Katie Engel and Rudy Gonzalez led the Waves to the finish line.
Pepperdine begins the 2014 season at the Mark Covert Classic.
More than 1,200 WCC student-athletes received the award.
The Waves will be hosting the WCC Championships on November 2.
The Waves have a big freshman class with 21 newcomers.
Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves' season-opening race in Brea, Calif.
ACADEMIC AWARDS: Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "silver" honors ... Named a Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete as a freshman.
PEPPERDINE XC 2013: Participated in three meets as a freshman ... Was the Waves' top finisher in the Santa Clara Bronco Open (23:19.8) ... Ran the 5k her other two races (best of 19:08.0 at the Titan Invitational).
PEPPERDINE TRACK 2014: Did not run at any track meets as a freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Broadneck High School, located in Annapolis, Md., in 2013 ... Ran four years of varsity cross country and four years of varsity track ... Named Runner of the Year in Anne Arundel County ... Was the county champion in the mile in outdoor track ... Earned team MVP honors in both sports all four years ... Helped Broadneck cross country win county and regional championships in 2012.
PERSONAL: Born in Annapolis, Md. ... Daughter of Tom and Dana Smith ... Both parents ran cross country and track at West Virginia ... Has one sibling, Sam ... Majoring in political science ... Chose Pepperdine because of "the people attending the school, the team, Coach Radnoti and the location."
FAVORITES: Enjoys going to the gym, swimming and reading ... Lists her sports hero as Tim Tebow ... Favorites include Venus Williams (pro athlete), Baltimore Ravens (pro sports team), The Great Gatsby (book), Forrest Gump (movie), House of Cards (TV show), Fleetwood Mac (musical artist), pasta (food) and swimming (sport other than running) ... Favorite things about running are "the feeling after finishing a race and the feeling of being part of a team."