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.
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: Ran at five meets as a freshman ... Had a season-best 6k time of 23:16.7 at the Bronco Invitational ... Was part of the WCC Championships team, but did not finish.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Meridian High School, located in Bellingham, Wash., in 2013 ... Ran three years of varsity cross country and three years of varsity track ... Made the All-Northwest Conference second team as a junior and senior and All-Whatcom County honorable mention as a senior ... Her school won the District 1 cross country championship and took fourth place at the 1A state meet her senior year ... Finished in the top 10 in her class and was on the honor roll all four years.
CLUB: Ran for the Whatcom Tesseract Running Club from 2011 to the present, and her team placed fourth at the 2012 cross country nationals.
PERSONAL: Born in Edmonds, Wash. ... Daughter of Steve Gray and Nancy Hinkelman ... Majoring in political science ... Chose Pepperdine because "it's been my dream school since my freshman year because of it's intimate size, high academic merit and beautiful location, and the team was amazing when I visited on my recruiting trip."
FAVORITES: Favorites include Ryan Lochte (pro athlete), The Hunger Games (book), comedies (types of movie), Gossip Girl (TV show), Taylor Swift and Chris Tomlin (musical artist), Mexican and Italian (food) and basketball (sport other than running) ... Favorite thing about running is "it's physically and mentally rewarding."