TURLOCK - UC Santa Cruz opened their 2018 track season at the Kim Duyst Invitational hosted by Stanislaus State.
Facing off against mostly Division II competition, the Banana Slugs held their own with several young athletes making their debuts.
Among the standouts for the women was Carrie Bradley, last fall's AD3I Rookie of the Year for cross country, who won her 1500 meters heat in 5:08.31 to finish 17th in her first college track race. In the 800meters, Amelia Huster placed 16th in 2:30.41 and Bradley was 18th in 2:32.24.
Natalie Marquardt was seventh in the 400m in 1:01.91, 1.23 seconds from the school record. Sophomore Jordynn Dorado continued her fine first year form in the throws, finishing fifth in the shot put at 12.33 meters (40' 5.5") and 15th in the discus with 32.04 (105'1.75").
On the men's side, Davis Kepon and Max Schoerner finished 13th/14th in the 100meter dash with times of 11.90 and 11.92. Kepon placed second in the javelin with a throw of 51.45m (168' 9.75").
Mateo Ramirez was third in the 800m at 2:01.91, just 0.68 seconds from winning. Michael Charbonneau was 13th in 2:03.17.
The final event was the 4x400 relay that was delayed because of inclement weather. Once it started, the Banana Slugs made sure to get done quickly. The A team with a pair of freshmen finished fourth in 3:31.87. The B team finished in 3:42.17.