Men's Cross Country/Track Announces Incoming Recruits
May 19, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine cross country and track coach Robert Radnoti announced his incoming men's recruits today and called it the best haul of men's runners that he's had in his time coaching the Waves.
In the fall, the Waves will add six freshmen: Kyle Cajero (Tucson, Ariz./Pusch Ridge Christian Academy), Dan Chiriaev (Campbell, Calif./Prospect HS), Rudy Gonzalez (Whittier, Calif./California HS), Kevin Maeda (Highland, Calif./Citrus Valley HS), Matt Okabayashi (Long Beach, Calif./Poly HS) and Nicholas Serrao (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Dana Hills HS).
"In my eight years here, this is the best men's recruiting class that we've had," Radnoti said. "I am so excited about our team for next year and especially how they will develop over the next four years. We will be very young next year, but our guys will push each other to represent Pepperdine with purpose. All of these young mane are near-4.0 students with high test scores. I can hardly wait for our team to arrive for preseason camp on August 13."
The Waves have nine of last year's 11 men's runners returning to Pepperdine in the fall, including six of the seven that ran at the West Coast Conference Championships.
Here's a look at each of Pepperdine's newcomers:
Kyle Cajero (Tucson, Ariz./Pusch Ridge Christian Academy)
Dan Chiriaev (Campbell, Calif./Prospect HS)
A four-time team MVP in cross country who placed second in the Blossom Valley Athletic League meet and ranked among the top 30 runners in the Central Coast Section as a senior ... Ran at the California state cross country meet as a sophomore and junior ... Also a four-year runner in track who was ranked among the top 10 athletes in the Central Coast Section in the 1,600 meters ... He was also ranked among the top 100 1,600-meter runners in the nation (and at one point was in the top 30).
Rudy Gonzalez (Whittier, Calif./California HS)
Kevin Maeda (Highland, Calif./Citrus Valley HS)
Matt Okabayashi (Long Beach, Calif./ Poly HS)
Nicholas Serrao (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Dana Hills HS)