After finishing 14th at the 2013 NCAA Championships, the men’s cross country team is prepping for its first meet of the season, the Baylor Invitational.
The Longhorns enter the season ranked 23rd in the nation. Texas lost an All-American in Ryan Dohner, who finished 11th at the NCAA Championships. But senior All-American Craig Lutz — who finished 15th at last year’s NCAA meet, fourth at the NCAA South Central Regional and sixth at the Big 12 Championships — is returning for Texas.
The Longhorns are ranked second in the South Central Regional, only behind Arkansas, who finished 12th at last season’s NCAA meet.
The Texas women enter the season unranked nationally but find themselves ranked fifth in the South Central Regional. The Longhorns trail behind Arkansas, SMU, Texas A&M and Baylor.
The defending national champion, Colorado, is a unanimous first place choice on the men’s side, but the women’s side is less clear, as defending champion Providence is ranked 18th. With uncertainty on the women’s side, it could shake up to be an unpredictable season.