FULLERTON, Calif. Â Pepperdine’s men’s and women’s cross country squads completed their regular season Friday night competing at Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Invitational. Freshman Hannah DeWalt and sophomore David Williams were their teams’ respective leaders to the finish line.
DeWalt (Gig Harbor, Wash./Gig Harbor HS) finished the flat 5K campus course with a season best time of 19:13.10, which was good for 22nd place out of 69 harriers.
Williams (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa, HS) placed 24th of 83 competitors as he completed the 8K route with his own season best of 26:27.10.
Freshman Alberto Solis (Big Bear, Calif./Big Bear HS) posted a personal record of 26:40.8 to place second among all Waves and rookie Brennen Halliday (Big Bear, Calif./Big Bear HS) was Pepperdine’s No. 3 runner at 26:55.8.
Ashley Burt (Boise, Idaho/Boise HS) and Emily Branch (Advance, N.C./Forsyth County Day) were the Waves’ No. 2 and 3 runners behind DeWalt. Burt, a senior, clocked a season best of 19.19.30 and Branch came in at 19:28.20.
As a team, the Pepperdine women placed third with 62 points, losing the runner-up title to UC Irvine by two points. Loyola Marymount won the women’s crown with 38 points, but UCI’s Erinn Kim claimed the individual title in 18:11.90.
The Wave men placed fifth with 104 points, just one point behind LMU for fourth and two points away from tying Cal Coast for third. UC Irvine dominated with 36 points and USC was second with 62 points.
Brett Valencia, an unattached competitor, was the 8K winner in 25:12.8, beating the rest of the field by over 11 seconds.
Pepperdine trains all this week before heading back to Crystal Springs in Belmont, Calif., for the WCC Championships on Saturday, Nov. 1.