Nathan Krah of Salt Lake City, Utah, won in 2:26:44, and San Francisco’s own Devon Crosby-Helms won the women’s race in 2:44:02.

Cordoba-Velasquez, 38, placed 147 overall in the 5k [26:33] and was 47th among women. That race was won by Chris Badolato of Reno, Nev., who finished in 16:41. The women’s winner was Vanessa Taylor of Spencerport, N.Y., who crossed the finish line in 19:33.

Results in this report are from the SF Marathon site.

Cyclists spin through the streets of Watsonville during the first race of the Watsonville Criterium on Saturday at the corner of Rogers and Cerrito Streets. Bill Lovejoy/Sentinel

Watsonville teen is the top local finisher in pro field

San Francisco resident Rand Miller, a pro cyclist with the Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized team, wasn’t about to let the win go two years in a row. After finishing second to Steve Reaney in 2011, Miller pedaled to victory in the men’s pro Cat 1/2 division of the 34th annual Watsonville Criterium on Saturday.

Miller was followed by Oakland’s John Wilk [Webcor/Alto Velo], and San Francisco’s Rainier Schaefer [Team Mike’s Bikes] in third place. The top Santa Cruz County finisher was teen Matt Schaupp, of Watsonville, who finished fourth. Schaupp, 17, rides for the Ritte Elite U23 Development Team.

Other Santa Cruz County riders to make the top five of their divisions were as follows: Santa Cruz’s Morgan Raines [unattached] was second in the men’s masters Cat 4 35-and-over age division and Santa Cruz’s Kimberly Sperling [RED Racing] was third in the women’s Cat 1/2/3/4 division.

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— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Santa Cruz resident Kim Sperling [Red Racing] placed third in the women’s pro Cat 1/2 open division at Foothill College’s Learning Curve Bike Circuit Race and was just one of three Santa Cruz County riders to finish in the top five of any division on Sunday.

Sperling was third behind winner Kate Finegan [Building Champion Squad] and runner-up Ellen Anderson [Touchstone Climbing] of San Francisco.

The other county riders who placed in the top five of  their divisions were Michelle Heaton [Sycomp Racing] took fourth in the women’s Cat 3 open division and Steven Sperling [unattached] took fifth in the men’s Cat 3 open division.

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— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

SC’s Kimberly Sperling places fourth in Pacific Service Credit Union Criterium

Santa Cruz’s Tobin Ortenblad took second in the junior 17-18 age division of the Nevada City Bicycling Classic Criterium on Sunday.

Ortenblad [Ritte Elite U23 Development Team] crossed the finish line in 48 minutes, 13 seconds. Mill Valley’s Skyler Taylor won in 46:40.

Santa Cruz’s Devon Gorry [NOW and Novartis for MS] placed fifth [52:48] in the women’s Cat 1/2/3 race behind winner Katarina Nash of Trukee [52:17].

A day earlier, Ortenblad placed 18th in the Pacific Service Credit Union Criterium men’s Cat Pro/1/2 division, which was won by Rand Miller of San Francisco.

Santa Cruz’s Kimberly Sperling [Red Racing] placed fourth in the PacService women’s Cat Pro/1/2 division. She was the only racer from Santa Cruz County to finish in the top five of any division.  El Cerrito’s Marissa Axell [Touchstone Climbing] won.

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— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Aptos’ Becky Lavelle finishes as the sixth fastest woman; Santa Cruz’s Eric Clarkson breaks into the top 20

Santa Cruz resident and native New Zealander Bevan Docherty, a two-time Olympic medalist, placed third in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco over the weekend.

Docherty, who will again represent New Zealand in the London Games, crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 32 seconds. Colorado’s Andy Potts won the race in 2:03:17 and Australia’s Courtney Atkinson placed second [2:03:53].

Docherty completed the 1.5-mile swim in 27:37, the 18-mile bike in 46:14 and the 8-mile run in 46:06. He finished the sand ladder in 1:51.

England’s Leanda Cave was the first finisher among women, coming in 17th overall [2:18:17].

Santa Cruz had one other triathlete in the top 20: Eric Clarkson placed 16th in 2:16:03.

The top female finisher from Santa Cruz County was Aptos’ Becky Lavelle, 38, who was sixth among women and 37th overall [2:27:09]. Lavelle finished the swim in 30:04, the bike in 54:24 and the run in 56:58. She did the sand ladder in 2:33.

Results in this report are from the Escape from Alcatraz website.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Soquel resident Hollie Estupinian is a mom and a runner. Monday, being both paid off as she crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 59 minutes, 23 seconds.

Hollie Estupinian takes a breather after finishing the 2012 Boston Marathon as the sixth fastest American woman. (Hollie Estupinian/Contributed)

Estupinian, who does most of her training pushing a double stroller, placed 23rd among women and 503 overall as the top female runner from Santa Cruz County. She was also the sixth fastest American woman.

“The cheering kind of carries you in,” Estupinian said in a phone interview from Boston on Wednesday. “…There was not one quiet spot on the whole course.”

