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Aptos’ Marc Erik Lowe won for the second straight year and and Soquel’s Michelle Kern dominated the women’s field in the Jingle Bell Rock Toys for Tots 5-kilometer race at the San Lorenzo River Levee in Santa Cruz over the weekend.

Lowe crossed the finish line in 18 minutes, 59.6 seconds to defend his title. He was followed by Kern, who crossed the finish line in 19:34.1 for the women’s title and second place overall. Chris Anderson was second among men and third overall [20:13.8], and Josh Mader was third among men and fifth overall [20:20.3].

Kern was followed by Abbey Meck, who placed second among women and fourth overall [20:14], and Margaret Ellis took third among women and seventh overall [20:36.4].

Results included in this report are from Finishline Productions.

Watsonville cyclist Andy Jacques-Maynes won the muddy elite division of the Central Coast Cyclocross Series race No. 6 at Manzanita Park in Prunedale as a storm moved through the area on Sunday.

Jacques-Maynes [Cal Giant/Specialized] finished eight laps in the elite men’s Cat 1/2/3/4 race in 51 minutes, 58 seconds. Millbrae’s Keith Hillier took second [Marc.Pro-strava] in 53:39, and Julian Gomez-Villafane [Ibis] took third in 54:02.

Also from Santa Cruz County, Bonny Doon’s Justin Robinson [Cal Giant] won the master men’s 35-plus “A” Cat 1/2/3/4 division, going seven laps in 45:42.; Santa Cruz’s Natasha Perry [Bicycle blue book/HRS/Rocklobster] won the master women’s 35-plus “all” division, going six laps in 53:14; Soquel’s Miles Wadsworth [Family Cycling Center] won the master men’s 45-plus “B” 2/3/4 division, going seven laps in 52:46; and Santa Cruz’s Chance Tiner [SCJC] won the junior men’s 15-18 division as the only entrant, going five laps in 40:46.

The next series race, which doubles as the USA Cycling/Northern California Nevada Cycling Association District Championships, is scheduled for Dec. 30 at Manzanita Park.

Information in this report is from the CCCX website. Photos of the mud and action can be found here.

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 Matt Chrabot and Soquel resident Tommy Zaferes, both pro triathletes, will represent the Santa Cruz County area on the world stage at the ITU World Triathlon Series sprint event in Stockholm on Saturday.

Chrabot is ranked No. 3 in the WTS and Zaferes has recently had several local successes, including winning the Sandman Triathlon for the third year in a row.

They will also be joined by American Jarrod Shoemaker, ranked No. 1 in the WTS.

This inaugural sprint-distance event features a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5k run, according to a press release from USA Triathlon. It is an International Triathlon Union-sanctioned event and will stream live starting at 5:50 a.m. Pacific Time at

Hollie Estupinian, who ran the sixth fastest time of any American woman in the Boston Marathon earlier this year, is scheduled to speak at a Women in the Spotlight networking luncheon in Aptos on July 25th.

Estupinian will speak about staying motivated to reach goals and finding one’s personal best at the second annual event, which is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bittersweet Bistro.

Estupinian, a Soquel resident and mother of two, is also the defending champion of the Nike Women’s Marathon – San Francisco.

Women in the Spotlight is presented by the Aptos Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $35.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Two junior racers from Santa Cruz County earned silver, and a handful of other mountain bikers secured top-10 finishes, at the 2012 USA Cycling MTB Cross Country Nationals in Sun Valley, Idaho, on June 5-8.

On the opening day of racing Thursday, Capitola’s Steffen Andersen finished runner-up in the junior men’s Cat 3 15-18 age division, crossing the finish line of the cross country race in 1:51:03. Daniel Riley of Park City, Utah, won in 1:46:16.

And on the closing day Sunday, Santa Cruz’s Tobin Ortenblad [Ritte Elite U23 Development Team] finished runner-up to another Park City product, Keegan Swenson, in short track cross country action. Ortenblad crossed the finish line of the junior men’s Cat 1 15-18 age division race in 31:42.7, and Swenson clocked in at 31:19.4.

Ortenblad also earned a sixth-place finish in Sunday’s junior men’s 18-and-under Super-D for what was his second top-10 finish at nationals following a DNF on Friday. He had a time of 23:06.6. Swenson also won that race, crossing the finish line in 21:57.1.

Ortenblad wasn’t the only Santa Cruz County product to secure two top-10 finishes. Soquel’s Jacob Albrecht [Whole Athlete] also managed the feat with two sixth-place finishes. One was in the junior men’s Cat 1 15-18 age division race, and the other was in the junior men’s Cat 1 17-18 age division race Friday, where he finished in 1:20:56. Swenson [Cannondale Factory Racing] again won, taking that race in 1:17:08.

