Nine of a possible 11 runners earned WCC All-Academic status.
Pepperdine will be hosting the event for the first time in school history. Admission is free.
The Waves will host the WCC Championships next Saturday in Alumni Park.
The Waves have a big freshman class with 21 newcomers.
59 of Pepperdine's student-athletes that compete in the WCC had at least a 3.0 GPA.
ACADEMIC AWARDS: Named WCC All-Academic honorable mention as a sophomore ... Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "silver" honors and was a Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete as a freshman.
PEPPERDINE XC 2013: Ran in four meets as a sophomore ... Ran the 6k twice (best of 22:53.2 at the Bronco Invitational) and the 5k twice (best of 18:44.5 at the Titan Invitational).
PEPPERDINE XC 2012: Was one of the team's top runners as a freshman ... Competed in six races and finished between #2 and #4 among the Waves at each of them ... Was Pepperdine's #3 runner at the WCC Championships ... Best 5k was 19:10.46 at the Northridge Collegiate Invitational and best 6k was 23:31.1 at the UC Riverside Invitational.
PEPPERDINE TRACK 2013: Competed in seven of eight track meets as a freshman ... Had the team's best time of the year in the 800 meters, a 2:20.00 at Pomona-Pitzer (4/13) ... That ranks her #3 on Pepperdine's all-time top five list in the 800 ... Ran the 800 at all seven meets, and the 1,500 once (a 5:05.74 at North Florida on 3/2).
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Boise (Idaho) High School in 2012 ... Ran three years of varsity track (400, 800 and 1,600 meters) and two years of cross country ... Was named the Boise High Female Athlete of the Year as a senior ... Boise won the 5A state cross country title in 2011 (it was ranked among the nation's top 50 programs) and was second in 2010 ... Was part of the 5A-state-winning 4x800-meter relay team as a junior ... Took fourth in the state in the 800 meters as a senior ... Earned state academic awards for both sports ... A National Merit Scholar.
PERSONAL: Born in Highland Park, Ill. ... Daughter of Richard and Carolyn Rant ... Has one sibling, Alex ... Her father played tennis at Washington ... Majoring in business administration with a minor in professional and academic writing ... Chose Pepperdine because "it has the ideal academic, spiritual, social and athletic aspects that I was looking for in a school."
FAVORITES: Enjoys skiing, knitting, painting, reading, hiking, biking and writing ... Lists her sports hero as Michael Jordan ... Favorites include Allyson Felix (pro athlete), Real Madrid (pro team), East of Eden (book), Peter Pan (movie), Psych (TV show), Matthew West (musical artist), pasta (food) and tennis (sport other than running) ... Favorite thing about running is "it's based on mental toughness, and I can always challenge myself and build character. I really enjoy the strategy involved, and the marked progress that is available through hard work."