Cross Country Teams Run at Stanford Invitational on Saturday

Kelly Smyth

Sept. 27, 2012

MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine cross country teams have their third meet of the 2012 season at the Stanford Invitational, one of the largest events in the country, on Saturday.

STANFORD - The meet will be held on the Stanford University Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif. The all-day event features multiple high school races, and so approximately 4,000 runners will be in action over the course of the day. The college men's 8K race will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the women's race following at 10:30 a.m. More than 35 colleges and universities will be taking part.

RADNOTI SAYS - Pepperdine seventh-year head coach Robert Radnoti says: "Truthfully we've got some sicknesses going on. We've got about half the team healthy. We're looking to run a good time and have something they can build on ... Hopefully we'll have some good conditions, in past years sometimes it's gotten pretty hot. That doesn't always spell for good times. Hopefully we're running early enough where it'll be cool and our kids will be able to get some good times. It's held on the Stanford Golf Course, so it's a pretty flat course on grass. It's a great atmosphere up there at Stanford."

LEADERS - In each of the first two meets of the season, the Waves were led to the finish line by senior Jonathan Rahaeuser (Irvine, Calif./Calvary Chapel HS) on the men's side and freshman Katie Engel (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima HS) of the women's squad.

EXPERIENCE - The Waves are breaking in a very large group of new runners in 2012. On the women's side, only two of the 27 on the roster saw action last season. Fourteen of them are freshmen. For the men, two of the seven on the roster competed last season, while four have been part of the program previously and three are true freshmen. The women's team has four seniors and the men have two.



ACADEMICS - Pepperdine's cross country program is certainly one of the school's most accomplished in the classroom. In the 2011-12 school year, 15 student-athletes (those with grade-point averages above a 3.0) out of a possible 18 were named to the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll, and 12 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 BCS-affiliated 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 #54 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges.

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