SUNNYVALE - UC Santa Cruz had a grand time running at the SCU Bronco Invitational in Sunnyvale, bring the entire squad to run against several top teams on the West Coast.
Draven Hawk was the top Banana Slug finisher in the 8K Open with a time of 25:33.1, good enough for 27th place out of 259 runners. Dante Capone was 43rd in 25:49.3, Will Daschbach placed 47th in 25:54.3, Tyler Rule was 53rd in 25:59.7 and Perry Winsor was 62nd in 26:07.9.
UCSC placed sixth overall right behind Cal State East Bay, with the top five runners averaging 25:52.9.
In the Women's 6K Open, UCSC finished 14th as a team. Anya Cooper-Hynell ran 23:26.7, placing 67th out of 240. Natalie Marquardt was the next Banana Slug to finish with a time of 23:30.98, good enough for 74th.
While the rest of the team ran the Open for non-Division I schools, a few Slugs stepped up in competition to take part in the Invitational portion against the big schools. In the Women's 6K, Shannon McClish placed 36th overall out of 209 with a school-record time of 21:15.6.
Paul Colosi and Nick Kleiber both ran the Men's 8K Invitational. Kleiber finished 29th out of 176 with a time of 24:25.1, good enough for the school record in the 8K.
Colosi was 99th in 25:18.3, 2 seconds away from his PR set on the same course last year.