University of California, Santa Cruz sponsors varsity Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, competing in the NCAA at Division III. Men’s Cross Country originally competed from 1981-1989 with a few women also taking part during that era. The Women’s program started in earnest in 2001 with the Men’s program being added once again in 2011.
The Women’s team has finished as high as 5th at the NCAA West Regional Championships in 2014, with 7th place finishes in 2008, 2015, and 2016. The best finish by the Men’s team at Regionals has been 6th in 1985, 1989, and 2013, with 7th place finishes in 2014 and 2016.
Jamey Harris has been Head Coach of both Cross Country and Track & Field at UCSC since the summer of 2014, having been an Assistant since 2011. He has been awarded the Association of Division III Independents Coach of the Year Award in each of his three seasons at the helm. Assistant Coach David Klech was brought on board during the summer of 2016.
An impressive recruiting class will join the program this fall, making Banana Slug Cross Country increasingly more competitive, both within the NCAA’s West Region and on a national scale. Moving into the future, the Cross Country program at UC Santa Cruz is expected to become one of the top programs in the Region and compete for national recognition.
Learn more about our program:
- Coach Jamey Harris – UCSC official bio
- Assistant Coach David Klech – UCSC official bio
- UCSC Athletics Website – Cross Country
- Recruiting questionnaire