A veteran group of Waves will look to outperform expectations in the West Coast Conference.
Katie Engel led the women for the fifth time in six races this year.
Pepperdine begins the 2014 season at the Mark Covert Classic.
Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves' season-opening race in Brea, Calif.
ACADEMIC AWARDS: Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors and was a Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete in 2014-15.
PEPPERDINE XC 2014: Ran at five meets as a freshman ... Best finish on the team was fourth at the NCAA West Regional ... Top 8k time was 26:46.5 at the WCC Preview Meet.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Prospect High School, located in Saratoga, Calif., in 2014 ... A four-time team MVP in cross country who placed second in the Blossom Valley Athletic League meet and ranked among the top 30 runners in the Central Coast Section as a senior ... Ran at the California state cross country meet as a sophomore and junior ... Also a four-year runner in track who was ranked among the top 10 athletes in the Central Coast Section in the 1,600 meters ... He was also ranked among the top 100 1,600-meter runners in the nation (and at one point was in the top 30) ... Earned an international ranking in parliamentary debate.
CLUB: Ran with the West Valley Joggers and Striders.
PERSONAL: Born in Karlsruhe, Germany ... Family includes Larissa Chiriaeva (mother), Sergey Prokushkin (stepdad) and Dmitri Chiriaev (father) ... Majoring in economics ... Chose to attend Pepperdine because "an astonishingly beautiful campus, Pepperdine provides a strong academic environment with its Christian affiliation while also blending with the 'life's a beach' mentality."
FAVORITES: Enjoys judging debate tournaments, giving speeches, longboarding, watching and playing hockey and playing frisbee ... Favorites include Alex Ovechkin and Maria Sharapova (pro athletes); San Jose Sharks (pro team); Excellence (book); Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Transformers, Harry Potter and Fast and the Furious (movies); Game of Thrones, House and Breaking Bad (TV shows); Bob Marley (musical artist); and hockey and frisbee (sports other than running) ... Favorite things about running are "it transcends into other areas of live with the endurance and mental fortitude we acquire. The places we run, such as in the hills, beaches and mountains, are often very beautiful, making the hard workouts worth the pain."