XC Runners Ready for WCC Championships
Pepperdine cross country heads to Belmont, Calif., and the course at Crystal Springs for the WCC Championships on Saturday, Nov. 1.
The men’s 8K race begins at 9 a.m. and the women’s 6K at 9:45 a.m.
Pepperdine’s runners have spent months preparing for this race and head coach Robert Radnoti expects to see nothing but the best from his student-athletes.
“I anticipate the work we’ve put in throughout the year is going to pay off at this meet,” he said. “We designed and implemented a program to peak on this weekend and again in two weeks at the NCAA West Regionals, so I’m expecting that each athlete will run to the best of their ability. We’ll be successful if all that’s accomplished.”
Sophomore Seth Allison (Canyon, Texas/Canyon HS) and
Allison was Pepperdine’s top competitor vs. Loyola Marymount in the season opening three-mile run and took second at four other meets. Feldman, who didn’t always get the chance to compete due to his studies, led the Waves at
Team captain and sophomore Conrad Wozniak (
The lack of competition for Wozniak does not concern Radnoti in the slightest.
“When anyone looks at the top cross country schools, it’s not uncommon to see their top athletes running only two or three times before a conference championship or regional meet,” he said. “This has all happened to Conrad by accident of course, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing. He’s been guiding the team at training and I fully expect he’s ready to perform and lead us at WCCs.”
Pepperdine’s women’s team is led this postseason by senior Brieanna Carroll (Pusan, South Korea/Pusan American HS) and sophomore Chelsea Wishard (Lawai, Hawai’i/Kauai HS), who are the only returning Pepperdine runners from last year’s championship.
Carroll was the Waves’ No. 1 runner a year ago, finishing the course in 22:39, while Wishard was their No. 3 at 23.52. This year, however, has largely belonged to Wishard who’s finished as Pepperdine’s top runner at every meet.
Wishard was the overall winner against Loyola Marymount, placed third in front of a hometown crowd at
Behind these two veterans is a furious freshman tandem of Elizabeth Coe (
“This could be Lizzy Coe’s breakout race for us,” Radnoti said. “She came in this year as our prized recruit after having won at the
Although Radnoti recognizes
“Our entire women’s team is coming along real well,” he said. “They’re very excited and motivated to see how close we are to catching
Pepperdine has trained at
Radnoti said his team is excited about the opportunity to run in the rain, and teammates from rainy-weather locations have been consulted to get some of the SoCal runners in the right mindset. But don’t ask Radnoti what the secrets are to running in the rain. He’s not talking.
“I’ve heard a lot of parents and coaches from other teams have been reading my blog to see what’s going on the team, so I don’t want to give away any of our secrets at this time,” he said jokingly. “You’ll have to be part of the sisterhood or brotherhood to find out.”
Loyola Marymount will be doing an audio webcast of the WCC Championships beginning at 8:45 a.m. While the broadcast will obviously have an LMU bias, they do intend to provide coverage of all the teams in the event.
Andy Thompson, a former athlete of Radnoti’s at
Click on this link Saturday morning to access the broadcast.