Banana Slugs run well in Sacramento

Banana Slugs run well in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO - The Banana Slugs faced another weekend of top competition at the Capital Cross Challenge hosted by Sacramento State.

In the Women's 6K full of Division I runners, senior Shannon McClish finished 40th in 22:17.9. UCSC finished 18th overall out of 26 teams, ahead of three Division I schools and five Division IIs.
"Shannon was incredible. This was her first 6K race in almost two years and so we were strategic in her race plan," said head coach David Klech. She was absolutely flying the last mile and should be ready for a great rest of the season."

Sydney Gutierrez as 95th with a time of 23:08.3. Freshman Anya Hynell-Cooper ran a 23:58.6, Amelia Huster ran a 24:07.1, Natalie Marquardt finished in 24:15.6, Carrie Bradley finished in 24:26.4, Elana Muzzy was right behind her in 24:28.1. 

Abby Klein finished in 25:12.8, Allie Lourim in  25:20.8 and Emmaline Fronczak anchored the UCSC contingent with a time 25:43.0 .

"Syd was a little disappointed two weeks ago in her performance, but smashed her personal record today," Klech said. "Anya, Amelia, Natalie, Carrie, and Elana were all solid and provided some great depth for us today.
 
"We have two more weeks of training before we head north to Santa Clara where were expecting so see some fast times."
 
Nick Kleiber led UCSC with a 29th place finish in the 8K. He hit a PR with a time of 25:07.1. Paul Colosi was 40th in  25:14.8.
"Nick and Paul were phenomenal. The goal was to be a little bit more aggressive from the start," Klech said. "Nick and Paul both set personal records after two heavy weeks of training."
Dante Capone clocked a 26:17.3 with teammate Draven Hawk 4.2 seconds behind him.
"It was great to get Draven back in the line-up, and with a race under his belt we expect him to have a big jump in two weeks."
 
UC Santa Cruz next race is in two weeks time in Sunnyvale at the Santa Clara Bronco Invite.