Cross Country Has Final WCC Tune-Up on Friday at Fullerton
Oct. 18, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - A week ahead of the West Coast Conference Championships, the Pepperdine men's and women's cross country teams will have their final tune-up at the Titan Cross Country Invitational hosted by Cal State Fullerton on Friday.
FULLERTON - The meet will be held on the campus of Cal State Fullerton. The women's 5K is at 4:45 p.m. and the men's 8K is at 5:15 p.m.
RADNOTI SAYS - Pepperdine seventh-year head coach Robert Radnoti says: "With the WCC meet just a week away, we're planning on just doing a tempo run for our runners that will be competing at the WCC Championships. That was going to be our workout on Friday anyway. But we do have a number of women who will be running their last cross country race of the season. Hopefully they will peak and set new PRs for themselves. Everyone's looking forward to doing that. It would be nice to close out the season well for those who are running their last race."
WOMEN'S LEADERS - Freshman Katie Engel (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima HS) finished #1 for the Waves at the first three meets of the season. Then senior Hayley Lytle (Huntington Beach, Calif./Huntington Beach HS), who was competing in her first cross country race for Pepperdine since 2009, led the Waves at last week's Northridge Invitational. Freshman Rachel Rant (Boise, Idaho/Boise HS) has also been consistently near the top of the Waves' leaderboard.
MEN'S LEADERS - In each of the first four meets of the season, the men's team was led to the finish line by senior Jonathan Rahaeuser (Irvine, Calif./Calvary Chapel HS). Freshman Jordan Scandlyn (Menlo Park, Calif./Menlo-Atherton HS) has the been the men's #2 runner at all four races, while junior Jesse Aston (Martinez, Calif./Alhambra HS) has been #3 at the last three races.
EXPERIENCE - The Waves are breaking in a very large group of new runners in 2012. On the women's side, only two of the 27 on the roster saw action last season. Fourteen of them are freshmen. For the men, two of the seven on the roster competed last season, while four have been part of the program previously and three are true freshmen. The women's team has four seniors and the men have two.
ACADEMICS - Pepperdine's cross country program is certainly one of the school's most accomplished in the classroom. In the 2011-12 school year, 15 student-athletes (those with grade-point averages above a 3.0) out of a possible 18 were named to the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll, and 12 of them collected WCC All-Academic awards.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE - Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men's sports -- one of just 16 schools to have accomplished this feat -- and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest enrollment and is the only school not in a BCS-affiliated conference. Located in scenic Malibu, Calif., the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation's most beautiful. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks #54 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges.