Waves to Host WCC Cross Country Championships on Saturday

Lisa Santroch

Oct. 29, 2013

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MALIBU, Calif. -The West Coast Conference Cross Country Championships will be held at Pepperdine for the first time ever this Saturday. Alumni Park, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, will be the picturesque setting for what should be an outstanding competition.

The men's 8K is at 9 a.m., followed by the women's 6K at 10 a.m. Admission is free to all spectators. The event will also be shown online at WCCSports.com.

"This is something I've dreamed about since I first became coach at Pepperdine," said Robert Radnoti, who is in his eighth season as head coach. "When I first arrived and looked at Alumni Park, I said this ought to be a national championship course."

The Waves had five regular-season meets to get ready for their championship season, including the Pepperdine Invitational on September 14, which served as a preview for this race. The Waves have a young group set to run this weekend, with six freshmen men and four freshmen women in the lineup.

"We really want to take advantage of our home course," Radnoti said. "We've talked about that since our preseason camp. A lot of our training has been geared specifically for this race, specifically for this course."

Pepperdine's nine runners in the women's event will be senior Adrianna Davies (Coronado, Calif./Coronado HS), sophomore Katie Engel (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima HS), freshman Sydney Gray (Bellingham, Wash./Meridian HS), freshman Elle Lemco (San Jose, Calif./Prospect HS), senior Hayley Lytle (Huntington Beach, Calif./Huntington Beach HS), freshman Monica McGinty (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista HS), sophomore Rachel Rant (Boise, Idaho/Boise HS), junior Lisa Santroch (Shoreline, Wash./Shorewood HS) and freshman Lindsay Sheaffer(Portland, Ore./Jesuit HS).

Engel has been Pepperdine's top finisher in three of her four races this season. Davies was the Waves' leader at the Pepperdine Invitational.

The Waves will send seven men to the starting line: senior Jesse Aston (Martinez, Calif./Alhambra HS) and freshmen Nick Blanchard (Portland, Conn./Portland HS), Aric Crowell (Claremont, Calif./Claremont HS), Ben Fox (Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain HS), John Lawlor (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima HS), Gordie Thomas (Fallbrook, Calif./Great Oak HS) and Torin Wile(Beverly Hills, Mich./Brother Rice HS).

Fox led the Waves at the season's first two events, while Thomas came in first at the next two.

Portland has won 34 consecutive WCC titles on the men's side, while San Francisco has won the last four women's races. On both the men's and women's sides, four conference teams are ranked regionally.

The WCC Championships were held at the Crystal Springs course in Belmont, Calif., for 27 consecutive years before moving to campus sites beginning in 2012.



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