West Coast Track Challenge Called Off
FRIDAY UPDATE: Due to expected rainfall on Saturday, the West Coast Track Challenge at Pepperdine's Stotsenberg Track has been called off.
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine University's men's and women's track and field teams will play host to the fourth-annual West Coast Track Challenge Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. at Stotsenberg Track.
The meet is comprised of 14 running events, including six relays, and will feature the Waves competing against their West Coast Conference rivals from San Diego and Loyola Marymount.
The women's meet will be scored as a double dual; however, on the men's side, only Pepperdine and LMU will engage in team scoring. Both meets will count toward the overall team standings in the PCH Cup Challenge, which the Waves currently lead 7.5-5.5.
"We're very excited to be racing against our conference opponents and it's going to be interesting to see how we look heading into Spring Break," head coach Robert Radnoti said. "I think we're going to have several tight races throughout the day vs. USD and in the distance races vs. LMU."
Middle-distance junior Chelsea Wishard (Lawai, Hawai'i/Kauai HS) and sophomore Hannah DeWalt (Gig Harbor, Wash./Gig Harbor HS) are expected to lead Pepperdine's middle-distance corps. At last week's season opening meet at Santa Barbara, Wishard finished the 1500m with a fifth-place time of 4:44.76 and DeWalt posted a strong showing in the 800m with a second-place time of 2:22.40.
On the men's side, freshman Sean King (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill HS) is the top seed is the 800m with a time of 1:57.00, which he also posted last week at UCSB in addition to finishing the 1500 in 4:07.32.
Pepperdine will face its toughest competition in the 3000m. Several Lions on their men's team have already broken under 8:45.00, while LMU's Sheree Shea and Cassandra Salazar own the conference's two best times at 10:02 and 10:04.
The Waves will counter in this race with freshmen Wesley Blundell (Brush Prairie, Wash./Prairie HS) and Megan Doeding (La Crescenta, Calif./Crescenta Valley HS) who lead the way with respective seed times of 8:52.96 and 10:31.00.
In the sprints, Radnoti hopes his junior trio of Amanda Ajdari (Valencia, Calif./Hart HS), Brittany Clark (Laguna Beach, Calif./Laguna Beach HS) and Bridgette Walker (Oak Harbor, Wash./Oak Harbor HS) can shake off last week's early-season jitters and shine once again on their home track.
All three are entered in the 100m and 200m dashes and should comprise 3/4 of Pepperdine's 4x100m and 4x00 relays. This trio broke two individual school records, a pair of Stotsenberg Track marks, and four varsity relay records from the 4x100m through the 800m sprint medley last season.