UC Santa Cruz track and field squad honored at end-of-year team banquet

UC Santa Cruz track and field squad honored at end-of-year team banquet

The University of California Santa Cruz Track & Field program announced its team awards for the 2019 season at its annual team banquet on Sunday afternoon.

Thirteen new School Records were achieved during the 2019 Track and Field season.  

The Men's and Women's team set a program record of 7 All-Region honorees by virtue of each individual ending the season ranked in the top 5 in the West Region Performance Lists: Shannon McClish (5,000m & 10,000m), Raissa Boysen (800m & 1500m), Jordynn Dorado (Discus), Mason Pierce (Pole Vault), and Paul Colosi (10,000m).

There were also nine seniors that were recognized for their contributions to the program over their career: Nancy Alvarado-Zavaleta, Raissa Boysen, Dante Capone, Casey Chien, Emmaline Fronczak, Sydney Gutierrez, Natalie Marquardt, Shannon McClish, and Brandon Nicely. Kellen O'Neill, Max Schoerner,  Marquardt and Chien were honored with Coaches Awards, which are presented by the coaches to recognize athletic achievement, dedication and determination.

Freshman Perry Winsor received the Newcomer of the Year Award by setting the freshman School Record in the 3000m Steeplechase and was one of the top ranked freshmen in the country. He qualified for the USA Under-20 nationals later this summer.

The Men's program awarded Male Field Athlete of the Year to Conrad Pereira and Male Track Athlete of the Year to Nick Klieber.  Conrad set a School Record in the decathlon and ended the season as one of the country's top-ranked underclassmen Multi-Eventers.  Nick led our program in the 1500m, 5000m, and 3000m Steeple, and ended the season as one of the top ranked steeplechasers in the country.

The Women awarded Female Field Athlete of the Year to Jordynn Dorado and Female Track Athlete of the Year to Raissa Boysen.  Jordynn set the School Record in the Discus this year to match her honors in Shot Put and Hammer while earning All-Region Honors for the second straight year.  Raissa ends her UC Santa Cruz career as a 4x School Record Holder and earned 2 All-Region Honors.

Two new awards were presented this season, Most Outstanding Performance of the Year to Colosi and McClish.  In his first 10,000m at the Mike Fanelli Classic, Paul smashed the School Record and ended the season ranked in the top 25 in the country.  Shannon became the first NCAA Outdoor Qualifier in UC Santa Cruz Track & Field history. At the NCAA Championships Shannon finished in 10th place, an incredible honor.

In an appreciation of her career at UC Santa Cruz, Nancy Alvarado-Zavaleta earned the Lifetime Leadership Award.  Nancy was a three-year team captain and helped transform the Sprints, Hurdles, and Jumps program into one of the most competitive Division III programs on the West Coast.