Shannon McClish and Ethan Williams have been named the Association of Division III Independents Runners of the Week after their outstanding performances, leading the Banana Slugs at the Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational in Salem, Oregon.
Williams set a UC Santa Cruz Freshman Record for 8K as he finished a few seconds ahead of fellow first-year Banana Slug Paul Colosi. Colosi won the AD3I Runner of the Week Award two weeks earlier. "Ethan had a modest start to the season. He's had a couple setbacks, but he's certainly capable of big things," said Head Coach Jamey Harris.
McClish moved to #5 on the Banana Slugs Cross Country All-Time list for 5K with her performance. Competing against a field of mostly Division I & II teams, Shannon finished 24th overall, 7th among Division III competitors. Her award-winning performance continues an outstanding season for the sophomore from Morro Bay who has been the top Slug in each of the three races she's run. "Shannon is a very hard worker and she's making the kind of improvements that I've come to expect from our most dedicated student-athletes. She has a bright future ahead of her," Harris added.