Distance runners do the double in so. Cal

Distance runners do the double in so. Cal

Looking to shore up qualifying times for next month's NCAA meet, the distance runners on UC Santa Cruz's track team headed south for two different meets this week against the usual variety of Division I and II schools.

Only one UCSC runner competed at the 61st annual Mt. SAC Relays held at El Camino College. Paul Colosi ran the 10000 meters in 31:08.66 to place 17th in his heat.

The rest of the Banana Slugs contingent ran at the eastern end of Los Angeles county at the Bryan Clay Invite hosted by Azusa Pacific University. Three male runners ran in the 3000 meters steeplechase, with Tyler Rule leading the pack by finishing 84th in a time of 9:47.05. The school record holder, Nick Kleiber, was 0.67 seconds behind him in 9:47.72. Freshman Perry Winsor rounded out the event with a time of 9:51.99.

For the women, Sydney Gutierrez and Shannon McClish both ran the 5000 meters, with McClish placing 19th in 17:45.71. Gutierrez finished in 18:19.16, good for 25th in her heat.

The Banana Slugs get back to the track next weekend when they take part in the Steve Scott Invitational hosted by UC Irvine.