The women's team had a different top five than usual.
PEPPERDINE XC 2012: Ran at four meets as a freshman ... Finished as the team's #5 runner at the Stanford Invitational ... Had a best 5k of 21:50.5 at the Mark Covert Classic and a best 6k of 25:09.6 at the UC Riverside Invitational.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Northwest Christian High School, located in Lacey, Wash., in 2012 ... Ran four years of varsity track and cross country ... School was the first in Washington win six consecutive state cross country championships ... Won 4x400-meter relay state championships as a senior and junior ... Placed third (2010), fourth (2011) and fifth (2012) in the 300-meter hurdles at the state meet ... Was team captain of the track team ... Was the team chaplain of the cross country team ... Set a school record in the 100 meters (13.02) ... Also lettered in basketball was an was an all-state honorable mention selection ... Was class valedictorian and class president as well as a Wendy's High School Heisman state finalist.
PERSONAL: Born in Aberdeen, Wash. ... Daughter of Tim and Allison Bates ... Her mother played basketball at Western Washington and her father played football and golf in community college ... Has one brother, Evan ... Majoring in international studies ... Attended an Oxford Summer Study program on a full scholarship ... Chose Pepperdine because it "is academically rigorous, athletically excellent, deeply spiritual and absolutely gorgeous. Simply put, it's where God led me."
FAVORITES: Enjoys reading, swing dancing, creating music videos and having deep discussions about philosophy, theology and life ... Favorites include Tim Tebow (pro athlete), the U.S. Olympic team (sports team), The Bible and The Book Thief (books), You've Got Mail (movie), House Hunters (TV show), Jamie Grace (musical artist), peanut butter (food) and basketball (sport other than running) ... Enjoys running because of "the deep and unbreakable bond that develops with my teammates, the profound conversations and fits of laughter that spring up during long runs, the feeling of the running high after a tough workout or an intense meet."