Banana Slugs Men and Women Win Second Invitational in a Row

UCSC Men and Women all smiles after a strong run in Angwin
UCSC Men and Women all smiles after a strong run in Angwin

ANGWIN (9-24) - UC Santa Cruz traveled north for their third invitational of the season as they took part in the Pioneer Invitational in Angwin hosted by Pacific Union College. For the second consecutive race, both the men's and women's team won their respective races.

In the men's race, Solomon Reinman had the best finish of the day for the Banana Slugs as he won the men's 8K race with a 29:14.8 time. Harmen Kang finished in third place with a time of 29:56.6. Zahid Anjum ran the course in a time of 30:51.1 and finished fourth. Mateo Ramirez finished sixth with a time of 30:59.4. Will Maas ran the 8K course in a time of 31:07.3 which placed him in eighth. Jonathan Trinh finished ninth with a time of 31:32.7. Leo Merle finished in twelfth place with a 31:44.6 time. Patrick Jones rounded the Banana Slugs contingent with a 32:11.2 time and a fifteenth place finish.

In the women's 6K race, Lizzie Meredith led the Banana Slugs with a second place finish and a 23:09.9 time. Erin Carvalho ran the 6K course in 24:01.5 which placed her in fourth. Megan Lewis finished fifth with a time of 24:04.9. Taylor Barkdoll ran a 24:59.3 which placed her in eighth. Renee Taylor ran a time of 26:28.4 which placed her in twelfth. Nicole O'Connor finished thirteenth with a time of 27:11.

UC Santa Cruz head cross country coach David Klech said, "The women continue to improve each race. This was a really challenging course with a lot of elevation gains, and our women ran smart. It was great to see Lizzie put herself in contention for the win and run her best race this season. The men really impressed today. We talked before the race about being putting ourselves in position at the front of the race early on and they executed very well. Solomon has been really impressive in training so it was exciting to see him break the race open over the second half and come away with the victory."

The Banana Slugs' next race will be next Saturday when they travel to Sacramento to participate in the Capital Cross Challenge hosted by CSU Sacramento.