TURLOCK (3-7) - UC Santa Cruz opened the 2020 Track and Field season at Stanislaus State's Kim Duyst Invitational.
Taking on a mostly Division II field, the Banana Slugs had several standout performances on the day.
Sophia Llamas-Cervantes was 9th in the 400 meters with a time of 1:01.60. It was a PR for Sophia and just 0.97 seconds from the school record Natalie Marquardt set at last year's Duyst Invite. Elana Muzzy finished 8th in the women's 1500 meters with a PR of 4:50.88. Freshmen Ashley Baudin and Hana Vrablik finished 16th and 20th respectively in their first-ever races at the college level. Muzzy also PRd in the 800 meters, running 2:24.28 to place 9th.
In the 5000 meters, Abby Klein was 8th with a PR time of 19:45.51. Jordynn Dorado began her senior year with a 5th-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 39 feet 7.25in (12.07m). Abby McPhillips tied four fourth in the High Jump by clearing 1.58m (5ft. 2.2 in), less than an inch from her school record.
Some of the top men's performances included Kellen O'Neill and Hayden Johnson coming in 6th and 8th respectively in the 1500 meters. O'Neill finished in 4:05.60 and Johnson crossed in 4:06.33. Paul Colosi opened his senior year finishing 7th in his section of the 5000 meters in 15:11.84. Walter Teitelbaum took almost 30 seconds off his previous best in the 5000 meters, finishing 7th in his section as well in a time of 15:30.77. Senior Solomon Reinman was 12th with a PR of 15:39.60 and Perry Winsor was 18th in 16:00.94.
The 4x400 relay team finished third in a blazing 3:29.29, less than two seconds from the school record. The C team were sixth in 3:35.82.
The Banana Slugs continue their season-opening tour of Northern California when they run at the Aggie Open in Davis next Saturday.