Andrew Creely of Santa Cruz ushered in the new year by winning the 5-kilometer Race to End World Hunger in Palo Alto on Tuesday.

Creely, 55, beat runner-up Thomas Setser of San Francisco by nearly a minute, finishing in 18 minutes, 9.24 seconds to Setser's 19:04.99.

In the 10k race, Michelle Kern of Soquel finished 12th overall and second among women in 41:23.48. Her time, which won her the female 40-49 age group, was less than a minute behind leader Bridget Gotlieb of Cupertino. Margaret Fahl of Watsonville was fourth in 42:14.24, winning the 30-39 age group.

 

  • The fastest men age 50 and older in Tuesday's Rio Resolution Run in Carmel call Santa Cruz home.

     

    Dan Zulaica of Santa Cruz won the 50-59 age group and placed 14th overall at the annual New Year's Day 10k race with a time of 39:32. John West of Bonny Doon took second in the category and 19th overall in 40:53.

    Michelle Zenda of Aptos represented the county in the women's 50-59 division, taking third in 49:48.

    Jesus Campos of King City won the race in 34:21 and Salinas' Monica Jo Nicholson was the top woman, taking 11th overall in 39:10.

    CYCLING

    Aaron Bradford of Santa Cruz won the Elite men's title at the NCNCA/USA Cycling District Cross Country Championships at Fort Ord on Sunday. Bradford completed nine laps in 57:22 to beat out runner-up Cody Kaiser of Sacramento and Justin Robinson of Bonny Doon in the Cat. 1/2/3/4 race.

    Robinson, however, still got his hardware by winning the Masters Cat 1/2/3/4 race, covering seven laps in 44:46.

    Chance Tiner was uncontested in winning the Junior men's 17-18 race.

    Forrest Toshikian of Santa Cruz won the men's B Cat 3/4 race (six laps, 42:08).

    Benjamin Dorfan took third in the men's C 3/4 race and Soquel's Kai Evans placed third among 10-12s. Maddie Ortenblad and Geneva Burkhardt, both of Santa Cruz, meanwhile, went 2-3 among 14-16s girls.