Banana Slugs Men Finish Fifteenth, Women Sixth at UC Riverside Invitational

Banana Slugs Men Finish Fifteenth, Women Sixth at UC Riverside Invitational

RIVERSIDE (9-15) – UC Santa Cruz continued their 2018 season as they traveled to Southern California to participate in the UC Riverside Invitational, where the competition included schools from all levels of intercollegiate athletics.

Nick Kleiber had the best finish of the day for the men as he finished 63rd in the 8K Invitational with a time of 25:33.1. Paul Colosi ran the course in 25:33.8 and finished 65th. Dante Capone finished 79th with a time of 25:49.2. Kellen O'Neill finished with a time of 26:09.2, Tyler Rule finished in 26:22.8,Luke Trafecanty ran a 26:27.1 time and Perry Winsor finished with a time of 26:31.9.

"Paul and Nick ran a controlled effort up front," said head coach David Klech.  "The two worked together and did a great job. Newcomers Luke and Perry did a great job for us, and continue to impress."
 
In the Women's Open 5K race, UC Santa Cruz finished sixth overall. Shannon McClish made a grand return to the squad, finishing 13th overall out of 218 runners and sixth best among college competitors in a time of 18:02.8.
Sydney Gutierrez was 43rd in a time of 19:02.1, while Anya Hynell-Cooper was 64th overall finishing in 19:19.3.
Amelia Huster ran a time of 19:28.1, Carrie Bradley ran a 19:36.2, Elana Muzzy finished in 19:53.1, Emmaline Fronczak ran a 19:54.6, and Natalie Marquardt was close behind in 19:58.6.
Abby Klein (20:25.0) and Erin Carvalho (21:02.9) completed the UCSC contigent.
 
"Shannon was spectacular.  After spending the last year abroad, we wanted to get her into a race and see what happened," Klech said. 
"She has some nerves, but ran a solid first race and put up the second fastest 5k in program history.  It was nice to have newcomers Anya, Amelia, and Elana run solid performances and it was exciting to get Natalie back in a Cross Country race for the first time in 3 years.
 
"Today was a great debut for a number of our student-athletes.  As a coaching staff we felt last year we didn't have enough exposure to high density races.  We used this meet as an opportunity to go out in control and move up through a large field."
 "We still have a lot of season left, but we're really excited where we are at."

The Banana Slugs' next race will be on Friday as they will travel to San Francisco to participate in the San Francisco State Invitational.