The Waves are next in action at the Highlander Invitational in three weeks.
Katie Engel and Rudy Gonzalez led the Waves to the finish line.
Pepperdine begins the 2014 season at the Mark Covert Classic.
Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves' season-opening race in Brea, Calif.
PEPPERDINE XC 2014: Ran at five meets as a freshman ... Best finish on the team was fourth at the the WCC Preview Meet ... Had a season-best 6k time of 24:09.2 at the WCC Championships and a 5k of 19:53.0 at the Highlander Invitational.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Mission Viejo (Calif.) High School in 2014 ... Ran four years of varsity cross country and track ... In 2012, helped Mission Viejo make the CIF meet for the first time in 10 years ... Her best cross country times were 19:21 at the Dana Hills Invitational and 20:41 at the Mt. SAC Invitational ... Ran the 1,600 and 3,200 meters in track ... A scholar-athlete and on the honor roll all four years.
PERSONAL: Born in Mission Viejo, Calif. ... Daughter of Rich and Christine Atwood ... Has one sister, Sydney ... Plans to major in biology or sports medicine ... Is certified in scuba ... Chose to attend Pepperdine because "I just fell in love with everything the school was about and the positive atmosphere that I was immersed in the second I walked onto campus. Meeting Coach Radnoti and the whole team solidified the fact that Pepperdine is where I'm supposed to be."
FAVORITES: Sports heroes are Dick and Rick Hoyt ... Enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, photography, playing the ukulele and petting puppies ... Favorites include Meb Keflezighi (pro athlete), The Fault in Our Stars (book), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (movie), Ellen (TV show), Jose Gonzales and Fleet Foxes (musical artists), acai bowls and carne asada (food) and soccer (sport other than running) ... Enjoys running because "I love how running allows you to completely forget about everything going on in your life and just focus on the simple task of putting one foot in front of the other."