Cross Country Heads To UC Irvine
Pepperdine's cross country teams head to UC Irvine Saturday for the Asics/UC Irvine Invitational. Races start at at 8 a.m.
There will be two women's and two men's races due to the large field and both Pepperdine squads are slated to compete in the ÂA’ races for larger universities. The women’s 5,000-meter ÂA’ race starts at 8:40 a.m. and the men’s 8K follows immediately at 9:10 a.m.
“There are about 20 schools competing and all of them are bringing in a different early-season race strategy, so this meet is almost meaningless from a team perspective,” Pepperdine head coach Robert Radnoti said.
His strategy is to allow freshman Lauren Lodge (
“I want to see Brieanna, Courtney and some of our freshmen going off
Carroll, a senior team co-captain, just returned to campus earlier this week after completing her ROTC commitment in
Radnoti doesn’t want to see any pack running on the men’s side. He’d rather see individuals mix it up with the competition so the coaching staff can get a better read of who’s best suited to lead the Waves at future select meets at
Team captain Conrad Wozniak (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge HS) is still battling flu-like symptoms and will miss his second-straight weekend of racing, but the Waves did receive word late Friday that newcomers Alberto Solis (Big Bear, Calif./Big Bear HS), Cole Feldman (Carroll, Iowa/ Kuemper HS) and Renato Campos (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil/Kent School) were cleared to compete. Solis and
The brand new course at
The homestretch includes a curved route south down
The course is not especially hilly and competitors will run close to 90 percent of it on either streets or sidewalks.
“There are a lot of turns on the
Please click here for results, which are expected to be posted Saturday afternoon.
Pepperdine opened its 2008 season last weekend with losses to Loyola Marymount at the Malibu Oceanside Invitational. The Waves’ women’s team narrowly lost 31-25 despite Wishard’s and Lodge’s one-two finish on the three-mile course. Sophomore Seth Allison (Canyon, Texas/Canyon HS) was Pepperdine’s top finisher on the men’s side, placing fourth in a 45-17 defeat.
Despite the losses, the coaching staff noticed a marked improvement in this year’s season opening times compared to last year’s. This year's top five finishers on the women’s side averaged a time 19:12 Â a 44 second improvement over last year’s average of 19:56.
The top five men averaged a 16:17 versus 16:45 last year.