Banana Slugs Men and Women Win Las Positas Invitational

Banana Slugs Men and Women Win Las Positas Invitational

LIVERMORE (9-15) - UC Santa Cruz took part in the Las Positas Invitational hosted by Las Positas College in Livermore. The second invitational of the Banana Slugs' season featured opposition from one NCAA Division III school, one NAIA school and six community colleges.

In the men's team competition, the Banana Slugs won the race. The Banana Slugs also won the women's team competition with a 1-2-3 finish.

In the men's race, Paul Colosi led the Banana Slugs with a third-place finish and a 21.20.7 time. Kellen O'Neill finished in seventh place with a time of 21:29.0. Nick Klieber ran the 4-Mile course in a time of 21:29.0 and placed eighth. Sean Reidel finished ninth with a time of 21:36. Dante Capone ran the course in a time of 21:53.4 which placed him in twelfth. Draven Hawk finished thirteenth with a time of 21:56.3. Ralph Balaoing Jr. finished in 18th place with a 22:13.9 time. Tyler Rule ran a 22:17.6 time and finished 20th. Solomon Reinman finished twenty third with a time of 22:30.7. Mateo Ramirez rounded the Banana Slugs contingent with a 23:16.0 time and a 32nd place finish. Patrick Olson of Hartnell College won the individual competition. 

In the women's race, Autumn Burton had the best finish of the day for the Banana Slugs as she won the 5K women's race with a time of 19:43.2. Carrie Bradley ran the course in 20:00.9 which placed her in second. Sydney Gutierrez finished third with a time of 20:20.1. Abby Klein ran a time of 20:52.0 which placed her in eighth. Emmaline Fronczak ran a time of 21:21.6 which placed her in tenth. Allie Lourim finished eleventh with a time of 21:25.8. Lizzie Meredith was twentieth with a time of 22:28.5.

UC Santa Cruz head cross country coach David Klech said, "The women had a terrific showing. Autumn Burton ran a really smart race and really charged over the last mile to take the victory. We looked a lot stronger than we did two weeks ago, which is a huge plus as we progress this season. Adding Paul and Dante to the lineup today was a huge addition to our front pack. 

"It was great to see Draven back in a cross country race for the first time in two years. Our freshman have been tremendous so far and they continue to assert themselves in the front of races. The men are in some pretty heavy training so this was a great way to see where we are at and prepare for the rest of the season."

The Banana Slugs' next race will be next Sunday as they will travel to Angwin to participate in the Pioneer Invitational hosted by Pacific Union College.