Pepperdine begins the 2014 season at the Mark Covert Classic.
More than 1,200 WCC student-athletes received the award.
The school year was highlighted by sand volleyball's national championship and baseball's postseason run.
Nine of a possible 11 runners earned WCC All-Academic status.
There are a couple of more meets before Pepperdine hosts the WCC Championships on November 2.
Jeff Golden and Ron Hall's photos of the cross country meet vs. CSUN and CSU Bakersfield in Alumni Park.
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 "bronze" honors and was a Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete in both 2012-13 and 2014-15.
PEPPERDINE XC 2014: Did not run at any meets as a junior.
PEPPERDINE XC 2013: Ran at four events as a sophomore ... Ran the 6k twice (best of 23:51.89 at the Pepperdine Invitational) and the 5k twice (best of 19:28.7 at the Titan Invitational).
PEPPERDINE XC 2012: Appeared in five races as a freshman ... Was Pepperdine's #3 finisher at the Mark Covert Classic and UC Riverside Invitational ... Best 5k was 20:29.8 at the Mark Covert Classic and best 6k was 23:52.5 at the UC Riverside Invitational.
PEPPERDINE TRACK 2015: Competed in four meets as a junior ... Ran the 1,500 meters each time, with a best of 5:16.48 at Pomona-Pitzer (4/4).
PEPPERDINE TRACK 2013: Competed at seven of eight track meets as a freshman ... Was Pepperdine's only competitor to take on the 3,000-meter steeplechase ... Ran it four times, with a best of 12:24.05 at San Francisco State (3/29) ... Also ran the 400-meter hurdles three times, with a best of 70.69 at Pomona-Pitzer (4/13) and the 3,000 meters once (an 11:36.71 at Cal State L.A. on 4/6) ... Ended the season ranked #2 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and #5 in the 400-meter hurdles on Pepperdine's all-time top five lists.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Toms River (N.J.) High School East in 2012 ... Ran four years of cross country and track ... A team captain as a junior and senior and a team MVP as a junior and sophomore ... Was all-county as a freshman ... Earned an academic achievement award.
PERSONAL: Born in Toms River, N.J. ... Daughter of Brian and Marcia Smyth ... Has three siblings, Kyle, Dan and Jack ... Works as a lifeguard back home in New Jersey ... Majoring in sports medicine/pre-med.
FAVORITES: Enjoys swimming, reading and cooking ... Favorites include Kara Goucher (athlete), Chelsea (pro sports team), My Sister's Keeper (book), The Little Mermaid (movie), Grey's Anatomy (TV show), Pasadena (musical artist), Greek yogurt (food) and swimming (sport other than running) ... Favorite thing about running is "that it's not simply about competing, it also allows me to release stress, go on long runs to sort out my thoughts and keep in shape."