Katie Engel and Rudy Gonzalez led the Waves to the finish line.
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.
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.
PEPPERDINE XC 2013: Ran at six meets as a freshman ... Was the team's top runner at the Stanford Invitational and Bronco Invitational ... Finished in the team's top three at five of six meets ... Had a season-best 8k time of 25:56.0 at the Bronco Invitational.
PEPPERDINE TRACK 2014: Competed at eight meets as a freshman ... Ran the team's fastest 5,000 meters of the season, a 15:37.57 at UC Irvine (3/21) ... Also ran the 1,500 meters three times (best of 4:11.30, Beach Invitational, 4/19), the 800 once (2:01.48, Ben Brown, 3/15) and the mile once (4:38.56, Westmont, 2/22).
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Great Oak High School, located in Temecula, Calif., in 2013 ... Ran four years of varsity track and three years of varsity cross country ... Earned All-Southwestern League as a senior ... Team won a league title and placed fourth at the state meet in 2011 ... Was a scholar-athlete all four years.
CLUB: Ran for the South Temecula Track Club for four years.
PERSONAL: Born in Mission Viejo, Calif. ... Son of Gordon and Pamela Thomas ... Has two sisters, Alyssa and Kelly ... Majoring in international business ... Chose Pepperdine because of the "beautiful campus, the great cross country and track teams and coach, and a great business and study-abroad program."
FAVORITES: Enjoys art and reading ... Favorites include Lopez Lomong (pro athlete), Pittsburgh Steelers (pro sports team), 1984 (book), Fight Club (movie), The Office (TV show), Macklemore (musical artist), ribeye steak (food) and volleyball (sport other than running) ... Favorite thing about running is "pushing myself as hard as I can both physically and mentally."