On Sunday, five local athletes who compete for the Aptos Cabrillo swim club took to the podium in the Silicon Valley Children’s Triathlon at De Anza College in Cupertino.
The event is one of the largest triathlons in the country for children 15 and under.
Nico van der Meer, 13, won the division 13-15 with a time of 32:20. Louie van der Meer (25:29) placed fourth in the 10-year-old division, Thys van der Meer (16:50) placed second in the 8-year-old division, Nico Czelusta (17:19) s placed first in the 7-year-old division and Maddie Czelusta (11:49) placed second in the 5-year-old division.
The 13-15 split featured the longest distances: a 200-meter swim, a 6-mile bike ride and a 2,600-meter run.
It was the first year the race had taken place since the COVID-19 pandemic.
World Skate Games: Originally from Santa Cruz, Judi Oyama, a 62-year-old slalom racer sponsored by Santa Cruz Skateboards, will compete in the World Skate Games in Buenos Aires and San Juan, Argentina, from October 24 to November 24. 13.
Since last month at the Slalom Supreme Race in Salem, Oregon, the American team had six qualified women: Oyama, Lynn Kramer, Madison Prez, Maggie Ramirez, Isa Ruiz, Lari Rupp and Aliera Soulsby-Monroy.
Vert skateboarding, slalom and downhill will make their debuts in Argentina, as each discipline is a potential addition to the Olympics.
Oyama raises funds to go to the worlds to cover his flights, hotels, rentals, and food expenses. The National Team does not cover any of these expenses for athletes. She’s selling some of her extensive collection of vintage skateboard items.
Tax-free donations can be made to LaCosta Racing non-profit team member Oyama at lacostaracing.com/donations.
Land O’Lakes Legends Classic: Santa Cruz native Juli Inkster won the Land O’Lakes Legends Classic on Sunday. The World Golf Hall of Famer, an alumnus of Harbor High and San Jose State University, shot a total of 137 at The Meadows at Mystic Lake in Prior Lake, Minnesota.