HAYWARD - UC Santa Cruz's track team ended their spring break with plenty of personal bests at the San Francisco Distance Carnival at Chabot College in Hayward.
On Friday, Sydney Gutierrez and Dante Capone broke their own school records in the 1500m and 10,000m respectively. Gutierrez ran 4:44.47 to place 5th in her heat and 58th overall.
Capone was 19th with a time of 33:04.98, 24 seconds better than his mark at the same track last year.
"This weekend we had some great opportunities to go after some fast times and we really delivered," said coach David Klech.
The records continued falling on Saturday, and not just in the namesake Distance events. Davis Kepon bettered his school javelin mark by over nine feet at 51.29m(168ft, 3 in.) for 4th place.
Jordynn Dorado was 13th in the Hammer Throw with her second toss of 41.98m (137 ft. 9in) 5ft 10in better than her previous best mark.
Siena Benavides was 3rd in the Long Jump with 5.45 meters (17ft 10.75 in), bettering her school record of 5.42m (17ft 9.5in). She also ran a 12.82 100m sprint to place 12th and ran lead in the sprint medley relay that included Nancy Alvarado-Zavaleta, Natalie Marquardt, and Gutierrez.
An all-Freshman quartet (Kellen O'Neill, Conrad Pereira, Mateo Ramirez and Nick Kleiber) also broke the school record for the Distance Medley Relay set last year with a combined time of 10:36.68 for third. Another foursome comprised of cross country members Draven Hawk, Terry Guan, Michael Charbonneau and Paul Colosi, was right behind in fourth at 10:39.22.
"Siena is way ahead of where she was at this point last year and we can't wait to see where she is. She had some big Fouls in Long Jump that were excited to get real marks in the coming meets. Conrad in the sprints is just scraping the surface of his potential. To already be 2 seconds faster than he was in High School is truly impressive."