After a disappointing finish at last week's Stanford Invitational, the Cal State Northridge men's cross-country team will attempt to regroup today in the Northridge Invitational at CSUN.
The women's 5,000-meter race starts at 4:30 p.m. and the men's five-mile race begins at 5:15.
Northridge, ranked 18th in the NCAA Division II men's poll, finished 12th at Stanford.
Will James was Northridge's top finisher, clocking 32 minutes, 26.3 seconds over the 10,000-meter course to place 24th. Freshman Jorge Castro placed 51st in 33:15.0.
"We need to run a smart, more evenly paced race on Saturday," Coach Don Strametz said. "We need a confidence-builder. Last week was a negative experience for most of the guys."
In contrast, the CSUN women ran well.
Darcy Arreola, who was recovering from the flu, clocked 17:35.1 over the 5,000-meter course to place ninth, leading the Northridge team to a ninth-place finish.
Northridge, UCLA, Cal State L.A., UC Riverside, Southern Utah State and USC are expected to compete in the men's race.