CHICO (4-9) – UC Santa Cruz traveled to Chico to take part in their fifth meet of the season in the Chico Distance Carnival and Twilight Invitational. The event took place at University Stadium and was hosted by Chico State University. The Slugs' competition included one NCAA Division I school, four NCAA Division II schools, three NAIA schools and several junior colleges and running clubs.
Takehiro Yamaya led the Slugs on the men's side with a win in the 800 meter on Friday, finishing with a time of 1:58.96. He followed it with another impressive run on Saturday, finishing 9th in the 1500 meter at 4:09.74.
"Take is running really well", said Head Coach Jamey Harris. "It's his second year in the program and he's really reaping the benefits of all his hard work. He actually didn't have his best stuff this weekend, so to win the seeded 800 was tremendous."
In the pole vault, Damiano Carrioli continued to add to his strong season by posting a 4.42 meter vault, good for a T6.
"Damiano was really on this weekend. He has maxed out what he can do on the poles he's been jumping on. As soon as he makes the transition to a bigger pole we could see significant improvement. He's only a freshmen, but they're performing like seniors."
On the women's side, Sydney Gutierrez finished the 800 meter in 2:19.51, good enough for 7th place. She followed it up on Saturday with a 4th place in the in the 1,500 meter seeded run.
"Sydney missed the cross country season, so she started a little behind, but she's worked hard and she's really rounding into shape. Her best racing is still ahead, but breaking the school record in the 800 was a good milestone for her as she develops into one of the top runners in the nation. She and Damiano are freshmen, but they're performing like seniors."
Overall, the men finished 14th and the women finished 8th.
The Banana Slugs will have their next meet on April 23rd as they will travel to Fresno to take part in the Bulldog Invitational.