The season-opening Pepperdine Invitational will include several local schools.
Student-athletes were recognized for achieving a 3.0 grade-point average or better.
Eighteen student-athletes received recognition this season.
Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves in action at the season-opening event in Alumni Park.
Photos by Kyle Terada of the WCC and by Steve Froebe of the Waves at the Plantes Ferry Sports Stadium in Spokane, Wash.
Jeff Golden and Ron Hall's photos of the cross country meet vs. CSUN and CSU Bakersfield in Alumni Park.
ACADEMIC AWARDS: WCC All-Academic honorable mention as a junior ... WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "gold" honors in 2015-16 and "silver" honors in 2014-15 ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete in 2014-15 and 2015-16.
PEPPERDINE XC 2015 (SO): Ran at the first six meets of the season ... Best 5k was 20:06.92 at the Highlander Invitational ... Ran 25:59.0 at the 6k WCC Championships.
PEPPERDINE XC 2014 (FR): Did not compete at any meets due to injury.
PEPPERDINE TRACK 2016 (SO): Did not compete at any indoor or outdoor meets.
PEPPERDINE TRACK 2015 (FR): Ran at two meets ... Ran the 1,500 at the Cunningham Track Classic (3/7) in 5:16.60, as well as the 5,000 in 20:05.05 ... Ran the mile at Westmont (2/21) in 5:46.31.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Fountain Valley (Calif.) High School in 2014 ... Ran three years each of varsity cross country and varsity track ... Made the All-Sunset League first team in cross country as a junior and senior, and was all-county second team as a junior ... Best times were 17:49 at the Dana Hills Invitational and 18:35 at the Mt. SAC Invitational ... In track, earned all-league honors in the 3,200 meters as a junior ... A National Merit finalist.
PERSONAL: Born in Newport Beach, Calif. ... Daughter of Mitch Stark and Camilla Stark ... Has three siblings: Valerie, Nicola and Aaron ... Majoring in biology.
FAVORITES: Favorites include Tirunesh Dibaba (pro athlete), City of Bones (book), Tangled (movie), The Big Bang Theory (TV show), salad or pasta (food) and soccer (sport other than running).