Feb 25, 2017
At the Johnny Mathis Invitational, hosted by San Francisco State, freshman Banana Slugs Cross Country standout Paul Colosi picked up where he left off in the fall.
In his Track & Field debut, Colosi established a new UC Santa Cruz freshman record and became the 3rd fastest Banana Slug ever at 5000-meters with a time of 15:15.73.
"I was looking for him to run something in the 15:30s, which still would have been a freshman school record, but Paul just keeps exceeding expectations", exclaimed Coach Jamey Harris.
Colosi's 5000-meters performance was such a break through that he actually improved his personal best at 3200-meters along the way.
Other top performances from the weekend included personal best times in the women's 5000-meters by Shannon McClish, Raissa Boysen, and Ashley Anderson and a near miss by Lizzie Meredith. The rapidly improving Banana Slugs distance squad placed three runners under 19-minutes, a barrier only Meredith managed to best last year.
Coach Harris was quick to point out, "Shannon actually wasn't at her best today. Don't be surprised if she takes another big chunk off her personal best next month.
In the throwing events at the De Anza Open, Gillian Davis highlighted the action with a personal best in the Hammer Throw. Jeff Zheng also impressed with a 4th place finish in the Javelin. Jordynn Dorado had to sit out with an ankle injury.
Coach Geoff Foley said, "We were a little rough out there today, but it was a good start. Everyone had foul throws that could have moved them up the board. We should get Jordynn back healthy and be better next week."
The Banana Slugs will be back in action Saturday, March 4th, at the Kim Duyst Invitational, hosted by Stanislaus State.