WINNECONNE, WISCONSIN- On a cold day in the Midwest, Paul Colosi needed a while to warm up but then when he was, he ran into the record books.
The junior made history as the first UCSC male runner to make three NCAA Cross Country appearances, finishing 90th in a field of 280 runners at the 2018 NCAA CHampionships hosted by UW-Osh Kosh.
Colosi joined two-time All-American Armando Siquieros (1981 and 1982) as a UCSC representative at consecutive NCAA Championships"I was proud to represent UC Santa Cruz out there today," Colosi said. "I had a solid race today, but definitely eager to get back out there and continue to improve."
"Paul has continued to be a pioneer of our program," said head coach David Klech. "After becoming the first-ever Male three-time National Qualifier, Paul had his best finish to date at the NCAA Championships breaking the top 100."
Colosi's time of 25:31.1 was 8.6 seconds faster than his time at last year's NCAA when he finished 130th as the top UCSC finisher.
North Central (IL) won their third-straight national title after having the top two finishers and 4 among the top twelve.
"Paul did a great job of battling the elements today and was one of the top runners from the West," Klech said. "I know he has some big goals for himself and our program and I'm continually impressed in his ability to make them happen."