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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.

Sam Sayad and Chris Rhoden hold up their bounty in the FLW collegiate western regionals, were they finished fifth, qualifying for nationals in 2013.
(Photo courtesy of Alexa Bowe)

The UC Santa Cruz bass fishing team of Sam Sayad and Chris Rhoden took fifth in the FLW College Fishing Series Western Regional Championship at Utah Lake near Utah Valley in Utah over the weekend.

The anglers, who started the team at UCSC last year, were blanked in the final round, but caught six fish over the first two days to help them secure fifth place and a $3,000 prize.

Their finish also qualified them for the collegiate nationals next year in Louisiana. There, “the first-place team wins $25,000 for their school and $50,000 cash and a Ranger 177TR bass boat with a 90 horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard wrapped in school colors for their fishing club,” according to

Cal State-Long Beach’s Alex Cox and Justin Gangel won the event after catching five fish in the last round to boost their total to 14 for the tournament — six more than the next closest finishers.

Results in this report are from the 2012 Western Conference Championships website.

Ben Jacques-Maynes rides in the Tour of Utah en route to winning the King of the Mountain title.
Dave Richards/Contributed

UC Santa Cruz alum finishes 37th overall

Ben Jacques-Maynes made dominating mountain breakaways his mission in some of the most extreme ranges in the United States during the Tour of Utah this past week. The Watsonville resident’s hard work paid off as — for the first time in his professional cycling career — he was crowned the stage race’s overall King of the Mountain on Sunday.

Jacques-Maynes, a UC Santa Cruz alum who rides for Bissell Pro Cycling, won the King of the Mountain title with 38 points, but he didn’t know it until after he crossed the finish line of the sixth and final stage of the event, when people started patting him on the back with their congratulations.

“At that point, it was just a relief,” Jacques-Maynes said in a phone interview Monday after the conclusion of the TOU, which included 37,136 feet of climbing Aug. 7-12. “To have it pay off was a great feeling.”

Ben Jacques-Maynes rides in the Tour of Utah en route to winning the King of the Mountain title.
Dave Richards/Contributed

Although Jacques-Maynes earned the King of the Mountain jersey as early as the first stage, he said he really got back in the running for the title when he reclaimed the jersey in the fifth stage Saturday. Still, he wasn’t sure he would win the title with Timmy Duggan, the reigning US road race champion, ahead of him at the finish line Sunday.

King of the Mountain standings are based on points that riders accumulate by reaching checkpoints for climbs. Lucas Euser was second and Duggan was third [both with 31 points].

Jacques-Maynes, who spent a week and half acclimating in Park City before the competition, said the congratulations he received from his piers meant the most to him.

“I’m extremely happy,” he said. “…These are some of the biggest mountains available to climb in the country. It’s a big honor — a big deal.”

Jacques-Maynes placed 37th in the general classification. He was 20 minutes, 13 seconds back of winner Johan Tschopp [BMC Racing Team].

Jacques-Maynes flew back to the Bay Area and said he plans to rest up for about a week and a half before heading to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado, which is another high-altitude event.

Corralitos resident and pro cyclist Andy Jacques-Maynes placed fourth in the San Rafael Twilight Criterium on Saturday.

The Kenda/5-Hour Energy team rider crossed the finish line behind winner Eric Riggs of Antelope [Team Mike’s Bikes], runner-up Jared Barrilleaux of Petaluma [Cal Giant/Specialized] and third-place finisher James LaBerge of Napa [Team Mike’s Bikes] in the men’s Pro/Cat 1/2 race.

Jacques-Maynes’ twin brother Ben Jacques-Maynes, a Watsonville resident and fellow UC Santa Cruz alum, placed 17th for Bissell Pro Cycling.

Scotts Valley’s Rob Evans was the only other cyclist from Santa Cruz County to break into the top 25. He was 24th for McGuire Cycling Team.

In other divisions, the sole other county rider with a top-five finish was Santa Cruz’s Steven Sperling, who placed third [men’s Cat 3].

Results in this report are from

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Nevada City’s Christine Weir, a UC Santa Cruz team cyclist, crashed during the criterium at the 2012 USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals in Ogden, Utah, on Saturday. Then, she got back up, and finished her race, placing 44th.

Crash and all, Weir crossed the finish line in 1 hour, 1 minute, 32 seconds — 2:03 off winner Eileen Mazzochette of Stanford.

