RIVERSIDE --- California Baptist University hosted the Lancer Invitational Saturday, taking the top spot in the men’s race and finishing third on the women’s side.
The No. 24-ranked CBU men outpaced Azusa Pacific by 15 points and the women finished just eight points behind the Cougars in third.
The Lancer men scored a total of 28 points, putting all five of their scoring runners in the Top 10.
“It was nice to get a win in our season opener and defeat a few PacWest schools in the process,” said CBU Head Coach Ben Gall. “This should give the men some confidence heading into the next few races. The plan was to run as a pack the first 4k and try to run the last loop as aggressively as possible. Our top three runners went after the leaders, but we just allowed too big of a gap. Bryton Reim did a great job closing in and going for the win over the last few hundred meters. Our two freshmen, David Aguilar and Jeremiah Gotts, ran phenomenal first races as well.”
Reim led the way finishing third overall with a time of 18:41.5. Sergio Rodriguez was right behind in fourth and Tyler Dutchover finished fifth. Aguilar and Gotts rounded out the Top 5 with seventh and 10th place finishes respectively.
APU grabbed the top two spots individually, but finished 11th, 12th and 17th to close out their Top 5. The Cougar’s Peter Buschek won the individual title with a time of 18:38.8 followed by teammate Aaron Potts in second.
The No. 16-ranked (NAIA) Arizona Christian men took third in the meet.
On the women’s side No. 12 (NAIA) Biola ran away with the invitational title, posting 27 points and putting all five of their scoring runners in the Top 10. APU took second with 67 points and CBU finished third with 75.
“The goal with the women today was to just test ourselves and see where we are at this early point in the season,” said Gall. “We also wanted to try and connect with each other out on the course and really pull together as a group. Two of our top three today were freshman so that was encouraging as well. We are a much stronger team than we were a year ago at this point. The ladies have really bought into a team first mentality and I thought it showed out there today. Being only seven points behind APU this early in the season is a huge step in the right direction.”
Naomi Van Setten was the Lancers’ top finisher, grabbing 11th place with a time of 14:52.3. She was followed just seconds later by Kim Rabenstein’s 14:55.2 finish in 12th place.
Defending PacWest Champs APU put three runners in the Top 10 (fifth, eighth and ninth), but their fourth and fifth placers finished behind all five scoring Lancers.
Biola’s Lyndee Dawson won the race with a time of 14:20.7.