More than 1,000 student-athletes were nominated from across the nation.
Two school records were lowered and Gabrielle Ellis won the 100 meters.
The Waves will be competing against host Westmont and UC Santa Barbara.
The cross country and track teams helped clean up Legacy Park in Malibu.
Guilherme Hadlich was named the top men's tennis student-athlete.
Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves in Fullerton, California, on 3/11/2017.
Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves' 2017 meet against Westmont and UC Santa Barbara.
Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves in action on the second day of competition at UC Irvine.
Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves' first outdoor meet of the season against Westmont and UC Santa Barbara.
Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves at the Cal State Fullerton-hosted event.
ACADEMIC AWARDS: Named a Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete for 2015-16 and 2016-17 ... A 2016 and 2017 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar.
PEPPERDINE OUTDOOR TRACK 2017 (SR): Ran at all eight meets ... Posted the school's #2 times in both the 100 and 200 ... Ran 12.07 in the 100 at the Ben Brown Invitational (3/11) and 25.19 in the 200 at Long Beach State (4/15) ... Won the 100 at Westmont, which was among six top-six finishes in the event ... Also part of the school-record 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.
PEPPERDINE INDOOR TRACK 2017 (SR): Competed at both indoor meets ... Ran the 60 meters multiple times, running 7.81 at both the NAU Duals (1/13) and the UW Invitational (1/28).
PEPPERDINE OUTDOOR TRACK 2016 (JR): Ran at all eight meets ... Moved to #2 on the Waves' all-time list in the 100 meters with a season-best time of 12.34 seconds at the Beach Invitational (4/16) ... Finished eighth out of 72 runners in the 100 at Pomona-Pitzer (4/9) ... Also ran the 200, with a best of 26.14 at San Diego State (3/26) ... Was on the fastest 4x100 relay team of the season.
PEPPERDINE INDOOR TRACK 2016 (JR): Competed at one of the first two indoor meets in the program's inaugural season ... Ran the 60 meters in 8.04 seconds at Northern Arizona (2/13).
PEPPERDINE TRACK 2015 (SO): Studied abroad and did not run track.
PEPPERDINE TRACK 2014 (FR): Competed at seven outdoor meets ... Ran a 12.76 twice in the 100 meters (Ben Brown, 3/15; and UC Irvine, 3/21) ... Best in the 200 was 26.66 (Cal Poly, 3/29) ... Ran on the fastest 4x100 and 4x200-meter relay teams of the season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Highland High School, located in Gilbert, Ariz., in 2013 ... Ran three years of varsity track ... Ran the 100 and 200 meters ... Helped Highland to finish as the Division I state runner-up in 2012 ... Served as Student Body President and was a member of the National Honor Society.
PERSONAL: Born in Philadelphia, Pa. ... Daughter of Ray and Darice Ellis ... Her father played football at Ohio State and in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns ... Has one brother, Jamison ... Majoring in integrated marketing communications ... Studied abroad in Shanghai during her sophomore year ... A junior class senate representative in student government ... A member of the professional business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi ... Chose to attend Pepperdine because it was "my dream school since 2006. I loved the location, the study-abroad program, the Christian values and its academic reputation. I knew in my heart that I could see myself there and as soon as I stepped foot on the campus, I knew I made the right decision."
FAVORITES: Enjoys traveling and baking ... Favorites include the Philadelphia Eagles (pro sports team), 30 for 30 (TV show), Coming to America (movie), Beyonce (musical artist), pink Starburst (food) and tennis (sport other than running) ... Favorite thing about running is "every day you have the opportunity to push yourself farther than the day before, and have a great support system with you along the way."