Hard weekend at #collnats Christine went down in the crit but still pulled off a top half in the road race all bandaged up!

— UCSC Cycling (@UCSCCycling) May 7, 2012

Earlier in the competition, Weir placed 32nd in the road race [3:03:58], which Heather Fischer of the University of Colorado-Boulder won [2:54:47].

Weir’s teammate Nicholas Newcomb was also representing the Slugs at nationals. The Nalisco native placed 38th in the road race [3:08:57], which was won by Josh Yeaton of the University of Colorado-Boulder [3:04:12].

In the criterium, Newcomb finished 83rd [1:14:39]. Yeaton won, finishing in 1:14:14.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

UC Santa Cruz’s cycling team had two riders — Nicholas Newcomb and Christine Weir — qualify for the upcoming collegiate road nationals, according to its Twitter feed, after last weekend’s Western Collegiate Cycling Conference races at the University of Nevada-Reno.

Newcomb was the runner-up in the individual time trial over the weekend — which landed him on a rusted-pipe podium (I’m not kidding, I’m pretty sure I see some rust there) — and he placed 13th in the criterium to boost his points in the season-long “A” omnium. He finished the regular season in ninth place overall with 470 points.

Men’s conference champion Mackenzie Champlin of UCLA had 770 points.

Weir placed fifth in the road race and sixth in the women’s criterium to finish the regular season in sixth place in the women’s “A” omnium with 520 points.

Women’s conference champion Danielle Haulman of UC Davis had 1,079 points.

UCSC finished ninth out of 20 teams in the conference omnium with 520 points, according to the WCCC site, and it is ranked No. 7 in the conference according to national rankings, which are calculated slightly differently.

The Collegiate Road National Championships will be held May 4-6 in Ogden, Utah.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Twin brothers Ben and Andy Jacques-Maynes may not ride for the same team anymore, but they were side by side in the top 10 in the overall standings of the Redlands Classic pro cycling race after the final stage on Sunday.

Watsonville resident and Bissell Pro Cycling rider Ben Jacques-Maynes placed seventh, and Corralitos resident and Kenda/5 Hour Energy rider Andy Jacques-Maynes placed eighth in the  General Classification standings.

Another brutal day in the rain wind and cold today, the race completely came apart, no idea what happened beside paddy winning again!

— Ben Jacques-Maynes (@Benjm1) March 26, 2012

Ben Jacques-Maynes, a UC Santa Cruz alum, finished :37 back of teammate and winner Patrick Bevin [3:51:49], who averaged 24.36 miles per hour, according to results on the Redlands Classic website. Andy Jacques-Maynes, also a UCSC alum, was 1:20 back and battling a cold as well as the cold weather, according to his Twitter feed.

After the race yesterday, I was RUINED. I was hallucinating, my skin looked green, and I couldn’t really speak English. Just demolished.

— Andy Jacques-Maynes (@ajmiac) March 26, 2012

Andy Jacques-Maynes‘ best finish in a stage was seventh place, which he accomplished twice, according to results on He was seventh in the final stage race Sunday at 1:13 off winner and teammate Phil Gaimon, and Andy Jacques-Maynes was seventh in the first stage, a time trial where he finished :18 off winner Gaimon.

Ben Jacques-Maynes’ best finish in a stage was 11th place, which he also accomplished twice (anyone sensing a twin connection here?), according to USA Cycling. He was 11th in the final road race at 2:55 off winner Bevin and 11th in the individual time trial, where he finished :25 back.

Other Santa Cruz County riders who competed were Scotts Valley’s Jennifer Reither [Vanderkitten – Focus], who finished 57:33 back of women’s General Classification winner Alison Powers in 53th place, and Powers’ NOW and Novartis for MS teammate Devon Gorry of Santa Cruz, who finished 1:03:16 back in 55th, according to

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter at CGullTweets

Professional disc golf player Carrie Berloger, a UC Santa Cruz alumna, had a tough first round in the Professional Disc Golfers Association-sanctioned St. Patrick’s Classic in Orangevale over the weekend and it cost her in the long run.

Berloger threw a 59 in the first round to start things off five back of the leader and eventual Women’s Open winner Anni Kremi of Richmond. Berloger gave a valiant effort through the remaining two rounds, but wasn’t able to make up the deficit. She finished with a 8-over 197 total to Kremi’s 7-over 196 total.

Berloger earned $280 for her finish. Kremi earned $410.

