Area Roundup: Somers Smith to run in New York City Marathon today

San Luis Obispo running veteran Linda Somers Smith is still going strong at age 49 and will be running in today’s New York City Marathon.

By finishing the Los Angeles Marathon in 2 hours 36 minutes 33 seconds earlier this year, Somers Smith qualified for her seventh Olympic trials. She ran in the Olympic marathon in Atlanta in 1996.In September, Smith Somers ran 1:13:51 in the San Jose Half Marathon, finishing second.

Smith Somers has also been writing a blog for the New York Times leading up the marathon. The blog can be found at

North County Christian football team wins

Tyler Roth carried the North County Christian High football team on his back en route to a 58-34 road win over Valley Christian on Saturday afternoon in a Coast Valley League game.

Roth rushed 32 times for 262 yards and five touchdowns, returned an interception 56 yards for another score and caught a two-point conversion to lead the Crusaders (8-1, 3-1) toward a postseason berth in the regular-season finale.

North County Christian, ranked No. 6 in Division 2 of the CIF-Southern Section 8-man poll, likely assured itself of a playoff berth with the win.

Keelan Willison caught a 23-yard touchdown from Taylor Brard and threw a 45-yard touchdown to Daniel Katches in the win.

Playoff pairings will be announced this afternoon.

Shandon football falls

The Shandon football team dropped a 62-32 decision to Cuyama Valley in a Coast Valley League game, likely eliminating the Outlaws (4-4, 2-2) from postseason contention.

“This was a game we had to win and we just couldn’t get it,” Shandon coach Alan Sciocchetti said.

Sciocchetti praised the play of quarterback Rio Contreras, saying “his heart was immeasurable. We had to win and he went for it all. He was all heart.”

Contreras finished 4 of 6 passing for 61 yards and a touchdown, while running four times for 28 yards and a score. He also recorded a sack defensively and recovered a fumble.

Hector Rangel added nine carries for 50 yards for Shandon.