The Waves are looking for improved finishes at the meet in Sunnyvale, Calif.
The next meet for the Waves is the WCC Championships.
The Waves are next in action at the Highlander Invitational in three weeks.
Katie Engel and Rudy Gonzalez led the Waves to the finish line.
Katie Engel and Kevin Maeda led the cross country teams in the first race of the season.
Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves' season-opening race in Brea, Calif.
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 WCC All-Academic honorable mention as a sophomore ... Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "silver" honors as a freshman and sophomore ... A Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete as a freshman and sophomore.
PEPPERDINE XC 2013: Had another strong year as a sophomore, leading the Waves to the finish line in four of her six races, including the NCAA West Regional (21:22) ... Took eighth place overall at the 5k Mark Covert Classic (18:33.1) ... Best 6k time was 21:18.6 at the Bronco Invitational ... Finished no worse than third among the Waves in any of the meets.
PEPPERDINE XC 2012: Emerged as one of the program's top runners as a freshman ... Led the Waves to the finish line in her first three races ... Finished second the next three ... Had a 5k best of 18:43.79 at the Northridge Collegiate Invitational, where she finished 12th overall ... Was 14th overall at the Mark Covert Classic ... Had a 6k best of 22:18.9 at the UC Riverside Invitational ... Was one of three women to run at the NCAA West Regional.
PEPPERDINE TRACK 2014: Competed at five meets as a sophomore ... Ran the 5,000 meters three times, with a best of 18:09.99 (Cal/Nevada Collegiate Championship, 4/4) ... Also ran the 1,500 once (4:58.56, Beach Invitational, 4/19) ... Was part of the school-record 4x800-meter relay team that ran 9:48.41 and won its race at Savannah State (3/1).
PEPPERDINE TRACK 2013: Ran at all eight meets as a freshman ... Posted team's top time of the year in four different events: the mile (5:30.76 at Westmont on 2/16), the 3,000 meters (10:45.25 at Cal State L.A. on 4/6), the two-mile (11:43.33 at San Francisco State on 3/29) and the 5,000 meters (18:19.55 at Pomona-Pitzer on 4/13) ... On Pepperdine's all-time top five lists, she moved into the #3 spot in both the mile and two-mile.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Honeoye Falls (N.Y.)-Lima High School in 2012 ... Ran both cross country and track (400, 800 and 1,500 meters) ... Earned all-state honorable mention as a senior and all-section as a senior, junior and sophomore ... Team won cross country sectional championships in 2009 and 2011 ... A member of the National Honors Society.
PERSONAL: Born in Chicago, Ill. ... Daughter of Heather and David Engel ... Has two siblings, Natalie and Jack ... Majoring in English (writing and rhetoric) with a minor in applied mathematics ... During summer 2014, volunteered at the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence in Rochester, N.Y., while also helping at urban microfarms and community gardens and participating in non-violence clubs for high school students ... Chose Pepperdine because it "provides me with an opportunity to challenge myself academically, athletically and spiritually."
FAVORITES: Enjoys reading and listening to music ... Favorites include Lauren Fleshman (pro athlete), New York Yankees (pro sports team), The Secret Life of Bees (book), The Prestige (movie), New Girl (TV show), Ben Howard (musical artist), Nutella (food) and baseball (sport other than running) ... Favorite thing about running is "the sense of camaraderie."