GENEVA, OHIO - Shannon McClish didn't seem to mind that Mother Nature extended her college career by nine hours.
Supposed to run at the NCAA Track and Field Championships at 9:45 am Thursday, thunderstorms pushed the 10000 meters final to 6:45 that evening.
In the end, McClish,the first UC Santa Cruz athlete to compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, finished tenth in the nation in 37:08.95. Cassie Rosenbum of Loras won in 35:39.98.
"It was a really great experience. I'm so happy I got to come and represent the Banana Slugs," said McClish afterward. "I couldn't have done it without my coach, my team or my family."
McClish graduates as arguably the most decorated distance runner in school history, holding UCSC's records in the 5000, 6000 and 10000 meters with NCAA championship appearances in both Track and Cross Country.
"A top ten finish is simply incredible," said head track coach David Klech. "From where our program was at a few years ago to be in contention for All America position is super impressive.
"It's been a joy to watch Shannon over the last couple of years. She set the standard for great things for our program to continue. I think it's just the beginning for Banana Slug athletics."