Banana Slugs Men Finish 13th, Women 24th at Capital Cross Challenge

Banana Slugs Men Finish 13th, Women 24th at Capital Cross Challenge

SACRAMENTO (9-30) - UC Santa Cruz traveled to Sacramento to take part in the Capital Cross Challenge hosted by CSU Sacramento. The Banana Slugs' competition featured schools from all levels of intercollegiate athletics.

In the men's race, Paul Colosi had the best finish of the day for the Banana Slugs as he finished 73rd with a 25:44.6 time,the 4th fastest 8K in School history. Draven Hawk finished in 80th place with a time of 25:52.2. Nick Klieber ran the 8K course in a time of 25:52.4 -the freshman school record -and finished eighty first. Dante Capone finished eighth third with a time of 25:56.1. Kellen O'Neill ran the course in a time of 26:00.3 which placed him in eighty-seventh. Ralph Balaoing finished 151st with a time of 26:55.2. Sean Riedel finished 152nd with a time of 26:56. Raymond Breault finished with a time of 27:40.1 and 186th place finish. Dante De Los Santos rounded the Banana Slugs contingent with a 28:26.4 time and a 204th place finish.

Overall the Men ran the second-fastest team time in Program History. 

"The men had a remarkable day today.  Having a 16 second spread between our first and fifth runner is impressive," said head coach David Klech. "I think we executed very well and set is up well for the rest of the season.  Paul continues to impress and I think has a lot more in the tank.  It's great to have a healthy Draven back in the line-up, after taking last Cross Country season off.  The freshman continue to run with confidence and race like veterans."

In the women's race, Sydney Gutierrez led the Banana Slugs with a 119th place finish and a personal best time of 23:23.7. Carrie Bradley ran the 6K course in 24:33.9 which placed her in 172nd. Allie Lourim finished 187th with a time of 24:54.1. Abby Klein ran a time of 25:01.4 which placed her in 191st. Autumn Burton ran a time of 25:11.7 which placed her in 196th. Bella Demachkie finished 203rd with a time of 25:20.9. Lizzie Meredith finished with a time of 26:01.6 and 215th place finish. Emmaline Fronczak with a 216th place finish and a 26:04.6 time.

"Sydney really stepped up and had a great race," Klech said. "Our women are looking to build as the season goes on and this was a much better collective effort than two weeks ago."

In the men's team competition, Chico State University won the race while the Banana Slugs finished thirteenth. William Reyes of the Hoka Aggies Running Club won the individual competition. San Jose State won the women's team competition while the Banana Slugs finished 24th. Danielle Shanahan of Loyola Marymount University won the individual competition.

The Banana Slugs' next race will be October 14th as they will travel to Sunnyvale to participate in the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational.