Banana Slugs finish the season running all over California

Slug distance squad pose at Occidental
Slug distance squad pose at Occidental

Have track,will travel.

The Banana Slug track and field squad had a full weekend as they closed the regular season in three different meets over three days.

UCSC started the week sending eight competitors to Azusa Pacific and came away with three of them setting school records.

Conrad Pereira became the first Slug athlete to break the 6,000-point plateau in the decathlon.

In his second college decathlon, the sophomore from Virginia finished with 6,102 points over the two days. It was 476 points better than the previous school record that teammate Brandon Nicely scored last month in Turlock.

Thrower Jordynn Dorado also claimed a school record from a teammate. She became the first woman to throw the discus over 40 meters with a throw of 41.3 (135' 6") to better Gillian Davis's 39.90 mark. Davis had a throw of 39.36 meters as the duo placed 5th and 6th.

Abby McPhillips added to her school High Jump record by clearing 1.6 meters (5'3").

In Turlock, about thirty team members participated in the Warrior Last Chance Invite at Stanislaus State. The highlight was Nico Phocas breaking his own school record in the 400 hurdles by finishing in 55.94. Max Schoerner was second in the Long Jump with a PR-tying jump of 6.67 meters (21'10.75"), less than an inch from Bryant Strouse's 2010 school record.

Ethan Bizzack was similarly close in the 200 meters with a time of 22.87, 0.15 seconds off from Alex Morales's school record set in 2007.

For the women, Melanie Wong had a season-best 16.98 in the 100 hurdles. Freshman Chidinma Nwokocha had a PR in the 100 with a 12.99 and Nancy Alvarado-Zavaleta had a PR of 27.18 in her final 200 meters race at UCSC.

The third meet- the Occidental Invitational- hosted a variety of collegiate and international competitors.

Seniors Shannon McClish, Raissa Boysen and Sydney Gutierrez all ran the 5000 meters. McClish led the pack finishing in 17:44. Boysen ran a 18:04 and Gutierrez finished in 18:13. Paul Colosi, Kellen O'Neill, Nick Kleiber and Dante Capone led a pack in the men's 5000. Colosi finished in 14:49, O'Neill in 14:54, Kleiber in 15:07 and Capone in 15:24 in his final college race.

The Banana Slugs await confirmation of any NCAA Championship participants on Thursday.