Led by sophomore sensation Shannon McClish, the Banana Slug women finished a close 2nd behind Embry-Riddle (ranked #32 nationally in NAIA) in the Bronco Invitational Open Division. McClish continued her assault on the UC Santa Cruz All-Time List, becoming the #4 performer at 6K.
In their first 6K race of the season, the Slugs managed the 3rd fastest team time in school history, aided by outstanding performances by freshman Jordan Rich and Sophomore Ashley Anderson. Juniors Lizzie Meredith and Autumn Burton rounded out the scoring with solid races. Assistant Coach David Klech summed it up, "The women killed it."
Meanwhile the men's team struggled to an 8th place finish. Paul Colosi continued his impressive freshman campaign as he was again the Banana Slugs' top performer. Sophomore Kevin Feng had another strong race, and freshman Raymond Breault's breakthrough performance was clearly the highlight of the day for the squad.
Head Coach Jamey Harris didn't seem to be disappointed."I expected that the heavy training we've been doing would hamper their performances today. They'll bounce back."
Both teams wrap up the regular season at home with the Banana Slug Invitational on October 29th before heading to the NCAA West Regional Championships on November 12th in Salem, Oregon.