Katie Engel led the women for the fifth time in six races this year.
Pepperdine next runs at the NCAA West Regional in two weeks.
The next meet for the Waves is the WCC Championships.
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.
ACADEMIC AWARDS: Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors and was a Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete in 2014-15.
PEPPERDINE XC 2014: Ran at all six meets as a freshman ... Was Pepperdine's #2 runner twice, both times at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale, Calif., at the WCC Preview Meet and the WCC Championships ... Best 8k time was 26:11.3 at the WCC Championships.
PEPPERDINE TRACK 2015: Competed at all six meets as a freshman ... Broke the school record in the 800 meters twice, first with a 1:54.83 at UC Irvine (3/21) and then again in 1:54.51 at the Beach Invitational (4/18) ... Was also part of a 4x400 relay team that established a school record ... Also ran the 400 meters (best of 52.58 at the Ben Brown Invitational on 3/14) and the 1,500 (best of 4:07.28 at Cal Poly on 3/28).
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Pusch Ridge Christian Academy, located in Tucson, Ariz., in 2014 ... Was the Division IV state champion and the Tucson Citizen's Division IV Runner of the Year as a junior in cross country ... Earned Arizona Daily Star all-city honors all four years in cross country, including the first team as a junior and second team as a senior ... In track, set school records in the 800 and 1,600 meters ... Won the 800 and placed second in the 1,600 and 3,200 at the 2014 state meet ... Helped Pusch Ridge to second-place state finishes as a junior in cross country and a senior in track ... A member of the National Honor Society.
PERSONAL: Born in Tucson, Ariz. ... Son of Carlos and Cindy Cajero ... Has two siblings, Benjamin and Madison ... Majoring in psychology ... Achieved Eagle Scout status ... Chose to attend Pepperdine because "the team is incredible close-knit and welcoming; the coaching staff is well-rounded and knowledgeable; and the campus made me fell like I was on vacation. The Christian foundation of Pepperdine coupled with the integrity of everyone I met on the visit convinced me that Pepperdine was the place to be."
FAVORITES: Enjoys collecting music, playing Guitar Hero and writing ... Lists his sports hero as Jim Valvano ... Favorites include Drew Brees (pro athlete), New Orleans Saints (pro team), East of Eden (book), Troll 2 (movie), The Office (TV show), LCD Soundsystem (musical artist), pizza (food) and college basketball (sport other than running) ... Enjoys running "for the thrill of competing. Almost nothing brightens up my week like a race or meet because I know I can test my physical, mental and spiritual limits in these competitions like no other sport has to offer."