Outside report: Top skaters turn out for Brauch Memorial

Article Launched: 10/02/2008 01:31:07 AM PDT

Some of the top professional and amateur skaterboarders came to Scotts Valley and San Jose over the weekend to compete in the 10th Annual Tim Brauch Memorial skate contest.

The final day of competition Sunday featured the World Cup of Skateboarding at the new Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park in San Jose. The park is the largest skate park in California at 68,000 square feet and features the world's longest full pipe, tallest vert wall and largest cradle.

Julie Kindstrand won the women's event and Christian Hosoi was crowned the Grand Masters champion, topping fellow legends like Steve Caballero and Duane Peters, who won "Trick of the Day" honors after one wheel flew off in the middle of an invert and he kept going on three wheels.

Benji Galloway won the pro event, while Mikee O'Friel took first place among the amateurs, and Alex Midler won the groms division.

Numerous county runners performed well at the Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Run on Saturday. Felton runner Tony Casano, 49, finished third in the 10-kilometer race, followed closely by Santa Cruz's Don Freitas, 31, in sixth. Benoit Pelczar, 35, of Santa Cruz took second place in the 21k race. Ben Lomond's Andy Benkert, 40, took fourth in the 29k.

In the grandaddy of the all, the grueling 50k, Aptos' Nicole Duke, 32, finished in sixth place, while Santa Cruz runner Jennifer Squires, 27, finished 13th.

The Advertisement Bicycle Trip Junior Cyclocross Racing Team launched its fifth season of racing with terrific results at the Central Coast Cyclocross Race Series opener at Fort Ord on Sept. 21. Team members Dylan McDonald, Raymond Mendoza and Kyle Vanderstoep took first, second and third respectively in the Junior Men 14-18 category, while team member Thomas Mendoza finished first in the Junior Men 13 & Under group.

The Bicycle Trip Junior Cyclocross Racing Team is open to all interested riders in Santa Cruz County between the ages of 7 and 17. For more information call The Bicycle Trip at 427-2580.

Several local riders not on the team did well at Sunday's race at Fort Ord, the second in the series. Andy Jacques-Maynes of Watsonville won the elite men's race and Stella Carey of Santa Cruz won the elite women's. Tim Cannard of Santa Cruz won the single speed "A" race and Samuel Cerruti prevailed in the junior 13-under category, while Janel Lodge [Blackmarket Racing] of Santa Cruz won the masters 35+ event and Winona Hubbard of Santa Cruz was tops in the women's 45+.

Seven swimmers from Pleasure Point swim club "Team Richard" swam their personal best in the The South End Rowing Club's 13th Annual Alcatraz Invitational Swim in San Francisco Bay. Their results, in their respective age groups: Sharon Reeves took first place, Katie Musitelli, second place; Jamie Romero, third place; Susie Crawford, fourth place; Padi Romero, fifth place; Richard Rose, 13th place; Ron Rose 15th place.

A group of competitive swimmers from Santa Cruz and San Mateo will join swimmers from the UC Santa Cruz swim team for a swim across Monterey Bay to raise funds for the UCSC swimming and diving program Saturday.

The swim will be a 26-mile relay with swimmers doing 20-minute shifts in the water. Support boats will carry swimmers and paddlers. Swimmers will also be accompanied by two kayaks. Swimmers will start at the Santa Cruz Harbor and endure water temperatures in the 50s before emerging nearly 12 hours later in Monterey.