There are 27 men's teams and 34 women's teams from across the West set to take part.
Live streaming of the meet will be available at www.wccsports.com.
The meet takes place on Cal State Fullerton's campus around its sports complex and grass recreation fields. The men's 8k will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Senior Lauren Lodge set to defend her title at the event.
Pepperdine cross country coach Robert Radnoti will update fans and supporters here with what's happening to his teams during the 2011 season.
Jeff Golden's photos of the season-opening cross country meet in Alumni Park.
PEPPERDINE 2011: WCC All-Academic honorable mention ... WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete ... Was Pepperdine's top runner as a senior ... Was the team's top finisher at six of seven meets, including the WCC Championships (25:56 8k) and NCAA West Regional (31:45 10k) ... His best 8k time was a 25:31 at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational ... Won the Malibu Oceanside Open, an intrasquad meet that consisted of six runners, with a 5k time of 16:47.
PEPPERDINE 2010: Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete ... Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors ... Missed entire junior season due to injury.
PEPPERDINE 2009: Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors ... Competed at six invitationals as a sophomore and was Pepperdine's No. 1 runner at the 8K WCC Championships at Crystal Springs (10/31) and the 10K NCAA West Regional Championships at the Springfield (Ore.) Country Club ... Finished the conference race in 26:28 and the regional course in 33:29.19 ... Led the Waves to the finish line at the 8K UC Irvine/Asics Invitational with a time of 26:00.30 and was their No. 2 runner at Pepperdine's 5K Malibu Oceanside Open (9/1), CSU Bakersfield's 8K Roadrunner Invitational (9/26) and Santa Clara's 8K Bronco Invitational (10/17) ... Recorded his fastest 8K of the year at Bakersfield and placed fourth overall in 25:24.10.
PEPPERDINE 2008: Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors ... As a freshman, was Pepperdine's No. 7 runner at the West Coast Conference Championships, finishing the 8K in 29:42 ... Placed fifth among all Pepperdine runners at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational (10/24) with an 8K time of 26:16 to clinch his spot on the Waves' WCC roster ... Finished among the top 20 and was Pepperdine's fifth-fastest runner at the UH Big Wave Invitational (9/20), completing the 5K trek in 16:14.97 ... Posted highest Pepperdine finish (third) at the Stanford Invitational (9/27) with an 8K time of 27:06.
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: Son of Dave and Laurie Smith ... Has a brother, Tedd, and a sister, Lindy ... Mathematics major ... Chose to attend Pepperdine because "of the beautiful campus, the spiritual aspect and the great cross country program."
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 Unbroken ... Favorite movie is Big Fish ... Favorite TV show is Community ... Favorite musical artist is Muse ... Favorite type of food is lasagna ... Favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla ... Favorite sport (besides running) is baseball.