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Aptos High used the funds it received from the Wharf to Wharf to resurface its track. (Contributed photo)

The Wharf to Wharf nonprofit corporation, which annually puts on the race by the same name in Santa Cruz in July, announced the recipients of $388,394 this week, with Soquel High and Aptos High garnering the largest chunks of money. They received $110,000 and $60,000, respectively, for track resurfacing.

The Wharf to Wharf is a 6-mile footrace from near the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf to the Capitola Wharf. This year marked it’s 40th anniversary.

“The Wharf to Wharf is far more than a yearly running event. In fact we are one of the largest charitable organizations in the county,” Race Director Scott McConville said. “Our main goal annually is to promote the health and fitness of the youth of Santa Cruz County.”

The other Santa Cruz County-area schools and programs receiving money are as follows:

Aptos High School track / football / cheer /Softball $11,800
Harbor High School track / football/ water polo/cheer $8,300
Monte Vista Christian track & field $7,000
Pajaro Valley High School track & field $7,000
Santa Cruz High School track & field / girls basketball $12,540
Scotts Valley High School track & field / girls basketball $9,300
SLV High School track / girl’s softball / football $9,600
Soquel High School track /football/baseball/cheer/water polo $15,100
Watsonville High School track & field $13,000
Saint Francis High School track & field $7,000
Salesian Sisters School $600
Twin Lakes Christian School $450
Pacific Collegiate School $1,000
New Brighton Middle School $2,084
Branciforte Middle School $12,500
Pajaro Valley Middle School $1,600
Delaveaga Elementary School $800
Linscott Charter School $1,000
Soquel Elementary Schools $4,000
YES School $800
Aptos Junior High School $1,200
E.A. Hall Middle School $3,800
Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League $1,300
Mission Hill Middle School $1,350
Scotts Valley Middle School $1,470
Soquel Stadium Track Resurfacing Fund $13,000
Soquel Stadium Equipment Fund $3,000
International Games $1,400
Student/Athlete Scholarship Fund $30,000
Capitola Junior Guards $7,000
Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Reserve $9,600
Capitola Explorers $400
Aptos High School Track Resurfacing $60,000
Soquel High School Track Resurfacing $110,000
Coast County Athletic League $1,800
Santa Cruz Track Club $17,600
TOTAL 2012 DONATIONS: $388,394

Aromas’ Kiran MacKinnon, a Soquel High alum, placed seventh in the men’s pro downhill mountain bike race at the Chile Challenge in Angel Fire, N.M., on Saturday. The event was the second of the Mountain States Cup State Series.

MacKinnon [Santa Cruz/TLD/e*thirteen/Formula/Cane Creek/Fox] finished the course in 5 minutes, 55.99 seconds. Logan Binggeli of Saint George, Utah, won the race in 5:46.14. Bingelli rides for KHS.

Hans Keisler of Aptos [Troy Lee/the Hive/Smith optics] was the only other Santa Cruz County-area rider to compete. He finished 23rd in the men’s Cat 1 19-29 age division in 7:09.50. Placentia’s Jake Payne [unattached] won that race in 6:20.62.

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— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Kiran MacKinnon, a Soquel High alum, flew through his race at the 21st annual Spring Thaw Downhill Mountain Bike Race in Ashland, Ore., on Sunday to be one of two riders to break the course record.

With a time of 3 minutes, 59.66 seconds, MacKinnon [Santa Cruz Bicycles] placed second behind Ashland’s Nathan Riddle, who was just five-one hundredths of a second faster. The previous record was four minutes flat.

MacKinnon is next scheduled to compete at the Pro GRT Chile Challenge on June 10 in Angelfire, New Mexico.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Santa Cruz resident Jeff Kendall-Weed was made for speed. He’s proved as much by winning three consecutive Central Coast Series downhill mountain biking competitions, capped with his most recent pro men’s victory Saturday.

Novato’s Ben Cruz was nipping on his heels, so to speak, but Kendall-Weed pulled off the win in 4 minutes, 31.76 seconds to Cruz’s 4:33.36, according to results released early this week. Aromas’ Kiran MacKinnon, a Soquel High grad who represented the United States at the downhill worlds last year, placed third [4:38.18] on the Toro Park course in Salinas.

With Kendall-Weed’s and MacKinnon’s stellar performances this season, the last couple races of the season will carry a lot of weight for the overall title.

There were just three other Santa Cruz County winners. They were as follows: Santa Cruz’s Scott Chapin [Santa Cruz/Fox/Easton] crossed the finish line of the men’s Cat 1 race in 4:41.77, Scotts Valley’s Joel Van Pykeren [unattached] crossed the finish line of the junior boys 18-and-under Cat 3 race in 5:06.83, and Aptos’ Devin Kjaer [Family Cycling Center/FOX] crossed the finish line of the junior boys 13-and-under race in 5:27.90.

The next Central Coast Series X-Fusion Super-D event is scheduled for March 18 at Toro Park. As always, they have tons of photos up from Rick Rasmusen, so be sure to check those out, too.

— Christina Gullickson, CGullTweets on Twitter.

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