Pepperdine begins the 2014 season at the Mark Covert Classic.
Katie Engel led the women for the fourth time in six races this season.
Adrianna Davies and Nick Blanchard are the Waves' top runners.
Pepperdine will be hosting the event for the first time in school history. Admission is free.
The Waves have a big freshman class with 21 newcomers.
Photos of the Waves' runners in action in Alumni Park in Malibu at the conference meet.
Photos of the Pepperdine Invitational, held in Alumni Park, taken by Jeff Golden, Stephen Wandzura and Roger Horne.
ACADEMIC AWARDS: Named a Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete as a freshman.
PEPPERDINE XC 2013: Ran at six meets as a freshman ... Finished a season-high second on the team at the NCAA West Regional (34:38) ... Best 8k time was 26:44.8 at the Bronco Invitational.
PEPPERDINE TRACK 2014: Ran at seven meets as a freshman ... Competed in the 400, 800, 1,500 and mile ... Had the team's best time in the mile of 4:33.47 (Westmont, 2/22) ... Other season bests were 4:12.05 in the 1,500 (Beach Invitational, 4/19), 1:58.65 in the 800 (Pomona-Pitzer, 4/12) and 53.66 in the 400 (Savannah State, 3/1).
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Claremont (Calif.) High School in 2013 ... Ran four years of varsity cross country and four years of varsity track ... Part of the school-record 4x1600 team ... Team won Sierra League cross country championships his sophomore and senior years, and took third place in Division 2 at the California State Championships his sophomore season ... A team captain in both sports ... Earned all-academic honors in cross country.
CLUB: Was an All-American at the 2012 Junior Olympics and part of a team national championship ... Ran with the Southern California Cheetahs (2002-06), Southern California Roadrunners (2006-12) and O'Brien's Army (2012).
PERSONAL: Born in Pasadena, Calif. ... Son of Rod and Elisabeth Crowell ... An aunt, Suzette Clay, ran cross country and track at UC Irvine ... Has three siblings: Anders, Victoria and Stefan ... Majoring in business ... Chose to attend Pepperdine because of "its excellent academic reputation, the cross country and track programs, the amazing view, the accelerated MBA program and the people."
FAVORITES: Enjoys frisbee, guitar, drums and keyboard ... Favorites include Kobe Bryant (pro athlete), the Harry Potter series (books), Inception (movie), How I Met Your Mother (TV show), Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead (musical artists), pasta (food) and ultimate frisbee (sport other than running) ... Favorite thing about running is "the challenge it presents to strive to push your limits and better yourself."