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Waves Hosted Pepperdine Invitational National Cross Country Meet
The Pepperdine men’s and women’s cross country teams hosted one of the largest cross country meets in the nation on Sept. 22 on the Malibu campus. Participating in the Pepperdine Invitational were 91 high schools and 14 colleges.
Among the colleges who competed on Saturday were UCLA, USC, Fresno State University, and San Jose State University. High school teams from Rhode Island, Washington, and New York were represented in the high school division.
Robert Radnoti begins his second season as head coach of the Pepperdine men’s and women’s cross country program. Radnoti previously coached at Thousand Oaks High School where the girls’ team won the Division I state cross country title in 2005. Due to Radnoti’s extensive recruiting efforts, this year’s men’s and women’s freshman class is expected to be one of the strongest in Pepperdine history with 18 new recruits from Indiana to Hawaii.
Four-time Olympian and U.S. national 800-meter record holder Johnny Gray joins the Pepperdine cross country program this season as an assistant coach working primarily on speed and technique. Dick Kampmann, the former Wave’s cross country coach for 17 years returns as a volunteer coach. Karen Costello, a 17-year veteran at the high school and community college levels, begins her first season at Pepperdine. Jan Radnoti, who coached alongside her husband at Thousand Oaks High School, also begins her first year with the Waves as a volunteer assistant.
Also this weekend, the No. 5 Pepperdine men’s water polo team faced the No. 1 USC men’s water polo team on Sept. 22 at USC in Los Angeles. This was Pepperdine’s first conference game of the season.
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