Sept. 4, 2006
Malibu, Calif. -
The Pepperdine men's and women's cross country teams continue their 2006 schedule this week when they travel to San Diego for the University of San Diego Invitational on Saturday.
The men's eight-kilometer race begins at 8:15 a.m. and the women's six-kilometer run is scheduled to start at 9:45 a.m.
The Waves, under first-year head coach Robert Radnoti, opened their 2006 campaign last weekend at the Cal State Fullerton Invitational in Brea, California. The men's team placed 13th in the 14-team collegiate field while the women's team finished 11th in the 19-team collegiate division.
Senior Chris Gaudreau led the men as he covered the Carbon Canyon Course in a time of 28:06 to place 77th.
The collegiate winner of the men's race was Aron Rono of Azusa Pacific, who ran the course in 24:48.20 to finish 14 seconds ahead of Carlos Handler of Concordia.
On the women's side, freshman Lauren Martinez turned in a solid showing in her collegiate debut as she placed 25th after covering the course in a time of 19:20.80. The women's winner was Laura Mickelson of Loyola Marymount in 17:10.90 with Karla Albunez of Cal State L.A. runner-up at 18:26.10.
Concordia University (Irvine) won both the men's and women's team competition in the collegiate division. The Concordia men placed four runners in the top 19 spots on the way to 89 points to finish ahead of Loyola Marymount (113) and Cal State Fullerton (148). The Eagles' women had five runners in the top 17 for a total of only 44 points to easily outdistance runners-up Cal Poly Pomona (118) and Cal State Fullerton (129).
Pepperdine will take part in a total six regular-season events before traveling to the Bay Area to compete in the West Coast Conference (WCC) Championships.
The Waves will host the Pepperdine Invitational on Saturday, September 23, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with the men's eight-kilometer race. The women will run their six-kilometer race at 9:30 a.m. USC, Cal State Northridge and Cal State Los Angeles are slated to compete in the event.
The WCC Championships are scheduled for Saturday, October 30, at the Crystal Springs Course in Belmont, California.
The NCAA West Regional Championships will be held at Blue Lake Park in Portland, Oregon, November 11, and 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.
ON THE WEB: For updated information concerning Pepperdine athletics on the Internet, including results and a schedule of upcoming events, please bookmark the following address: http://www.PepperdineSports.com.
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.