After outstanding seasons, UC Santa Cruz runners Paul Colosi and Shannon McClish were named to partake in the NCAA Cross Country Championships. The Men's 8K run and women's 6K run will happen next Saturday at Sawyer Park in Louisville, KY.
Colosi, a freshman from Corralitos, finished 15th at the West Region meet to earn a bid. He's the first UCSC runner in the Men's Championship since Tyler Holt in 2012. In October's Charles Bowles Invite at the same course in Salem, he ran the 8th fastest time in School history running (26:07). Paul then led the UC Santa Cruz men with a 32nd place finish with a time of 26:19 (1st out of Division 3 runners) at the Bronco Invitational in Santa Clara. In his third race of the month, Paul dominated the Banana Slug Invitational with a 49 second victory, matching his fastest time of the season (26:07). in muddy and wet conditions and leading UCSC's Men to the team title.
McClish is the fourth UCSC runner in the last five years to make it to nationals. The speedy sophomore from Morro Bay led the UCSC women in all 5 races this season. Shannon started out her season at the 2016 NDNU Argo Invite where she finished 10th overall. At the UC Riverside Invitational, Shannon ran to a then-personal best of 18:44 leading UCSC to a 7th place team finish (second among Division 3 teams). Shannon then led the UCSC women with a 15th place finish (Top finisher among Division 3 runners) with a time of 22:16 over the 6k course at the Bronco Invitational in Santa Clara, a performance which moved her to fourth on UCSC's all-time list. Perhaps her best performance came at the Banana Slug Invitational, where she improved her 4th place mark on the all-time list with a time of 22:11, a 1 min 20 sec victory, in wet and muddy conditions.