A veteran group of Waves will look to outperform expectations in the West Coast Conference.
Pepperdine next runs at the NCAA West Regional in two weeks.
The Waves are looking for improved finishes at the meet in Sunnyvale, Calif.
The next meet for the Waves is the WCC Championships.
The Waves are next in action at the Highlander Invitational in three weeks.
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 top runner at the WCC Preview Meet and finished among the top three four times ... Best 8k time was 26:18.7 at the WCC Championships.
PEPPERDINE TRACK 2015: Competed at all seven meets as a freshman ... Ran the 1,500 meters all five times with a best of 4:07.22 at the Beach Invitational (4/18) ... Also ran the mile once and the 5,000 meters once ... Was part of the 4x400 relay team that established a school record.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from California High School, located in Whittier, Calif., in 2014 ... Helped his school to a second-place finish at the 2012 state cross country meet ... A three-year varsity member of both the cross country and track teams ... Qualified for the CIF Finals in cross country as a senior ... Ran on the winning 4x1,600-meter team at the Mt. SAC Relays in 2014 and set a school record ... Was on the Principal's Honor Roll every semester.
PERSONAL: Born in Orange, Calif. ... Son of Rudy Gonzalez and Linda Gonzalez ... Has one brother, Roger ... Majoring in psychology ... Chose to attend Pepperdine because "of its small class sizes and because it is on the Malibu coast."
FAVORITES: Enjoys playing guitar and learning other musical instruments ... Favorites include Clayton Kershaw (pro athlete), Los Angeles Dodgers (pro team), The Road (book), Rocky (movie), Queens of the Stone Age (musical artist), pizza (food) and baseball (sport other than running) ... Favorite thing about running is "that it doesn't only strengthen your body, but your mind also. It takes a lot of mental strength to convince your body that it can run at speeds it is unfamiliar with."