Banana Slugs Men Finish 7th; Women 15th at Capital Cross Challenge

Hermlin broke into UCSC top 25 with her best college 6K
Hermlin broke into UCSC top 25 with her best college 6K

SACRAMENTO (9-28) – UC Santa Cruz made the journey east to Sacramento to take part in the Capital Cross Challenge hosted by NCAA Division I CSU Sacramento. The men's team finished seventh and the women's team finished fifteenth in the crowded field which included competition from all levels of intercollegiate competition.  

In the men's 8K Open race, sophomore Walter Teitelbaum had UCSC's best finish as he finished 35th with a personal record time of 25:48.3. Sean Reidel ran the course in 26:05.8 and finished 56th. Kyle Henricson finished 72nd with a time of 26:17.2. Robert Udell had a time of 26:27.4 which placed him in 86th. Harmen Kang finished in 26:58.9 for 121st place. Sagan Svoboda finished 166th with a time of 27:44.7. Mateo Ramirez rounded the Banana Slugs' contingent with a 28:11.5 time and a 186th place finish.

In the women's Open race, Annette Hermlin finished sixty-sixth with a time of 23:14.2. Sage Simms finished ninety-third with a time of 23:14.2. Monica Fonseca ran the 6K course with a time of 23:55 which placed her in 110th and a minute 19 seconds faster than her previous best time. Abby Klein finished 141st with a time of 24.30 with Abby Twoy right behind her in 24:30.2 which placed her in 142nd place. 

In the men's team competition, Chico State University won the race with a score of 26, while Nathan Kwan of UC Davis Club won the men's individual competition. University of California-Berkeley won the women's team competition with 23 points. Jane Kibii of SRA Elite won the women's individual competition.

The next race for Banana Slugs will be next Saturday as they will travel to Louisville, Kentucky to take part in the NCAA Division III Nationals Preview.