Track and Field competes well at Mike Fanelli Classic

Track and Field competes well at Mike Fanelli Classic

HAYWARD- Competing against Division I and II athletes, UC Santa Cruz's track and field team had an impressive outing at the Mike Fanelli Classic - formerly the San Francisco Distance Carnival.

Five school records were set during the three-day event at Chabot College.

"I believe we had 19 lifetime bests!" said head coach David Klech "This was truly an incredible weekend for our Banana Slugs."

On Thursday, Nick Kleiber took 14 seconds off his school-record time in the 3000 meter steeplechase, running a 9:16.47 to finish 27th out of 65.

Shannon McClish closed the night bettering her school 10,000 meter record with a time of 35:54.87 to finish 21st out of 65. It was the fastest 10K for a Division III runner this year.

Paul Colosi also broke the men's 10,000 meters school record, running 30:37.54 which was over 2 minutes faster than the old record set by Thomas Thomsen on the same track exactly a year ago.

Colosi's time was the second-fastest in the Division this year.

On Day Two, Raissa Boysen added the school 1,500 meters record to the 800 meter mark she set this month. The senior ran a 4:38.98.

Kleiber, Boysen, McClish and Colosi put themselves in good position to qualify for the NCAA Championships with six weeks of qualifying remaining. The top 20 in each event get to go.

"Shannon and Paul were incredible in the 10,000m, both putting up School Records that should put them in contention for National bids this year," Klech said. "Nick re-set his Steeplechase School Record in his season debut and Raissa has continued to be impressive."

Friday's field highlight was Claire Ahearn's PR of 10'6" in the Pole Vault that gave her the school record by 2.5 inches.

UCSC finished the Classic on Sunday highlighted by Nico Phocas and Michael Charbonneau breaking the 2:00 barrier in the men's 800 meters, finishing in 1:59.45 and 1:59.82 respectively. In the Classic's signature event, the Distance Medley Relay, the Banana Slugs took ninth in women's and fifth in men's.

"I was really impressed with our efforts in the Distance Medley Relay after a busy few days of racing," Klech said.