Cross Country Wraps Up Season at NCAA West Regional

Jesse Aston

Nov. 7, 2012

MALIBU, Calif. - Six members of the Pepperdine men's and women's cross country teams will conclude their seasons this Friday at the NCAA West Regional, hosted by the University of Washington.

WASHINGTON - The races will take place at the Jefferson Park Golf Course in Seattle. The women's 6K will start at noon and the men's 10K will begin at 1:15 p.m. More than 30 schools are expected to send runners.

RADNOTI SAYS - Pepperdine seventh-year head coach Robert Radnoti says: "We're taking a limited group, three guys and three women. They're all excited to go. It looks like the weather's going to cooperate. It's been raining for about a month straight but all of a sudden it looks like there's sunshine. It's either a reward for our seniors or an experience for our freshmen."

WOMEN'S LEADERS - Freshman Katie Engel (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima HS) finished #1 for the Waves at the first three meets of the season. Then senior Hayley Lytle (Huntington Beach, Calif./Huntington Beach HS), who was competing in her first cross country race for Pepperdine since 2009, led the Waves at the Northridge Invitational and again at the West Coast Conference Championships.

WOMEN'S LINEUP - In addition to Engel and Lytle, freshman Stasia Demick (Seattle, Wash./Holy Names Academy) will make the trip north.

MEN'S LEADERS - In five of the season's six meets, including the WCC Championships, the men's team was led to the finish line by senior Jonathan Rahaeuser (Irvine, Calif./Calvary Chapel HS). Freshman Jordan Scandlyn (Menlo Park, Calif./Menlo-Atherton HS) was the men's #2 runner at the first four races before edging out Rahaeuser at the Titan Invitational. Junior Jesse Aston (Martinez, Calif./Alhambra HS) was #3 at four straight races before moving up to the second spot at the WCC Championships.



MEN'S LINEUP - Aston, Rahaeuser and Scandlyn are the three Waves representing the squad in Seattle.

EXPERIENCE - The Waves are breaking in a very large group of new runners in 2012. On the women's side, only two of the 27 on the roster saw action last season. Fourteen of them are freshmen. For the men, two of the seven on the roster competed last season, while four have been part of the program previously and three are true freshmen. The women's team has four seniors and the men have two.

ACADEMICS - Pepperdine's cross country program is typicallly one of the school's most accomplished in the classroom. In the 2011-12 school year, 15 student-athletes (those with grade-point averages above a 3.0) out of a possible 18 were named to the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll, and 12 of them collected WCC All-Academic awards. Running with a big freshman class in fall 2012, fewer student-athletes were eligible for conference academic honors this season. Jesse Aston made the first team for the second consecutive year and Jonathan Rahaeuser, Sarah Attar and Kymberli Buyer were honorable mention.

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 BCS-affiliated 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 #54 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges.

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