On Saturday, the men and women’s track teams kicked off their outdoor seasons at the Northridge Invitational, hosted by California State University, Northridge, where they took two second-place finishes.

Yale only competed in the 4-by-400-meter races.

The men’s team finished in a strong second place with a time of 44.06 seconds, just behind Cornell and ahead of Cuesta College. The women’s relay team placed second as well with a time of 49.40 seconds, bested only by a team of unaffiliated professional runners. The women’s team beat out racers from Cornell, Pepperdine and Moorpark College.

“The conditions at the meet were not ideal,” women’s team captain Alexa Monti ’12 said. “However, [we] competed hard and got the stick around the oval. We look forward to working on the relay throughout the remainder of the outdoor season.”

Both teams will compete in full force on March 31 at the University of Connecticut Invitational.