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.
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.
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 (XC) as a junior ... Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "gold" honors as a freshman and junior ... Was a Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete as a freshman, sophomore and junior.
PEPPERDINE XC 2013: After switching from soccer to cross country, had an impressive first season as a junior ... Ran in six meets and was in the Waves' top five in five of them ... Was second on the team and 10th overall at the Mark Covert Classic ... Best 6k time was 22:10.4 at the Bronco Invitational.
PEPPERDINE TRACK 2014: Showed promise in the steeplechase during her first season of track ... Ran at eight meets as a junior, including two after the rest of the team concluded the season in search of an NCAA qualifying time in the steeplechase ... Ran the steeplechase five times, winning at both Pomona-Pitzer (4/12) and UC Irvine (3/21) ... Best time was 10:56.99 at the Beach Invitational (4/19), which ranks #2 on the school's all-time top five ... Also ran the 1,500 meters three times (best of 4:47.70 on 3/29 at Cal Poly), the 400-meter hurdles twice (team-best time of 1:16.05 on 4/3 at Steve Scott) and the 800 meters twice (best of 2:21.88 on 3/22 at UC Irvine).
PEPPERDINE SOCCER: Appeared in two matches during the 2012 season ... Did not play in any games during the 2011 season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Shorewood High School, located in Shoreline, Wash., in 2011 ... Lettered in track for three years and set the school record in the 2k steeplechase ... Made it to the district finals each of her three years in the 800 and 1,600 meters ... Played four years of varsity soccer and was named to the All-Wesco team three times ... Was the school's valedictorian and twice earned the President's Volunteer Service Award.
PERSONAL: Born in Seattle, Wash. ... Daughter of Jim and Connie Santroch ... Has two siblings, Eric and Kristin ... Her second cousins are Olympic medalists Eric and Beth Heiden ... Majoring in accounting with a minor in sports medicine... Co-President of Pepperdine's SAAC in 2013-14 ... Has done two mission trips to Tijuana, Mexico, to build houses and serve at a Vacation Bible School ... During summer 2012, was an intern in the communications department for Habitat for Humanity in Buenos Aires, Argentina ... During summer 2013, worked at Lululemon Athletica and was an intern in The Cheesecake Factory's internal audit department ... During summer 2014, sailed around the Caribbean with her family for 10 days, and held an internship at the accounting firm of Ernst & Young in San Diego ... Has done triathlons since the age of 12 and has won her age group six times ... Chose Pepperdine because "it is an academically acclaimed school centered around Christian values."
FAVORITES: Enjoys "anything and everything outdoors as long as it's sunny" ... Favorites include Lolo Jones (pro athlete), Seattle Seahawks (pro sports team), Love Does (book), The Blind Side (movie), Taylor Swift, Kip Moore and Sam Smith (musical artists), apple pie (food) and soccer (sport other than running).