Cross Country Opens 2011 With Malibu Oceanside Open on Thursday

Aneasha Lawrence

Aug. 30, 2011

MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine men's and women's cross country teams' 2011 season gets underway this week when the Waves host their annual Malibu Oceanside Open on Thursday (Sept. 1). The event takes place in picturesque Alumni Park with its breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean.

MALIBU OCEANSIDE OPEN - The event begins with the men's race at 6 p.m., with Pepperdine competing against some of its alumni. That will be immediately followed by the women's race, which pits the Waves against CSU Bakersfield. Both the men and women will run a 5k. International Programs has an event in Alumni Park at the same time and they will have an In-N-Out truck in attendance.

CSU BAKERSFIELD - The Roadrunners only sponsor women's cross country. In last year's Malibu Oceanside Open, the Waves earned a 24-33 victory in the dual between the two schools.

RADNOTI SAYS - Pepperdine sixth-year head coach Robert Radnoti on:

The first meet of the season: "CSU Bakersfield has a young, growing program. It's a good chance for us to get out and run for the first time. We won't take it too competitively. It's a workout, a no-pressure race. For the younger kids, it's a chance to see what college cross country is all about. For our seniors, it's their last time running at Pepperdine until they come back as alums."

On Alumni Park (site of the 2013 WCC Championships), Pepperdine's home course: "We have one of the most outstanding cross country courses anywhere. It's scenic, but it's also a real cross country meet where you're running up and down hills and on different surfaces. To me, that's what it's all about. It's not just a track meet on grass."

LODGE - Pepperdine's top returner is senior Lauren Lodge (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton HS). She finished in fifth place at the 2010 WCC Championships, which led to All-WCC first team honors. Lodge was the winner at the 2009 Malibu Oceanside Open and the 2010 Santa Clara Bronco Invitational. In track, she is the Waves' school-record holder in the 1,500, 3,000, 5,000 and steeplechase.



EXPERIENCE - Pepperdine's women's roster has nine returners (seven of whom are seniors), while the men's roster has five returners (two of whom are seniors).

ACADEMICS - Pepperdine's cross country program is perhaps the school's most accomplished in the classroom. In the 2010-11 school year, 22 student-athletes (those with grade-point averages above a 3.0) were named to the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll, and 10 of them collected WCC All-Academic awards.

ABOUT PEPPERDINE - Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men's sports - one of just 16 schools to have accomplished this feat - and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest enrollment and is the only school not in a major conference. Located in scenic Malibu, Calif., the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation's most beautiful. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks #53 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges. The 2011-12 school year marks Pepperdine's 75th anniversary.

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