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Cross Country Teams Beat the Heat at UC Riverside Invitational

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Sept. 15, 2012

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Despite blistering hot conditions, an impressive number of Pepperdine cross country runners set personal bests at the UC Riverside Invitational on Saturday.

For the second straight meet, the Waves were again led by senior Jonathan Rahaeuser (Irvine, Calif./Calvary Chapel HS) in the men's 8K and freshman Katie Engel (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima HS) in the women's 6K.

"It was a hot, hot day," Pepperdine Coach Robert Radnoti said. "The temperatures were soaring and were supposed to get up to 108 degrees there today, and it felt like it. The women's race started out pretty nicely and everyone in the race PR'd, and that's pretty exciting. Katie Engel looks like she's going to be our #1 runner. She had a really good time. Our top five all did a nice job and ran better than they ever have before."

Engel finished 45th in the women's 6K Invitational with a time of 22:18.9. The rest of the Waves' top five included freshman Rachel Rant (Boise, Idaho/Boise HS), freshman Kelly Smyth (Toms River, N.J./Toms River HS East), junior Sarah Attar (Escondido, Calif./Escondido HS) and freshman Stasia Demick (Seattle, Wash./Holy Names Academy).

Rahaeuser took 56th place in the men's 8K Invitational in a time of 25:53.6. Radnoti credited both he and freshman Jordan Scandlyn (Menlo Park, Calif./Menlo-Atherton HS) with good performances.

"Jonathan just continues to get stronger and by the end of the season he might be up there with the top runners," Radnoti said. "I'm also excited about Jordan, he ran a good PR over his last performance."

The Waves also fielded 10 runners in the women's 5K Open, most of which were track athletes running their first cross country races. Senior Kasey Ullery (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS/Moorpark JC) was the top finisher of the group.

"The majority of them are sprinters who had never run cross country," Radonti said. "I'm pretty excited because they ran very well.

"I'm really proud of how hard everyone is working. We're continuing to progress toward the second half of the season. It's about seven weeks until the West Coast Conference Championships, and everyone is working hard to get ready."

As a team, the women finished in 14th place in the 6K Invitational and the men were 18th in the 8K Invitational.

The Waves' next meet is the Stanford Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 29.

 

 

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