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 and was second at the CIF meet ... 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 pre-med ... Went to Kenya on a mission trip ... 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), The Hunger Games (book), She's the Man (movie), The Bachelor (TV show), Taylor Swift (musical artist), sushi (food), diving and volleyball (sports 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."