SALEM (10-1) – UC Santa Cruz took part in the 42nd Annual Charles Bowles Invitational in Salem. The invitational was their fourth of the season and their opposition included eight NCAA Division III schools, six NCAA Division II schools and three NCAA Division I schools.
In the men's race, Ethan Williams lead the Banana Slugs' contingent with a forty-second place finish and a 26:02.9 time. Williams' time set the UC Santa Cruz record time for a freshman in an 8K course. Paul Colosi finished in forty sixth place with a time of 26:07.7. Dante Capone ran the 8K course in a time of 26:27.5 and a sixty second place finish. Kevin Feng finished seventy-fourth with a time of 26:37.3. Zahid Anjum ran the course in a time of 26:37.6 which placed him in seventy fifth. Takehiro Yamaya finished seventy seventh with a time of 26:40.2. Tyler Rule ran a 27:15.2 time and finished 101st. Solomon Reinman finished 111th with a time of 27:30.9. Vincent Chevreuil finished with a 28:16.1 time and a 135th place finish.
In the women's race, Shannon McClish had the best finish of the day for the Banana Slugs as she placed 24th with a time of 18:34.4. Jordan Rich ran the course in 19:13.2 which placed her in 57th. Lizzie Meredith finished 58th with a time of 19:13.3. Ashley Anderson ran a time of 19:21.3 time which placed her in 62nd. Autumn Burton finished 87th with a time of 19:51.3. Emmaline Fronczak ran a time of 20:24.6 which placed her in 117th place. Sophia Mahoney finished 121st with a time of 20:33.3. Erin Carvalho rounded out the Banana Slugs contingent with a time of 21:20.3 and finished in 145th. UC Santa Cruz head cross country coach Jamey Harris said, "This team has a lot of potential and now they're starting to come together."
In the men's team competition, the University of Portland won the race while UC Santa Cruz finished tenth. Brady Johnson of University of Portland won the individual competition. The University of Portland also won the women's team competition while UC Santa Cruz finished eleventh. Shannon Porter of Saint Martin's University won the individual competition. Harris said about the men's performance, "Our top eight men ran personal bests. That's definitely a good day. We just need to work together more in races."
UC Santa Cruz head cross country coach Jamey Harris said, "Shannon was great out there today. She really put in the work this summer and now she's starting to reap the benefits. Ethan broke our freshman record for 8K. Paul was great again. Zahid confirmed that he's coming around. Everyone was great, but those three stood out."
The Banana Slugs' next race will be October 15th as they will travel to Santa Clara to participate in the Bronco Invitational.