Student-athletes were recognized for achieving a 3.0 grade-point average or better.
This was the final meet before the WCC Championships (Oct. 31).
The Pepperdine men are undefeated after two meets this season.
A veteran group of Waves will look to outperform expectations in the West Coast Conference.
Katie Engel led the women for the fifth time in six races this year.
Photos by Kyle Terada of the WCC and by Steve Froebe of the Waves at the Plantes Ferry Sports Stadium in Spokane, Wash.
Photos of the Waves' runners in action in Alumni Park in Malibu at the conference meet.
Photos of the Pepperdine Invitational, held in Alumni Park, taken by Jeff Golden, Stephen Wandzura and Roger Horne.
ACADEMIC AWARDS: WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors in 2014-15 and 2015-16 ... A Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete in 2015-16.
PEPPERDINE XC 2015 (JR): Competed at five of seven meets ... Was Pepperdine's top finisher in a dual meet vs. San Diego and the #3 runner at the Highlander Invitational ... Best 8k time was 26:23.7 at the Capital Cross Challenge.
PEPPERDINE XC 2014 (SO): Ran at five meets ... Was Pepperdine's #1 runner at the Highlander Invitational ... Best 8k was 26:21 at the Stanford Invitational ... Finished no worse than fourth on the team and was in the top three four times.
PEPPERDINE XC 2013 (FR): Ran at six meets ... Was the team's top runner at the Stanford Invitational and Bronco Invitational ... Finished in the team's top three at five of six meets ... Had a season-best 8k time of 25:56.0 at the Bronco Invitational.
PEPPERDINE TRACK 2014 (FR): Competed at eight meets ... Ran the team's fastest 5,000 meters of the season, a 15:37.57 at UC Irvine (3/21) ... Also ran the 1,500 meters three times (best of 4:11.30, Beach Invitational, 4/19), the 800 once (2:01.48, Ben Brown, 3/15) and the mile once (4:38.56, Westmont, 2/22).
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Great Oak High School, located in Temecula, Calif., in 2013 ... Ran four years of varsity track and three years of varsity cross country ... Earned All-Southwestern League as a senior ... Team won a league title and placed fourth at the state meet in 2011 ... Was a scholar-athlete all four years.
CLUB: Ran for the South Temecula Track Club for four years.
PERSONAL: Born in Mission Viejo, Calif. ... Son of Gordon and Pamela Thomas ... Has two sisters, Alyssa and Kelly ... Majoring in international business ... Chose Pepperdine because of the "beautiful campus, the great cross country and track teams and coach, and a great business and study-abroad program."
FAVORITES: Enjoys art and reading ... Favorites include Lopez Lomong (pro athlete), Pittsburgh Steelers (pro sports team), 1984 (book), Fight Club (movie), The Office (TV show), Macklemore (musical artist), ribeye steak (food) and volleyball (sport other than running) ... Favorite thing about running is "pushing myself as hard as I can both physically and mentally."