The Cal Lutheran women’s cross country team opened the season at the Biola Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Craig Regional Park and finished 14th overall after eight Regals ran a combined average time of 27:16.33 in the 5K.
A dozen Regals will toe the start line during the 2016 women’s cross country season at Cal Lutheran. The fall roster is a combination of six returning and as many incoming student-athletes who are focused on climbing the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) standings to a higher finish than the program has experienced in previous years.
The 2015-16 academic year was a memorable one for the Cal Lutheran athletics department. With 430 student-athletes occupying 460 roster spots, a number of milestones were met including the first NCAA Division III National title in school history, which was achieved by the women’s volleyball team, and an individual national champion crowned to round out the year.
With the fall season right around the corner, the Cal Lutheran men’s and women’s cross country teams have released its schedule that features two Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) meets and seven total events in 2016.
Throughout the school year, much of the day-to-day focus is directed towards the successes of the Cal Lutheran athletics programs, but on Saturday, May 7, a group of 150 student-athletes, with their families and friends, gathered inside of the Gilbert Arena for the 13th CLU Scholar-Athlete Society Induction ceremony where academics were praised.
Being a collegiate student-athlete is a challenging task and in the grand scheme of things not many can say they were. Being a two-sport athlete is even trickier, but at Cal Lutheran, junior Lauren Chrislu serves as the only three-sport athlete for the Kingsmen or Regals as she competes in the Violet and Gold from August to May without a break and continues to excel in the classroom and other areas of the CLU community.
Cal Lutheran is one of 450 Division III institutions around the country. During the week of April 4-10, all members will host Division III Week, aimed at celebrating what those schools have to offer student-athletes in the classroom, in the field of play and in the community during the 42nd year of the NCAA.
California Lutheran University has entered into an agreement with the Los Angeles Rams to allow the team to base its training operations on the university’s Thousand Oaks campus for at least two years.