The Men’s Open winner was hometown disc golfer Derek Billings. He shot a 24-under 165 and took home $1,155.
— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter at CGullTweets

Andy Jacques-Maynes rides up a hill in the first stage of the San Dimas Stage Race. He finished the entire event a champion, with green and yellow jerseys. (Annette McCusker/Contributed)


There was only one way Corralitos resident and UC Santa Cruz alum Andy Jacques-Maynes could describe how he felt after winning the San Dimas Stage Race‘s General Classification: Shocked.

“So what can I say?” Jacques-Maynes, who rides with Kenda/5 Hour Energy’s pro cycling team, posted to Twitter. “It’s amazing to have won the San Dimas Stage Race in very trying conditions this weekend. I’m a little shell-shocked…”

Andy Jacques Maynes, the overall winner, celebrates on the podium after Stage 3. (Bill McCusker/Contributed)

Much of the stage races were held in rain, wind, and cold, but Jacques-Maynes pushed through the difficult weather. Friday, he placed 12th in the first stage, a 3.7-mile time trial through the San Gabriel Mountains. He finished in 13 minutes, 54.74 seconds — 44.59 back of winner and teammate Phil Gaimon — according to results posted on the SDSR website.

Saturday, he followed with a second-place finish in the second stage, which organizers describe as “a rolling to hilly circuit” in Frank G Bonelli Regional Park. He crossed the finish line in the same time [3:32:19] as winner Joseph Schmalz of Elbows Racing, according to the SDRS site. That finish put Jacques-Maynes at the top of the standings and in position to capture the General Classification.

He clinched the win Sunday with a sixth-place finish in the third and final stage race, which was held on a 1.21-mile grand prix course through San Dimas’ historical downtown area, in the same time [1:29:29] as winner Eric Young of Bissell Pro Cycling, according to results on VeloNews.

“It was a very intense build up to the crit, and the race itself was quite stressful (rainy and slick),” Jacques-Maynes tweeted later. “Pretty stunned, hasn’t sunk in yet.”

Ben Jacques-Maynes in action in the first stage. (Annette McCusker/Contributed)

Jacques-Maynes’ twin brother Ben, who rides for Bissell, also competed.

He placed 16th in the time trial [47.88 off the lead], fourth in the second stage race [:03 off the lead], and 18th in the third stage race [in the same time as the winner]. This was just his second race back from injury. He suffered a broken collarbone during last year’s Tour of California.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter at CGullTweets

Andy Jacques-Maynes pedals up Highway 1 during the early part of the race in front of Canadian Will Routley in 2010. At the time, he was riding for Bissell Pro Cycling. He now rides for Kenda/5 Hour Energy, which will not compete in the TOC for 2012. (Shmuel Thaler/Sentinel)

The Amgen Tour of California, a professional cycling stage race, may be coming through Santa Cruz County, but Corralitos resident and UC Santa Cruz alum Andy Jacques-Maynes won’t be coming with it.

The TOC on Tuesday released its list of 16 teams — both domestic and international — that will compete in the event, which is scheduled to run May 13-20. Andy Jacques-Maynes‘ team, Kenda/5 Hour Energy, did not make that list; although, his twin brother, Ben Jacques-Maynes, will ride for Bissell Pro Cycling, which did make the cut.

“So #AToC teams announced today, but no @KendaProCycling … What can we do? Simply continue doing what we’re good at: racing our bikes!”

— Andy Jacques-Maynes (@ajmiac) March 13, 2012

Those that will compete are as follows:

  • BMC Racing Team (USA)
  • Rabobank Cycling Team (NED)
  • Garmin- Barracuda (USA)
  • RadioShack-Nissan-Trek (LUX)
  • Liquigas-Cannondale (ITA)
  • Omega Pharma – QuickStep (BEL)
  • AG2R La Mondiale (FRA)
  • GreenEDGE Cycling Team (AUS)
  • Team Spidertech Powered By C10 (CAN)
  • UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA)
  • Project 1t4i (NED)
  • Colombia-Coldeportes (COL)
  • Team Optum Presented By Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA)
  • Bissell Pro Cycling (USA)
  • Team Exergy (USA)
  • Bontrager Livestrong Team (USA)

For additional details, please visit the Amgen site.

Andy Jacques-Maynes’ tweet prompted an outcry of support via Twitter on Tuesday morning. For a sampling, see the Storify post “Outpouring of support for KendaProCycling on Twitter.”

–Christina Gullickson, on Twitter at CGullTweets

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