THIS YEAR: Senior Christine Cortez returns for her second and final season at USC after posting the top 800m and second-fastest 1500m time on the team in 2010. She transfered to USC from Mt. SAC where she was a two-year standout in track and cross country.
2010: Set a PR and posted the fastest 800m time by a Trojan in 2010 in finishing second in the USC-UCLA Dual Meet on May 1 with a time of 2:09.76. Doubled back to take third in the 1500m race in the Dual Meet with a time of 4:30.89. Had a season-best 1500m time of 4:28.12 to finish second at the Trojan Invitational nearly catching winner Betsy Jimenez of Texas down the stretch (-.29). Cortez then came back to race from third to first down the stretch to capture the 800m race with a time of 2:11.46. Had a time of 4:28.22 in the 1500m place 14th at the Pac-10 Championships.
BEFORE USC: Cortez attended Mt. SAC from the Fall of 2007-Spring 2009 and ran both cross country and track... She placed second at the 2008 JC State Cross Country Meet with a time of 18:06 and was fourth at the 2007 JC State Cross Country Meet...She was the South Coast Conference (SCC) cross country individual champion both seasons... Both seasons at Mt. SAC she was named SCC Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year (2007 & 2008) and SCC Women's Track Athlete of the Year (2008 & 2009)...Had a best time in the 800m race of 2:10.41 at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 17, 2009...Had a season best time of 4:31.68 in the 1500m race at the CSUN Invitational on March 14, 2009. ...She was the 2008 SCC Champion in the 800m and 1500m , then won both events again in 2009 as well as running a leg on the conference champion 4x400m relay team... Was named Mt. SAC Spring Athlete of the Year in 2009.
HIGH SCHOOL: Cortez is a 2007 graduate of Diamond Bar HS where she ran cross country and track...She broke a 15-year school record in the 800m with a time of 2:21...She was on the Principal Honor Roll as a freshman.
PERSONAL: Christine was born on April 13, 1989 in La Mirada, Calif...Her most thrilling moment in sports was feeling a burst of energy which allowed her to move from fourth to second place right at the end of the College State Meet in Fresno, Calif...Likes to spend her spare time with her family and friends and enjoys drawing...Says Allyson Felix is her biggest sports hero...Chose USC because her mother and several other family members went to USC, sports are appreciated at the school and the Trojan coaches have trained a number of Olympians...Lists her favorite foods as pasta, specifically chicken alfredo, and lasagna...Would like to go rock climbing someday to help her overcome her fear of heights...Would like to visit Hawaii...Is a Human Performance major at USC and would like to become an assistant coach or personal trainer.
CAREER BESTS: 800m -- 2:09.76 1500m -- 4:28.12