Outside Roundup: Jamie Stamps wins CCCX Pro/Expert cross country title

Posted: 07/03/2009 01:30:36 AM PDT

Ben Lomond's Jamie Stamps won the Pro/Expert women's title in the 10-race CCCX cross-country series Sunday. Stamps won the final race Sunday at Fort Ord, completing six laps in 2 hours, 7 minutes, 36 seconds.

Megan Zemny and Stacy Schoeder of Santa Cruz secured first and second place, respectively, in the Sport women's division, while Sabine Dukes of Watsonville won the Expert women 35+ division.

In the Expert men's 45-54 division, Tim Sawyer of Santa Cruz beat out Richard La Torraca of Capitola for the series title. Locals Mark Knutson [Beginning men 45-54] and Rick Ortenblad [Beginning men 55+] also won their divisions.

Tobin Ortenblad, Andrew Murray, David Giannini, Jonathan Schantz and Mark Howland all finished second in their divisions for the series.

After winning his quarterfinal heat, Nat Young of Santa Cruz lost in the semifinals of the Association of Surfing Professionals Nike 6.0 Pier Pressure contest Sunday in Huntington Beach. Keanu Asing [Ewa Beach, Hawaii], 16, won the only Grade-4 event on the 2009 ASP World Junior Surf calendar.

For the first time in more than a decade, Santa Cruz's Akau Hana Outrigger Canoe Club fielded keiki [children] racers at a large sprint regatta held in Monterey last weekend.

Teaming up with the Kamali'i team from San Jose, 16-year-old Cassandra DeGaglia of Akau Hanna earned a third-place medal in the junior girls 19-and-under 1,000-meter race.

Advertisement Akau Hana also fielded a strong mixed crew for the 14-and-under 500-meter race. It consisted of Simone Pickens, Noelle Pruett, Kylar Svardal and Henry Asphaug. Ravi Purpuri, 12, steered and captained the canoe, which finished just out of the medals in the 14-boat race.

Adult racers from Akau Hana also participated in the sprint regatta, which drew hundreds of paddlers from 14 clubs across California.

The organizers of the Silicon Valley Marathon announced that the Oct. 25 event will be the world's first completely virtual marathon.

The marathon allows anyone around the world to participate fully in the event, with activities ranging from online training programs, to the pre-race expo and the race itself. Participants can run a marathon or half marathon anywhere on the day of the race or during the week leading up to the event. Once finished, they can upload their results to the race Web site courtesy of "Map My Run." All participants will receive the finisher medal, the official race shirt, and will be listed as an official Silicon Valley Marathon finisher.