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Rudy Gonzalez
Rudy  Gonzalez

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Whittier, Calif.

High School:
California HS

Height:
5-6

Experience:
2V

05/26/2016

Ten Student-Athletes Named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars

Guilherme Hadlich was named the top men's tennis student-athlete.

11/13/2015

Cross Country Season Concludes at NCAA West Regional

Katie Engel led the Waves in 18 of her 25 races during her four-year career.

10/31/2015

Engel Leads Cross Country at WCC Championships

Pepperdine will next run at the NCAA West Regional on November 13.

10/30/2015

Cross Country Racks Up WCC All-Academic Honors

Eighteen student-athletes received recognition this season.

08/30/2015

Cross Country 2015 Season Preview

A veteran group of Waves will look to outperform expectations in the West Coast Conference.

11/11/2015

2015 WCC Cross Country Championships

Photos by Kyle Terada of the WCC and by Steve Froebe of the Waves at the Plantes Ferry Sports Stadium in Spokane, Wash.

09/24/2014

Cross Country at Mark Covert Classic (8/30/2014)

Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves' season-opening race in Brea, Calif.

ACADEMIC AWARDS: WCC All-Academic honorable mention in 2015 ... WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors in 2014-15 and 2015-16 ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete in 2014-15 and 2015-16 ... A 2016 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar.

PEPPERDINE XC 2015 (SO): Competed at six of seven meets ... Was Pepperdine's #4 runner at the NCAA West Regional (35:35.1) and #5 at the WCC Championships (27:58.1) ... Best 8k was 27:00.0 at the Capital Cross Challenge.

PEPPERDINE XC 2014 (FR): Ran at all six meets ... 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 2016 (SO): Ran at just one meet, the season opener ... Competed in the 3,000 meters, posting a 9:12.28 at Westmont (2/20).

PEPPERDINE TRACK 2015 (FR): Competed at all six meets ... 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."

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