BELMONT (9-1) – A day after starting their season in San Luis Obispo, the Banana Slugs were back on the track as they took part in the Argo Invitational. The race was hosted by NCAA Division II member Notre Dame De Namur University at Crystal Springs Cross Country Course.
In the men's race, Perry Winsor finished tenth with a time of 27:57.7. Dante Santos ran the eight-kilometer course with a time of 27:58.3 which placed him in eleventh. Sean Riedel finished 12th with a time of 28:03.3. Luke Trafecanty ran a 28:07.5 time and placed 15th. Kevin Chacko finished 17th with a 28:36.0 time. Walter Teitelbaum placed 21st in 29:02.5. Sagan Svoboda rounded out the Banana Slugs with a time of 29:31.2 and placing 22nd.
In the women's race, freshman Anya Cooper-Hynell had the best finish of the day for the Banana Slugs as she finished ninth with a time of 23:50.62. Elana Muzzy finished 15th with a time of 25:03.71. Abby Klein ran the six kilometer course in a time of 26:05.74 finishing 24th. Erin Carvalho was 26th with a time of 26:34.15. Melissa Carrillo ran a 26:38.48 time which was good for a twenty seventh place finish. Allie Lourim finished thirty second with a time of 26:54.49. Casey Chien finished 40th with a 29:37.14 to complete the participants for the Banana Slugs.
In the men's team competition, Stanislaus State University won the race while the Banana Slugs finished third. Michael Mrgudic won the individual competition. Stanislaus State also won the women's team competition while the Banana Slugs finished third. Clarissa Morales of Stanislaus State won the individual competition.
The Banana Slugs' next race will be in two weeks as they will take part in the UC Riverside Invitational hosted by NCAA Division I member UC Riverside.
Head Coach David Klech- "This was a great opening weekend for us. We raced a number of our newcomers and let them experience the collegiate distance for the first time. Crystal Springs is a very challenging course, and so the goal of the weekend was to work together and pack up. Perry Winsor has had a great two weeks so far on campus, so we were excited for him to finish in the top 10. Dante, Sean, and Luke all worked together and had a great season opener."