THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Head Coach Matt Lea announced the Cal Lutheran Cross Country 2019 schedule, Monday afternoon, featuring six meets leading up to the NCAA Division III Championships at the end of November.
"We are excited to have a little different schedule for the men's and women's cross country teams this upcoming season," said Lea. "It will be a great experience to head to a few different meets and locations and I know the team will be excited to try something new as well.
"We feel that the schedule sets up perfectly in order to give us the best opportunities to run at the highest levels when it counts most, at the end of the season for SCIAC Championships and NCAA Regionals/Nationals."
The Kingsmen and Regals debut on August 31 at Mark Covert Classic which is hosted by Cal State Fullerton at Carbon Canyon Park in Brea, Calif.
Two weeks later on Saturday, Sept. 14, the Violet and Gold travel to Riverside, Calif., for the UC Riverside Invitational. The meet starts at 7:30 a.m. at the UCR Agricultural Operations Course. After another two-week break, CLU continues the season Saturday, Sept. 28, with the Master's Invitational. The Invitational is at Central Park in Santa Clarita, Calif., and starts at 7:00 a.m.
The team gets their first look at the Bronco Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Baylands Regional Park in Sunnyvale, Calif. at 8:45 am. Then on Saturday, Nov. 2, Cal Lutheran travels to Claremont, Calif., for the SCIAC Championships. The championships start at 9:00 a.m. at Pomona-Pitzer College Campus.
Following the regular season, competition continues with the NCAA Division III West Regional races on Saturday, Nov. 16 hosted by Pomona-Pitzer in Claremont, Calif., at 9:00 a.m. Qualifiers advance to the NCAA Division III National Championships on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky.
Last season, freshman Veronica Redpath and junior Rachel Ereso led the Regals to finish 15th at the NCAA DIII West Region Cross Country Championship. Redpath finished with a 23:55.6 and was the 55th overall runner. Ereso came in just right behind her with a 23:55.6 and was the 56th overall runner.
The Kingsmen also finished the season strong. With sophomore Nikita Khromets finishing in 52nd with a new personal record of 26:29.4 at the NCAA DIII West Region Cross Country Championships, along with Rigoberto Baza coming in 66th place with a 26:57.7. Helping the Kingsmen to end up in 14th, Henry Friederich finished 85th with a 27:33.3.
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