A year ago The Master's College won its third straight GSAC Men's Cross Country Championship and finished eighth in the NAIA, but the pursuit to collect a school-record fourth straight crown will be more difficult without reigning national champion John Gilbertson, who has graduated. Thus, the door to the 2013 GSAC men's title is wide open, and Biola, which finished fifth in the GSAC last year, is primed to take advantage of the new opportunity. The Eagles return each of their top five runners and with the addition of a couple new members, they are likely to push the Mustangs this season.
Arizona Christian returns a strong pack from last year's young squad. The Firestorm have good reason to eye their first-ever conference crown.
Vanguard, which finished just five points out of first in last year's GSAC meet, must contend in 2013 without its No 1 and 4 runners of last year. The Lions acquired Glendale College transfer Josh Espinoza, whose best time for the 8k is 25:16.
Westmont is hoping to be in the mix for a conference crown but will have to do so with several newcomers.
With eight of last year's top 11 runners gone there is plenty of opportunity for any team to literally make a run for the GSAC title.