The cross country season is underway after the season-opening event in Alumni Park.
The season-opening Pepperdine Invitational will include several local schools.
Student-athletes were recognized for achieving a 3.0 grade-point average or better.
Katie Engel led the Waves in 18 of her 25 races during her four-year career.
Pepperdine will next run at the NCAA West Regional on November 13.
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.
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 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16.
PEPPERDINE XC 2015 (RS SO): Competed at all seven meets ... Was Pepperdine's #2 runner at the WCC Championships (27:04.4) and NCAA West Regional (34:08.8) ... Placed second overall in a home dual meet vs. CSUN and sixth out of 66 runners at the Aztec Invitational ... Best 8k was 25:49.1 at the Capital Cross Challenge.
PEPPERDINE XC 2014 (SO): Did not run due to injury and redshirted.
PEPPERDINE XC 2013 (FR): Appeared in six meets ... Was the team's top finisher at the WCC Championships (held in Alumni Park) with a time of 26:34 ... Was the team's second finisher on three occasions ... Best 8k time was 25:58.7 at the Bronco Invitational.
PEPPERDINE TRACK 2016 (JR): Ran at all eight meets ... Set the school record in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:57.82 at Pomona-Pitzer (4/9) ... Had the team's best time of the season in the mile (4:22.22 at the Ben Brown Invitational on 3/12) ... Also competed in the 800, 3,000 and 5,000 ... Moved to #3 on the Waves' all-time list in both the 3,000 (8:37.52 at at Riverside CC on 3/5) and the 5,000 (14:51.63 at UC Irvine on 3/18).
PEPPERDINE TRACK 2015 (SO): Ran at all seven meets ... Had the Waves' best three times in the 1,500 meters, including a 4:04.53 at UC Irvine (3/21) ... Also ran the 3,000 meters once ... Was part of a 4x400 relay team that established a new school record at Pomona-Pitzer (4/4).
PEPPERDINE TRACK 2014 (FR): Competed at all nine track meets ... Turned in the team's best times in the 1,500 meters (4:03.76 at the Beach Invitational on 4/19) and 3,000 meters (8:47.52 at Westmont on 2/22) ... Also ran multiple times in the 800 (2:02.11) and 5,000 (15:41.19) ... Had a second-place finish out of nine runners in the 3,000 meters at Riverside CC (3/8).
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Portland (Conn.) High School in 2013 ... Ran four years of varsity cross country and four years of varsity track ... Earned all-state honors in cross country as a senior ... Earned three-time all-conference honors in cross country and was runner-up at the conference championship as a senior ... Set the school's outdoor track records in the 3,200 and 5,000 meters and indoor records in the 1,000, 1,600 and 3,200 meters ... Was runner-up at the indoor track Class S State Championships in the 1,600 meters as a senior ... Made the high honor roll every semester and was a member of the National Honor Society.
CLUB: Ran with the Middlesex Distance Club from 2007-12.
PERSONAL: Born in New Haven, Conn. ... Son of Gerald and Lynn Blanchard ... Has two siblings, Matt and Tom ... Majoring in political science ... Has organized two fundraising road races in his hometown ... The 2012 Portland 5k Challenge for Multiple Sclerosis raised more than $2,500 ... The 2013 Portland 5k for $5k raised more than $6,000 for a family with a Portland High student suffering from leukemia ... Chose Pepperdine because "I want to be part of the running program Pepperdine is building. The academic prestige of Pepperdine, the school's strong Christian faith and the opportunity to experience life on the West Coast appealed to me."
FAVORITES: Enjoys playing basketball and frisbee ... Lists his sports hero as his high school coach, Isha Murphy ... Favorites include Galen Rupp (pro athlete), the New York Giants, New York Yankees and Brooklyn Nets (pro teams), the Bible (book), Miracle (movie), Everybody Loves Raymond (TV show), Jimmy Buffett (musical artist), pizza, pasta and chicken parmesan (food) and basketball (sport other than running) ... Favorite thing about running is it's "a sport where there are no excuses. You cannot complain about playing time, it is all about how you perform and the effort you put into it."