Oct. 5, 2006
Malibu, Calif. -
The Pepperdine men's and women's cross country teams continue their 2006 season this week when they travel to La Jolla to compete in the UC San Diego Triton Classic at the Triton Par Course on Saturday.
The men's eight-kilometer race begins at 8:30 a.m. and the women's six-kilometer run will follow. Twenty-one schools will compete on the women's side and 17 schools will run in the men's event.
The Pepperdine women's team will be looking to put together another strong showing after finishing second at the 20-team UC Riverside Invitational last week. Behind senior Kyla Maher, the Waves posted their third consecutive second-place finish.
Maher placed 18th with a time of 18:29 while sophomore Brieanna Carroll finished 20th after completing the course in a time of 18:31.
Host UC Riverside captured the women's event with 19 points while Pepperdine totaled 115 points to finish second. Cal State San Marcos (117) was third and was followed by Cal Poly Pomona (149) and Southern Utah (181).
On the men's side, Pepperdine finished 12th among the 15-team field. Southern Utah won the race with 68 points to finish ahead of second-place UC Riverside (78). Cal Poly Pomona (99) was third and was followed by Cal State San Marcos (110) and Occidental (131). The Waves totaled 320 points.
Following this week's UC San Diego Triton Classic, Pepperdine will next be in action on Saturday, October 14, when it takes part in the Cal Poly Invitational in San Luis Obispo.
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.