Pepperdine Women's Cross Country Team Competes in NCAA Regionals
The Pepperdine women's cross country team and one individual from the men's team travel to Portland, Oregon, this weekend to compete in the NCAA West Regional Championships at Blue Lake Park in Gresham, Oregon.
The women's six-kilometer event is scheduled for 11 a.m. while the men will run the 10-kilometer race at 12:15 p.m.
The Waves were last in action two weeks ago when they competed in the West Coast Conference (WCC) Championships on the Crystal Springs Course in Belmont, California.
The women's team improved two places in the standings over its performance at the 2005 WCC Championships as it finished fifth, while the men placed sixth for the second straight year.
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 28th straight conference crown, while the women's team took first place for the 10th time in 11 years.
Junior Sam Hudson posted a time of 26:48 to finish 22nd and lead Pepperdine. Senior Chris Gaudreau placed 30th with a time of 27:19.
Senior Kyla Maher continued her fine season for the Waves as she turned in a six-kilometer time of 23:13 to finish eighth and register the first Top 10 showing by a Pepperdine female since Rebecca Freebury placed first at the 1999 WCC Championships.
Heading into the NCAA West Regional Championships, the women's team will be without its top runner in Maher, who is out with an injury. Competing for the Waves will be senior Beth Bedingfield, sophomore Brieanna Carroll, sophomore Amanda Gordon, freshman Caitlin White and junior Courtney Young.
Gaudreau will be the lone runner for the men's team competing in Oregon. Gaudreau has competed in six events this season with his highest finish coming in the Pepperdine Invitational when he finished sixth.
The NCAA Championships are slated for November 20 in Terra Haute, Indiana.
THE PROGRAM: Cross country is a scholarship sport at Pepperdine. The men's team placed sixth at the 2005 West Coast Conference (WCC) Championships while the women were seventh. Portland won the men's conference crown for the 26th consecutive year. On the women's side, Portland claimed the league championship for the 16th time in school history.
Robert Radnoti: Robert Radnoti, who built successful cross country and track and field programs at Thousand Oaks High School during eight years as head coach, begins his first season as head coach of the Pepperdine men's and women's cross country teams and women's track team. Radnoti replaces Dick Kampmann, who retired in July after 17 years as the Waves' head coach. Radnoti, who joined the Pepperdine program as an assistant in January of 2006, brings a wealth of knowledge, innovative ideas and enthusiasm to the head coaching position. A well respected coach in Southern California, Radnoti was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the California Coaches Alliance in 2000. Prior to joining the Pepperdine staff in January, Radnoti enjoyed great success at Thousand Oaks High. His track and field teams compiled a 209-12 overall record, while the cross country teams finished with a 416-17 mark in the tough Marmonte League in Ventura County. The high point of Radnoti's tenure at Thousand Oaks High came in 2005 when he led the girls' cross country team to the Division I California State - the first-ever for the Thousand Oaks girls' team. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Radnoti was active in fundraising and oversaw the construction of a new all-weather track. Thousand Oaks High has produced numerous national record-holders and has an impressive group of alumni that includes Olympic Gold Medalist Marion Jones.
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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.