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Pepperdine Cross Country Teams to run at NCAA West Regional Championships


 
 

Nov. 8, 2005

Malibu, Calif. -

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The Pepperdine men's and women's cross country teams travel to the Bay Area to compete in the NCAA West Regional Championships that will be run at the Stanford Golf Course in the Stanford, California, on Saturday.

The men's 10-kilometer race begins at 10 a.m. and the women's six-kilometer run is scheduled to start at 11:15 a.m.

The Waves ran at the West Coast Conference (WCC) Championships last Saturday and the men and women placed sixth and seventh, respectively.

Portland continued its run of success at the WCC Cross Country Championships by capturing both the men's and women's titles. The men's squad claimed its 27th straight conference crown, while the women's team took first place for the ninth time in 10 years.

In the women's race, Portland won its fourth straight WCC title with a team score of 31. The Pilots' Ashlee Vincent captured the women's race with a 17:59 mark on the five-kilometer course, marking the eighth fastest time in WCC Championship history. Teammate Kathy Rice captured third place, finishing with a time of 18:15.

Senior Chad Trammell was the top individual performer for the Waves in the men's event as he placed seventh with a time of 26:02. Sophomore Sam Hudson turned in a time of 27:27 to finish 30th in the eight-kilometer race.

On the women's side, sophomore Sarah Camp led Pepperdine as she placed 33rd with a time of 19:26. Junior Tarrah Crowley was the Waves' next-best finisher as she turned in a time of 19:33 to place 35th.

After only having two individuals perform at last year's West Regional Championships in Fresno, the men will send a full squad to Stanford. Trammell will lead a team that includes Hudson, senior William Fleming, junior Matt Jenks, and freshmen Henry Valdez, Tim Hatters, and Mike Smith.

Crowley will lead a young women's squad that includes Camp, junior Kyla Maher, and freshmen Brie Carroll, Alli Gibson, Amanda Gordon, Marissa Kerby and and Courtney Smith.

Pepperdine finished 21st at last year's NCAA West Regional Championships. Crowley returns as the Waves' top individual performer from last year's regionals where she placed 133rd with a time of 23:24.

Following this weekend's NCAA West Regional Championships, the NCAA Championships will take place Monday, November 21, at Wabash Family Sports Center in Terra Haute, Indiana.

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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