Several other county racer earned top-10 finishes. They were as follows:

  • Santa Cruz’s Loren Gregg placed seventh in the women’s under-23 cross country race[1:44:05]. Fairfax’s Lauren Catlin [Durango Devo] won in 1:32:48.
  • Capitola’s Richard Latorraca [unattached] placed 10th in the master men’s 60-64 cross country race, which was won by Montana Velo’s Randy Beckner of Helena, Mont., in 1:52:50.
  • Aptos’ Ron Riley [Bike Station Aptos] placed seventh in the master men’s 77-and-over cross country race [3:12:40]. Sun Valley’s Hans Muehlegger [Durance-Colnago] won in 2:10:39.

Results included in this report are from

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Soquel’s Jon Beard suffers broken hand, pushes to 50-mile mark before going to hospital

Santa Cruz resident Chris Wehan placed fourth in the 17th annual running of the Miwok 100-kilometer race in the Marin Headlands on Saturday.

He crossed the finish line at Stinson Beach in 9 hours, 44 minutes, 58 seconds, about a half hour behind winner Dave Mackey of Boulder, Colo. [9:14:06], according to results on

The race — which saw only about 260 of 350 people finish according to runner Melanie Michalak out of Santa Cruz — had 13,000 feet of net ascent over difficult terrain.

Soquel’s Jon Beard reportedly fell on one of the decents.

“…He continued running to the 50-mile mark with one broken hand and one hand in desperate need of stitches,” Michalak wrote in an email. “Although he made the cutoff time at the 50-mile mark, he headed to the emergency room to set his hand and get a cast.

“This truly embodies the ultrarunner spirit- enduring the pain as long as possible!”

Michalak finished the race 37th among women, 173 overall, in 15:11:09. Other Santa Cruz County-area runners who finished were as follows: Sean Lang [Santa Cruz] was 45th overall in 11:54:52, Mike Wright [Corralitos] was 94th overall in 11:54:52, and Rohanna McCord [Santa Cruz] was 42nd among women and 180th overall in 15:15:47.

— 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

Soquel's Ashley Lindsey crosses the finish line of the American River 50-miler. She was the top female finisher from Santa Cruz County.
(Deanna McCarthy/Contributed)

Fresh off a win in the Woodside Ramble 50-kilometer race, Santa Cruz’s Chris Wehan placed 10th in the American River 50-mile cross country footrace from Sacramento to Auburn on April 7, according to results on

Wehan carried some momentum from a busy March, when he won the Woodside Ramble and the Montara Mountain 50k — and had top-10 placings in the Way Too Cool 50k, and Canyon Meadow Winter 50k, the Rodeo Valley Trail 50k.

Wehan crossed the American River finish line in 6 hours, 33 minutes, 51 seconds as one of several Santa Cruz County finishers who made the top 20.

New Zealander Vajin Armstrong won the race with a sub-six hour time [5:53:32].

Also from Santa Cruz County, Sean Lang, 30, of Santa Cruz placed 20th in 7:03:18; Soquel’s ultra-marathon mom, Ashley Lindsey, who runs despite a heart condition, placed 18th among women and 172th overall [9:06:42]; and Aptos’ Angela Rebol finished 20th among women and 175th overall [9:08:42].

Canadian Ellie Greenwood won the women’s title in 6:18:47. She was fifth overall.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Employees of Lululemon Athletica cheer on runners as they near the finish line in Santa Row during the "inaugural" 408k run in San Jose Sunday March 11, 2012. The run started at HP Pavilion and winded through the San Jose area and ending at Santana Row. The run was an 8K race that raises money for the Pat Tillman fund. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)

Aptos’ Dan Gruber put some extra spring in his step the morning of Spring Forward and placed 13th in the 408K Race to the Row, an 8-kilometer footrace, in San Jose.

The 408K Race to the Row was an inaugural event Sunday that saw 3,000 runners sign up and $10,000 earned for the Pat Tillman Foundation.

Gruber, a former Wharf to Wharf winner and Aptos High coach, crossed the finish line in 29 minutes, 39 seconds to win the 55-59 age group, according to results posted to the event’s website. Kevin Pierpoint of Campbell won the overall title in 24:53.

Santa Cruz County also had two runners place in the top 15 of the women’s field. Margaret Fahl of Watsonville and Trinity Magas of Santa Cruz were seventh and 10th, respectively. Fahl finished the race in 33:26 for 48th overall, and Magas finished in 35:02 for 83rd overall.

Other area runners to make the top 100 were Soquel’s Matt Dixon, who placed 72nd overall in 34:36, and Watsonville’s Albert Delatorre, who placed 80th in 34:57.
— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter at @CGullTweets

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