The Lancers men’s and women’s cross country team ventured to Riverside on Saturday to participate in the UC Riverside Invitational.

Spirits were high leading up to their second meet of the season after a successful opener at the Mark Covert Classic last week.

“No surprise that we performed well after a solid meet last week,” said head coach Armand Crespo.

This was the first time that the Lancers ran on the Agricultural Operations Course since 2011.

The men’s 8K race kicked off the invitational at 8:45 a.m. Turning heads and leading the Lancer men once again was freshman Gabriel Castro, clocking in at 27:51 and placing 62nd overall.

He has been the most consistent runner on the team so far in this young season.

For the women, Joanna Anaya was the first runner to cross the finish line with a time of 20:18 in her first race of the season.

Franceska Millanponce followed closely behind depositing a 20:40 finish, which tops last week’s season opener time by a minute.

“I am really happy with my performance,” said Millanponce.

She credited the weather as a contributor of her fast time. With the race taking place in the morning, the cool weather was in the runners’ favor.

The team will look to continue riding the wave of triumph when they tackle the SoCal Preview Meet in San Diego this Friday.


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