SALEM (11-12) – For the second time this season, the Banana Slugs traveled to Bush Park in Salem, Oregon. The stakes were much higher this time around as the Banana Slugs took part in the 2016 NCAA Division III Cross Country West Regionals. The Banana Slugs opposition included seventeen NCAA Division III schools.
In the men's race, Paul Colosi lead the Banana Slugs as a team with a fifteenth place finish and a 26:37.9 time. Zahid Anjum finished in thirty third place with a time of 27:20.6. Dante Capone ran 8,000 meters in a time of 27:24.7 and a thirty fourth place finish. Kevin Feng finished fifty ninth with a time of 28:07.1. Takehiro Yamaya ran the course in a time of 28:41.9 which placed him in eighty seventh. Solomon Reinman finished ninety eighth with a time of 28:58.7. Ethan Williams finished with a 30:45.1 time and a 120th place finish.
Colois, Capone, and Anjum were all named to the 2016 NCAA III Cross Country All West Regional team by virtue of their top 35 finishes.
In the women's race, Shannon McClish had the best finish of the day for the Banana Slugs as she placed 9th with a time of 22:40.8. Sydney Gutierrez ran the course in 24:04.4 which placed her in 38th. Ashley Anderson finished 40th with a time of 24:09.0. Jordan Rich ran a time of 24:51.4 which placed her in 61st. Sophia Mahoney finished 78th with a time of 25:22.4. Raissa Boysen ran a time of 25:39.4 which placed her in 85th place. Autumn Burton finished 101st with a time of 26:19.1.
McClish was also named to the 2016 NCAA III Cross Country All West Regional tem with her 9th place finish.
In the men's team competition, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps won the race while UC Santa Cruz finished seventh. Brad Hodkinson of Pacific Lutheran University won the individual competition. Whitworth University won the women's team competition while UC Santa Cruz finished seventh. Maya Weigel of Pomona-Pitzer won the individual competition.