Waves' Maeda Earns #WCCRepresent Award
Kevin Maeda had an exceptional four-year run with the Waves.
MALIBU, California – Pepperdine’s Kevin Maeda collected the West Coast Conference’s 2018 #WCCREPRESENT award, given to a student-athlete for outstanding representation of the conference, institution, team and self, with exceptional value-based leadership and character, at last week’s WCC Honors Ceremony.
Maeda (Highland, Calif./Citrus Valley HS), a four-year member of the cross country and track programs, played a key role in the Waves Leadership Council the past few years, including serving as the co-president in 2017-18, the co-vice president in 2016-17 and the vice president of finance in 2015-16. Through that position, he became Pepperdine’s representative to the WCC’s student-athlete advisory committee.
Maeda graduated in April with a degree in chemistry and a 3.92 grade-point average. He next plans to attend UCLA’s School of Dentistry. He was Pepperdine Athletics’ Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2017-18. He was recently named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first team for his sports. He received WCC All-Academic first team status in 2015 and honorable mention in 2017.
“We are so incredibly proud of Kevin and all that he has accomplished as an undergraduate at Pepperdine,” said Karina Herold, Senior Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator. “He has consistently maintained an incredibly high level both academically and athletically. At Pepperdine, we prepare students for lives of purpose, service and leadership and Kevin has proven that he will undoubtedly change the world.”
He owns the second-fastest 10K time (31:04.9) in Pepperdine cross country history and the third-fastest 8K time (24:38.7). In track, he has the second-fastest 5,000-meter time (14:35.20) and the fifth-fastest 1,500 (3:58.50).
Maeda was the recipient of the men’s award while Emily Laskin of San Francisco won on the women’s side.