May 05, 2018
SACRAMENTO- The UC Santa Cruz track and field team had fun Saturday as they competed at the Sacramento State Hornet Invitational.
Once again facing mostly Division I competition, the Banna Slugs ran well.
"As we head to end of our season, we are really looking for our student-athletes to perform at a high level,"said head coach David Klech. "We ran some people in some off events and had some great PRs."
Nick Kleiber ran a school-record 3:58.16 in the 1500 to place 17th. Paul Colosi was 20th, running the second-fastest 1500 ever for UCSC with a time of 3:59.61. Kellen O'Neill was 27th in 4:02.66.
"Our Men's 1500 was phenomenal. Nick, Paul, and Kellen all were tremendous," Klech said. "We always talk about the difference between being capable of something and actually making it happen and these three were awesome."
Running the women's 4x100 meter relay for the first time this year, Siena Benavides, Nancy Alvarado-Zavaleta, Melanie Wong and Natalie Marquardt finished in 50.80. The quartet shattered the school record of 53.83 which had stood since 2006. The men's 4x100 relay team of Conrad Pereira, Max Schoerner, Davis Kepon, and Thomas Thomsen finished 3rd in 43.77.
The Banana Slugs make one final push to qualify for Nationals in Turlock next weekend as they take part in the Warrior Open.
Klech said "We threw together some 4x100m Relays for the first time this year and had a lot of success, and now we're looking to finish the season on a high note at Stanislaus this weekend."