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.
Pepperdine begins the 2014 season at the Mark Covert Classic.
Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves' season-opening race in Brea, Calif.
PEPPERDINE XC 2014: Ran at three meets as a freshman ... Was Pepperdine's #2 runner at the Mark Covert Clasic ... Had a season-best 8k time of 26:45.9 at the WCC Preview Meet.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Dana Hills High School, located in Dana Point, Calif., in 2014 ... Ran cross country on two South Coast League champion teams and competed at the California state meet as a junior ... Also won a league title in track as a senior ... Ran varsity two years of each sport ... A team captain in both ... A scholar-athlete who also earned an AP scholar award.
PERSONAL: Born in Mission Viejo, Calif. ... Son of Victor and Gina Serrao ... Has one sibling, Sienna ... Majoring in biology ... Chose to attend Pepperdine because of "the small class size, the location, the medical program and the cross country/track teams."
FAVORITES: Enjoys surfing, music and watching movies ... Lists sports hero as Emil Zatopek ... Favorites include Mike Trout (pro athlete), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (pro team), The Hobbit (book), Chariots of Fire (movie), Modern Family (TV show), Bad Suns (musical artist), pasta (food) and baseball (sport other than running) ... Favorite thing about running is "the competition amongst other teams as well as against myself. Ultimately, the true competition is between me and the clock."