Sunday, November 05, 2006

Weekend for Ladies Sports


Saturday: Santa Barbara Half Marathon--by far the biggest running race in SB. 2,000 pre-entries including the fastest men and women in town. This race is a major fundraiser for the SBAA which in turn donates thousands of dollars to local high school running programs. Good stuff.

Gina ran the half despite still having tired legs from Long Beach three weeks prior. She finished in the top-15 out of around a thousand women.




The Men's race was won by Aaron Sharp in convincing fashion, as he ripped a low 5-minute first mile and never looked back. That's him on the left at about the 1/2 mile mark on Shoreline... note the big mob of runners down the hill in the back ground.

Todd Booth ran a strong second. Todd is amazing on a mountain bike and also a very strong runner. I've always wondered why he isn't better on a road bike...



Saturday and Sunday: Storke Field at UCSB. AYSO U-14 Girls mini tournament and league playoffs. Alicia's team had a tough three-game weekend against strong teams with bigger and faster girls than our Stingrays. Nonetheless, our girls prevailed in each game thanks to their determination and skill. They converted a couple of beautiful corner kicks, with big-time flying headers into the goal. This team has great chemistry and it will be exciting to see how far they can go from here, representing Santa Barbara at higher levels.


I desperately wanted to bring a camera to catch some shots of the team, but Alicia was having none of that. It seems that Dad taking pictures is an extreme embarrassment for a teenage soccer player, so I acquiesced and left it at home. But I did have the camera phone and snapped the crappy picture at the right just after the trophy presentations.

1 comment:

butthead said...

"Todd Booth ran a strong second. Todd is amazing on a mountain bike and also a very strong runner. I've always wondered why he isn't better on a road bike..."

Easy...his seat's too low.