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Outside report: Central Coast Running wins coed division in race around Lake Tahoe

SENTINEL STAFF REPORT
Posted: 06/19/2009 01:30:07 AM PDT

A team sponsored by locally owned Central Coast Running of Santa Cruz took home the mixed division title from the 45th annual Lake Tahoe Relay over the weekend.

Central Coast Runners of Santa Cruz, headed by UCSC women's cross country coach and store owner Adam Boothe, brought together some of the best runners in the community to compete in a seven-leg race around Lake Tahoe.

The team finished with a time of 8 hours and 33 minutes, good enough for first in the Coed division and 16th overall.

Although it was nice to have the victory, no one on the team expected or even aspired to win, Boothe said.

"We just put this team together for fun," he said. "Never once did we talk about how we were doing. The real fun was hanging out and running around the lake. Winning just made the celebration better. It's not everyday you get to run around Lake Tahoe. It's like a moving party."

The first two legs were handled by Santa Cruz's Kelley Puglisi and Aaron Jacobsen. Jacobsen took on the brunt of the course, with his leg inclining 900 feet in the last mile.

Legs three and four was run by two UCSC graduates, Tamara Torlakson and Carolyn Jaeger, and the other two legs belonged to Mikayla Murphy and Boothe.

Murphy, a current Banana Slug, added the same determination that has her in the top 25 5K times in the nation, while Boothe closed out the race in the anchor spot.

CYCLO-CROSS

The ninth race of the 2009 Central Coast Cyclo-Cross Mountain Bike Series was held Sunday at the Fort Ord Day Camp in Seaside, with a lot of familiar Santa Cruz bikers placing high.

The two most prolific riders, Santa Cruz's Mark Howland (Blackmarket Racing- mh) and Tim Sawyer, both finished in second place in their respective divisions.

Sawyer, who holds the first spot in the Expert 44-54 age division, built up his lead to 24 points with a time of 1:53:24, while Howland was able to hold his second spot in the Pro/Expert Single Speed division with ease.

In the Beginners division, Rick Ortenbald and David Giannini were able to finish first and second for the men's 55 and up.

The Junior Women 18 and under category was dominated by Santa Cruz County racers. Santa Cruz's Tara Sjarif and Maxine Schimmel finished 1-2 respectively, while Aptos' Simone Williamson rode home with the bronze.


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