The Waves have a big freshman class with 21 newcomers.
Photos of the Pepperdine Invitational, held in Alumni Park, taken by Jeff Golden, Stephen Wandzura and Roger Horne.
PEPPERDINE XC 2013: Ran at four meets as a freshman ... Was Pepperdine's #2 runner in the Santa Clara Bronco Open race, and had a season-best 6k time of 24:31.6 ... Ran 5ks twice, with a best of 20:11.7 at the Titan Invitational.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Louisville High School, located in Woodland Hills, Calif., in 2013 ... Ran three years of varsity cross country and three years of varsity track ... Earned her team's Most Valuable Runner award in cross country as a senior and received a Coaches' Award as a junior ... Also lettered in soccer and was an All-Mission League selection ... A member of the National Honor Society and on the honor roll all eight semesters.
PERSONAL: Born in Tarzana, Calif. ... Daughter of Annmarie Gil and Pete Gil ... Her father attended graduate school at Pepperdine ... Has one sibling, Alex ... Majoring in business administration ... Chose Pepperdine because "of its strong academics, various opportunities and emphasis on faith."
FAVORITES: Enjoys napping, reading, Twitter, playing with her cat and listening to music ... Favorites include Alex Morgan (pro athlete), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (book), Remember the Titans (movie), Nitro Circus (TV show), Carrie Underwood (musical artist), Hawaiian sweet bread rolls (food) and soccer (sport other than running) ... Favorite thing about running is that "it is both a team and individual sport. We work to make each other better, but individual times depend on ourselves."