After an incredible 2017 Cross Country season, the men of UC Santa Cruz are looking to build upon that success on the Track in 2018. With a number of experienced returners and some phenomenal freshman, the Banana Slugs seem primed for a record-breaking 2018 Track & Field season.
A talented freshman class is going to bolster the sprint squad on the track for the Banana Slugs during the 2018 season. Freshman Conrad Pereira from Chantilly High School in Fairfax, VA looks to make an immediate impact in the 100m, 200m, and 400m. Fellow freshman Max Schoerner (South Pasadena High School) looks to be a key contributor on the 4x100m Relay as well as the short sprints. Returner Austin Duncan (400m) and Davis Kepon (100m/110mh) look to provide experienced depth in the sprints.
Freshman standouts Taylor Haustein (Great Oak High School) and Thomas Thomsen (Montgomery High School) look to transition the college High Hurdles and 400m Intermediate Hurdles this season. Newcomer Brandon Nicely already owns a sub-16 second 110mh personal best and should be an instant contributor.
After an Automatically Qualifying second place finish at the 2017 NCAA West Regional Championships, the men of UC Santa Cruz are poised to have an exceptional 2018 Track season. Oakland Tech High School graduate Nick Kleiber, the top freshman at Regionals and the Association of Division 3 Independents Rookie of the Year, is ready to impress in the middle distances. Fellow freshman NCAA Qualifier Kellen O'Neill from Arcata High School looks to have a stellar Track season after being one of the fastest High School seniors in the 3200m in Northern California. Freshmen Michael Charbennau (Sacramento), Dante de los Santos (Napa, CA), Mateo Ramirez (Sacramento), and Sean Reidel (Boulder, CO) stand to instantly contribute in the middle distances.
Sophomore school record holders Raymond Breault (800m) and Tyler Rule (3000m Steeple) are both building upon impressive Cross Country seasons to move up in the West Regional Rankings. Association of Division 3 Independents Runner of the Year Paul Colosi looks to have another incredible season this spring. NCAA National participants Draven Hawk and Dante Capone look to provide experienced leadership as they are in position for their best Track season to date. Zahid Anjum, Harmen Kang, Solomon Reinman, and former school record holder Take Yamaya stand to add impressive depth to the distance events.
Freshmen Conrad Pereira, Max Schoerner, and Mason Pierce look to become instant contributors in the jumps this season. Pereira already holds excellent credentials in the High Jump, Long Jump, and Triple Jump. Schoerner is joining Pereira in the High Jump and Long Jump to make an impressive freshman tandem. Mason Pierce of Colfax High School will use his experience as a California State Finalist in the Pole Vault to break into the National Rankings during his freshman campaign. High Jump School Record Holder Davis Kepon will continue to improve upon his top 10 Regional Ranking and become a premier jumper in the Nation.
Upperclassmen Davis Kepon and Brandon Nicely will look to lead the Throws and Multi-Eventers this season. Kepon, the school record holder in the javelin, will be making his Decathlon debut while Nicely, previously of Mt. SAC College, stands to build upon his successful 2017 season that saw him finish 6th in the CCCAA California State Championships.