The season-opening Pepperdine Invitational will include several local schools.
More than 1,200 WCC student-athletes received the award.
Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves in action at the season-opening event in Alumni Park.
Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves' season-opening race in Brea, Calif.
Photos of the Pepperdine Invitational, held in Alumni Park, taken by Jeff Golden, Stephen Wandzura and Roger Horne.
ACADEMIC AWARDS: Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors in both 2013-14 and 2014-15 ... A Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete as a freshman.
PEPPERDINE XC 2015: Did not run cross country as a junior.
PEPPERDINE XC 2014: Only competed at the first meet of the season as a sophomore ... Ran 23:34.2 at the 5k Mark Covert Classic.
PEPPERDINE XC 2013: Ran at four meets as a freshman ... Had a season-best time of 27:27.79 in the 6k at the Pepperdine Invitational and 22:14.1 in the 5k at the Titan Invitational.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Richard Montgomery High School, located in Rockville, Md., in 2013 ... Ran two years of varsity cross country and one season of varsity track ... Also took part in cheerleading.
PERSONAL: Born in Washington, D.C. ... Daughter of Mafalda Fontana and Roque Santi ... Has one sister, Angelina ... Majoring in accounting ... Chose Pepperdine because "I loved the atmosphere, it's a great school and I feel like I fit in really well."
FAVORITES: Enjoys reading, scrapbooking and crafts ... Favorites include One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (book), Breakfast at Tiffany's (movie) and How I Met Your Mother (TV show) ... Favorite thing about running is "the unity of the team."