Kenny Smith
Kenny  Smith

Willits, Calif.

High School:
Willits HS





Pepperdine Athletics 2011-12 Year in Review

Eighteen student-athletes earned All-American honors and 51 were all-conference.


Sixty-Three Waves Make WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll

The nine WCC schools put a total of 1,093 student-athletes on the list from the 13 sports that the conference sponsors, which is another new conference record.


Blundell Sets School Record in 5,000 Meters in Irvine

Wesley Blundell broke the record by more than 12 seconds.


Lodge Breaks Own School Record in 5,000 Meters at North Florida Meet

This is the second straight meet that Lauren Lodge has set a school record.


Track Season Begins Saturday at Westmont

The women's squad consists of 12 returners and 10 newcomers.

PEPPERDINE 2012: Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete ... Appeared in three races as a senior ... Ran the 5,000 meters twice (including a 15:25.96 at the North Florida meet on 3/2) and the 1,500 meters once (a 4:11.02 at the Cal State Fullerton Ben Brown meet on 3/10).

PEPPERDINE 2011: Did not run track as a junior.

PEPPERDINE 2010: As a sophomore, recorded the team's fastest times in the 3K and steeplechase with marks of 8:52.25 (3/5 at South Florida Open) and 9:41.52 (4/9 at Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational), respectively.

PEPPERDINE 2009: As a freshman, established the school record time of 9:45.37 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at UCLA's Johnson/Joyner Kersee Invitational (4/10) ... Helped set a varsity record mark of 10:53.21 in the distance medley relay, running the first leg for a group that featured Derek Pesta, Henri Floris and Seth Allison ... Ranked as the Waves' second fastest runner in the 3,000-meter run to teammate Conrad Wozniak with a season best time of 8:55.79 ... Posted a season best time of 15:39.01 in the 5K at the Cal State Northridge Relays (3/14).

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Willits (Calif.) High School in 2008 ... Was the class Valedictorian ... A four-year varsity track and cross country letterwinner for head coach, and father, Dave Smith ... Career best marks include a 4:31 mile, a time of 9:53 in the two-mile run and a 16:02 in the 5K ... Left as the school record holder in the mile and two mile ... Established course records at Willits and at Coastal Mountain Conference courses Anderson Marsh and Cloverdale ... Led cross country team to four consecutive league championships in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 ... Named All-Empire first team and placed second at the North Coast Sectional Division IV meet during his senior year ... Selected as the school's Athlete of the Year following his sophomore and freshman years ... Lettered in wrestling and scored over 100 pins in his career ... Also won a league title in the 125 pound weight class ... Two-year scholar-athlete.

PERSONAL: Given name is Kenneth Daniel Smith ... Son of Dave and Laurie Smith ... Has a brother, Tedd, and a sister, Lindy ... Chose to attend Pepperdine because "of the beautiful campus, the spiritual aspect and the great cross country program" ... Says German Fernandez is the toughest person he has competed against in cross country ... Admits he has never been inside a Starbucks.

FAVORITES: Favorite hobbies include riding dirt bikes, swimming, ultimate Frisbee and listening to music ... Loves cross country "because it is a sport that requires guts instead of skill; to be successful you need to work hard and be dedicated, there is no easy way around it" ... Lists his sports hero as Lance Armstrong ... Favorite pro athlete is J.T. Snow and favorite pro team is the San Francisco Giants ... Favorite book is Seabiscuit ... Favorite movie is Dumb and Dumber ... Favorite TV show is The Office ... Favorite musical artists are The Fratellis ... Favorite type of food is Chinese and favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla.

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