Pepperdine Men's And Women's Cross Country Teams Open 2004 Campaign On Saturday
Aug. 30, 2004
The Pepperdine men's and women's cross teams open their 2004 seasons this week when they travel to Brea, California, to compete in the Cal State Fullerton Invitational at Carbon Canyon Park on Saturday. The eight-kilometer men's race will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the five-kilometer women's race to follow at 9:15 p.m. Sixteenth year head coach Dick Kampmann enters this season with a lot of optimism for both teams as he welcomes back one of the top runners in the men's program's history and has compiled the most quality and depth the women's team has has ever had.. "I am really excited about getting this going and coaching the young group of runners we have this season," Kampmann said. "We have a talented group on the men's team led by junior Chad Trammell and senior Louis Rich." Trammell earned honorable mention All-West Coast Conference (WCC) honors a year ago after placing 12th at the WCC Championships with a time of 26:52. Trammell was the Waves' top finisher in seven of nine meets. Rich had the top finish in the other two meets. The women's team has talent and depth that will create a competitive environment as runners attempt to make the WCC Championships line-up. Junior Lauren Tyree and sophomore Tarrah Crowley return after leading the Waves during the 2003 campaign. Sophomore Kyla Maher has looked impressive in early season training and has the ability to crack the Top 10 at the WCC Championships. "We have nine or 10 women who should challenge each other to make the team that we take to the WCC Championships," Kampann said. "The team is deep and the girls are very, very close in time to each other." At last year's WCC Championships, Pepperdine placed third behind perennial conference powers Portland and Santa Clara. Crowley and Tyree finished 14th and 15th, respecitvely, and received honorable mention All-WCC accolades. The men's team was fifth as Trammell placed 12th and Rich was honorable mention All-WCC after placing 14th. Following this weekend's meet in Brea, Pepperdine returns to Orange County on Saturday, September 11, to compete in the UC Irvine Invitational.