Cross Country Hosts Pepperdine Invitational Friday

(photo by Jeff Golden)
Aug. 29, 2017

MALIBU, California – For the third straight year, the Pepperdine men’s and women’s cross country teams will kick off the season in picturesque Alumni Park with the Pepperdine Invitational on Friday.

A pair of young and improving squads are looking forward to the 2017 season under the direction of 12th-year head coach Robert Radnoti.

Junior Nick Heath (Scotts Valley, Calif./Scotts Valley HS) has won the men’s race at his previous two Pepperdine Invitationals and he will be looking to make it three-for-three.

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The women’s 4K will start at 4 p.m., followed by the men’s 5K at approximately 4:30 p.m. Schools bringing both men’s and women’s teams are CSUN, Long Beach State and UC Irvine, plus there will be women’s teams from CSU Bakersfield and USC.

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  • The 14-member men’s team includes one senior, one junior, three sophomores and nine freshmen. Of the seven men that ran at last year’s WCC Championships, three are back.
  • The 23-member women’s squad contains zero seniors, two juniors, nine sophomores and 12 freshmen. Of the nine women that competed at last year’s WCC Championships, six return.

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  • Heath holds both school records in cross country (8K and 10K), plus three more records in track (3,000 meters, 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters). He’s been Pepperdine’s top finisher at 12 of his 13 career cross country events.
  • The lone senior on either squad, Kevin Maeda (Highland, Calif./Citrus Valley HS), was injured for most of last year but is expected to push Heath this season. He’s a co-president of the Waves Leadership Council.
  • Sophomore Treet Allison (Canyon, Texas/Canyon HS) was the men’s team’s #4 runner at the WCC Championships last season.
  • Six women who ran at the last year’s WCC Championships as freshmen are back, including now-sophomores Bri Wilson (Murrieta, Calif./Linfield Christian School), Lupita Perez (Fillmore, Calif./Fillmore HS) and Cori Persinger (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Lee’s Summit West HS), who were third, fourth and fifth, respectively, for the Waves.

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    Radnoti says:

    “We’ve got a number of young freshmen coming in, particularly on the men’s side, where it looks like it’s going to be an incredible season. On the women’s side our top seven might all be freshmen. We’re going to be very young but it speaks well for our future.”

    “It’s a great little meet that we’ve got on Friday. It’s not high-pressure. It’ll be a good test in front of our students, staff and faculty that can come out. It’ll be a beautiful day and a lot of fun. It gives us a chance to compete a little bit and see where our runners are in relation to each other. Alumni Park is a wonderful cross country facility. If it was up to me we would host the national championships there.”

    For more with Radnoti, listen to his appearance on this week’s Pepp Talk podcast:

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    The Waves’ second of four regular-season meets will take place two weeks later, at the UC Riverside Invitational on Sept. 16.



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