Pepperdine Cross Country Teams to Compete at WCC Championships
Both Men's and Women's Teams Seek Upper-Half Finishes
Malibu, Calif. - The Pepperdine men's and women's cross country teams travel to the Bay Area this weekend to compete in the West Coast Conference (WCC) Championships that will be run at the Crystal Springs Course in Belmont, California, on Saturday.
The men's eight-kilometer race begins at 9 a.m. and the women's five-kilometer run is scheduled to start at 9:45 a.m.
The Waves ran at the Titan Invitational in Fullerton last Friday and the men and women placed seventh and ninth, respectively.
Sophomore Timothy Hatters led the Pepperdine men's team as he completed the course in a time of 28:05 to finish 37th. Freshman Nick Rowan posted a time of 28:41 to place 52nd.
UC Santa Barbara won the men's collegiate portion of the event with 29 points. Cal State San Marcos was second with 58 points. The Waves totaled 197 points.
Cal State San Marcos' Juan Mejia topped the field finishing first in a time of 25:49. UC Santa Barbara's Mike Powers placed second in a time of 26:22.
In the women's race, seniors Tarrah Crowley and Beth Bedingfield paced Pepperdine, placing 20th and 40th, respectively. Crowley turned in a time of 18:53 while Bedingfield posted a mark of 19:27.
Cal Coast TC topped the 12-team field with 37 points while UC Santa Barbara finished as the top collegiate team. The Gauchos totaled 52 points to finish ahead of Long Beach State. The 49ers' Nicole Appell (17:56) and Cheryl Bube (18:31) were the top collegians as they placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
The Pepperdine men will be looking to improve upon a sixth-place showing at the 2005 WCC Championships while the women are seeking an improvement over a seventh-place showing last year.
Portland enters the WCC Championships as the defending champions on the men's side and has a streak of 27 consecutive first-place finishes. The Pilots also have been the top-performing team on the women's side, claiming 16 of the last 21 and nine of the last 10 titles, including last year.
Sophomore Tim Hatters has been Pepperdine's most consistent runner this season, finishing as the Waves' top runner on three occasions. He posted his best time of the year at the UC Riverside Invitational where he completed the eight-kilometer course in a time of 28:01.
Senior Kyla Maher has been the top finisher for the Waves in four events and recorded her best time at the UC Riverside Invitational, completing the run in a time of 18:29.
Following this week's WCC Championships, Pepperdine will next be in action on November 11 when it competes in the NCAA West Regional Championships at Blue Lake Park in Portland, Oregon. The NCAA Championships are slated for November 20 in Terra Haute, Indiana.
THE PROGRAM: Cross country is a scholarship sport at Pepperdine. The men's team placed sixth at the 2005 West Coast Conference (WCC) Championships while the women were seventh. Portland won the men's conference crown for the 26th consecutive year. On the women's side, Portland claimed the league championship for the 16th time in school history.
Robert Radnoti: Robert Radnoti, who built successful cross country and track and field programs at Thousand Oaks High School during eight years as head coach, begins his first season as head coach of the Pepperdine men's and women's cross country teams and women's track team. Radnoti replaces Dick Kampmann, who retired in July after 17 years as the Waves' head coach. Radnoti, who joined the Pepperdine program as an assistant in January of 2006, brings a wealth of knowledge, innovative ideas and enthusiasm to the head coaching position. A well respected coach in Southern California, Radnoti was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the California Coaches Alliance in 2000. Prior to joining the Pepperdine staff in January, Radnoti enjoyed great success at Thousand Oaks High. His track and field teams compiled a 209-12 overall record, while the cross country teams finished with a 416-17 mark in the tough Marmonte League in Ventura County. The high point of Radnoti's tenure at Thousand Oaks High came in 2005 when he led the girls' cross country team to the Division I California State - the first-ever for the Thousand Oaks girls' team. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Radnoti was active in fundraising and oversaw the construction of a new all-weather track. Thousand Oaks High has produced numerous national record-holders and has an impressive group of alumni that includes Olympic Gold Medalist Marion Jones.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION: For additional information on the men's and women's cross country program, or to arrange interviews with players and the coaching staff, please contact Al Barba at the Pepperdine Sports Information Office by calling 310-506-4455.