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Pepperdine Cross Country Teams Compete At UC Irvine Invitational on Saturday


 
 

Sept. 6, 2004

Malibu, Calif. -

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The Pepperdine men's and women's cross country teams continue their 2004 season this weekend when they compete in the UC Irvine Invitational at Central Park in Huntington Beach on Saturday. The five-kilometer women's race gets underway at 9 a.m. and the men are scheduled to compete in the five-mile run beginning at 9:45 a.m. The Waves began their season last weekend when they competed in the Cal State Fullerton Invitational at the Carbon Canyon Course in Brea, California. Sophomore Kyla Maher led the women's team to a seventh place finish while the men placed 11th. Maher ran the five-kilometer race in a time of 18:55 while freshman Lauren Morales completed the course in a time of 19:00 to place 25th in her first collegiate event. Host Cal State Fullerton captured the team title with 97 points and was followed by Cal Coast (106), Concordia (114), USC (131), UC Riverside (132), Biola (153) and Pepperdine (158). In the men's eight-kilometer race, junior Chad Trammell paced the Waves, finishing 23rd in a time of 26:00. Cal Coast won the team event with 87 points and was followed by Cal Poly Pomona (88), UC Riverside (94), Cal State Fullerton (99) and Concordia (131). The Waves totaled 312 points. Sixteenth-year head coach Dick Kampmann enters this season with a lot of optimism for both teams as he welcomes back one of the top runners in the men's program's history and has compiled the most quality and depth the women's team has has ever had. The Pepperdine women were selected to tie for fourth place along with local rival Loyola Marymount in the West Coast Conference's (WCC) Preseason Coaches' Poll. Perennial power Portland and Santa Clara tied for the top spot. On the men's side, the Waves were tabbed to finish sixth while Portland received seven of eight first-place votes to top the poll. Following this weekend's meet in Huntington Beach, Pepperdine is next action when it travels to San Diego to compete in the Aztec Invitational at Balboa Park beginning at 8 a.m. THE PROGRAM: Cross country is a non-scholarship sport at Pepperdine. The women's team finished third at the 2003 West Coast Conference (WCC) Championships while the men finished fifth. Portland won the men's conference crown for the 24th consecutive year. On the women's side, Portland claimed the league championship for the 14th time in school history. DICK KAMPMANN: Dick Kampmann is in the midst of his 16th season as the head coach of the Pepperdine men's and women's cross country teams. Kampmann was tabbed the West Coast Conference (WCC) women's "Coach of the Year" in 1999 after leading the team to a second place finish at the league meet. Kampmann coached cross country and track for 26 years (1959-85) at nearby University High in West Los Angeles, directing his Warrior teams to 11 Los Angeles City team championships. While coaching junior varsity and varsity boys and girls in cross country and track and field at University High, Kampmann led his teams to an astonishing total of 86 conference championships. Additionally, Kampmann coached 49 All-Los Angeles City individual champions and 292 individual conference winners. After retiring from the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1985, Kampmann began teaching physical education courses at Pepperdine in 1988. Kampmann started serving as the head men's and women's cross country coach at Pepperdine during the 1989 season. A certified instructor by The Athletic Congress, Kampmann earned his Level I certificate in 1985 and his Level II certificate in 1987 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. SPORTS INFORMATION HOTLINE: For updated information concerning Pepperdine athletics, including results and a schedule of upcoming events, please contact the Pepperdine Sports Information Hotline at 310-506-7373. The hotline will be updated on a regular basis thouhout the course of the 2004-05 school year. ON THE WEB: For updated information concerning Pepperdine athletics on the Internet, including results and a schedule of upcoming events, please bookmark the following address: http://www.PepperdineSports.com. FOR MORE INFORMATION: For additional information on the men's and women's cross country program, or to arrange interviews with players and the coaching staff, please contact Al Barba at the Pepperdine Sports Information Office by calling 310-506-4455.

 

 

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