Men's Cross Country Runs at Titan Invitational on Friday Night
Oct. 20, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine's men's cross country team will run its final regular-season race before next weekend's West Coast Conference Championships on Friday (Oct. 21) when the Waves head down to the Titan Invitational, hosted by Cal State Fullerton. Pepperdine's women will take this weekend off.
TITAN INVITATIONAL - The meet takes place on Cal State Fullerton's campus around its sports complex and grass recreation fields. The men's 8k will begin at 5:30 p.m.
LAST MEET - Pepperdine had a solid performance at the Bronco Invitational last Saturday (Oct. 15). The women placed 17th out of 21 teams in the 5k Invitational held at Baylands Regional Park, but finished third among the five WCC schools at the competition, beating out host Santa Clara and Saint Mary's.
Senior Lauren Lodge, who won the Bronco Invitational race last year, is still working herself back into form after being limited by an injury that prevented her from training all summer. Still, she led the Waves in her second meet of the season and placed 29th overall with a time of 17:42.8.
In the men's 8k Open race, senior Kenny Smith took top honors for the Waves for the fourth time in four meets. He placed 13th overall with a time of 25:31.0. Smith's next four teammates to finish were junior Jonathan Rahaeuser, senior Jordan Wozniak, sophomore Jesse Aston and freshman David Bermea. The men took 11th out of 20 teams.
LODGE - Pepperdine's top returner is senior Lauren Lodge (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton HS), though she sat out the first two meets while recovering from a leg injury. Lodge finished in fifth place at the 2010 WCC Championships, which led to All-WCC first team honors. She was the winner at the 2009 Malibu Oceanside Open and the 2010 Santa Clara Bronco Invitational. In track, she is the Waves' school-record holder in the 1,500, 3,000 and 5,000 meters and the steeplechase.
LEADERS - Kenny Smith (Willits, Calif./Willits HS) has been the Waves' top finisher at all four men's races. Aneasha Lawrence (Sun Valley, Calif./Village Christian HS) was the top female at the first two meets, and Lauren Lodge took top honors at the third and fourth.
EXPERIENCE - Pepperdine's women's roster has nine returners (seven of whom are seniors), while the men's roster has six returners (two of whom are seniors).
ACADEMICS - Pepperdine's cross country program is perhaps the school's most accomplished in the classroom. In the 2010-11 school year, 22 student-athletes (those with grade-point averages above a 3.0) were named to the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll, and 10 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 major 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 #55 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges. The 2011-12 school year marks Pepperdine's 75th anniversary.