Record relay run highlights UCSC's weekend at Steve Scott Invite

Alvarado-Zavaleta, Boysen, Marquardt and McPhillips took 1.4 seconds off the old 4x400 record
Alvarado-Zavaleta, Boysen, Marquardt and McPhillips took 1.4 seconds off the old 4x400 record

IRVINE - The track of Anteater Stadium has been lucky for UCSC the past few years. The Banana Slugs set many personal records at UC Irvine's Steve Scott Invitational, including one mark that has become an annual tradition.

The women's 4x400 relay team (Raissa Boysen, Natalie Marquardt, Nancy Alvarado-Zavaleta and Abby McPhillips) set a new school record, running against mostly Division I schools in a time of 4:03.35. It is the third straight year that record has fallen in Irvine, with seniors Marquardt and Alvarado-Zavaleta being on the previous two record squads.

Boysen also lowered her own school record in the 800 meters. She finished 10th in 2:14.70, 1.28 seconds better than her time last month in Sacramento. It moved her back into NCAA consideration with one month until the Division lll championships. Marquardt finished 21st in 2:16.72.

"This was an incredible meet for UC Santa Cruz Track & Field," said head coach David Klech. "We have a weekend off, and then we're looking to end our season a high note.

"On Saturday, seniors Raissa and Natalie were sensational. They both had huge PRs in the 800m and then teamed up with Nancy and Abby to reset their School Record for the third consecutive year at this meet."

Other standouts were Chidinma Nwokocha running a 13.7 in the 100 meters and Gillian Davis with a 129'9" discus throw- 14 inches away from her school record.

On the men's side, Kellen O'Neill was 13th in the 5000 meters with a PR of 14:59.78, and Luke Trafecanty was 26th in 15:20.75.

"It was a well-deserved breakthrough for Kellen," Klech said. "His training has been going so well, and to watch him win his heat convincingly was really special. He also pulled along his teammates to great performances."

Max Schoerner just missed a PR in the Long Jump with a leap of 21' 10.25", one of the top eight jumps all-time at UCSC. Conrad Pereira jumped 19' 5.50". Perry Winsor had a PR while placing fourth in the 3000 Steeplechase in 9:34.16.

"Perry has a rough steeple debut last week, so it was exciting to see him bounce back and be one of the top freshman Steelers in the country." Klech said.

The 4x400 relay of Ethan Bizzack, Pereira, Mason Pierce and Raymond Breault finished in 3:29.77, just 2.41 seconds off the school record.