The women's squad will compete in indoor track for the first time in program history.
Nine Pepperdine runners competed at Long Beach State's event at Cerritos College.
The Waves' next meet is in two weeks at the Beach Invitational.
Hannah Turpin broke a seven-year-old record in the 400-meter hurdles.
Pepperdine's next event is the Cal Poly Invitational next weekend.
Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves at Cal State Fullerton's track meet.
Jeff Golden's photo of the Waves at the season-opening meet against Westmont and UC Santa Barbara.
Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves at the Cal State Fullerton-hosted event.
Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves' season opening meet vs. Westmont and UC Santa Barbara.
ACADEMIC AWARDS: Named a Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete in both 2013-14 and 2014-15.
PEPPERDINE TRACK 2015: Ran at all seven meets as a sophomore ... Established a school record in the 100 hurdles with a 15.38 at the Beach Invitational (4/18) ... Came within two-tenths of a second of breaking the record three times in 2015 before finally setting the mark at the season's final meet ... Also had bests of 13.41 in the 100 meters and 27.65 in the 200 meters, both at Pomona-Pitzer (4/4).
PEPPERDINE TRACK 2014: Competed at eight meets as a freshman ... The Waves' lone specialist in the 100-meter hurdles ... Ran a wind-aided 15.50 that would have set a school record (Cal Poly, 3/29) ... Best official time was 15.66 (Ben Brown, 3/15), which was just .07 off the school record (#2 all-time on Pepperdine's top-five list) ... Also ran the 100 meters multiple times with a best of 13.35 (Cal Poly, 3/29).
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Crean Lutheran High School, located in Irvine, Calif., in 2013 ... Ran three years of varsity track ... Won Academy League titles in the 100 meters, 100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles and 4x100-meter relay as a senior ... Also won league titles in the 100-meter hurdles as a junior and the high jump as a freshman ... Holds school records for the 100-meter hurdles, high jump and 4x1 relay ... Team won the Academy League title in 2013 ... Also lettered in diving and volleyball ... Won a league title in diving in 2010, was second at the CIF meet and was an All-American ... Was a Scholar-Athlete and a member of the National Honor Society.
PERSONAL: Born in Orange, Calif. ... Daughter of James Occhipinti and Valerie Occhipinti ... Her father played baseball at Oklahoma Wesleyan ... Has one sister, Alecia, who participates in acrobatics and tumbling at Baylor ... Majoring in psychology ... Went to Kenya on a mission trip ... Studied abroad in Switzerland during fall 2014 ... Chose Pepperdine because "God made it clear that Pepperdine was the place for me to be, because it has an amazing pre-med program, I was able to be part of the track team, and I know that I will grow in amazing ways here."
FAVORITES: Enjoys reading, swimming, going to the beach, shooting and discovering new things ... Favorites include Robert Griffin III (pro athlete), "dystopian fiction" (books), Pride and Prejudice (movie), One Tree Hill (TV show), Taylor Swift (musical artist), chocolate (food) and volleyball (sport other than running) ... Favorite things about running are "I love being on a team, hurdling and being able to compete for myself and the team."