Elmhurst College Early Bird Invitational: No. 1 North Central (Ill.) (4:45 p.m. Friday)
The Cardinals, winners of the past two NCAA Division III National Championships and three of the last four national titles, were ranked No. 1 in the preseason coaches’ poll on Tuesday.

North Central (Ill.) will compete in the 26th annual Elmhurst College Early Bird Invitational to begin the season.

Gabby Reuveni Early Bird Invitational: No. 4 Washington (Mo.) (7:45 a.m. Saturday)
Washington (Mo.) cross country season opener has been renamed the Gabby Reuveni Early Bird, in honor of the late cross country runner who passed away July 14, 2012.