Four Cross Country Runners Earn WCC All-Academic Awards

Jesse Aston

Oct. 25, 2012

MALIBU, Calif. - Junior Jesse Aston of the Pepperdine men's cross country team earned West Coast Conference All-Academic first team honors for the second straight year and three other members of the men's and women's teams were picked as honorable mention today.

The Waves are getting ready to run at the West Coast Conference Championships this Saturday morning (Oct. 27) at Fernhill Park in Portland, Ore.

Aston (Martinez, Calif./Alhambra HS), an English major, has been the Waves' #3 runner this season. He's the first Pepperdine men's runner to earn two WCC All-Academic first team awards since Chad Trammell in 2003 and 2005.

Also on the men's side, senior Jonathan Rahaeuser (Irvine, Calif./Calvary Chapel HS), a business administration major, was selected as honorable mention for the second straight year. Rahaeuser has been the Waves' top runner this season.

For the women, juniors Sarah Attar (Escondido, Calif./Escondido HS) and Kymberli Buyer (Livermore, Calif./Granada HS) were named honorable mention. Attar, an art major who was a 2012 Olympian, made the honorable mention squad for the second time. Buyer, a chemistry major, is in her first year running cross country after competing in track for the Waves the past two years.

To qualify for WCC All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, be a significant contributor to his/her team and participate in at least 50 percent of all contests, and have at least sophomore athletic and academic standing with at least one year in residence at the nominating institution.

A year ago the Waves had a big senior class and 12 runners earned WCC All-Academic awards. But at this year's WCC Championships, 10 of the 14 Pepperdine student-athletes competing will be freshmen.



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