Sept. 19, 2006
Malibu, Calif. -
The Pepperdine men's and women's cross country teams resume their 2006 season this week when they host Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State Northridge, Soka University and USC in the Pepperdine Invitational this Saturday on the Malibu campus.
The men's eight-kilometer race begins at 8 a.m. and the women's six-kilometer run is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m.
The Pepperdine men's team is the defending champion at the event after topping the field a year ago. The Waves placed five runners in the Top 10 and totaled 31 points to finish ahead of Cal State Northridge (50) and USC (62).
On the women's side, Pepperdine finished second in 2005 as Cal State Los Angeles won the event with 23 points. The Waves, who totaled 66 points, were led by junior Tarrah Crowley who placed seventh with a time of 19:43.
The Waves, under first-year head coach Robert Radnoti, were off last week after turning in their best performances of the young season two weeks ago at the USD Cross Country Invitational in San Diego. Both teams placed second in their respective races.
Pepperdine totaled 45 points, nine points behind Loyola Marymount, which topped the four-team field with 34 points.
On the women's side, senior Kyla Maher paced the Waves as she completed the course in a time of 24:16 to finish third. Sophomore Brieanna Carroll (24:35) placed sixth while freshman Jessica Heckman recorded a time of 24:48 to finish eighth.
Point Loma Nazarene won the women's five-team event with 39 points while Pepperdine placed second with 41 points.
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 are next in action on Saturday, September 30, when they travel to Riverside to compete in the UC Riverside Invitational beginning at 8 a.m.
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.