Women's Track Beats WCC Rivals at Home Meet
MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine’s women’s track and field team defeated Loyola Marymount and San Diego by sizeable margins on a beautiful Saturday morning at Stotsenberg Track for the third-annual West Coast Track Challenge. The Waves captured wins in nine of 10 events to beat the Lions, 63-10, and the Toreros, 71-3.
The Pepperdine women also broke a school record in the distance medley relay and facility records in the 100 and 200 meters and the 4x400-meter relay.
“The women’s team was outstanding today with a lot of individual winners and personal records set in everything from the sprints to the distance races ... there were lot of happy folks on this track,” Pepperdine head coach Robert Radnoti said. “We’re excited with our performances and we’re going to use this meet as a jumping off point for the rest of the season. We just have to take advantage of our training and expect to keep racing well and improve.”
Pepperdine’s winning DMR of Lauren Lodge (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton HS), Rebecca Clark (Pleasanton, Calif./Foothill HS), Elizabeth Coe (Fountain Valley, Calif./Fountain Valley HS) and Brieanna Carroll (Pusan, South Korea/Pusan American HS) combined for a time of 12:49.93, which broke the old varsity record of 12:58.12 set two years ago. Carroll ran anchor on that relay as well.
Sophomore Brittany Clark (Laguna Beach, Calif./Laguna Beach HS) won the 100 with her Stotsenberg record time of 12.71, erasing Pepperdine’s Chelsea York’s previous standard of 13.12.
Sophomore Amanda Ajdari (Valencia, Calif./Hart HS) crossed first in the 200 in 26.28, taking down San Francisco’s Brianna Junior’s old mark of 28.05 from the 2007 West Coast Track Challenge. Adjari also was part of the victorious 4x400-meter relay that set a new track record of 4:04.82 – a time that was more than 10 seconds faster than the previous record of 4:14.96 set by LMU in 2007.
Preceding Ajdari on the relay were freshman Erica Gove (El Cajon, Calif./Granite Hills HS), Hilary Field (Ketchum, Idaho/Wood River HS) and Bridgette Walker (Oak Harbor, Wash./Oak Harbor HS).
With no sprinters on its roster, the men’s team was dealt a split decision as it picked up the win over USD but lost to LMU.
High individual finishers for the Waves included sophomore Conrad Wozniak (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge HS), who finished as the runner-up in the 3,000-meter run at 8:56.76, and sophomore Eric Magana (Whittier, Calif./La Serna HS), who was second in the 800 with a time of 2:02.97.
The track and field program travels this week to Florida to compete at the University of South Florida as well as complete a week long Project Serve at the Hope Children's Home. This will be the team’s third trip to work with special children, who, Radnoti said, “teach us more than we give.”