Adrianna Davies and Nick Blanchard are the Waves' top runners.
Pepperdine will be hosting the event for the first time in school history. Admission is free.
The Waves will be hosting the WCC Championships on November 2.
The Waves have a big freshman class with 21 newcomers.
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.
PEPPERDINE XC 2013: Appeared in six meets as a freshman ... Was the team's top finisher at the WCC Championships (held in Alumni Park) with a time of 27:04 ... Was the team's second finisher on three occasions ... Best 8k time was 25:58.7 at the Bronco Invitational.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Portland (Conn.) High School in 2013 ... Ran four years of varsity cross country and four years of varsity track ... Earned all-state honors in cross country as a senior ... Earned three-time all-conference honors in cross country and was runner-up at the conference championship as a senior ... Set the school's outdoor track records in the 3,200 and 5,000 meters and indoor records in the 1,000, 1,600 and 3,200 meters ... Was runner-up at the indoor track Class S State Championships in the 1,600 meters as a senior ... Made the high honor roll every semester and was a member of the National Honor Society.
CLUB: Ran with the Middlesex Distance Club from 2007-12.
PERSONAL: Born in New Haven, Conn. ... Majoring in political science ... Son of Gerald and Lynn Blanchard ... Has two siblings, Matt and Tom ... Has organized two fundraising road races in his hometown ... The 2012 Portland 5k Challenge for Multiple Sclerosis raised more than $2,500 ... The 2013 Portland 5k for $5k raised more than $6,000 for a family with a Portland High student suffering from leukemia ... Chose Pepperdine because "I want to be part of the running program Pepperdine is building. The academic prestige of Pepperdine, the school's strong Christian faith and the opportunity to experience life on the West Coast appealed to me."
FAVORITES: Enjoys playing basketball and frisbee ... Lists his sports hero as his high school coach, Isha Murphy ... Favorites include Galen Rupp (pro athlete), the New York Giants (pro team), the Bible (book), Miracle (movie), Everybody Loves Raymond (TV show), Jimmy Buffett (musical artist), pizza, pasta and chicken parmesan (food) and basketball (sport other than running) ... Favorite thing about running is it's "a sport where there are no excuses. You cannot complain about playing time, it is all about how you perform and the effort you put into it."