She described the race as 26 straight miles of people cheering, and in some cases cheering her name, since she followed tradition and wrote her name on her arms.

““I will definitely do it again. I cannot wait to do it again,” Estupinian said, noting that the spirit of the marathon was inspiring.

“Even today, people are walking around Boston with their medals and jackets on.”

Estupinian has qualified for Boston numerous times, but this was her first time running it, braving temperatures that hit the 90s and that prompted event organizers to suggest many people pull out if they were not experienced runners or used to high temperatures.

“I’ve qualified every time I’ve ran a marathon, but it never seems like I’m able to do it because I’m having a baby, or it just doesn’t work out. …So I’m like, that’s it, I’m signing up,” Estupinian told the Sentinel just days after winning the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco in October.

Her 4-year-old son, Kai, and 20-month-old daughter, Mila, stayed home with family.

Estupinian wasn’t the only Santa Cruz County runner to qualify. Santa Cruz’s Brendan O’Brien was the top area male runner, finishing in 2:54 for 293rd among men and 308th place overall.

All of those who finished the race are listed below (many who signed up did not run because of heat conditions).

TOP SANTA CRUZ-AREA FINISHERS (overall place, name, city, time):

308. Brendan O’Brien, Santa Cruz, 2:54

503. Hollie Estupinian, Soquel, 2:59

1,730. Lindsay Hagen, Soquel, 3:19

4,376. Marian Crockett, Santa Cruz, 3:38

7,366. Jec Ballou, Soquel, 3:54

8,184. Leslie Haverstock, Santa Cruz, 3:57

9,537. Carl Hallie, Santa Cruz, 4:04

10,354. Kelly Puglisi, Santa Cruz, 4:08

10,945. Bob Sommer, Soquel, 4:11

12,792. Keith Barber, Aptos, 4:22

13,359. Michael Scurich, Watsonville, 4:25

14,327. Andrew Kenny, Santa Cruz, 4:30

15,717. Shea Johnson, Capitola, 4:41

19,436. Kimberly East, Santa Cruz, 5:27

19,587. Katherine Beiers, Santa Cruz, 5:32:14

21,086. Vincent Oberst, Watsonville, 6:19

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

All right! My esteemed colleagues over in the sports department of the Santa Cruz Sentinel did a quick write-up of the Santa Cruz Half Marathon and 10k, but I wanted to post the top 10 lists and some other highlights here.

Congrats to everyone who finished. I know this was a first half for a lot of people, so kudos to all the newbies. I hope to be one of you soon 🙂

HALF MARATHON – Top 10 men

1. Adam Roach [Pacific Grove], 1:11:33

2. Salvador Garcia [Los Banos], 1:15:43

3. Martin Conrad [Monterey], 1:15:43

4. Matt Allie [San Jose], 1:17:07

5. Karl Malmsheimer [Los Gatos], 1:17:36

6. Kevin Schneider [Mountain View], 1:19:26

7. Dan Napieralski [Folsom], 1:20:30

8. Kevan Chu [Santa Cruz], 1:20:45*

9. Bernardo Tapia [Redwood City], 1:21:15

10. Raymond Rodriguez [Los Banos], 1:21:43

HALF MARATHON – Top 10 women

1. Monica Jo Nicholson [Salinas], 1:24:50

2. Jessica Scola [San Francisco], 1:26:11

3. Rhea George [Seattle], 1:26:12

4. Kari Anne Bertrand [Gilroy], 1:27:11

5. Anna Gunn [Walnut Creek], 1:28:07

6. Lisa Castillo [Salinas], 1:28:11

7. Darci Cassinelli [Santa Clara], 1:28:50

8. Amber Arnaz [Tracy], 1:29:19

9. Ann Thomas [Santa Cruz], 1:29:37*

10. Katherine Rapmund [Walnut Creek], 1:31:23

10-KILOMETER RACE – Top 10 overall

1. Adam Marriott [Scotts Valley], 34:11*

2. Alexander Mahoney [San Jose], 34:57

3. Michael Ingardia [San Jose], 35:27

4. Matthew Meyerhofer [San Francisco], 36:44

5. Albert Pham [Cupertino], 37:00

6. Jim Tiffany [Seaside], 37:33

7. Nikia Brautovich [Aptos], 37:45*

8. Stephanie Kato [San Jose], 38:22

9. Isaac Medrano [Santa Clara], 38:26

10. Nicholas Chee [Salinas], 39:13

*Denotes top Santa Cruz County finishers

I was actually out at the race doing a fun little video for the Sentinel’s website (I was the one walking around in a snow jacket — man, it was cold out there), and I was able to catch up with 10k winner Nikia Brautovich, who said she considers this 10k her first, since she’d only previously done one when she was a kid. Anyway, here’s the quick interview we did on Cowell Beach just past the finish line.


I also posted a few of my favorite photos to Flickr.

More results can be found on the Buzzworld Productions site over here.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter at CGullTweets

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