Oct. 10, 2006
Malibu, Calif. -
The Pepperdine men's and women's cross country teams continue their 2006 season this week when they travel to San Luis Obispo to compete in the Cal Poly Invitational at the Cuesta College Course on Saturday.
The women's five-kilometer race begins at 9:00 a.m. and the men's eight-kilometer run will follow at 9:30 a.m.
After giving his top runners the week off last Saturday at the UC San Diego Triton Classic, head coach Robert Radnoti's teams will be at full strength as they work toward the West Coast Conference (WCC) Championships in two weeks.
At last week's UC San Diego Triton Classic, the Pepperdine women's team placed fourth among the five Division I teams. The Waves were led by junior Courtney Young who recorded a time of 24:42 to finish 19th.
UCLA, which recorded the top five positions and eight of nine, won the team event with 15 points. UC Irvine (55) was second followed by USC (72), Pepperdine (116) and San Diego State (131).
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.
On the men's side, there were no official results as several runners ran off the course and did not record posted times.
For those runners who completed the mapped course, freshman Ryan Hagen was the top finisher for Pepperdine as he posted a time of 30:58.
Following this week's Cal Poly Invitational, Pepperdine will next be in action on Friday, October 20, when it takes part in the Titan Invitational at Carbon Canyon Park in Brea, California.
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 28, 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.