Waves Host Successful WCC Cross Country Championships

Adrianna Davies

Nov. 2, 2013

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MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine University hosted the West Coast Conference Cross Country Championships for the first time in school history on Saturday morning, and in addition to holding a successful event, both the men's and women's program showed great improvement over the previous year.

"It was a beautiful day and it was great walking around and having other coaches, student-athletes and fans come up and say what a magnificent place it was," Pepperdine Coach Robert Radnoti said. "This was our dream to host this. Our athletic department, our teams that came out, everyone did a wonderful job hosting this meet so we're really proud of that."

The women's team finished in seventh place in the first-ever 10-team WCC meet after defeating San Diego, Saint Mary's and Pacific. The men's squad outkicked San Diego at the end and edged the Toreros for eighth place by one point.

As she did in the Pepperdine Invitational, a preview meet held in Alumni Park back on November 2, senior Adrianna Davies (Coronado, Calif./Coronado HS) was first to the finish line for the women's team. She placed 31st overall with a time of 22:33 in the 6K. It was the best finish in Davies' three trips to the WCC Championships.

Senior Hayley Lytle (Huntington Beach, Calif./Huntington Beach HS was second for the Waves in 35th place. Also scoring for Pepperdine was sophomore Katie Engel (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima HS), junior Lisa Santroch (Shoreline, Wash./Shorewood HS) and freshman Elle Lemco (San Jose, Calif./Prospect HS).

"Most of our women ran pretty well," Radnoti said. "A little bit of heat got to a couple of our athletes, as well as some of the other teams. Hayley came on really strong, as did Adie, and that led to a good, strong team effort. We're excited as the women's team continues to improve."

On the men's side, freshman Nick Blanchard (Portland, Conn./Portland HS) led the Waves for the first time this season. He came in 57th place in the 8K with a time of 26:34. Second for Pepperdine was senior Jesse Aston (Martinez, Calif./Alhambra HS).

Also scoring for Pepperdine was freshmen John Lawlor (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima HS), Gordie Thomas (Fallbrook, Calif./Great Oak HS) and Aric Crowell (Claremont, Calif./Claremont HS). They were able to hold off the Toreros' #3 runner at the finish, giving the Waves a 265-266 edge in the final standings.

"We're a young team, with six of our seven runners being freshmen, so we were looking for the men's team to mature and grow," Radnoti said. "The goal was to beat someone. Our goal moving forward is to keep beating another team each year, and then one of these years we'll win the championship."

BYU won the men's title, and the Cougars' Jason Witt was the champion with a time of 23:14. San Francisco was the women's champion, with the Dons' Bridget Dalhberg taking the individual title in 20:55.

Pepperdine will run at the NCAA West Regional in Sacramento, Calif., on November 15.



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