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Pepperdine Travels to UC Riverside Invitational on Saturday

Sept. 27, 2006

Malibu, Calif. -

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The Pepperdine men's and women's cross country teams continue their 2006 season this week when they travel to Riverside to compete in the UC Riverside Invitational at the UCR Agricultural Operations Course on Saturday.

The men's eight-kilometer race begins at 7:30 a.m. and the women's six-kilometer run is scheduled to start at 8:15 a.m.

Both teams are coming off strong performances a week ago at the Pepperdine Invitational that was run on campus at Alumni Park.

The men's team captured the event for the second year in a row while the women placed second for the second consecutive year. It also marked the second impressive outing for the Waves as both teams turned in second place finishes at the USD Invitational three weeks ago.

In Saturday's Pepperdine Invitational, junior Sam Hudson led a group of three Waves who finished in the top five after completing the eight-kilometer course in a time of 27:40 to finish second. The Waves topped Cal State Northridge in the dual meet by a count of 25-30.

Cal State Northridge's Manuel Ruiz paced the field in a time of 27:21. Pepperdine sophomore Tim Hatters (28:11) finished third and freshman Nick Rowen (28:14) placed fourth.

On the women's side, Pepperdine finished second behind Cal State Los Angeles, which won the event for the second year in a row. The Golden Eagles totaled 41 points while the Waves tallied 55. USC finished third with 56 points while Cal State Northridge was fourth with 72.

Cal State Los Angeles' Carla Alburez won the race with a time of 22:35 to finish ahead of Pepperdine senior Kyla Maher, who completed the course in 23:07. Maher along with senior Beth Bedingfield, who finished 17th, were disqualified after running off the course.

Sophomore Brieanna Carroll continued her fine season as she placed fourth with a time of 23:25.

Following this week's UC Riverside Invitational, Pepperdine will next be in action on Saturday, October 7, when it takes part in the UC San Diego Triton Classic in La Jolla.

Pepperdine will compete in a total six regular-season events before traveling to the Bay Area to compete in the West Coast Conference (WCC) Championships.

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.