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Cross Country Teams Host Pepperdine Invitational Saturday Morning


 
 

Sept. 19, 2005

Malibu, Calif. -

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The Pepperdine men's and women's cross country teams resume their 2005 season this week when they host Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State Northridge and USC in the Pepperdine Invitational this Saturday on the Malibu campus.

This four-mile men's race is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. and the five-kilometer women's race begins at 9:15 a.m.

Both the men's and women's teams are coming off impressive showings at the USD Invitational two weeks ago in San Diego.

Behind senior Chad Trammell, the men's team captured the eight-kilometer race with 47 points to finish ahead of host San Diego, which totaled 61 points.

Trammell paced the field as he finished first with a time of 26:51. Freshman Timothy Hatters placed fourth with a time of 27:57 while sophomore Matthew Jenks posted a time of 28:35 to finish eighth.

On the women's side, sophomore Lauren Morales led the Waves to a third place showing as she turned in a time of 24:34 to finish 15th in the six-kilometer race.

Duke won the event as it swept the top five spots and finished with 15 points while Point Loma was second with 76 and Pepperdine third with 78.

The Waves had four players in the Top 20 as freshman Brieanna Carroll (24:45), junior Tarah Crowley (24:57) and freshman Courtney Smith (25:19) placed 17th, 19th and 20th, respectively.

"Our men's and women's teams had solid outings at the USD Invitational two weeks ago and I'll be looking for them to improve on their efforts this weekend," head coach Dick Kampmann said. "Our goal is to train well each week and make steady progress as we work toward the West Coast Conference (WCC) Championships and be at our best for the conference meet."

Both the Pepperdine men's and women's teams are looking to improve on a disappointing 2004 season in which they finished eighth and seventh, respectively, at last year's WCC Championships.

Injuries and a lack a depth plagued the men a year ago as Trammell suffered a season-ending injury early in the year. Trammell was coming off a solid sophomore campaign in which he was honorable mention All-WCC after placing 12th at the 2003 WCC Championships.

The women's team will be looking to return to the form of 2003 when it placed third at the WCC Championships. The Waves are led by Crowley and Kyla Maher who produced solid 2004 seasons. Crowley was the Waves' top finisher twice while Maher paced the team three times.

Following this weekend's Pepperdine Invitational, the Waves will travel to Riverside, California, to compete in the UC Riverside Invitational at the Orange Grove Course on Saturday, October 1.

THE PROGRAM: Cross country is a non-scholarship sport at Pepperdine. The women's team finished seventh at the 2004 West Coast Conference (WCC) Championships while the men finished eighth. Portland won the men's conference crown for the 25th consecutive year. On the women's side, Portland claimed the league championship for the 15th time in school history.

Dick Kampmann: Dick Kampmann is in the midst of his 17th season as the head coach of the Pepperdine men's and women's cross country teams. Kampmann was tabbed the West Coast Conference (WCC) women's "Coach of the Year" in 1999 after leading the team to a second place finish at the league meet. Kampmann coached cross country and track for 26 years (1959-85) at nearby University High in West Los Angeles, directing his Warrior teams to 11 Los Angeles City team championships. While coaching junior varsity and varsity boys and girls in cross country and track and field at University High, Kampmann led his teams to an astonishing total of 86 conference championships. Additionally, Kampmann coached 49 All-Los Angeles City individual champions and 292 individual conference winners. After retiring from the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1985, Kampmann began teaching physical education courses at Pepperdine in 1988. Kampmann started serving as the head men's and women's cross country coach at Pepperdine during the 1989 season. A certified instructor by The Athletic Congress, Kampmann earned his Level I certificate in 1985 and his Level II certificate in 1987 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

SPORTS INFORMATION HOTLINE: For updated information concerning Pepperdine athletics, including results and a schedule of upcoming events, please contact the Pepperdine Sports Information Hotline at 310-506-7373. The hotline will be updated on a regular basis thouhout the course of the 2005-06 school year.

ON THE WEB: For updated information concerning Pepperdine athletics on the Internet, including results and a schedule of upcoming events, please bookmark the following address: http://www.PepperdineSports.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: For additional information on the men's and women's cross country program, or to arrange interviews with players and the coaching staff, please contact Al Barba at the Pepperdine Sports Information Office by calling 310-506-4455.

 

 

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