Pepperdine Travels To Bay Area For Saturday For West Coast Conference Championships
Oct. 31, 2002
Pepperdine travels to the Bay Area this weekend to compete at the eight-team West Coast Conference (WCC) Championships.
The races will be held Saturday (November 2) morning at the Crystal Springs Course in Belmont. The eight-kilometer men's race is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., with the five-kilometer women's race to follow at 11 a.m.
The Pepperdine women's team placed third at last year's WCC meet, while the men's team finished fourth.
"There has been a buzz in the air during our training sessions this week, and everyone is excited to compete on Saturday morning," said Pepperdine head coach Dick Kampmann. "Everyone on both teams is healthy and well-rested."
Portland is the heavy odds-on-favorite to claim the men's title for the 24th consecutive year. On the women's side, Portland and defending champion Santa Clara are expected to be the top contenders.
"From top to bottom, I am bringing my fastest men's and women's teams ever to the WCC Championships," said Kampmann. "It may not show up that way in the final team results, but within the framework of our program, this year's group is the best-ever in Pepperdine history."
Junior Louis Rich and freshman Chad Trammell will pace the men's team. Rich placed 14th at last year's event to earn honorable mention All-WCC honors. Seniors Dave Cameron and John Valdez will be joined by juniors Kevin Nerison and Nevada Tuggle along with rookie Drew Repp. Junior Steve McQuaide will serve as the alternate.
Rich clocked a time of 26:03.5 and finished fourth in the final indivdual standings last Friday at the Titan Invitational hosted by Cal State Fullerton at the Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea. Pepperdine finished fourth in the seven-team race.
"Louis picked things up a notch or two at the Titan Invitational, and that was a positive sign heading into the WCC Championships," said Kampmann. "If our men want to finish among the top four teams, we are going to need strong efforts from both Chad and Louis at the top of the line-up."
On the women's side, juniors Christine Carter and Jennifer Crossland are the Waves' top runners. Carter was an honorable mention All-WCC selection after finishing 14th at last year's race. Junior Monica Keyes, sophomore Lauren Gray and freshmen Amy Stewart, Lauren Tyreee and Shanon Watson comprise the Pepperdine roster. Junior Jill Quye will serve as the alternate.
"Similar to last year, there is very little separating our top four or five runners," said Kampmann. "All of them can complete the race in under 20 minutes and will likely finish in a pack. Where we finish in the final team standings will depend on where the pack falls in with the rest of the field."
Carter finished 12th in the final individual standings at the Titan Invitational, and Pepperdine was third overall in the eight-team field.
In the preseason WCC coaches' poll, the women's team was picked to place third while the men's team was pegged to finish fourth.
"You never know for certain how things are going to break on the day of a race," said Kampmann. "I have been at this awhile and there are no guarantees. The kids have trained hard, and I believe they are ready to run their best on Saturday."
Following this Saturday's WCC Championships, the Waves will have two weeks to train for the NCAA West Regional Championships scheduled for November 16 at Stanford.
"I think it is important that our teams take advantage of the opportunity to run at the NCAA West Regional Championships," said Kampmann. "They put in a lot of energy and time during the season and deserve to be rewarded and have a chance to compete against the top teams in the region."
THE PROGRAM: Cross country is a non-scholarship sport at Pepperdine. The men's team finished fourth at the 2001 West Coast Conference championships while the women's team earned a third place finish. Portland won the men's conference crown for the 23rd consecutive year. On the women's side, Santa Clara claimed the league championship for the first time in school history.
Dick Kampmann: Dick Kampmann is in the midst of his 14th 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.
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