Pepperdine Cross Country Set for Saturday's Bronco Invitational

Lauren Lodge

Oct. 13, 2011

MALIBU, Calif. - After taking the last couple of weekends off to focus on training, the Pepperdine men's and women's cross country teams will be back in action at their fourth meet of 2011, the Bronco Invitational hosted by West Coast Conference rival Santa Clara, this Saturday (Oct. 15). Pepperdine senior Lauren Lodge is the defending champion in the women's race.

BRONCO INVITATIONAL - The meet takes place at the Baylands Regional Park in Sunnyvale, Calif. The women's 5k will be at 9:45 a.m. and the men's 8k will be at 10:30 a.m.

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

On the Santa Clara Invitational: "This is an important meet for us. We go up to Santa Clara two weeks before our conference championship. This is where we select our teams that will be competing at the conference championship and the NCAA Regionals, so it is important for everyone."

On the team's preparation: "This year we have really scheduled nicely. We have had three weeks to train really hard, tapering a bit this week to get ready for the Santa Clara race. The course is very, very flat and fast, so I am expecting PRs from everyone on the team."

On the defending champion, Lauren Lodge "Last year's defending champion Lauren Lodge is coming back and she is getting stronger and stronger. I am not sure she is peaking yet, but that is ok because we want her peaking at the conference championship and the NCAA Regionals. She is excited about it."

LAST MEET - Lauren Lodge made her season debut for the Waves' women's cross country team at the Stanford Invitational back on September 24. After missing the first two meets due to injury, she was back to leading the way for her team. In a women's 6k race that featured 278 runners, Lodge (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton HS), a senior, was 64th overall with a time of 22:09.



Head coach Robert Radnoti was also happy about the showing of sophomore Adrianna Davies, who bested senior Aneasha Lawrence for the Waves' #2 spot by six seconds. Seniors Hannah DeWalt and Courtney Rolando were the other point-scorers.

Senior Kenny Smith was the Waves' top finisher for the third time in three meets in the men's 8k. He took 85th overall with a time of 25:35. Smith's next four teammates to finish were sophomore Jesse Aston, junior Jonathan Rahaeuser, senior Jordan Wozniak and freshman David Bermea.

Pepperdine placed 23rd among women's teams and 25th among the men.

LODGE - Pepperdine's top returner is senior Lauren Lodge (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton HS), though she sat out the first two meets while recovering from a leg injury. Lodge finished in fifth place at the 2010 WCC Championships, which led to All-WCC first team honors. She 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 and 5,000 meters and the steeplechase.

LEADERS - Kenny Smith (Willits, Calif./Willits HS) has been the Waves' top finisher at all three men's races. Aneasha Lawrence (Sun Valley, Calif./Village Christian HS) was the top female at the first two meets, and Lauren Lodge took top honors at the third.

EXPERIENCE - Pepperdine's women's roster has nine returners (seven of whom are seniors), while the men's roster has six 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 #55 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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