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Pepperdine Cross Country Teams Compete at Titan Invitational on Friday

Oct. 18, 2006

Malibu, Calif. -

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The Pepperdine men's and women's cross country teams will have their final tune-up before the West Coast Conference (WCC) Championships this week when they travel to Fullerton to compete in the Titan Invitational at the Cal State Fullerton Sports Complex on Friday.

The women's five-kilometer race begins at 4:30 p.m. and the men's eight-kilometer run will follow at 5 p.m.

At last week's Cal Poly Invitational, the Pepperdine men's team placed fifth in the seven-team field. Senior Chris Gaudreau finished 32nd overall with a time of 27:47 to pace the Waves. Junior Sam Hudson once again was among Pepperdine's top finishers as he placed 38th with a time of 28:05.

Kentucky won the men's team title with 32 points as the Wildcats had the top two finishers. Andre Silva was the top individual performer completing the course in a time of 26:01 to finish ahead of Wildcat teammate John Richardson, who placed second with a time of 26:01.

UC Santa Barbara finished second with 46 points while host Cal Poly (46) was third, Loyola Marymount (94) fourth and Pepperdine (159) fifth.

On the women's side, Pepperdine placed sixth in the 13-team field. The Waves were led by senior Kyla Maher who turned in another solid performance as she completed the course in a time of 18:40 to finish 17th. Sophomore Brieanna Carroll placed 27th with a time of 18:54 and freshman Caitlin White turned in a time of 19:08 to finish 35th.

Oregon State won the team title with 43 points while Kentucky (62) was second. See Jane Run Racing (87) was third and followed by Loyola Marymount (113), UC Santa Barbara (126) and Pepperdine (146).

Following this week's Titan Invitational, Pepperdine will next be in action on Saturday, October 28, when it travels to the Bay Area to compete in the WCC Championships at the Crystal Springs Course in Belmont.

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.