Colosi and Kleiber lead Men's Cross country to Bronco Invitational Open race title

Colosi and Kleiber lead Men's Cross country to Bronco Invitational Open race title

SUNNYVALE - Strong races from Paul Colosi  and Nick Kleiber led UC Santa Cruz's men to the 8K Open Division title at the Bronco Invitational hosted by Santa Clara University.

It was the fastest team race on UCSC's record books.

"Today was a phenomenal day in Banana Slug Cross Country History," said head coach David Klech. "The men set a school-record team time. We wanted to simulate Regionals and practice racing.

Colosi finished sixth out of 155 runners with a time of 25:16.1. Kleiber finished seventh one second later for his PR.

Draven Hawk (25:39.7) was 16th and Dante Capone (25:44.4) was 19th. A pack of Banana Slugs- Raymond Breault (26;32.0), Solomon Reinman (26:33.5), Harmen Kang (26:34.8), and Ralph Balaoing (26:35.6) - finished 49th through 52nd. Kellen O'Neill finished 66th in 26:52.1.

Other runners were Dante De Los Santos (26:56.5, 70th), Tyler Rule (27:06.2,78th), Sean Riedel (27:08.4, 83rd), Patrick Jones (28:36.7,118th) and William Maas (29:52.4, 139th).

UC Santa Cruz finished with 44 points to win the 11-team Open division, ahead of Stanford's Club team with 76 and Fresno Pacific (89).  

"Paul and Nick fought in the front pack and both put together great races. Kellen had a tough fall a mile into the race, but got up and caught hard," Klech said. "Having 12 men under 27:10 today was a huge accomplishment, and showed the extreme depth of our program."

In the Women's Open 6K, Sydney Gutierrez finished 20th in 23:36.4 to help UCSC finish 3rd of 9, behind only Fresno Pacific and Embry-Riddle.

Freshman Carrie Bradley (23:45.7) was 24th, Bella Demachkie (24:21.3) was 32nd, Abby Klein (24:26.3) was 34th, and Emmaline Fronczak (24:51.2) was 41st in the field of 96.

Other runners included Casey Chien (25:33.9, finished 58th), Lizzie Meredith (25:44.8, 61st),  Erin Carvalho (25:46.7, 62nd) , Taylor Barkdoll (26:08.5, 68th), Megan Lewis (27:22.8, 79th) and Nicole O'Connor (28:25.9, 85th).

Assistant Coach Shawn Gallup noted "the women rebounded from a tough meet two weeks ago to have a great showing today. They ran a lot more patient and it showed in their results."

It was the last regular season meet for UC Santa Cruz, who next go to the NCAA West Regional in Claremont November 11th.