Banana Slugs Take Part in Hornet Invitational

Raissa Boysen ran anchor on the 4x400m and also set record in 800m in Sacramento
Raissa Boysen ran anchor on the 4x400m and also set record in 800m in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (3-18) – UC Santa Cruz participated in their second event of the season as traveled to Sacramento to take part in the Hornet Invitational. For the second consecutive event, the Banana Slugs' competition included schools from all levels of intercollegiate athletics.

In the men's competition, the Banana Slugs finished in the top nine in two of the ten events they participated in. Nick Kleiber had the best finish of the day for the Banana Slugs as he finished fourth in the 5,000 meter run in 14:48.14, while Paul Colosi finished sixth in 14:49.41. Tyler Rule finished ninth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 9:37.27. In field events, Mason Pierce finished 11th in the Pole vault clearing 4.35m (14 ft. 3.25 in).

In the women's competition, the Banana Slugs had two top ten finishes and five top fifteen finishes. Shannon McClish had the best finish for the Banana Slugs as she finished sixth in the 5,000 meter run in a school-record 17:34.46 . Raissa Boysen set a school-record in the 800m in 2:15.98, good enough for 10th place. 

Other highlights included Melanie Wong running the 100 hurdles in 17.42, a PR and school record.

As a team, the Banana Slug quartet of Natalie Marquardt, Nancy Alvarado-Zavaleta, Sophia Llamas-Cervantes and Boysen finished twelfth with a 4:07.57 time in the 4 x 400 meter relay. It was the sixth-fastest 4x400 for a Division III school so far in the young season

The next event for the Banana Slugs will be March 28th and 29th at the San Francisco Distance Carnival hosted by Chabot College.