RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- Two changes await the California Baptist University men and women's cross country squads in 2014. The Lancers will look to keep their standard of success in place in their second year as a fully-fledged NCAA Division II member.
Both CBU cross country teams reached the NCAA Division II postseason in 2013, with the men winning their third-straight PacWest Conference title before advancing to the Division II Championship meet. The Lancer women posted a trio of top-three finishes last season and finished ninth in the Division II West Region.
For the third year in a row, CBU opens the year at home with the Lancer Invitational on Sept. 6 at 8 a.m. The event will be held at Rancho Jurupa Park (4800 Crestmore Road) in Riverside. The men will look to repeat as champions of their own invitational before both Lancer squads move on to the UC Riverside Invitational on Sept. 13.
California Baptist University will not return to the Erik Anderson and UCSD Invitationals in this year, instead sending a men's and women's group to the Greater Louisville Classic with the rest of the runners to the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.
The Lancers will get invaluable experience in Louisville, as the Greater Louisville Classic will serve as an unofficial NCAA Division II Championships preview, as it also serves as the site of the national championship meet at the end of the year.
October is the busiest month of the season for the Lancers, as they return to the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational and Biola Invitational on Oct. 18 and 25.
Competition will ramp up in November, as the month begins with the PacWest Championship in Fresno on Nov. 7. The CBU men will have a shot at winning their fourth-straight conference crown, while the women can secure a top-three finish in the PacWest for the fourth year in a row.
CBU will look to advance both squads out of the conference competition and into the NCAA Division II West Regional for the second year in a row. The regional is slated for a 10:30 a.m. start on Nov. 22 in Billings, Montana.
Both teams will hope to return to Louisville -- the site of the Greater Louisville Classic -- for the NCAA Championship on Dec. 6, with a 10:30 a.m. start time.